Energy UK response to European Commission consultation on state aid
In response to the European Commission’s consultation on Environmental and Energy Aid guidelines, Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK said:
“As with other countries, the UK needs state aid approval for our new nuclear and renewables programme. The UK Energy Bill is progressing well through its parliamentary processes, but if we are to be able to implement the contracts for difference that it contains and that are necessary to build new and low carbon plants as well as the capacity mechanism proposals to assist in energy security, then the Commission will need to agree them.
In fact and like us, many EU Member States will need state aid approvals until there is a working pan European approach to reducing carbon emissions such as a reformed EU emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS) which will take time.
In this landscape of increasingly complex EU energy markets and with the need to attract international capital, Energy UK urges the Commission to make sure that it makes decisions promptly, simplifies guidelines, and takes a thorough, consistent and transparent approach to state aids. Energy UK also supports the principle that there should not be a prejudice against a particular technology, and above all, that any technology support should be cost-effective and should avoid excessive burdens on customers.”