FEDARENE responds to the Renewable Energy Directive Review Consultation

The Renewable Energy Directive can drive a step change towards 2030 if it recognizes the need for intensified local/regional market facilitation, and focuses on mainstreaming renewable energy in the industrial sector as well as heating and cooling, 2 areas which were insufficiently addressed so far.

Reaching the 2030 climate goals requires a policy step change recognizing the drivers and failures of the past decade’s approaches. This step change can be stimulated by REDIII if it enshrines in its provisions the need to support intensified market facilitation based on 3 actions:

  • activation (informing the multiple target groups, including companies, of their RES options and value);  
  • support to project development (coaching during decision making with technical and financial advice, feasibility studies, best practice transposition);
  • support to project implementation (financial, legal and technical assistance, and post-project evaluation and monitoring).

Market facilitation performed by independent market intermediaries with public mandates such as local and regional energy agencies is an important driver behind the enforcement of the RED. This regional energy agency facilitation model has been behind some of the most ambitious regional renewable energy policies and programmes in Europe, leading to outstanding CO2 reductions, and billions of euros invested in sustainable energy.

We recommend referencing “local/regional energy agency facilitation model”: within the directive’s preamble; in art.18 on information and training as energy agencies provide facilitation services to multiple target groups including public authorities, companies and citizens; in art.23 on mainstreaming renewable energy in heating and cooling as energy agencies are already supporting local/regional authorities to develop heating & cooling plans, using their knowledge of the local value chains related to construction, building their capacity to develop and finance projects.

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FEDARENE's response to the RED consultation