On 19 October, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson took part in the 18th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency organised by the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES) in Vienna.
In a session dedicated to the Clean Energy Package, Dickson presented the key provisions that will help the renewable electricity sector to contribute to the EU’s long-term climate commitments under Paris Agreement. He insisted on the crucial role of the National Energy and Climate Plans that Member States need to draft by the end of the year. According to Dickson, these plans will also serve as investment brochures for WindEurope members. The association leader explained that: "Our members will invest in the markets where they see the most promising wind development. When good policies are absent, jobs go away. We need to take the right steps to maximise development over the next decade. These plans need to be further complemented by a clear visibility on the volumes and timing of wind energy auctions for the next 5 years, and how much budget is allocated to them. They should also come with a clear vision on how to tackle the existing wind farms reaching end of their operational life".
Giles Dickson called on Member States to deliver on shorter lead times for permitting. "It should take no more than three years from the moment authorities receive the project’s application. And this should be only two years for repowering projects" – Dickson also noted that reform of electricity market design is a key driver to reduce the costs of renewables integration, – We need to bring renewable electricity in transport, heating and industry. Directly or indirectly via green hydrogen. This is now technically and economically possible"
According to Giles Dickson, the European Union can still make a difference on these processes. "The EU future budget needs to include financial support for upscaling electrolysers
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