Freedom for electricity

Twenty five years after the Single European Act, Europe urgently needs greater freedom of movement in electricity: a single internal power market and a network infrastructure to facilitate it. A single electricity market will increase competition, improve security of supply, help deliver climate goals and integrate modern energy technologies including renewables. Whilst development of a single power market is progressing, development of the infrastructure urgently needs a very major boost. To bring freedom of movement to and enhance cross-border trade in Europe’s electricity, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers must:

  • Speed up, simplify and better coordinate permitting and planning procedures for electricity infrastructure projects
  • Agree new financing mechanisms to support the necessary electricity infrastructure projects
  • Address environmental concerns and social acceptance issues related to the necessary grid extensions at an early stage.

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