Today the European Parliament adopted their position on REPowerEU file, with respect to permitting procedures for renewables. This will be their negotiating stance during talks with the European Commission and European Parliament.
Jonathan Bonadio, Senior Policy Advisor at SolarPower Europe:
“Renewable acceleration areas will do exactly as they say, and it’s great they’re on the table. Shortening administrative processes in these zones to nine months will unlock masses of solar power, right when the continent needs it most. However, it’s unfortunate that this position would allow countries to take so long – up to two years – to define these zones.
Beyond paperwork, it’s good news that the Parliament has incorporated the technical delays of renewable grid connections in the proposed speedier administrative timeframe. More and more, developers tell us that grid connections are a major blocker for solar projects.
In defense of climate neutrality, the Parliament have supported a legal tool to define renewables in ‘overriding public interest’. When well designed, and with strong safeguards to protect sensitive species, the principle will help prioritise renewable growth in the current emergency situation.”