The European Commission stresses the importance of a major “energy democracy” to boost renewables. A process that could also pave the way for alternative finance such as crowdfunding
The next few weeks are going to be crucial for the future of renewable energy in Europe. The EU Parliament and the national governments are currently finalising their respective positions on the “Clean energy for all Europeans” package, which will shape energy policy across Europe for the next decade. On December 18, EU energy ministers are expected to reach an agreement on future laws about renewables and energy union governance.
Two of the draft laws under discussion – on the development of renewable energy and the redesign of the European electricity market – could prove instrumental in boosting Europe’s role in the global fight against climate change and in ensuring the EU meets its commitment to help limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C. The new rules would apply between 2021 and 2030.
On a number of topics the Commission’s proposal is considered weak by environmental organisations that count on the Parliament to back more ambitious targets but fear the member States might go for even less restrictive measures.
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