Press Release: Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean joins Parliamentary Plenum to share best practices on legislating renewables

A joint meeting of the Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum and Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean took place in Skopje today. Members of Parliament shared experiences and ideas with respect to legislating a conducive legislative framework for renewables. It was underlined that they share many challenges and efforts to overcome these joint challenges together are key.

Press Release: Inauguration of the Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory

Our houses are fast becoming smart homes, with smart thermostats, domestic appliances and security systems activated by apps on our smartphones. But this is just the beginning. Smart homes are growing into smart communities and smart regions – even smart cities. In the future, we will live in an intelligent digital eco-system, where virtual power plants connect up sustainable energy systems, where electric cars behave as intelligent batteries, and where citizens produce energy as well as consuming it.

Press Release: Cooperation between WB6 and MRC on market coupling takes shape

The first meeting of Western Balkan 6 Day-ahead Market Integration (WB6 DA MI) and Multi-Regional Coupling (MRC) projects took place today in the Energy Community Secretariat. The co-chairs of both project steering committees discussed the possibilities for WB6 stakeholders to become participants to the MRC with the aim to join the European Single Day-Ahead Coupling (SDAC).

UPDATED – Draft Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (first reading)

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UPDATED – Draft Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action (first reading)

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Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (3 December 2018)

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Draft Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency (first reading)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Exchange of views on findings of the IPCC Special report “Global warming 1.5 C”(26 November 2018)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Energy (27 November 2018)

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Study: International Climate Negotiations

Press Release: Secretariat and EBRD issue joint Policy Guidelines to help countries take up cost-effective energy efficiency measures

The Energy Community Secretariat and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have issued today joint Policy Guidelines to help countries in the region design and implement an Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme in line with Article 7 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.

Press Release: Rising energy consumption slows EU progress on renewables and energy efficiency targets

Progress on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing across the European Union, putting at risk the EU’s ability to achieve its energy and emissions reduction targets. Rising energy consumption, particularly in the transport sector, is to blame for the slowdown, according to preliminary data released today in the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) annual analysis on the EU’s progress towards its targets on renewables and energy efficiency.

UPDATED – Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the internal market for electricity (recast)

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Event: EU Energy Day 2018 at COP24 (Katowice, 11 December 2018)

The 6th EU Energy Day will take place in Katowice, Poland, as part of the EU side events programme at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24). It will showcase some of the initiatives launched to support a clean energy transition in the EU and beyond, and advertise the progress already made towards delivering on the EU’s commitments, including with the 2030 targets and Clean Energy Package.

Event: Designing future energy policies – Social sciences and humanities to accelerate the energy transition (Brussels, 22 January 2019)

Friends of Europe is delighted to invite you to “Designing future energy policies – Social sciences and humanities to accelerate the energy transition”, the first ever Brussels’ conference on the role of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) disciplines for advancing European energy policies.

Event: What Electricity Market Design for 2030 and beyond? (Brussels, 10 December 2018)

This event will present and discuss the results and policy recommendations of our new research project ‘What Electricity Market Design for 2030 and beyond?’. This new report, led by CERRE Joint Academic Director Prof. Michael G. Pollitt (Judge Business School, Cambridge) analyses how well today’s electricity market is working as the rollout of renewable energy sources (RES) continues to expand.

Written Answer to a Question: Greenhouse gas emissions 2030 reduction target

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Event: Countdown to a final Clean Energy Package: What can we still achieve? (Brussels, 28 November 2018)

The debate is a platform to present European policymakers, industry and experts’ priorities and provide a setting to discuss concrete policy solutions. It will leave ample opportunities for questions and answers from participants.

Event: Information and Training Workshop: Energy Efficiency Solutions for Dynamic Street Lighting (Pilsen, Czech Republic, 29-30 November)

The event will be organized within the Dynamic Light project supported by the INTERREG Central Europe platform. The event shall be attended by decision-makers as well as policy and procurement officers on municipal and regional level; street light engineers, architects, urban planners, and designers; researchers, lecturers, and trainers on technical, financial and legal aspects of public infrastructure who would like to integrate our trainings into their courses.

Event: Re-energising efficiency: looking beyond technology and economics (Brussels, 27 November 2018)

The seminar will offer in-depth presentations on the recent IEA Energy Efficiency Market report as well on the World Energy Outlook (to be launched shortly before the seminar).  Shorter presentations from the European Commission, the SHAPE ENERGY platform, the eceee sufficiency project and the Buildigns 2030 plaftorm will follow.

Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action

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Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency

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Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI & DEVE Committees – exchange of views with Eurostat on Sustainable development in the European Union — Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context (20 November 2018)

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Comitology Meeting: Energy Efficiency Directive Committee (12 December 2018)

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