The European Commission has endorsed under EU State aid rules German plans to progressively apply renewable energy surcharges to certain self-suppliers of electricity. The surcharge reform will contribute to lower electricity bills for consumers, in a sustainable way for existing self-suppliers.
The following commentary was written by IEA Energy Investment Analysts Michael Waldron and Yoko Nobuoka.
COPENHAGEN– Denmark remains a global leader in decarbonising its economy and is on track to meet its ambitious goal of becoming a low-carbon economy by the middle of the century, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest reviews of the country’s energy policies.
The result of the vote on the adoption of the draft opinion is available.
This workshop provides a dashboard overview of the 10 DecarbEurope technologies: what is their current status; what can be expected in the coming years, and how can these technologies be integrated into a solution to decarbonize Europe.
The European Commission has found the Spanish scheme supporting electricity generation from renewable energy sources, high efficiency cogeneration of heat and power and waste to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme will further EU energy and climate goals whilst preserving competition.
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.
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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