On 10 and 11 April 2016, an informal meeting of EU Energy Ministers took place in Amsterdam, under the Dutch presidency of the EU. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the future of the European electricity market and the role of regional markets. Need for a common approach, support for strengthened cooperation in the field of energy between regions and neighbouring countries and demand side response seen as an important tool to create flexibility were among the main principles agreed to be used as input to the Commission’s proposal on the energy market design expected to be launched at the end of the year.
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European Commission presents sustainable energy security package
On 16 February 2016, the European Commission published the so-called Energy Union Winter Package which consists of 5 documents: 1) Revised Security of Gas Supply Regulation; 2) Proposal for a revised decision on Intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy; 3) Strategy for Liquefied Natural Gas & Storage; 4)Decision to establish the expert group on electricity interconnector target; and 5) EC Strategy for heating and cooling
European Commission 1st State of the Energy Union
On 18 November 2015, the European Commission published 1st State of the Energy Union Communiciation. The Communication analyzes the progress made over the last nine months since the Energy Union Framework Strategy has been adopted, and furthermore identifies key action areas for 2016 and provides policy conclusions at Member State, regional and European level. The State of the Energy Union is also accompanied by 28 fact sheets providing an assessment of delivering the Energy Union for each Member State.
Report on the Future of DSOs!
The Vlerick Energy Center (www.vlerick.com) has published an interesting read about the "Future of Distribution Systems Operators in Europe's Energy Sector" - summarizing results from surveys and research conducted by the research center - which are showing that top executives from DSOs across Europe expect significant changes in their role and business environment as decentralised and renewable electricity generation as well as customers becoming both consumers and self-suppliers will change the power sector like never before.
Press Release: GEODE Position Paper on Energy Storage
The increasing integration of renewable energy sources (RES) into the distribution grid is a challenging task for Distribution System Operators (DSOs) as over 90% of RES are connected to DSO network. This creates a higher demand for local flexibility - which can be provided by decentralized energy storage,a tool for DSOs in order to manage flexibility. For making full use of the benefits energy storage can offer, the DSO needs to play an active role – which is the main focus of GEODE’s new Position Paper written by its experts from the WG Smart Grids. GEODE believes energy storage should be integrated at different levels of the electricity system including the distribution grid and at customer level.
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Press Release: 25 Years of Looking Ahead!
GEODE is turning 25 this year and celebrated the anniversary on 12 May 2016, Brussels - showing that the energy sector can be lots more fun than some might say! For commemorating GEODE’s history and achievements of the past 25 years, we brought together old and new friends across the energy community – decision-makers, stakeholders and of course our members. The history and success of GEODE is built on the enthusiasm and great efforts of our members - experts from 15 countries across Europe who have committed themselves and contributed over 25 years to shaping Europe’s policy debate making the voice of local energy companies and the networks heard in Brussels.
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Press Release: European Parliament Launch for GEODE Green Gas Report
On Tuesday, 19 April 2016, GEODE and Energy Networks Association (ENA) held an event hosted by Paul Brannen, Labour MEP for North-East England, in the European Parliament in Brussels to mark the launch of GEODE Green Gas report, "A Sustainable Europe: Green Gas, Green Grids, Green Future". The report explores the contribution which gas from renewable sources can make to low carbon heat and transport, and supporting the electricity networks in meeting the challenges of decarbonisation. It makes a number of recommendations, including setting EU wide targets for sustainable gas.
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Press Release: Innovative DSOs are needed in a Decentralised Energy System
On Tuesday, 12 April 2016, the four Brussels-based associations representing DSOs (CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, EURELECTRIC and GEODE) highlighted that investment in smart grid technology will allow DSOs to become central platforms for the energy transition by connecting responsive consumers, renewables and flexibility sources. To encourage the development of innovative DSOs, the four trade associations reaffirmed the importance of a sound remuneration framework, better economic regulation and an adequate return on invested capital.
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GEODE Comments to the Draft Report Towards a New Energy Market Design
GEODE welcomes MEP Werner Langen’s (EPP, Germany, ITRE Committee) draft report “Towards a new energy market design” of the European Parliament. GEODE has submitted comments to all Members of the ITRE Committee.
You can access GEODE's comments here.
IEA Report on European electricity market design
On 18 February, the International Energy Agency (IEA) presented together with the European Commission its report "Re-powering Markets: Market design and regulation during the transition to low-carbon power systems". The launch event was chaired by Dominique Ristori, Director-General of ENER.
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GEODE Comments to the Draft Report New Deal for Energy Consumers
GEODE welcomes MEP Theresa Griffin's (UK, S&D, ITRE Committee) of the European Parliament’s draft report on the New Deal for Energy Consumers. GEODE's comments to the draft reportwere distributed among the MEPs in charge of the report as well as the ITRE Committee.
You can access GEODE's comments here
GEODE supporting local energy companies since 1991
GEODE, the European association representing local energy companies was founded in 1991. Today - 25 years later - GEODE sees the same need to strengthen the important role local energy companies play in the energy market. Local energy companies have been serving citizens in many cases for more than 100 years, building strong a customer relationship and solid ties wth the region by constantly providing new services oportunities for its customers as well as developing a healthy competition. GEODE believes that the aspects outlined above are among many that should be taken into account while designing Europe's future energy market.
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GEODE says YES to an ambitious global agreement at COP21 in Paris
On Friday, 20 November 2015, a joint letter of European power sector including 4 DSOs associations and ENTSO-E has been sent to the Executive Secretary, Mrs Figueres, and to the 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; copied to Mr Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President for the Energy Union, European Commission and Mr Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission. It urges them to agree on a strong climate agenda which is the very condition for a future-proof and ambitious regulatory framework able to drive the necessary public and private investment in the power sector to effectively and rapidly fight climate change.
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GEODE Leaflet "DSOs working closer to the Customer"
The GEODE Leaflet is a useful and compact marketing tool presenting the vital role of electricity and gas distribution grids for the energy system and hence for society as such - in particular in a smart grids environment. It also shows how local energy distributors are best positioned to cover local needs working closer to the customer. European gas and electricity networks will not become smart and the energy transition will not happen without energy distributors’ involvement!
THE ROLE OF RENEWABLE GASES IN A SMART LOW-CARBON ENERGY SYSTEM
A GEODE, EBA, EUROGAS, FCH-JU & CEDEC Joint-Session at the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)
Wednesday 15 June 14.00 - 15.30
Résidence Palace, Salle Passage, Brussels
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GEODE AT EUW!
15 -17 November 2016
The full programme and more details will follow soon!
GEODE Working Groups
SMART GRIDS, Edinburgh, 15 June 2016 & Hamburg, 7 September 2016
FUTURE OF GAS, Göteborg, 28 June 2016
REGULATION, Helsinki, 14 September 2016
CUSTOMER DIALOGUE, Barcelona, 7 October 2016
GEODE Board Meeting
Barcelona, 10 June 2016
Helsinki, 12 September 2016