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NEW EU STATE AID GUIDELINES ACTUALLY RESTRICT GROWTH OF GREEN AND DISTRIBUTED ENERGY

This paper was originally published in 2015 in the European Energy Journal and presented at the PowerrGen2015 conference in Rotterdam.  It was incorporated into the position papers of the Green Party in the EU Parliament. The conclusions have been borne out over time with EU renewable energy investment declining due to increased market barriers (data up to 2020). See AURES II, " How (not) to respond to low competition in renewable energy auctions Endogenous rationing in renewable energy auctions," Policy Brief June 2020 (funded by EU Horizon 2020).      The European Community grew out of a generation-old dream to create a single market across numerous European countries. Explicit in this concept was the realization from the beginning that the various national governments in this community should be restrained from providing the traditional government assistance to their own businesses, which by its very nature weakened competition and created uneven playing fields across nati