Support schemes for renewables in the EU are, in principle, organised nationally. Nonetheless, in recent years the EU has experienced a development resulting in convergence of renewables (RES) support schemes towards auctions and feed-in premiums. At the same time, opening auctions for RES installations located in other Member States has become an increasingly discussed topic – not least because Germany and Denmark have conducted pilot cross-border auctions for PV installations.

This report aims to address the potential complexity of cross-border auctions and to show how they can be designed to be effective and efficient. To do so, it assesses various design options for cross-border auctions and provides practical guidance for countries seeking to implement them. The study builds on the findings on auction design from the first AURES project ( and incorporates experience from the German-Danish auction.

Download the report here.