A study requested by the CONT Committee.
A signing ceremony held in Vienna, Austria, brought together the Presidents of three regional associations of energy regulatory authorities. Presidents Garrett Blaney of CEER, Giorgi Pangani of the ECRB and Gülefşan Demirbaş of MEDREG signed a Cooperation Arrangement that will strengthen regulatory cooperation between energy regulators across Europe through to the Mediterranean, South East Europe and Black Sea regions.
Organised by SolarPower Europe, the largest European solar association, the SolarPower Summit is globally recognised as the most important event on global solar developments. This year, we met 300+ renowned sector analysts, senior policy-makers and key industry stakeholders and discussed the industry’s biggest challenges and opportunities from a policy, business and technology perspective.
Orgalime, Brussels, 10 December 2018.
The European Commission has adopted a decision rendering legally binding commitments offered by German grid operator TenneT to significantly increase cross-border flows of electricity between Denmark and Germany. TenneT will ensure that a specific guaranteed capacity is available at all times.
Today’s decision means that means that the EU has now adopted four of the eight legislative acts which make up the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, published by the European Commission on 30 November 2016. This package is a key element in one of the Juncker Commission’s priorities – “a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy”,aimed at giving Europeans access to secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy and making the European Union world leader in renewable energy.
Europe will support the construction of the “Mermaid” and “Seastar” wind farms off the Belgian coast. This will come in the form of a loan of €250 million, fully guaranteed under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the central pillar the Juncker Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe. The total project costs around €1.3 billion. The two wind farms, with a combined capacity of 487 MW, are under development by SeaMade NV.
During yesterday’s Transport Council meeting, Ministers reached agreement on various key proposals, including a number of Mobility Package procedures. Conclusions on inland waterway transport were also adopted. Links to press releases which include the key elements agreed by Ministers are available below.
By 2030, the EU will have to get 32% of its energy from renewable sources and reach an energy efficiency headline target of 32.5%. The new targets are set out in a revised directive on energy efficiency and a revised directive on renewable energy which were adopted today by the Council. The Council also signed off on the so-called governance regulation, which sets out the framework for the governance of the Energy Union and climate action. This completes the final stage in the legislative procedure for the three files, which are part of the Clean Energy package.
A three-day workshop hosted by the Energy Community brought together national regulatory authorities to share best practices with respect to gas market design and natural gas transmission grid codes. The workshop was organized together with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Over the three days, the workshop explored the regulators’ roles in facilitating gas infrastructure development, network integration and cross-border trade. The review and approval of network development plans and transmission grid code development were in focus, supported by presentations from regulators and other technical experts as well as case studies.