Despite being informally agreed, EU Energy Ministers were unable to officially adopt emergency renewables legislation today. This could prevent the regulation being used from January to accelerate solar deployment. Ministers are hoping to adopt the emergency regulation at the same time as gas price cap discussions when they next meet on Monday 19th December.
Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe said:
“Europe is in crisis. To keep the lights on, the IEA tell us we need at least 60 GW of solar by next winter. We must move from discussion to action as soon as possible. The solar sector is ready to make this Regulation a reality. We would urge Ministers to make the Regulation official so the real work can begin.”
- 20 October 2022 – European leaders ask the European Council to propose emergency measures to fast-track renewable permitting processes.
- 9 November 2022 – The European Commission proposes the draft emergency measures to accelerate permitting.
- 24 November 2022 – The EU Energy Council – i.e. EU energy ministers – adopted the final regulation in principle.
- 13 December 2022 – The EU Energy Council were unable to officially adopt the regulation.
- 19 December 2022 - The EU Energy Council is set to meet and could finally adopt the regulation
- January 2023 – The regulation is set to come into force.
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Concluding press conference for EU Energy Ministers meeting in Brussels, 13th December 2022
Jozef SÍKELA (Minister for Industry and Trade, Czech Republic)