EC asks for public input on challenges with permitting for renewables, PPAs

European Commission. Author: S├ębastien Bertrand. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

January 19 (Renewables Now) - The European Commission (EC) on Tuesday opened a public consultation process, seeking feedback on how to improve permit-granting procedures for renewable energy projects and best facilitate power purchase agreements (PPAs).

The EU executive said the received input would be used to prepare a Commission guidance document, which will address ways to reduce the duration and complexity of the permitting bureaucracy and enable wider adoption of PPAs.

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According to the EC, administrative barriers, and specifically the permitting process, have long been identified as standing in the way of the renewables deployment and discouraged potential investors. The Commission said that stakeholders had underlined how additional guidance, such as sharing of good practice, would help provide improvement on the ground.

The take-up of PPAs has been slower than expected, with only eight member states having removed barriers hampering the adoption progress, according to the Commission.

The public consultation is open until April 12.

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