In July, the European Commission launched a public consultation process on the new energy market design. This process aims at establishing a market that can fully integrate the increasing share of local renewable energy. A new market design with local renewable energy at its core, will reduce costs, guarantee security of supply and foster innovation, sustainability and economic growth.
In our view, the new energy market design should level the playing field for all energy producers on the market. Local authorities and their citizens, who are the backbone of the energy transition, should be able to become energy producers on an equal footing with all other players on the market.
However, when trying to access the market (as producers or suppliers), local authorities still face important barriers.
1) Unequal distribution of grid connection costs between grid operators and local renewable energy producers. The latter experience higher grid connection costs.
2) Lack or difficult access to comprehensive energy data. Currently, local authorities have to acquire energy data from many different providers. This is a complex, time-consuming and ineffective process.
Read our contribution and discover our suggestions to overcome such barriers.