A specific EU Directive for securing access to the European electricity network for renewables has moved a step closer, according to the EU parliament's EUROSUN Intergroup. At a meeting in Strasbourg to discuss the recently published White Paper on Renewable Energies (Windpower Monthly, January 1998), the group's chairman, MEP Dietrich Elchlepp, commented: "The Intergroup expects now that an initiative for a European Electricity Network Access Directive for renewable energies will be taken quickly. The positive experience of some countries shall thus be transferred to as many countries of the EU as possible." Elchlepp also stressed the need for a "minimum requirement for the taxation of energy" and "wide aid for market introduction programmes for renewable energies." EUROSUN has published guidelines for a Directive for third party access. These include: a purchase guarantee; minimum tariffs for renewables (based on the costs avoided by an electricity distributor in not having to buy power elsewhere); an environmental bonus; non discriminatory access to the grid; and fiscal incentives to support funds for renewables, such as exempting them from sales tax. The Strasbourg meeting was held January 14.
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