First EUR 500m tranche of loan to the Enel Group signed. The EU bank will support the investments covering the period 2017-2021. Full article…
From 17-18 July, Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič will be travelling to Lisbon and Porto for the second Energy Union Tour. Vice-President Šefčovič will meet Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa, Minister for the Environment João Pedro Matos Fernandes and Secretary of State for Energy Jorge Seguro Sanches. He will also meet with actors from the financial sector, consumer associations, entrepreneurs and start-up owners and will visit several clean energy innovative projects. The main focus of his discussions will be the Energy Union and the Commission’s “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package, including Portugal’s preparation of its National Energy and Climate Plan, as well as the Smart Finance For Smart Buildings Initiative and improving interconnections between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe. During his visit, Vice-President Šefčovič will attend an international conference on clean energy and energy interconnections and participate in an EU Citizens’ Dialogue with the theme of the tangible impact of the Energy Union on European citizens. In Lisbon, the Vice-President will be accompanied by Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas and Professor Bertrand Piccard, explorer and chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation. Ahead of the trip, Vice-President Šefčovič said: “I congratulate Portugal for becoming one of the EU’s frontrunners in its usage of renewable energy. This is also helping it to decrease its dependency on energy imports from abroad. Moreover, new interconnections between Portugal, Spain and France could even help Portugal to become an exporter of renewable electricity. I also look forward to discussing low emission mobility and innovation with my Portuguese colleagues”. Upcoming dates and more information on the 2017 Energy Union tour are available here. More information on the Energy Union is available here. (For more information: Anca Paduraru – Tel.: +32 229 91269; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.:+32 229 52589)
Source: European Commission
A summary of the Committee’s debate is now available.
As part of last month’s EU Sustainable Energy Week, the EU Sustainable Energy Awards were presented to four innovative sustainable energy projects from all over Europe. One, the TILOS project from the Greek island of Tilos, won not only the Energy Islands category but also the Citizens’ Award. We asked Dimitris Zafirakis, the project coordinator, to tell us more about it.
A message from ECI.
ECI sees a lot of good elements in the package. We like the long-term perspective of the package, with its rolling 10-year plans and long-term 50-year plans, its commitment to the Paris agreement for deep decarbonization and its proposal for market design. Electrification of the heating and transport sectors is the major missing opportunity in the package. In 2017, the 10 millionth heat pump will be installed, and we’re rapidly approaching 1 million electric vehicles on EU roads. Considering these developments, the approach to electrification in the package is too scattered. Full article…