Despite claiming to be greener than green and seeking to close down all the coal-fired power stations in Europe, the EU are still not happy.
The UK plans to support the conversion of the Lynemouth coal power plant to operate entirely on biomass – something you would imagine the EU would welcome, but no. Now they are planning an in-depth investigation to see if the UK government support for the project breaks state-aid regulation.
the Commission therefore has concerns that the actual rate of return could be higher than the parties estimate and could lead to overcompensation.
The Commission is therefore also concerned that on balance the measure’s negative effects on competition could outweigh its positive effect on achieving EU 2020 targets for renewable energy.