Based on interviews with numerous Member States, the report maps out the current status of the Cooperation Mechanisms, identifies main barriers for their implementation and discusses in detail several design options that help to overcome these obstacles. Moreover, it suggests a simplified approach on how to adequately allocate cost and benefits that are related to the Cooperation Mechanisms, thereby addressing one of the main barriers for their implementation.
The report analyses the design features of feed-in tariffs (FIT), feed-in premiums (FIP), auction mechanism and quota obligations, identifying best-practice design options applied in EU Member States. The study puts an emphasis on the use and design options of auction schemes, which have been at the centre of attention in recent policy debates throughout Europe.
This report discusses how existing support schemes are affected by the introduction of the Cooperation Mechanisms and how they can be adapted to adequately accommodate the Cooperation Mechanisms.
The report gives a reflection on the basic principles and requirements of LCoE calculations and includes four case studies that assess LCoE calculations used in tariff level setting processes. LCoE calculation methodologies in The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany and Spain are compared to the minimum requirements for such calculations as provided by the EC guidance (SWD(2013) 439 final).
This report discusses the implementation of Joint Support Schemes along three different cases:
- Joint Quota System in Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland)
- Joint Feed-in Premium System in Central and Eastern Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia)
- Technology-specific Joint Support Scheme for offshore wind energy (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom)