Today’s 16th Ministerial Council took key decisions for the future of the Energy Community under the chairmanship of H.E. Kreshnik Bekteshi, Minister of Economy of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Opening host speeches by Prime Minister H.E. Zoran Zaev and Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Koco Angjushev underlined that energy has no boundaries and regional cooperation is of greatest importance. As a boost for regional energy market integration, the Council adopted twenty-one infrastructure projects of regional significance, which will also enhance security of energy supply, increase energy efficiency and the uptake of energy from renewable sources. The ministers also agreed to re-open negotiations on amendments to the Treaty establishing the Energy Community which, once adopted, will help enhance market integration between Energy Contracting Parties and EU Member States.
Our houses are fast becoming smart homes, with smart thermostats, domestic appliances and security systems activated by apps on our smartphones. But this is just the beginning. Smart homes are growing into smart communities and smart regions – even smart cities. In the future, we will live in an intelligent digital eco-system, where virtual power plants connect up sustainable energy systems, where electric cars behave as intelligent batteries, and where citizens produce energy as well as consuming it.
A recently published article co-authored by the JRC develops a new methodology to map the significant potential in sub-Saharan Africa for small-scale hydropower plants, which could provide a feasible solution to electricity provision in off-grid rural areas.
The first meeting of Western Balkan 6 Day-ahead Market Integration (WB6 DA MI) and Multi-Regional Coupling (MRC) projects took place today in the Energy Community Secretariat. The co-chairs of both project steering committees discussed the possibilities for WB6 stakeholders to become participants to the MRC with the aim to join the European Single Day-Ahead Coupling (SDAC).
Concerns streamlining measures for advancing the realisation of the trans-European transport network.
Brussels, 26 November – smartEn, the business association for digital and decentralised energy solutions, is today releasing its new edition of The smartEn map: balancing markets edition. Opening up balancing markets to demand response and decentralised energy resources allows innovative energy business models to flourish and brings numerous benefits to society. By allowing all technologies and service providers to participate in balancing markets, Europe can avoid the construction of new backup generation capacity by optimally using our existing resources, thus bringing more stability to the grid at a lower price to society.
Friends of Europe is delighted to invite you to “Designing future energy policies – Social sciences and humanities to accelerate the energy transition”, the first ever Brussels’ conference on the role of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) disciplines for advancing European energy policies.
This event will present and discuss the results and policy recommendations of our new research project ‘What Electricity Market Design for 2030 and beyond?’. This new report, led by CERRE Joint Academic Director Prof. Michael G. Pollitt (Judge Business School, Cambridge) analyses how well today’s electricity market is working as the rollout of renewable energy sources (RES) continues to expand.
The debate is a platform to present European policymakers, industry and experts’ priorities and provide a setting to discuss concrete policy solutions. It will leave ample opportunities for questions and answers from participants.
The works of a new 100 km electricity line connecting the Bulgarian cities of Dobrudja and Burgas, supported by the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Energy programme, were started today. The new line will reinforce the Bulgarian electricity network and enhance the security of supply to households in the region.
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By 9 April 2019 ACER will have to take a decision on the incremental capacity project proposal for the Mosonmagyaróvár gas interconnection point (HUAT project), which connects the markets of Austria and Hungary.