Position Paper on Commission’s Recommendation on Speeding up Permit-granting Procedures for Renewable Energy Projects and Facilitating Power Purchase Agreements

The European Commission published a recommendation on accelerating permit-granting procedures for renewable energy projects and a proposal for a focused amendment of the Renewable Energy Directive in order to streamline permitting processes for renewable energy projects, make power purchase agreements easier, and empower citizens by May 18, 2022. In order to address the rising cost of energy and reduce the EU’s reliance on Russian fossil fuels, the Commission had already proposed a number of measures in “REPowerEU: Joint EU Action for More Affordable, Secure, and Sustainable Energy,” published on March 8, 2022, and in the REPowerEU plan of May 18, 2022.

In the upcoming years, PPAs are anticipated to play a significant role in the deployment of more market-based renewable energy sources. To offer suggestions on facilitating power purchase agreements, the Commission plans to issue guidance on permit-granting procedures and PPAs. The emphasis of the updated Renewable Energy Directive is on making it simpler for people to use and produce renewable energy. The European Commission has been given funding by the European Parliament to establish two separate projects in order to showcase best practices and offer technical support for the creation of specific energy community initiatives. The position of the European Enterprise Alliance on the Commission’s recommendation is presented below.