Comments on: EU throws in the towel over national energy support schemes EU news and policy debates across languages Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:52:10 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mike Parr Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:17:37 +0000 This quote by Ten Berg is coreect: “So having a capacity price is not necessarily a subsidy for fossil fuel plants, this is nonsense. It can also be done by reducing your demand or with renewables, foreign capacity, storage – whatever you have,” The problem is that countries such as the UK have implemented CMs such that de facto – it is a subsidy for fossil & other plants – in 2018 each & every UK energy user will write a cheque for £18 which will be given to the usual suspects – EdF EON, RWE etc for doing exactly………nothing. FACT. What no member state has so far done is implement demand response policies wothy of the name. But don’t believe me – Marie Donnelly in DG Energy has been saying the same for the past couple of YEARS. UK’s National Grid estimates DR capacity in the Uk at 9GW – it has barely accessed 1GW. Ditto france, ditto Germany etc etc. Member states have been “captured” by large energy companies (hi Engie!) & are happily screwing their populations to provide subsidies to these companies & dressing it up as CM. The villains in this are DG Competition – who could do something – but don’t. I wonder why that is? – too overworked? it’s all too difficult? can’t be arsed? – answeres on a post card.