Press Release: EU ENE.Field Project Demonstrates that Fuel Cell Micro-Cogeneration is ready to Contribute towards Europe’s Energy and Climate Objectives

Major European field trial, ene.field project, concludes that fuel cell micro-CHP deserves a place in the line-up of key energy solutions for the future energy system, as part of Final Dissemination Event on 11 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The event showcased ene.field findings and outlined next steps for the sector reaching mass commercialisation, based on the successful installation, operation and support of more than 1,000 fuel cells across 10 European countries. Full article…

State Aid Case: SA.47887 Modification of CHP support scheme – CHP installations used in closed networks

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Decision (EU) 2017/1797 of 23 May 2017 on the aid schemes SA.42393 (2016/C) (ex 2015/N) implemented by Germany for certain end-consumers (reduced CHP surcharge) and SA.47887 (2017/N) which Germany is planning to implement in order to extend the CHP support scheme as regards CHP installations used in closed network

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Briefing: Cities – Front line of climate action

Cities have a crucial role to play in addressing the climate change challenge and delivering on the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. In the European Union (EU), where nearly three quarters of the population live in urban areas, many cities are leading the way in this regard, taking action in three areas central to increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions – namely, buildings, energy supply, and transport – and acting as living laboratories of climate-change-related innovation. The EU supports cities in their efforts by providing guidance, promoting experience-and knowledge-sharing, fostering cooperation, and funding climate action. Climate-relevant initiatives are in place in various policy fields, from transport to the environment, research and innovation, the most high profile being the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which currently counts some 7 600 signatories. A supportive framework is essential to ensure city-level initiatives have enough resources and potential to effect meaningful change. Easing access to climate funding and strengthening the role of cities in climate governance are among the main challenges ahead, and the main demands of city associations. The latter issue is being examined by the European Parliament, notably in relation to the proposal for a regulation on energy union governance. Two own-initiative reports exploring the role cities play, first, in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and, second, in the institutional framework of the Union, are also under preparation.

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Press Release: EU energy statistics – latest data now available!

Find an energy profile for each EU country as well as details of each country’s progress towards the EU’s 2020 climate and energy targets.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Internal Market for Electricity (recast) (28 September 2017)

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UPDATED – Draft Opinion: EP ENVI Committee on Internal market in electricity (recast)

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

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UPDATED – Agenda: Meeting of the Expert Group on the exchange of information on Best Available Techniques related to industrial emissions (IED Article 13 Forum) (5 April 2017)

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Event: PLANHEAT online training sessions (14-21 September 2017)

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Bundesrat (DE) – COM(2016) 861 final

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Draft Implementing Regulation: Format and arrangements for gas and electricity data transmission

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Official Journal (C Series): Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union — Cases where the Commission raises no objections

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Press Release: Domestic fuel cells – the power within

Why buy electricity from the grid when you can produce it affordably yourself – and heat your home at the same time? And reduce your environmental footprint? And possibly even save money? Why indeed. Residential fuel cell units could deliver these benefits to millions of homes in the EU, and preparations to ramp up their production are under way. Full article…

Event: Fuel Cell Micro-Cogeneration: Generating Sustainable Heat and Power for your Home (Brussels, 11 October 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Public Hearing on ‘Clean Energy Package – The Future of the EU Electricity Market’ (10 July 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (14 June 2017)

Update – an item on climate policy has been added to the agenda.

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Press Release: Ene.field and Pace lead to Fuel Cells Market Take-up in Belgium and Italy

Fuel cell micro CHP (µCHP)  is an already available highly efficient distributed energy solution for heat and power generation near the point of consumption. Small units are typically used for residential or small commercial buildings and are able to provide demand for heating, hot water and/or cooling in buildings while generating electricity to replace or complement electricity supplied by the grid. Compared to a state-of the art condensing boiler and grid power supply, fuel cell mCHP units can reduce CO2 emissions by at least 30 % and in some cases up to 80 %. Being a clean and a high efficient technology, commercialisation of micro CHP would help reducing both environmental footprint and resident’s living costs. The FCH JU projects such as ene.field and Pace contribute to significant costs reduction and first deployments throughout EU. Full article…

Official Journal (C Series): Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union — Cases where the Commission raises no objections

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UPDATED – Agenda: Meeting of the European Electricity Regulatory Forum, Florence (17-18 May 2017)

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Event: The Clean Energy Package – Towards a Smart and Sustainable Heat Market (Brussels, 30 May 2017)

“The European Commission’s long-awaited “Clean Energy for all Europeans” package of legislation was presented at the end of last year and aims, amongst others, at accelerating renewable energy innovation. With renewable energy deployment progressing fast in power generation, the heating and cooling sector still has some way to go to reduce the remaining 84% of EU heating still generated by fossil fuels.”

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Agenda: Working Party on Energy (5 May 2017)

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