UEAPME, the association representing crafts and SMEs in Europe has joined the Small is Beautiful campaign to support small-scale renewable and cogeneration installations in Europe. The association gathers over 12 million enterprises with nearly 55 million employees, and joins forces with 17 other major European associations, calling for an enabling framework for small-scale renewable installations in the Market Design Regulation.
UEAPME Secretary General Véronique Willems stated: “The renewable energy market is thriving and SMEs are getting engaged at local and regional level as energy service providers. Small-scale installations should be part of the energy transition and will help enhance the overall environmental performance. We are convinced that additional financial and administrative burdens for small-scale renewable producers would delay their further development. Therefore we call on European policymakers to embrace a stepwise approach for market integration of small-scale renewables.”
Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director of SolarPower Europe, commented: “Small-scale renewables are drivers of local development and growth for SMEs, as they enable communities to grasp the economic benefits of self consumption, local job opportunities and rural development. These benefits will not materialise if small-scale producers are exposed to disproportionate measures, without proper services and products in place. Such services do not exist today, as there is no open market for such service providers. It is crucial that the Council and the Parliament reopen the debate on small-scale installations, to make sure that the Market Design Regulation does not disincentivise SMEs from engaging in the energy transition.”
The Market Design trialogue negotiations are scheduled for 27th June.