The indifference shown by the Juncker Commission, so far at least, towards bring ETS caps into line with Paris Agreement goals and thus rendering an meaningful carbon price makes it certain that state aid guidelines affecting the energy sector will be extended after 2020. Indeed the Commission’s “energy union” work programme already sees such a review of the environmental-energy text starting in 2017. With this in mind, here is a check-list of the main texts affecting the energy sector and alongside each the expiry date. For most this is end-2020.
- Environment and energy. 2014 ⌦ 31 December 2020
- ETS compensation. 2012 ⌦ 31 December 2020
- Projects of common interest. 2014 ⌦ 31 December 2020
- Rescue and restructuring. 2014 ⌦ 31 December 2020
- Research, development and innovation. 2014 ⌦ Open-ended.
- State guarantees. 2008 ⌦ Open-ended
- Stranded costs. 2001 ⌦ per case in scope
- Coal mines 31 December 2027 (operating aid only until end 2018; no review foreseen.)
The above is not an exhaustive list. Transport sectors e.g. are a notable absence. A more comprehensive list can be found on the DG COMP web pages here.
It is also possible that the state aid rules applicable to electricity capacity payments (part of the environment-energy guidelines) could be reviewed earlier than presently foreseen, based on the outcome of the Commission’s ongoing inquiry. ❧