Orgalime, Brussels, 10 December 2018.
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.
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 joint meeting of the Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum and Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean took place in Skopje today. Members of Parliament shared experiences and ideas with respect to legislating a conducive legislative framework for renewables. It was underlined that they share many challenges and efforts to overcome these joint challenges together are key.
On 8 November, the Energy Community Secretariat had objected to the adoption of a Law on Administration which would have significantly reduced the independence of the national energy regulatory authority of Montenegro, REGAGEN. Following the intervention by the Energy Community Secretariat, later supported also by the European Commission, the energy regulatory authority was exempted from the Law on Administration. REGAGEN’s full independence guaranteed by the domestic Energy Law therefore remains safeguarded.
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.