Energy Market Design
As part of the “Clean energy package”, the Commission released a set of proposals on a new rule book for the EU energy market in 2016, with the aim of preparing the energy system for the rising share in variable renewable energy (expected to reach 50 percent in 2030). In particular, the EC proposed to revise the Regulation and Directive on the internal market for electricity and the regulation that establishes a European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, as well as to adopt a regulation on risk-preparedness in the electricity sector. The proposals go in the direction of ensuring a more competitive, customer-centred, flexible and non-discriminatory EU electricity market, making it fit for decarbonisation and innovation, with market-based supply prices.
Heat pumps are very efficient technologies that possess a high flexibility and demand-response potential. EHPA supports an electricity market with flexible tariffs and incentives for self-consumption, as this would allow consumers to play an active role in the energy system and it would also provide a financial advantage to heat-pump users.