SolarPower Europe discussing post-2020 regulatory framework for solar at the Florence Forum

By Alexandre Roesch, Policy Director

The Florence Forum gathers every year key energy stakeholders and decision-makers to discuss the progress made in the reform of the electricity market. On 17 and 18 May 2017, SolarPower Europe took part in the 32nd edition of the Forum to present the views of the solar sector on the new Renewable Energy Directive proposal presented last year by the European Commission.

We insisted on the need to maintain the new, positive provisions introduced on (collective) self-generation and consumption. Based on the work done in our Tendering Task Force, we also presented our expectations about the design of tenders and the pre-conditions to be met before opening tendering schemes across borders.

The Florence Forum was also the occasion for us to present a joint reaction from the renewable sector which SolarPower Europe coordinated in response to a recent call from the Agency of European Energy Regulators (ACER) to end priority dispatch for existing installations. While the Commission introduced new provisions to ban retroactive measures for renewables, we highlighted that the renewable industry was very much concerned to see that the European regulator was in effect suggesting to retroactively modify the economics of existing renewable installations.

For more information, please see the presentations and the conclusions adopted by the Forum.