Five countries, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Italy, Spain, have put their efforts together to develop a project to help tackle energy poverty.
Taking place in Ljubljana today, the 13th Energy Community Gas Forum discussed the future of natural gas in the European energy mix as well as pathways to make the internal gas market deliver the highest possible social benefit to consumers. The main implications of the Clean Energy Package for the Energy Community Contracting Parties were outlined.
The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, ACER, and the Energy Community Regulatory Board, ECRB, organised on 21 September in Rome a joint workshop to discuss the status of the implementation of the EU Regulation on capacity allocation and congestion management. The aim of the workshop was to tighten cooperation with the national regulators of the Energy Community in this area.
Offshore wind plays an increasingly important role in Europe’s renewable power generation. According to a report by WindEurope, formerly the European Wind Energy Association, offshore represented 20 % of the annual EU wind power installations, with 3 154 MW of new capacity connected to the grid in 2017. This was twice as much as in 2016. To realise the full potential of these resources, the EU-funded PROMOTION project is investigating the benefits of linking offshore wind farms with onshore grids in different countries.
On 18 September 2018, EU4Energy launched a technical assistance project to support Ukraine with its obligations under the environmental dimension of the Energy Community Treaty. In cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Energy Community Secretariat will assist the development of draft legislation in the field of industrial emissions, as set out by Directive 2010/75/EU.
Sustainable transport, renewable energy, industrial innovation, social housing, internet and mobile telecommunications investment will benefit from EUR 5 billion of new financing approved by the European Investment Bank (EIB). During the two-day meeting in Bucharest this week the Board of the European Investment Bank decided to support transformational projects across Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU’s vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia. The Joint Communication builds on the European Union’s own experience of enhancing connections between its Member States, with and in other regions.
Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and Vice President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, will attend the 10th Citizens’ Energy Forum in Dublin, Ireland, respectively on 20 and 21 of September.
Yesterday, Deputy Director Dirk Buschle and Senior Environmental Expert Peter Vajda participated in the inaugural meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Use and Protection of the Dniester River Basin in Chisinau, Moldova. The Secretariat’s focus in working with the Commission will be on environmental issues related to the operation of existing as well as the construction of new hydropower plants on the Dniester river, and to help ensuring compliance with the acquis communautaire in this respect.
On Monday, a delegation of the Energy Community Secretariat, headed by Director Kopač, met with the newly appointed Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Giorgi Kobulia, and his team to discuss the ongoing pace of energy reforms in Georgia. The key focus of the discussions was the state of the draft laws on energy, renewables, energy efficiency and energy performance of building, co-designed with the Secretariat.
On 18 September 2018 the use of hydrogen as a future‑oriented energy form was among the items on the agenda of the informal meeting of EU energy ministers.“The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union proposed a Hydrogen Initiative that many member states approved of and signed”, said Elisabeth Köstinger, current chair of the EU energy minister meetings. “Under this initiative, the signatory states commit themselves to continue research and investment in the production and use of hydrogen as a future‑oriented technology”.