SET Plan: Support for new energy technologies (Communication)
The strategic plan to support energy technology (SET Plan) is to be refocussed on the priorities of the Energy Union. The EU Commission criticises the existing SET Plan for the fact that its technology-specific research support is failing to take sufficient account of the synergies between the various energy technologies. It therefore wants to replace this "technology-specific approach" with an "energy system approach".
The planned shift will be better suited to the unpredictability of the development of new energy technologies. By refocussing the SET Plan towards the prioritised areas of the "Energy Union", state funded research projects can concentrate more on the long-term EU energy policy targets. The provision of EU funds for bringing new technologies to the market must be time limited, however, otherwise there is a risk that permanently unprofitable technologies will become state supported.