On June 24th 2021, SolarPower Europe published its response to the Public Consultation on the Hydrogen and Gas Market Decarbonisation Package. Read the summary of the response in this side paper.
The Gas decarbonisation package must ensure “competition in the market”, and outline key principles (neutrality of network operation, third party access, cost reflective and market compatible network tariffs, treatment of private networks). It is essential to avoid lock-in effects, while hydrogen investment supported by governments must avoid cross-subsidies between gas and electricity consumers. The principle of liberalisation should be reinforced, clarifying that “emerging technologies” such as electrolysers are not natural monopolies and, hence, cannot be owned or controlled by TSOs/DSOs.
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