UPDATED – Draft Council conclusions on the Future of Energy Systems in the Energy Union designed to ensure the clean energy transition and the achievement of energy and climate objectives towards 2030 and beyond

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Report: From nearly-zero energy buildings to net-zero energy districts

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (12 June 2019)

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Press Release: District heating needs flexibility to navigate the energy transition

Heating in buildings is at the core of energy consumption – space heating and hot water production account for around 70% of energy consumption in residential buildings in IEA countries, resulting in significant CO2 emissions. This is receiving increasing attention in many countries, including through a renewed focus in IEA’s in-depth reviews of energy policies of IEA member countries.

Report: Global deployment of large capacity stationary fuel cells

The study attempts to identify some key factors influencing deployment and to relate them to the trends observed in specific countries/regions. These factors include: energy and climate policies, FC funding programmes, competing technologies, the presence of FC system manufacturers and energy prices (spark spread). The study finds that the global deployment of large-scale fuel cells is currently dominated by the US and South Korean market, which together make up almost 95% of installed capacity.

UPDATED – Comitology Written Consultation: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’

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Press Release: Energy-efficient data centres? How recovered waste heat could be sold to district heating networks, Finland

Concern is growing around the issue of energy efficiency in data centres (DC) as more and more data are saved, processed, and transferred to facilitate myriad digital services worldwide. Utilising waste heat from DCs as heating for nearby districts may be a potential solution if technical and knowledge barriers are overcome, suggests this Finnish study, which identified key obstacles to this concept and possible methods of implementation.

Agenda: Working Party on Energy (27 May 2019)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/826 of 4 March 2019 amending Annexes VIII and IX to Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the contents of comprehensive assessments of the potential for efficient heating and cooling

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Public Consultation: Targeted Consultation for the Evaluation of the Guidelines on State aid for Environmental protection and Energy 2014-2020 (EEAG)

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Press Release: Commission approves €5 billion Polish support for cogenerated electricity and surcharge reductions for large energy consumers; opens in-depth investigation into reductions in capacity mechanism surcharge

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a Polish scheme to support high-efficiency cogeneration and  reduced surcharges to finance the scheme for energy-intensive users. It also opened an investigation into reduced surcharges to finance Poland’s capacity mechanism.

Agenda: Working Party on Energy (16 April 2019)

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Commission Staff Working Document: Progress in Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation 2018

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Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… amending Annexes VIII and IX to Directive 2012/27/EU on the contents of comprehensive assessments of the potential for efficient heating and cooling

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

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Written Answer to a Question: Use of biomass, biogas and bioliquids for the production of electricity in high productivity agricultural land

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Report: Workshop on regional heating and cooling priorities and financing in the framework of the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P-E H&C)

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State Aid Case: SA.50305 Płock 600MW CCGT (combined heat and power certificates)

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Press Release: Belgium: free energy for 430 Brussels households and lower CO2 emissions thanks to start-up Watt Matters, committed individuals and EIB-Belfius partnership

A Brussels-based start-up is presenting a self-financed solution to make CO2 savings of 27% and provide energy to a jointly owned building of 430 apartments in Anderlecht, Brussels (rue Marius Renard 27). The project covers the installation of a very efficient cogeneration facility and the complete renovation of the 27-storey building’s roof. The joint owners of the 430 apartments have not made any financial contributions, yet will benefit from free energy and even a financial return.

Official Journal (L Series): Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action

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Official Journal (L Series): Directive (EU) 2018/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 amending Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency

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Agenda: Group of Experts on the Energy Efficiency Directive (main group) (24 January 2019)

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Press Release: State aid – Commission approves reductions in renewable electricity and cogeneration surcharges for energy-intensive companies in Greece

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, reductions granted to energy-intensive companies on a surcharge to finance support for renewable electricity production and high-efficient cogeneration in Greece.

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