October 28, 2020
2 min. read
Austria is currently working on implementing the EU directive 2019/944 regulating the EU electricity market. The draft for the related Austrian law which contains legislation for renewable energy communities, named “Erneuerbaren-Ausbau-Gesetz” (EAG), was published a few weeks ago on the website of the parliament.
The Austrian legislative procedure allows the public to comment on such draft laws and to propose specific changes. We have made use of this opportunity and made 3 such change proposals:
The proposed change in full detail can be read in this PDF (German).
The draft law contains many more paragraphs which are probably not perfect, but we wanted to focus on a few which we deem most important in order for this law to become a useful instrument. The common topic of our improvement proposals was language that mandates use of digital technology. We’re worried that without such language, at least some system participants may implement the required processes in a way which would make it slow and cumbersome to form and grow renewable energy communities, resulting in this model to have less appeal and thus gain less adoption.
We believe that using digital tools for building such systems would benefit all involved parties and thus hope for our suggestions to be picked up.
In general we believe that legislation should start to mandate the use of digital technology much more and even go a step further and mandate or at least recommend specific open protocols and standards where those exist, in order to improve interoperability and in order to get the efficiency gains enabled by digitization.