BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU competition regulators on Monday approved a 5-billion-euro ($5.7 billion) Polish co-generation power scheme with surcharge reductions for large energy users.
At the same time, it opened an investigation into surcharge cuts for energy-intensive users to finance the country’s capacity mechanism.
The European Commission said the co-generation energy project, which will run until 2028, was in line with the bloc’s environmental and climate goals.
Under the scheme, efficient combined heat and power installations will receive a premium on top of the market price, the co-generation premium, for a maximum period of 15 years.
The EU state aid enforcer said the proposed surcharge reduction for energy-intensive users complied with EU rules. This fee is to finance the co-generation support scheme.
However, the Commission said planned reductions in the capacity mechanism surcharge for energy-intensive users raised concerns as they might lead to inefficient higher demand for electricity in off-peak periods as well as a greater need for extra capacity.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Philip Blenkinsop