To simplify permitting processes for renewable energy projects, facilitate power purchase agreements and empower citizens, the Commission published a recommendation on speeding up permit-granting procedures for renewable energy projects and a proposal for a targeted amendment of the Renewable Energy Directive. The Commission had already proposed a series of measures through the "REPowerEU: Joint EU action for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy," published on 8 March 2022, and in the REPowerEU plan of 18 May 2022, to respond to the rising energy prices and to shed the EU's dependence on Russian fossil fuels.
Concerning the "RES Simplify" study, the Commission published an interim report on 17 May 2022, providing a comprehensive overview of the barriers and good practices related to permit-granting identified in EU countries, Norway and Iceland.
An overview of the public consultation held on permitting-related aspects in the first quarter of 2022 is also available.
PPAs are expected to become a significant driver for more market-based renewables deployment in the coming years. The Commission plans a guidance on permit-granting processes and PPAs to provide recommendations on facilitating power purchase agreements.
The revised Renewable Energy Directive emphasizes making it easier for citizens to consume and produce renewable energy. The European Parliament has provided funding for the European Commission to set up two different projects to demonstrate best practices and provide technical assistance to develop concrete energy community initiatives. Launched in April 2022, the Energy Communities Repository shall assist local actors and citizens in urban areas with the set up of Energy Communities. A similar program for rural areas called the "Rural Energy Community Advisory Hub" will be launched in June 2022.