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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.