Lords to investigate energy co-operation in Europe

The House of Lords EU Committee on Energy and Environment has launched a new inquiry into energy governance between the EU and member states.

The Committee has identified potential tensions between EU and national energy objectives and are seeking to scrutinise the progress of EU energy governance so far. 

The inquiry will focus on capacity mechanisms – the mechanisms by which energy companies are paid by Member States to ensure continuity of energy supply - and renewable energy targets.

“The EU has some ambitious targets for renewable energy, and Member States are increasingly making payments to energy companies to ensure continuity of supply, but it is not entirely clear that EU countries are working together constructively to ensure we meet our national and collective targets,” said Committee Chair, Baroness Scott of Needham Market.

“Our inquiry will attempt to get to the bottom of what a strengthened approach to EU energy governance could mean, how it can be enforced and what the implications might be of not making swift progress towards a clear governance system.

“We want evidence from as wide a range of interested witnesses as possible. We will publish our report before the December European Council so are working to a tight schedule. Please get your evidence to us by the 2 October.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues