EU emergency measures to simplify and speed up the permitting of renewables slated to be adopted by energy ministers on Thursday are a step backwards as they don’t include projects already in the approval process, WindEurope and more than 20 leading wind industry chief executives warned.

“The regulation was meant to help accelerate permitting for renewables. That is an excellent goal. Europe needs all the new power generation capacity it can get in the coming months,” the letter says.

“Many renewables projects are ready to go but are waiting on their permits.