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Working Group 5 - Services and prosumers (WG5)

WG5 will explore the means and needs for investment in decentralised energy production and energy services, as well as their role to support the achievement of the EU’s 2030’s climate and energy targets and the goal of climate neutrality by 2050. WG5 participants will have the opportunity to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of existing financing schemes, barriers to investment as well as the needs for new types of instruments going forward that can more effectively address the risks faced by companies and investors.

The discussions will reflect the specifics of infrastructural needs to integrate prosumers in the energy system, the role of existing legislation in fostering and hindering energy communities in the EU, new and innovative business models to ensure energy affordability and decarbonisation of the sector.

Key context and elements for discussion

The discussions in this Working Group will, amongst others, take into account the following elements:

EU Policy developments – implications for investment

  • Implication of the implementation of Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) (e.g. on energy communities, self-consumption)
  • Implication of the revision on Renewable Energy Directive (RED II)on electric vehicles (EV) charging (smart charging and bidirectional charging)
  • Fit for 55 and the implications of the revision of the ETS Directive on energy services and prosumers
  • Role of prosumers to achieve Fit for 55 and RePowerEU’s objectives
  • EU legislative and regulatory framework on prosumers (e.g. RED II)

Current and future financial instruments and investment schemes

  • Trends in the availability and effectiveness of financial instrument and investment schemes with the EU - what schemes have better succeeded in supporting energy communities with market-based approaches
  • The role of public and private sector investment
  • Barriers to investment in energy services and decentralised production (prosumers) across the EU Member States
  • Innovative solutions to addressing gaps and needs for energy services and prosumers

Business / Markets developments - implications for investment

  • Development of energy communities in the EU (current status and future prospects)
  • Evolution (or not) of the structure of network tariffs - impact of the financial schemes on energy tariffs
  • T&D implications of prosumers (i.e. grid’s needs for decentralised energy production)
  • New two-way smart metering for prosumers
  • Market implications of the revised ETS directive for households and other dwellings
  • New demand management business models
  • Future network codes on distributed flexibility and cybersecurity

These topics are meant to constitute the background for the WG’s discussion. The list is not exhaustive and will be subject to changes depending on the latest policy, market, geopolitical developments as well as contributions and suggestions from the members of the group.

In addition, the participants of the Working Groups will have the opportunity to discuss other crosscutting topics, including:

EU Policy developments - implications for investment

  • Implications of the REPowerEU Join action for investment
  • Implications of the EC Communication on energy prices
  • Implications of the EC Action plan on the digitalisation of the energy sector
  • Implications of the EC European Strategic Energy Technology Plan
  • Implications of the EC State of the Energy Union 2022 report for investment
  • Implications of the EC Progress Report on the Competitiveness of clean energy technologies
  • 2020 NECPs assessment and upcoming revision of the plans in 2023
  • Progress and implications of the Circular Economy package

Current and future financial instruments and investment schemes

  • Implications of the EU taxonomy for energy sector investment

Business / Markets developments - implications for investment

  • Evolutions of business cases in light of the carbon price developments (in particular in view of the proposed revision of the ETS system and proposal for Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism)