Croatian scheme to support electricity production from renewables gets EU nod


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A Croatian assist scheme to help electricity manufacturing from renewable sources complies with EU State assist guidelines, the European Commission’s antitrust chief stated on December 9.

“This €783 million scheme will enable Croatia to help renewable electricity manufacturing from a wide range of applied sciences,” European Commission Government Vice-President for Competitors Coverage Margrethe Vestager stated. “The measure will contribute to the discount of CO2 and other greenhouse fuel emissions, according to the EU Inexperienced Deal aims and the environmental targets set in Croatia’s Recovery and Resilience plan, without unduly distorting competitors within the Single Market,” she added.

In line with the Fee, the measure will help Croatia reach its renewable power targets, together with these set in its Restoration and Resilience plan, and contribute to the European goal of attaining local weather neutrality by 2050, without unduly distorting competition in the Single market.

Croatia notified the Commission of its intention to introduce a brand new scheme to help electricity produced from renewable power sources, specifically wind, solar, hydro, biomass, biogas and geothermal energy crops, the Commission stated in a press release.

Underneath the scheme, the help will take the form of a premium on prime of the electrical energy market worth. The premium can be set by way of a aggressive bidding course of and won't be greater than the difference between the typical manufacturing value for every renewable know-how and the electrical energy market worth. The beneficiaries shall be chosen in tenders that may take place in the interval 2021-2023.

The measure, which has a total finances of approximately €783 million (HRK 6 billion), will probably be open until 2023. The help will probably be paid out to the selected beneficiaries for a interval of 12 years.

The scheme will help Croatia improve its share of electrical energy produced from renewable power sources and scale back CO2 and other greenhouse fuel emissions. It should help Croatia’s dedication to realize the European local weather targets and environmental aims, as additionally set in its Nationwide Power Local weather Plan (NECP) and its Restoration and Resilience plan.

Assessing the scheme beneath EU State assist rules, notably the 2014 Tips on State help for environmental safety and power, the Commission stated on December 9 the help is important to further develop power era from renewable sources and help Croatia meet the European and nationwide environmental targets. It additionally has an incentive impact, as electricity costs do not absolutely cowl the costs of producing electrical energy from renewable power sources. Hence, the investments by the chosen beneficiaries wouldn't take place within the absence of the help.

Furthermore, the Fee stated the help is proportionate and limited to the minimum vital, as the extent of help might be set via competitive tenders and cannot exceed the distinction between the market worth of electrical energy and the production prices.

Finally, additionally because of the award of the help by way of a aggressive bidding process, the Fee discovered that the constructive results of the measure, particularly the constructive environmental results, outweigh any attainable destructive results when it comes to attainable distortions to competition, the press release learn.

In conclusion, the Fee stated the Croatian scheme is consistent with EU State assist rules, as it should facilitate the event of renewable electrical energy manufacturing from numerous applied sciences in Croatia and scale back greenhouse fuel and CO2 emissions, consistent with the European Green Deal, with out unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.