Yesterday’s trilateral workshop of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) and the Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG), in Brussels, aims to strengthen regulatory dialogue across Europe and the broader Mediterranean region to support consumers in becoming active energy market participants. The focus of this joint event was on consumer empowerment in the digital era and in the context of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package.
The International Energy Agency’s groundbreaking new report on hydrogen, launched this month on the margins of the meeting of G20 energy and environment ministers in Japan, was a key moment for hydrogen, which is enjoying unprecedented momentum around the world.
A ruling of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine of 13 June 2019 declared several provisions of the law establishing the national energy regulatory authority, NEURC, in violation of the country’s constitution. Besides concerns related to the dismissal and appointment of commissioners by the President of Ukraine, the Constitutional Court in particular held that NEURC’s status as an independent body is unconstitutional.
Battery technologies are key for reducing our CO2 emissions and for mitigating human impact on climate change. Developing the ultra-performing, safe and sustainable batteries of the future is the target of the Battery2030+ initiative.
Europe is leading the way in offshore wind energy production with 4543 grid-connected windmills installed in the seas of 11 different countries. These offshore “wind farms” have the capacity to generate 18499 MegaWatts of electricity, enough to power over 13 million European homes.
This map of the week shows where these operational wind farms are located as well as where future wind farms are planned and being constructed. Most of these wind farms are located in the shallow areas of the North, Irish and Baltic seas.
June 2019: The EU is entering a period of institutional change with a new Parliament and a new European Commission. These institutions will need to develop an agenda that puts Europe on track to end its contribution to climate change by 2050 at the latest while delivering economic and social benefits. This briefing sets out what business sees as five priorities for Europe’s new leaders, identifying the key areas where EU policymakers and businesses must work together to deliver a competitive, prosperous, climate neutral future.
Today, the European Commission has published a series of recommendations on the modernisation of buildings, specifying how Member States should implement the revised building modernisation aspects of the Energy performance of buildings directive (EPBD) 2018/844 to national law. The recommendations come as a response to requests from Member States, and include guidance on building automation and controls, e-mobility and inspections.
On Thursday, President Jean-Claude Juncker signed, accompanied by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, the political Roadmap implementing the synchronisation of the Baltic States’ electricity networks with the Continental European Network via Poland together with Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia, Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland and Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister of Latvia.
The 10th edition of the Microgrid Global Innovation Forum, September 9-11, 2019 in London, focuses on microgrid advances, case studies and applications in EMEA, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Organized by the Smart Grid Observer, the emphasis is on maximizing the effective use of renewable and distributed energy resources, refining the positive business model for a range of microgrid deployments, and sharing real-world case studies in both grid-tied and off-grid/remote environments.
Brussels, 20 June 2019