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Renewables Should No Longer Have Grid Priority, Says E.U. Energy Commissioner

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Handelsblatt Global

Renewable energy should no longer have top priority in Europe’s electricity grid, the E.U. energy commissioner told Handelsblatt in an exclusive interview.

Miguel Arias Canete said renewable energy should have the right of way over other forms of energy only when the electricity grid is maxed out.

“But when it comes to simply feeding in electricity under normal market conditions, energy from already existing plants and small projects, such as solar panels and private homes, should have priority,” Mr. Canete said.

E.U. member states should also be allowed to build energy reserves from coal and gas plants under certain conditions, Mr. Canete said. These reserve power plants would be limited to emitting 550 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour to comply with climate standards.

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