Companies Call for EU Single Energy Market

By Ewea European Wind Energy Association, PRNE
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

BRUSSELS, February 2, 2011 - Two days before the first-ever EU summit on energy, twenty European
companies and associations are calling on EU Heads of State to show the
courage and vision to create a single market for electricity by 2015.

Companies already supporting the declaration:

Acciona, Enercon, Enel Green Power, EON Climate & Renewables, GE Energy,
Mainstream Renewable Power, PPC Renewables, RES, Siemens, SSE Renewables,
Vattenfall and Vestas.

Associations already supporting the declaration:

European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), European Geothermal Energy Council
(EGEC), the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), the European
Renewable Energy Council (EREC), the European Solar Thermal Electricity
Association (ESTELA), European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA), European
Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Friends of the Supergrid.

Declaration on the Single European Energy Market

"A Europe without its single market is unthinkable. It has boosted trade,
competition and prosperity in Europe, created millions of new jobs, provided
wider consumer choice, and a hugely expanded market for business.

But 25 years after the signing of the Single European Act there is still
no single market in electricity.

European legislation has guaranteed some choice of electricity provider,
but only 5% of Europe's electricity is traded across borders. As a
consequence, competition is inefficient and allows electricity suppliers to
pass any increase in the price of the coal, gas - or in the future carbon -
straight onto the consumer without risk of significant loss of business. This
is not acceptable.

A properly functioning European market in electricity would have many

    - increased competition leading, in the long-term, to reduced
      electricity prices

    - improved security of supply (and reduced risk of blackouts)

    - reaping the full advantages of fuel-free, pollution-free renewable
      energy sources produced in ever greater quantities in many parts of

    - opportunities for increased trade in electricity regardless of
      the source

In order to achieve a single market in electricity, Europe needs both the
infrastructure to transport electricity from one part of Europe to another,
and a common set of market rules. An interconnected system of roads,
railways, shipping and air routes throughout Europe is a precondition for
maintaining Europe's four freedoms, created by the Single European Act 25
years ago: the free movement of goods, services, capital and labour. Europe
needs a fifth freedom - the free movement of electricity across borders - and
effective competition and an interconnected electricity grid are key to
establishing it.

25 years ago European leaders showed courage and vision by creating a
single European market. Today's leaders must show similar determination in
achieving a single market in electricity, and the Heads of State have the
opportunity to show such courage and vision by agreeing on 4 February to
create a single market for electricity by 2015."

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