Energy Cities believes the debate about renewing the Energy policy governance for 2030 should take into account the role of sub-national levels.
The ongoing transformation of the European energy sector has been overwhelmingly carried by cities and local authorities. These local actors have a leading role in terms of energy efficiency actions and the scaling up of renewable energy. They embrace this transition with new organisational models that allow for a low carbon, decentralised energy system, and play an increasingly important role in the energy sector. In this
context, the ambitious initiative of the Energy Union offers an opportunity to build an integrated institutional and political framework that allows for the energy transition to happen swiftly, cost-efficiently, across the European Union.
After the Big Five policy recommendations to the new EU policy-makers, Energy Cities has now issued its position paper on the planned Energy Union. We suggest Mr. Šefčovič, the EU Vice-President in charge of that topic, and Commissioner for Energy Mr. Cañete to bring decentralised energy at the center of the debate:
One opportunity to discuss this topic is the High-level Roundtable discussion "The strategic role of Smart Cities for tackling energy challenges" organised by the Directorate General Energy of the European Commission on 25th February in Brussels.