This paper considers the effect of state aid rules on EU climate and energy policy. State aid rules essentially set limits and conditions for how member states are allowed to subsidise certain industries. Such rules are very important in the climate and energy context due to the high number of new and innovative technologies (e.g. technologies in the renewable energy or energy efficiency markets) which require support before they are fully market competitive. The use of state aid rules could be a powerful tool to further the EU’s climate and energy goals. Unfortunately, however, this paper outlines how the use of State aid rules is not being used nearly as effectively as possible.
|Published||August 26, 2015|
|Found in||EnergyRenewable EnergyState Aid|