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Parliamentary questions
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22 February 2019
Question for written answer P-000971-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Florent Marcellesi (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Greek capacity mechanism
 Answer in writing 

Before the European Parliament votes on electricity market legislation at the end of March 2019, the capacities that can receive lawful subsidies under agreed capacity markets must be clarified as a matter of urgency. Greece is currently in negotiations with the Commission concerning a new capacity mechanism for the Greek electricity market, which was drafted without a consultation process. As the new rules were agreed in an informal trilogue in December 2018, it is crucial that their potential impact be evaluated.

1. What is the current status of the negotiations (before and after notification) on the new Greek capacity mechanism, what is the duration of the new capacity mechanism, and will the Commission ensure transparency and the participation of all relevant stakeholders in Greece’s future capacity market?

2. Does the Commission intend to oblige Greece to cease all capacity payments that exceed the emission limits and cut-off dates for commercial production enshrined in the electricity market regulation once it has entered into force, and what is the connection between the planned capacity mechanism and the failed divestment tender for Greece’s lignite assets?

3. Under the new capacity mechanism, will subsidies for ‘Ptolemaida V’, a 660 MW Greek lignite plant that is currently under construction, be considered lawful if commercial production begins after 1 January 2020?

Last updated: 6 March 2019Legal notice