EU's complex new energy package tackles renewables but sparks green criticism

According to leaked documents ahead of the release of a new energy plan, the EU Commission will increase requirements for energy efficiency in 2030, to the joy of Danish cleantech companies. However, planned changes facing criticism include the de-facto subsidization of coal, while borders are flung open for green subsidy schemes.

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The EU Commission is expected to present its "winter package" of energy laws Wednesday. Much like the seasonal food, the collection of laws is heavy and a lot to swallow, with approximately 1,000 pages of legal text across at least eight different aspects of the EU's future energy supply. EnergyWatch has attempted to cut through the fat and highlight some of the most critical elements.

Even prior to the official release, some of the content has already emerged. As is the custom in Brussels, leaks have seeped out to whet the appetite over recent weeks, although it is not certain that the flagged plans will make it into the final text. Conversely, it is almost certain that the package will be amended when the Commission negotiates with both Parliament and member states negotiate over the next year and a half before the final legislation is adopted.

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