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30 Nov 2016

"An energy package for Europe"

Frankfurter Rundschau

The EU Commission’s new energy package is likely to meet resistance from some member states and energy industry players, writes Thorsten Knuf in Frankfurter Rundschau. EU energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete called the package a “unique opportunity to modernise the economy” but it could be opposed, “even by those making money with green energy,” Knuf says. The commission’s plans to install “reserve capacities” - possibly in the form of subsidies for coal plants - and increase renewables' exposure to market mechanisms by abolishing their grid priority across Europe, could spark dispute. The German government, a keen advocate of grid priority for green power, is one of those likely to object, he adds.

For background information read the CLEW dossier Germany's energy transition in the European context.

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