16 Feb 2015
Promotion of Renewable Energy in the EU
Critical Assessment of Grid-Related Incentives
This paper criticizes measures that allow Member States of the European Union (EU) to provide priority treatment for electricity produced from renewable energy sources (RES) in terms of connection and access to the grid, and dispatch of electricity on the grid. It argues against the priority rules set out in the Renewable Energy Directive of 2009 and comes out in favour of grid operation neutrality. To arrive at this conclusion, this paper provides an overview of the nature of priority rules, reviews the distinct problems related to the application of priority rules, objectives of the implementation of Third Energy Package and available legal remedies for the protection of legitimate interests of electricity generators.