EU Group Asks For Fair Competition For Heat Services

EGEC is asking the European Union for a full review of the impact of the competitive distortion of the Internal Market for Gas legal base, in order to guarantee a fair competition for heat services in a green energy future of the EU.

In a letter to Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) asks for a full review of the impact of the competitive distortion of the Internal Market for Gas legal base.

The geothermal industry is concerned by the significant competitive distortion caused by the Internal Market for Gas, which gives it a dominant market position at the expense of renewable heating and cooling services.

Heat accounts for half of the EU’s total energy consumption. About 80% of this heat consumption comes from fossil fuels which is locked in by EU and government subsidies.

In a letter to the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, EGEC Secretary General Philippe Dumas said “Heat, like electricity, is a service with multiple providers. Fossil gas does not represent the entire EU’s heating sector. It is a service provider which must be exposed to full and fair competition with renewable heating technologies.”

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