European Commission Communication “A policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030”
A reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, renewed ambitions for energy efficiency policies, a new governance system and a set of new indicators to ensure a competitive and secure energy system. These are the pillars of the new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030 presented on 22 January by the European Commission and supported by a detailed analysis on energy prices and costs, the 2030 framework will ensure regulatory certainty for investors and a coordinated approach among Member States, leading to the development of new technologies. Read more
Ristori to succeed Lowe as head of energy department
European Commission appoints Frenchman to key post.The European Commission has appointed Dominique Ristori of France as the new director-general of its department for energy. He is to take over on 1 January from Philip Lowe, a UK national who is set to retire at the end of the year. Ristori, a career civil servant, has been director-general of the European Union's joint research centre, the Commission's in-house scientific advisory service, since December 2010. Ristori was the first non-scientist to be appointed head of the JRC. Read more
Greece takes over presidency of the European Union
In the energy sector, the priorities of the Hellenic Presidency are largely determined by two landmark dates for the development of the EU energy strategy, namely the 2014 deadline set for completing the Internal Energy Market and the 2015 deadline by which no Member State should remain isolated from Europe’s gas and electricity networks. Read more
New GEODE Case Studies to the Report "Bringing Intelligence to the Grids"
GEODE launched the Case Studies to the Report "Bringing Intelligence to the Grids" at the evening reception on 12 November in Brighton. Earlier this year, GEODE launched its major Report "Bringing Intelligence to the Grids". The report was well received by the European Commission and all those opinion formers who attended its launch in Brussels. Set out within this latest addition to GEODE’s work on smart grids, are the case studies that have informed the thinking behind our earlier recommendations. These new case studies are about the continued sharing of expert knowledge from across the GEODE membership.
New GEODE Position Paper on the Development of the DSO's Tariff Structure
With this paper GEODE highlights the inadequacies of the present tariff structures inherited from earlier regulatory regimes. GEODE intends to demonstrate why the current ‘energy based’ basis for DSOs' electricity tariffs fails to reflect the true costs of the grid and provides weak incentive effects for both customer' savings and DSO' investment.
"From Theory to Reality"
Brussels, 20 March 2014
GEODE Launching Event of Report "Gas works. The role of distribution gas networks - delivering gas to consumers", Brussels, 1 April 2014
GEODE Spring Seminar, Brussels, 13 May 2014
GEODE Autumn Seminar, Barcelona, November 2014
GEODE Working Groups
SMART GRIDS, Berlin, 24 April 2014
EC Berlin Energy Forum
Berlin, 10-11 February 2014
EC Gas Regulatory Forum
Madrid, 6-7 May 2014
EC Electricity Regulatory Forum
Florence, 20-21 May 2014