Local and regional authorities are crucial in helping create a “resilient and competitive” European Energy Union.
The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is calling for local governments to be represented in national regulatory authorities and in the Agency for the Co-operation of Energy Regulators.
It believes “sound financial tools and a favourable regulatory environment” are needed for energy efficiency projects to be carried out at the local level.
It is also calling calls for funds from the EU and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support not only large infrastructure projects but also smaller projects, whilst taking into account their added value for local authorities.
The Committee also emphasises the need for action on smart grids and smart metering.
Pascal Mangin, CoR rapporteur, Member of Alsace Regional Council said: “The Energy Union is a tremendous opportunity to reshape energy policy at the European level. By taking account of the involvement of local and regional authorities and operators and of Member States’ powers, the EU aims to offer energy at competitive prices to our fellow citizens and companies while making the Union less reliant on fossil fuels.”