Integrated Market

Energy Market Design

As part of the “Clean energy package”, the Commission released a set of proposals on a new rule book for the EU energy market in 2016, with the aim of preparing the energy system for the rising share in variable renewable energy (expected to reach 50 percent in 2030). In particular, the EC proposed to revise the Regulation and Directive on the internal market for electricity and the regulation that establishes a European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, as well as to adopt a regulation on risk-preparedness in the electricity sector. The proposals go in the direction of ensuring a more competitive, customer-centred, flexible and non-discriminatory EU electricity market, making it fit for decarbonisation and innovation, with market-based supply prices.

Heat pumps are very efficient technologies that possess a high flexibility and demand-response potential. EHPA supports an electricity market with flexible tariffs and incentives for self-consumption, as this would allow consumers to play an active role in the energy system and it would also provide a financial advantage to heat-pump users.

Smart Appliances

A new renewable energy-based and smart energy system requires smart appliances able to interact with each other and with the grid in order to exploit their full balancing potential. In the framework of Ecodesign Lot 33, the European Commission launched a preparatory study in 2014 to analyse the technical, economic, market and societal aspects relevant for a broad market introduction of smart appliances. The results of the study are expected to be published in the first half of 2018.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) have a high flexibility potential with few comfort and performance impacts. The industry can therefore gain visibility by exploiting the demand-response potential of heat pumps. EHPA is among the consulted stakeholders and supports a voluntary demand-side flexibility functionality of products that should not affect the energy class on the energy label. The outcome of this work should be fully consistent with the upcoming ‘Smart-readiness indicator’ for buildings currently developed by the Commission (in cooperation with EHPA).

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