European Commission unveils clean energy package
The European Commission has launched a major package of reforms intended to maintain the EU’s competitiveness during the low-carbon transition. The proposals, unveiled on Wednesday 30 November, include plans to remove priority grid dispatch for new renewables projects, so as to develop “a level playing field for all technologies”. The Commission has also confirmed that it will seek to set a binding EU-wide energy efficiency target of 30% for 2030, and to set a cap of 550gCO2/kWh on the emissions of generating plant seeking to participate in capacity mechanisms. Climate action commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said Europe was “on the brink of a clean energy revolution”.