Open letter to Ursula von der Leyen, Frans Timmermans & Kadri Simson: Demand-side flexibility is a strategic answer to the energy crisis

On 5 October, ESMIG, alongside 13 fellow associations, sent a joint letter to the President of the European Commission, Ursela von der Leyen, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmerman and Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson, to call for the implementation of demand-side flexibility provisions in the Electricity Market Design.

We urge the Commission and Member States to focus on consumers’ flexibility as an available and immediate response to the emergency situation of rising energy prices and increased EU energy resilience. Demand reduction and optimisation are at the heart of recent emergency interventions adopted by the EU. It requires a signal to which consumers can react. Hence, the Commission should refrain from suggesting market interventions and blunted price signals that undermine the foundations of the consumer-centric EU Electricity Market Design adopted in 2019.

Rather, the strategic answer – both short and long-term – is to empower all consumers with decentralised energy resources and allow them to self-consume, adjust and trade their energy consumption, storage and on-site renewable and efficient generation, directly, or through local communities and aggregators.

Along with improved energy efficiency, the roll-out of renewables and access to competitive electricity supply, together we highlight key areas of priority to focus on.

Download the letter here.



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