“Subsidies for renewable energy sources: an acid test for a climate-friendly EU”, Dorothea Herzele and Susanne Wixforth (ÖGFE, Austria)

There is no alternative to tackling climate change head on. Therefore, at the turn of the century, the European Union decided on the radical transformation of energy production through state funding of renewable energy sources. Its policy in this field is essentially set out in the Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy. The current guidelines have been extended by the European Commission to the end of 2021. That means reform is imminent. The authors of this Policy Brief take a look at what the cornerstones of that reform should be and formulate policy recommendations.

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