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2024/05/21
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2024/04/11
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2024/04/11
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 473 with 80, with 27 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directives (EU) 2018/2001 and (EU) 2019/944 as regards improving the Union’s electricity market design.

The proposed directive aims to improve the design of the integrated electricity market, in particular to prevent unduly high electricity prices.

The position adopted by the European Parliament at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure amends the proposal as follows:

Modernising the Union's electricity network

The amended text highlights that strengthening the internal energy market and achieving the climate and energy transition objectives requires a substantial upgrade of the Union’s electricity network to be able to host vast increases of renewable generation capacity, with weather-dependent variability in generation amounts and changing electricity flow patterns across the Union, and to be able to address new demand such as electric vehicles and heat pumps. Any reform of the Union’s electricity market should contribute to a more integrated European electricity network , with a view to ensuring that each Member State reaches a level of electricity interconnectivity in accordance with the electricity interconnection target for 2030 of at least 15 %. The reform of the electricity market design aims to achieve affordable and competitive electricity prices for all consumers.

Free choice of supplier

Member States should ensure that all customers are free to purchase electricity from suppliers of their choice. Where technically feasible, smart metering systems deployed may be used to allow customers to have more than one electricity supply contract or more than one energy sharing agreement at the same time.

Flexible connection agreements

The regulatory authority, or another competent authority where a Member State has so provided, should develop a framework for transmission system operators and distribution system operators to offer the possibility of establishing flexible connection agreements in areas where there is limited or no network capacity availability for new connections. Flexible connection agreements should be converted from flexible to firm connection agreements once the network is developed is ensured on the basis of established criteria.

Entitlement to a fixed-term, fixed-price electricity supply contract and to a dynamic electricity price contract

Member States should ensure that the national regulatory framework enables suppliers to offer fixed-term, fixed-price electricity supply contracts and dynamic electricity price contracts. Member States should ensure that final customers who have a smart meter installed can request to conclude a dynamic electricity price contract and that all final customers can request to conclude a fixed-term, fixed-price electricity supply contract with a duration of at least one year, with at least one supplier and with every supplier that has more than 200 000 final customers.

Prior to the conclusion or extension of any contract, final customers should be provided with a summary of the key contractual terms and conditions in a prominent manner and in clear and concise language. That summary should set out (a) the total price and its breakdown; (b) an explanation as to whether the price is fixed, variable or dynamic; (c) the supplier’s email address and the details of a consumer support hotline; and (d) where relevant, information on one-time payments, promotions, additional services and discounts.

Right to energy sharing

Member States should ensure that all households, small enterprises and medium-sized enterprises, public bodies and, where a Member State has so decided, other categories of final customer have the right to participate in energy sharing as active customers in a non-discriminatory manner, within the same bidding zone or a more limited geographical area, as determined by that Member State.

Participation in energy sharing should not constitute the primary commercial or professional activity of active customers engaged in energy sharing. The energy sharing organiser or another third party may own or manage a storage or renewable energy generation facility of up to 6 MW, without being considered to be an active customer, except where it is one of the active customers participating in the energy sharing project.

Member States should ensure that energy sharing projects owned by public authorities make the shared electricity accessible to vulnerable or energy poor customers or citizens. When doing so, Member States should do their utmost to promote that the amount of that accessible energy is at least 10 % on average of the energy shared.

Supplier of last resort

Where Member States have not already put in place a regime with regard to suppliers of last resort, they should introduce such a regime to ensure continuity of supply at least for household customers.

Protection from disconnections

Member States should ensure that vulnerable customers and customers affected by energy poverty are fully protected from electricity disconnections, by taking the appropriate measures, including the prohibition of disconnections or other equivalent actions.

Member States should take appropriate measures to enable customers to avoid disconnection, which may include: (a) promoting voluntary codes for suppliers and customers on preventing and managing cases of customers in arrears; (b) promoting customers’ education and awareness of their rights with regard to debt management; (c) access to finance, vouchers or subsidies to support the payment of bills; (d) encouraging and facilitating the provision of meter readings every three months.

Access to affordable energy during an electricity price crisis

The Council may, acting on a proposal from the Commission, by means of an implementing decision declare a regional or Union-wide electricity price crisis , if the following conditions are met:

- the existence of very high average prices in wholesale electricity markets of at least two and a half times the average price during the previous five years, and at least 180 EUR/MWh which is expected to continue for at least six months, the calculation of the average price during the previous five years not taking into account those periods where a regional or Union-wide electricity price crisis was declared;

- sharp increases in electricity retail prices in the range of 70 % occur which are expected to continue for at least three months.

Member States must transpose the directive within six months of its entry into force.

Documents
2024/03/22
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Documents
2024/03/22
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
Documents
2024/02/29
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading
2024/01/15
   EP - Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations
2023/07/19
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading
2023/04/20
   EP - SILVA PEREIRA Pedro (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in ECON
2023/04/11
   EP - GONZÁLEZ CASARES Nicolás (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in ITRE
2023/03/28
   EP - VAN OVERTVELDT Johan (ECR) appointed as rapporteur in BUDG
2023/03/28
   EP - CAVAZZINI Anna (Verts/ALE) appointed as rapporteur in IMCO
2023/03/14
   EC - Legislative proposal
2023/03/14
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2023/03/14
   EC - Legislative proposal published

Documents

  • Debate in Parliament: Debate in Parliament
  • Decision by Parliament, 1st reading: T9-0285/2024
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading: A9-0151/2024
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading: A9-0151/2024
  • Legislative proposal: EUR-Lex
  • Legislative proposal: COM(2023)0148
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2023)0058
  • Legislative proposal published: EUR-Lex
  • Legislative proposal published: COM(2023)0148
  • Legislative proposal: EUR-Lex COM(2023)0148
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex SWD(2023)0058
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading: A9-0151/2024

Votes

A9-0151/2024 – Nicolás González Casares – Rejection – Am 3 #

2024/04/11 Outcome: -: 487, +: 59, 0: 32
CY IE MT HU HR EL LV SI LU EE SK DK LT FI BG PT BE CZ AT SE NL RO FR ES PL IT DE
Total
3
12
4
13
5
12
7
6
6
7
13
13
10
13
12
21
19
19
17
21
24
19
64
50
47
56
85
icon: The Left The Left
32

Cyprus The Left

Abstain (1)

1

Denmark The Left

1

Finland The Left

For (1)

1

Belgium The Left

For (1)

1

Czechia The Left

1

Sweden The Left

For (1)

1

Netherlands The Left

For (1)

1
icon: NI NI
33

Latvia NI

Abstain (1)

1

Slovakia NI

Against (1)

4

Netherlands NI

1

Romania NI

Against (1)

1

Germany NI

Against (1)

2
icon: ID ID
50

Estonia ID

Against (1)

1

Denmark ID

Abstain (1)

1

Czechia ID

For (1)

1

Austria ID

Against (2)

2
icon: ECR ECR
57

Croatia ECR

Against (1)

1

Latvia ECR

Against (1)

1

Slovakia ECR

Against (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

Against (1)

1

Finland ECR

2

Bulgaria ECR

2
3

Sweden ECR

3

Netherlands ECR

For (1)

4

France ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Germany ECR

Against (1)

1
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
62

Ireland Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Greece Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Lithuania Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Portugal Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Austria Verts/ALE

For (1)

Against (2)

3

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Spain Verts/ALE

Abstain (1)

3

Poland Verts/ALE

Against (1)

1

Italy Verts/ALE

2
icon: Renew Renew
91

Ireland Renew

2

Hungary Renew

2

Greece Renew

Against (1)

1

Latvia Renew

Against (1)

1

Slovenia Renew

2

Luxembourg Renew

2

Estonia Renew

3

Slovakia Renew

3

Lithuania Renew

Against (1)

1

Finland Renew

2

Bulgaria Renew

3

Austria Renew

Against (1)

1

Sweden Renew

3

Poland Renew

1

Italy Renew

2
icon: S&D S&D
113

Cyprus S&D

Against (1)

1

Hungary S&D

Against (1)

2

Greece S&D

Against (1)

1

Latvia S&D

Against (1)

1

Slovenia S&D

Against (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

Against (1)

1

Estonia S&D

2

Slovakia S&D

Against (1)

1

Denmark S&D

2

Lithuania S&D

2

Finland S&D

2

Bulgaria S&D

Against (1)

1

Belgium S&D

2

Czechia S&D

Against (1)

1
icon: PPE PPE
140

Cyprus PPE

Against (1)

1

Malta PPE

Against (1)

1

Croatia PPE

Against (1)

1

Latvia PPE

3

Slovenia PPE

3

Luxembourg PPE

2

Estonia PPE

Against (1)

1

Denmark PPE

Against (1)

1

Netherlands PPE

4

A9-0151/2024 – Nicolás González Casares – Provisional agreement – Am 2 #

2024/04/11 Outcome: +: 473, -: 80, 0: 27
DE PL IT ES FR BE NL SE AT PT FI RO BG LT SK DK CZ EE EL SI LU HR LV MT IE CY HU
Total
85
46
55
50
64
20
25
21
17
21
13
19
13
10
13
13
20
7
11
6
6
5
6
4
12
3
15
icon: PPE PPE
140

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1

Slovenia PPE

3

Luxembourg PPE

2

Croatia PPE

For (1)

1

Malta PPE

For (1)

1

Cyprus PPE

For (1)

1

Hungary PPE

Against (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
116

Belgium S&D

2

Bulgaria S&D

2

Lithuania S&D

2

Slovakia S&D

For (1)

1

Denmark S&D

2

Czechia S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

2

Greece S&D

1

Slovenia S&D

For (1)

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Latvia S&D

For (1)

1

Cyprus S&D

1
icon: Renew Renew
90

Poland Renew

1

Italy Renew

2
3

Austria Renew

For (1)

1

Finland Renew

2

Lithuania Renew

1

Slovakia Renew

3

Estonia Renew

3

Greece Renew

1

Slovenia Renew

2

Luxembourg Renew

2

Ireland Renew

2

Hungary Renew

2
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
61

Poland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Italy Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Spain Verts/ALE

3

Belgium Verts/ALE

3

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Sweden Verts/ALE

3

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Portugal Verts/ALE

1

Finland Verts/ALE

3

Lithuania Verts/ALE

2

Denmark Verts/ALE

2

Czechia Verts/ALE

3

Greece Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Ireland Verts/ALE

1
icon: ECR ECR
60

Germany ECR

Abstain (1)

1

France ECR

Abstain (1)

1

Sweden ECR

For (1)

3

Finland ECR

Abstain (1)

2

Bulgaria ECR

2

Lithuania ECR

1

Slovakia ECR

For (1)

1

Croatia ECR

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1
icon: ID ID
50

Austria ID

2

Denmark ID

For (1)

1

Czechia ID

Against (1)

1

Estonia ID

For (1)

1
icon: NI NI
32

Germany NI

For (1)

Against (1)

2

Belgium NI

For (1)

1

Netherlands NI

Against (1)

1

Romania NI

Abstain (1)

1

Latvia NI

Against (1)

1
icon: The Left The Left
31

Belgium The Left

Against (1)

1

Netherlands The Left

Against (1)

1

Sweden The Left

Against (1)

1

Finland The Left

For (1)

1

Denmark The Left

Against (1)

1

Czechia The Left

Against (1)

1

Ireland The Left

4

Cyprus The Left

Abstain (1)

1

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 473 with 80, with 27 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directives (EU) 2018/2001 and (EU) 2019/944 as regards improving the Union’s electricity market design.
  • The proposed directive aims to improve the design of the integrated electricity market, in particular to prevent unduly high electricity prices.
  • The position adopted by the European Parliament at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure amends the proposal as follows:
  • Modernising the Union's electricity network
  • The amended text highlights that strengthening the internal energy market and achieving the climate and energy transition objectives requires a substantial upgrade of the Union’s electricity network to be able to host vast increases of renewable generation capacity, with weather-dependent variability in generation amounts and changing electricity flow patterns across the Union, and to be able to address new demand such as electric vehicles and heat pumps. Any reform of the Union’s electricity market should contribute to a more integrated European electricity network , with a view to ensuring that each Member State reaches a level of electricity interconnectivity in accordance with the electricity interconnection target for 2030 of at least 15 %. The reform of the electricity market design aims to achieve affordable and competitive electricity prices for all consumers.
  • Free choice of supplier
  • Member States should ensure that all customers are free to purchase electricity from suppliers of their choice. Where technically feasible, smart metering systems deployed may be used to allow customers to have more than one electricity supply contract or more than one energy sharing agreement at the same time.
  • Flexible connection agreements
  • The regulatory authority, or another competent authority where a Member State has so provided, should develop a framework for transmission system operators and distribution system operators to offer the possibility of establishing flexible connection agreements in areas where there is limited or no network capacity availability for new connections. Flexible connection agreements should be converted from flexible to firm connection agreements once the network is developed is ensured on the basis of established criteria.
  • Entitlement to a fixed-term, fixed-price electricity supply contract and to a dynamic electricity price contract
  • Member States should ensure that the national regulatory framework enables suppliers to offer fixed-term, fixed-price electricity supply contracts and dynamic electricity price contracts. Member States should ensure that final customers who have a smart meter installed can request to conclude a dynamic electricity price contract and that all final customers can request to conclude a fixed-term, fixed-price electricity supply contract with a duration of at least one year, with at least one supplier and with every supplier that has more than 200 000 final customers.
  • Prior to the conclusion or extension of any contract, final customers should be provided with a summary of the key contractual terms and conditions in a prominent manner and in clear and concise language. That summary should set out (a) the total price and its breakdown; (b) an explanation as to whether the price is fixed, variable or dynamic; (c) the supplier’s email address and the details of a consumer support hotline; and (d) where relevant, information on one-time payments, promotions, additional services and discounts.
  • Right to energy sharing
  • Member States should ensure that all households, small enterprises and medium-sized enterprises, public bodies and, where a Member State has so decided, other categories of final customer have the right to participate in energy sharing as active customers in a non-discriminatory manner, within the same bidding zone or a more limited geographical area, as determined by that Member State.
  • Participation in energy sharing should not constitute the primary commercial or professional activity of active customers engaged in energy sharing. The energy sharing organiser or another third party may own or manage a storage or renewable energy generation facility of up to 6 MW, without being considered to be an active customer, except where it is one of the active customers participating in the energy sharing project.
  • Member States should ensure that energy sharing projects owned by public authorities make the shared electricity accessible to vulnerable or energy poor customers or citizens. When doing so, Member States should do their utmost to promote that the amount of that accessible energy is at least 10 % on average of the energy shared.
  • Supplier of last resort
  • Where Member States have not already put in place a regime with regard to suppliers of last resort, they should introduce such a regime to ensure continuity of supply at least for household customers.
  • Protection from disconnections
  • Member States should ensure that vulnerable customers and customers affected by energy poverty are fully protected from electricity disconnections, by taking the appropriate measures, including the prohibition of disconnections or other equivalent actions.
  • Member States should take appropriate measures to enable customers to avoid disconnection, which may include: (a) promoting voluntary codes for suppliers and customers on preventing and managing cases of customers in arrears; (b) promoting customers’ education and awareness of their rights with regard to debt management; (c) access to finance, vouchers or subsidies to support the payment of bills; (d) encouraging and facilitating the provision of meter readings every three months.
  • Access to affordable energy during an electricity price crisis
  • The Council may, acting on a proposal from the Commission, by means of an implementing decision declare a regional or Union-wide electricity price crisis , if the following conditions are met:
  • - the existence of very high average prices in wholesale electricity markets of at least two and a half times the average price during the previous five years, and at least 180 EUR/MWh which is expected to continue for at least six months, the calculation of the average price during the previous five years not taking into account those periods where a regional or Union-wide electricity price crisis was declared;
  • - sharp increases in electricity retail prices in the range of 70 % occur which are expected to continue for at least three months.
  • Member States must transpose the directive within six months of its entry into force.
docs/3
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2024-04-11T00:00:00
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EP
events/6/summary
  • The European Parliament adopted by 473 with 80, with 27 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directives (EU) 2018/2001 and (EU) 2019/944 as regards improving the Union’s electricity market design.
  • The proposed directive aims to improve the design of the integrated electricity market, in particular to prevent unduly high electricity prices.
  • The position adopted by the European Parliament at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure amends the proposal as follows:
  • Modernising the Union's electricity network
  • The amended text highlights that strengthening the internal energy market and achieving the climate and energy transition objectives requires a substantial upgrade of the Union’s electricity network to be able to host vast increases of renewable generation capacity, with weather-dependent variability in generation amounts and changing electricity flow patterns across the Union, and to be able to address new demand such as electric vehicles and heat pumps. Any reform of the Union’s electricity market should contribute to a more integrated European electricity network , with a view to ensuring that each Member State reaches a level of electricity interconnectivity in accordance with the electricity interconnection target for 2030 of at least 15 %. The reform of the electricity market design aims to achieve affordable and competitive electricity prices for all consumers.
  • Free choice of supplier
  • Member States should ensure that all customers are free to purchase electricity from suppliers of their choice. Where technically feasible, smart metering systems deployed may be used to allow customers to have more than one electricity supply contract or more than one energy sharing agreement at the same time.
  • Flexible connection agreements
  • The regulatory authority, or another competent authority where a Member State has so provided, should develop a framework for transmission system operators and distribution system operators to offer the possibility of establishing flexible connection agreements in areas where there is limited or no network capacity availability for new connections. Flexible connection agreements should be converted from flexible to firm connection agreements once the network is developed is ensured on the basis of established criteria.
  • Entitlement to a fixed-term, fixed-price electricity supply contract and to a dynamic electricity price contract
  • Member States should ensure that the national regulatory framework enables suppliers to offer fixed-term, fixed-price electricity supply contracts and dynamic electricity price contracts. Member States should ensure that final customers who have a smart meter installed can request to conclude a dynamic electricity price contract and that all final customers can request to conclude a fixed-term, fixed-price electricity supply contract with a duration of at least one year, with at least one supplier and with every supplier that has more than 200 000 final customers.
  • Prior to the conclusion or extension of any contract, final customers should be provided with a summary of the key contractual terms and conditions in a prominent manner and in clear and concise language. That summary should set out (a) the total price and its breakdown; (b) an explanation as to whether the price is fixed, variable or dynamic; (c) the supplier’s email address and the details of a consumer support hotline; and (d) where relevant, information on one-time payments, promotions, additional services and discounts.
  • Right to energy sharing
  • Member States should ensure that all households, small enterprises and medium-sized enterprises, public bodies and, where a Member State has so decided, other categories of final customer have the right to participate in energy sharing as active customers in a non-discriminatory manner, within the same bidding zone or a more limited geographical area, as determined by that Member State.
  • Participation in energy sharing should not constitute the primary commercial or professional activity of active customers engaged in energy sharing. The energy sharing organiser or another third party may own or manage a storage or renewable energy generation facility of up to 6 MW, without being considered to be an active customer, except where it is one of the active customers participating in the energy sharing project.
  • Member States should ensure that energy sharing projects owned by public authorities make the shared electricity accessible to vulnerable or energy poor customers or citizens. When doing so, Member States should do their utmost to promote that the amount of that accessible energy is at least 10 % on average of the energy shared.
  • Supplier of last resort
  • Where Member States have not already put in place a regime with regard to suppliers of last resort, they should introduce such a regime to ensure continuity of supply at least for household customers.
  • Protection from disconnections
  • Member States should ensure that vulnerable customers and customers affected by energy poverty are fully protected from electricity disconnections, by taking the appropriate measures, including the prohibition of disconnections or other equivalent actions.
  • Member States should take appropriate measures to enable customers to avoid disconnection, which may include: (a) promoting voluntary codes for suppliers and customers on preventing and managing cases of customers in arrears; (b) promoting customers’ education and awareness of their rights with regard to debt management; (c) access to finance, vouchers or subsidies to support the payment of bills; (d) encouraging and facilitating the provision of meter readings every three months.
  • Access to affordable energy during an electricity price crisis
  • The Council may, acting on a proposal from the Commission, by means of an implementing decision declare a regional or Union-wide electricity price crisis , if the following conditions are met:
  • - the existence of very high average prices in wholesale electricity markets of at least two and a half times the average price during the previous five years, and at least 180 EUR/MWh which is expected to continue for at least six months, the calculation of the average price during the previous five years not taking into account those periods where a regional or Union-wide electricity price crisis was declared;
  • - sharp increases in electricity retail prices in the range of 70 % occur which are expected to continue for at least three months.
  • Member States must transpose the directive within six months of its entry into force.
docs/3
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2024-04-11T00:00:00
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events/6/summary
  • The European Parliament adopted by 473 with 80, with 27 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directives (EU) 2018/2001 and (EU) 2019/944 as regards improving the Union’s electricity market design.
  • The proposed directive aims to improve the design of the integrated electricity market, in particular to prevent unduly high electricity prices.
  • The position adopted by the European Parliament at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure amends the proposal as follows:
  • Modernising the Union's electricity network
  • The amended text highlights that strengthening the internal energy market and achieving the climate and energy transition objectives requires a substantial upgrade of the Union’s electricity network to be able to host vast increases of renewable generation capacity, with weather-dependent variability in generation amounts and changing electricity flow patterns across the Union, and to be able to address new demand such as electric vehicles and heat pumps. Any reform of the Union’s electricity market should contribute to a more integrated European electricity network , with a view to ensuring that each Member State reaches a level of electricity interconnectivity in accordance with the electricity interconnection target for 2030 of at least 15 %. The reform of the electricity market design aims to achieve affordable and competitive electricity prices for all consumers.
  • Free choice of supplier
  • Member States should ensure that all customers are free to purchase electricity from suppliers of their choice. Where technically feasible, smart metering systems deployed may be used to allow customers to have more than one electricity supply contract or more than one energy sharing agreement at the same time.
  • Flexible connection agreements
  • The regulatory authority, or another competent authority where a Member State has so provided, should develop a framework for transmission system operators and distribution system operators to offer the possibility of establishing flexible connection agreements in areas where there is limited or no network capacity availability for new connections. Flexible connection agreements should be converted from flexible to firm connection agreements once the network is developed is ensured on the basis of established criteria.
  • Entitlement to a fixed-term, fixed-price electricity supply contract and to a dynamic electricity price contract
  • Member States should ensure that the national regulatory framework enables suppliers to offer fixed-term, fixed-price electricity supply contracts and dynamic electricity price contracts. Member States should ensure that final customers who have a smart meter installed can request to conclude a dynamic electricity price contract and that all final customers can request to conclude a fixed-term, fixed-price electricity supply contract with a duration of at least one year, with at least one supplier and with every supplier that has more than 200 000 final customers.
  • Prior to the conclusion or extension of any contract, final customers should be provided with a summary of the key contractual terms and conditions in a prominent manner and in clear and concise language. That summary should set out (a) the total price and its breakdown; (b) an explanation as to whether the price is fixed, variable or dynamic; (c) the supplier’s email address and the details of a consumer support hotline; and (d) where relevant, information on one-time payments, promotions, additional services and discounts.
  • Right to energy sharing
  • Member States should ensure that all households, small enterprises and medium-sized enterprises, public bodies and, where a Member State has so decided, other categories of final customer have the right to participate in energy sharing as active customers in a non-discriminatory manner, within the same bidding zone or a more limited geographical area, as determined by that Member State.
  • Participation in energy sharing should not constitute the primary commercial or professional activity of active customers engaged in energy sharing. The energy sharing organiser or another third party may own or manage a storage or renewable energy generation facility of up to 6 MW, without being considered to be an active customer, except where it is one of the active customers participating in the energy sharing project.
  • Member States should ensure that energy sharing projects owned by public authorities make the shared electricity accessible to vulnerable or energy poor customers or citizens. When doing so, Member States should do their utmost to promote that the amount of that accessible energy is at least 10 % on average of the energy shared.
  • Supplier of last resort
  • Where Member States have not already put in place a regime with regard to suppliers of last resort, they should introduce such a regime to ensure continuity of supply at least for household customers.
  • Protection from disconnections
  • Member States should ensure that vulnerable customers and customers affected by energy poverty are fully protected from electricity disconnections, by taking the appropriate measures, including the prohibition of disconnections or other equivalent actions.
  • Member States should take appropriate measures to enable customers to avoid disconnection, which may include: (a) promoting voluntary codes for suppliers and customers on preventing and managing cases of customers in arrears; (b) promoting customers’ education and awareness of their rights with regard to debt management; (c) access to finance, vouchers or subsidies to support the payment of bills; (d) encouraging and facilitating the provision of meter readings every three months.
  • Access to affordable energy during an electricity price crisis
  • The Council may, acting on a proposal from the Commission, by means of an implementing decision declare a regional or Union-wide electricity price crisis , if the following conditions are met:
  • - the existence of very high average prices in wholesale electricity markets of at least two and a half times the average price during the previous five years, and at least 180 EUR/MWh which is expected to continue for at least six months, the calculation of the average price during the previous five years not taking into account those periods where a regional or Union-wide electricity price crisis was declared;
  • - sharp increases in electricity retail prices in the range of 70 % occur which are expected to continue for at least three months.
  • Member States must transpose the directive within six months of its entry into force.
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