Danish EU profile criticizes Sweden's open power market exemption

Morten Helveg Petersen regrets Sweden's choice to apply for exemption from EU regulations, citing clashes with the legal intention.

It's highly problematic when member states plan energy policy as an exclusively national matter. | Photo: Thomas Borberg

Danish MEP Morten Helveg Petersen happily presented the new rules for the EU's free inner power market a year and a half ago, ensuring that all connections between countries would have 70 percent capacity allocated for market trading.

"Europe has for years been marked by protectionism when it comes to trading electricity across national borders. This has curbed the transition to renewable energy and, as such, climate change mitigation. At the same time, consumers have seen unnecessarily high prices, which has hurt our competitive edge," said Helveg Petersen, who had been the European Parliament's spokesperson for the so-called ACER ordinance and a shadow spokesperson in the negotiations on power market rules.

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