The lack of available space and slow processes are currently one of the biggest obstacles to the implementation of the energy transformation
Dr. Barbara Schmidt, General Secretary of Austrian Energy
Vienna (OTS) – Austrian electricity companies support today’s proposals to accelerate renewable projects.
“Lack of available space and slow processes are currently one of the biggest obstacles to the implementation of the energy transformation”, says Barbara Schmidt, secretary general of Oesterreichs Energie. “It is very gratifying that with the establishment of a” fast path “- ie fast path for energy transition projects – a key industry requirement is now being addressed. For this regulation to have maximum effect, it must be implemented swiftly and with legal certainty at European level. “
Oesterreichs Energie, the e-business lobby, welcomes the three-point plan for faster energy transition presented today by Climate Minister Gewessler. From an industrial point of view, its “fast-track” approval for RES power plants, grid infrastructure and storage is urgently needed in order to reduce international dependence and achieve climate goals.
Duplication slows down the energy transformation
Currently, one of the biggest obstacles to the expansion of RES are long approval procedures under the Environmental Impact Assessment Act (UVP-G). In this context, the industry welcomes the plan to standardize the test processes by eliminating many tests in the future. It can be assumed that this approach will significantly contribute to the acceleration and more efficient course of approval procedures.
“Furthermore, we consider it very positive that energy transition projects will attract particularly high public interest in the future,” says Schmidt. “This means that renewable projects now have the priority that is required in the face of more pressing economic and climate policy challenges. We hope that this prioritization will accelerate and simplify decision-making in the area of tensions between climate protection and environmental protection in the future. ” In the past, renewable energy development projects were often the target of procedural delays due to fabricated objections and complaints, which mainly contributed to a further delay in the start of construction. E-business sees positively that these delaying tactics should no longer be possible in the future.
In addition, E-Wirtschaft welcomes the planned flexibility of the approval process, which is particularly influencing technological advances. If technology continues to evolve between approval and construction start, the project proposer should maintain a certain degree of flexibility and the process does not have to go back to start as before.
Necessary speed and legal certainty
Even if e-industry in principle welcomes the ambitious timetable that was presented in today’s communication – discussions on the amendment of the law must not lead to delays in the existing procedures. In addition to speed, coordination with the initiatives of the European Commission is also necessary. “The enthusiasm that now needs to be given impetus on the subject of approval procedures is satisfactory. However, as the European Commission has already put forward proposals to speed up the approval procedures – and the legislative processes at European level are already well advanced – we call for a well-coordinated approach. Otherwise, once a decision is made on the planned amendment to the EIA, another revision may be inevitable, ”says Schmidt.
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