Call for Evidence
The following call for evidence was issued in January
1999, with a request for material to be submitted by the end of
Sub-Committee B of the House of Lords Select Committee
on the European Communities is undertaking an enquiry into renewable
energy in the European Union. The enquiry is based on the European
Commission's as yet unpublished draft Directive on access of electricity
from renewable energy sources to the internal market in electricity.
The Committee will also look at wider issues of the economic and
technological potential of renewable energy in the European Union,
drawing on the Commission's November 1997 White Paper Energy
for the future: Renewable sources of energy.
Evidence is invited on the subject of renewable energy,
in particular on the following issues:
1. (a) How realistic is the Commission's
target of 12 per cent of primary energy from renewables in the
European Union by 2010?
(b) How realistic is the interim 5 per cent
target of electricity from renewables in the United Kingdom by
(c) How likely are Member States, particularly
the United Kingdom, to achieve these targets?
2. Current technologies available to meet these targets
and likely future developments.
3. The economic viability of renewable energy technologies
when compared to traditional energy sources both now and in the
4. Environmental effects of renewable energy sources,
and other benefits.
5. The benefits and drawbacks of the different support
systems for renewable energy sources in place in Member States.
6. The criteria which should govern the terms of
access of renewable energy sources to the single electricity market
- in particular, how fair competition can be promoted between:
(i) alternative sources of renewable energy;
(ii) renewable and conventional sources
7. Potential problems with certification of electricity
from renewable sources.
8. Potential problems integrating renewable energy
within the electricity system, either at national or at local