Press Release: 16th Energy Community Ministerial Council adopts key energy infrastructure projects, sets direction for adopting 2030 energy and climate targets

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.

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on risk-preparedness in the electricity sector and repealing Directive 2005/89/EC

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Strategy for long-term EU greenhouse gas emissions reduction in accordance with the Paris agreement (28 November 2018)

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Press Release: Inauguration of the Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory

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.

UPDATED – Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Connecting Europe Facility

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Press Release: Small-scale hydropower potential for powering Africa

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.

Press Release: Cooperation between WB6 and MRC on market coupling takes shape

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).

Stakeholder Press Release: Balancing markets visibly opening up to decentralised solutions, but significant room for improvement remains

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.

UPDATED – Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the internal market for electricity (recast)

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Event: Designing future energy policies – Social sciences and humanities to accelerate the energy transition (Brussels, 22 January 2019)

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.

Event: What Electricity Market Design for 2030 and beyond? (Brussels, 10 December 2018)

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.

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete welcomes the political agreement on a proposal to improve the EU’s risk preparedness in the electricity sector

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Event: Countdown to a final Clean Energy Package: What can we still achieve? (Brussels, 28 November 2018)

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.

Press Release: Ground breaking ceremony for a new electricity transmission line in Bulgaria thanks to EU supported project

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.

Consultation on the list of candidate Projects of Common Interest in electricity infrastructure

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OPP Meeting Summary: Joint EP ITRE/TRAN Committees – Vote on Establishing the Connecting Europe Facility (22 November 2018)

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas

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I/A Item Note: Joint declaration between the International Solar Alliance and the European Union on cooperation for the promotion of Solar Energy

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee Meeting – Report Back on the Clean Energy Package (21 November 2018)

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Event: ACER workshop on conditional capacity (Brussels, 4 December 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Vote on the Proposal for a Council regulation establishing the nuclear decommissioning assistance programme of the Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania (Ignalina programme) (21 November 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Vote on the European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy (21 November 2018)

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