Renewables could lose European power grid priority, documents reveal
By Paul Homewood
h/t Joe Public/Oldbrew
From the Guardian:
Windfarms and solar power could soon lose the privilege of getting priority over other energy sources on European electricity grids, leaked documents show.
Paring back the “priority dispatch” system could increase carbon emissions by up to 10%, according to a confidential EU impact assessment seen by the Guardian. But the document goes on to model four scenarios for doing just that, in a bid to make Europe’s energy generators more flexible and cost-competitive.
Some industry sources have told the Guardian they are alarmed and think it highly likely that priority dispatch for clean energy will be scrapped from the EU’s renewable energy directive, which is currently being redrafted for the post-2020 period.
Oliver Joy, a spokesman for the WindEurope trade association, said: “Removing priority dispatch for renewable energies would be detrimental to the wind sector, which would face more curtailment across the continent. It also seems to be at odds with Europe’s plans to decarbonise and increase renewables penetration over the next decade.”
“Investors took priority dispatch into account when projecting revenues in the original investment decisions, and it could have a bearing on existing projects if they are not protected from the change.”
As I have often pointed out, giving renewables priority access to markets is just another form of subsidy, and it is little surprise that wind lobbyists are furious, nor that the Guardian is wholeheartedly supporting them.
Individual countries work in different ways. In the UK, it is the system of ROCs and strike prices which effectively enable renewable operators to sell all of their output. This is because they can, if necessary, sell at a penny per MWh, and thereby undercut other generators, safe in the knowledge that they will still receive the value of the ROC or the guaranteed strike price.
The biggest joke is that the wind industry is now asking for access to capacity markets, to ensure a “level playing field”! Has it not occurred to them that the whole point of the capacity market is to pay generators to provide standby capacity in order to cover for intermittent renewables?
How can they possibly guarantee that the wind will be blowing when their capacity is actually needed?