EU WARNS MEMBERS ON ‘BACKDOOR’ COAL SUBSIDIES

05 Dec EU WARNS MEMBERS ON ‘BACKDOOR’ COAL SUBSIDIES

Some good climate news in the December darkness: The European Commission is warning member states that ‘secret’ subsidies for fossil fuels will not be tolerated under EU state aid rules, Megan Darby at Climate Home reports. Eleven member states already have or are planning to introduce so-called “capacity mechanisms” to ensure that there is enough electricity available to keep the lights on. The competition directorate has stated that these must not be skewed towards coal or gas power plants.

Commissioner Margarethe Vestager: “They myst not be backdoor subsidies for a specific technology, such as fossil fuels, or come at too high a price for electricity consumers.”

According to Darby, this potentially sets the commission on a collision course with Poland, which new scheme is being developed explicitly to support new power stations.

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