European Commission publishes its strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for all.
The proposed Strategy does not intend to launch new policies and it is meant to set the direction of travel of EU climate and energy policies. The Commission Communication looks at a number of different scenarios and their greenhouse gas emission reduction potential, and specifies seven strategic areas where joint action is required in order to reach a climate neutral economy. The Commission press release is available at this link.
TSOs-DSOs to continue cooperation for smarter electricity grids
The constructive cooperation of distribution system operators (DSOs) and transmission system operators (TSOs) continues: CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, Eurelectric, GEODE and ENTSO-E signed today an updated Memorandum of Understanding. Read the entire press release here.
Mr Pototschnig, current ACER Director, to stay on as Director ad interim, until his successor is appointed
ACER Administrative Board, in its meeting of 23 July 2018, took note of the fact that the procedure for the selection of the next Director of the Agency, launched with the publication of the vacancy notice on 30 August 2017, did not result in any appointment and, therefore, determined to invite the current Director, Mr Alberto Pototschnig, to remain in office as Director ad interim beyond the end of his current mandate on 15 September 2018.
Austria takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union
On 1 July 2018, Austria took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, running under the motto "A Europe that protects". The Presidency has announced its priorities earlier in June, with the programme available for download here. On energy-related issues, Austria will focus its efforts on the completion of all legislative proposals from the Clean Energy Package on which work is still pending.
EU negotiators strike a deal on the Energy Efficiency and the Governance of the Energy Union
In a long session that started on 19 June and lasted until the early hours of 20 June, the negotiators from the European Commission, Parliament and Council reached a deal on the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union. The EC press releases can be found here and here respectively.
The EU co-legislators reach a political agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive
A political agreement on increasing renewable energy use in Europe was reached on 14 June between negotiators from the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council.
The new regulatory framework includes a binding renewable energy target for the EU for 2030 of 32% with an upwards revision clause by 2023.
Read the EC press release here.
Council agrees position to update the role of ACER
On 11 June, the Council agreed on the general approach on a regulation to update the role of ACER, the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators. The agreement provides the Presidency with a mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament. Click here for the official press release.
Electricity and Gas Associations team up on flexibility in Energy Transition
The European electricity and gas associations, representing distribution system operators (DSOs) - CEDEC, EDSO, eurelectric, Eurogas and GEODE - teamed up at an event at Brussels to address the issue of flexibility in the energy transition. They presented two reports entitled “Flexibility in the Energy Transition: a Toolbox for Electricity DSOs” and “Flexibility in the Energy Transition: a Toolbox for Gas DSOs”. These reports set out a holistic approach for DSOs use of flexibility to assist them contribute to the transition to a more decarbonised, decentralised and digitised energy system. The full text of the press release is available here.
CEER publishes its 2018 Work Programme
On 30 January 2018, CEER publishes its 2018 Work Programme. Consumer and retail markets will remain a top priority for this year. Further, we will focus our work on the areas of new legislative/policy developments, distribution systems and International work beyond the borders of the EU. In total, 19 deliverables will be pursued by CEER during 2018, alongside a range of ongoing activities.
European Parliament voted on Renewables, Energy Efficiency and the Governance of the Energy Union
On 17 January 2018, the Plenary of the European Parliament voted in favour of three legislative files - Directive on Renewables, Directive on Energy Efficiency and the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union. The files have been reffered to the responsble committees for the start of the interinstitutional negotiations. Click on the link for the results of the vote and the roll-call votes.
ITRE Committee adopts the two reports on the Renewable Energy Directive and Energy Efficiency Directive
On 28 November, the ITRE committee of the European Parliament voted in favour of the two draft reports on the renewables directive (recast) and the energy efficiency directive.
For the renewables, the MEPs voted an overall Union 35% target for renewables by 2030 – increasing the initial Commission proposal of 27%, but without imposing binding national targets.
As for Energy Efficiency, MEPs finally supported a 40% efficiency goal and national targets for 2030 by only one vote (33 votes in favour and 32 against).
European Commission unveils the Third Report on the State of the Energy Union
The Third State of the Energy Union Report published today tracks the progress made over the past year after the publication of the Second State of the Energy Union in February 2017 and looks forward to the year ahead.
The official Press Release is available here.
The report and other documents are available at this link.
European Commission proposes to amend the EU Gas Directive
To improve the functioning of the EU internal energy market and enhance solidarity between Member States, the Commission proposed on 8 November to amend the EU Gas Directive. The aim of the amendment is to complete the existing Gas Directive (2009/73/EC) and clarify that the core principles of EU energy legislation (third-party access, tariff regulation, ownership unbundling and transparency) will apply to all gas pipelines to and from third countries up to the border of the EU's jurisdiction.
Click here for more information.
European Commission publishes its Clean Mobility Package
On 8 November 2017, the European Commission published its Clean Mobility Package. With this new package, the Commission proposes new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles (link)
Renewable gas: 5G ENERGY
Mr Garrett Blaney appointed as the next Chairman of ACER's Board of Regulators
The Agency’s Board of Regulators (BoR), at its 68th meeting, have elected on 18 September Mr Garrett Blaney as their next Chair. He is a Commissioner at the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), in Ireland. He will succeed Lord Mogg as of 6 November 2017 for a term of office of two and a half years (renewable)
More details at the link.
Vacancy-Director of ACER
The European Commission has launched the procedure for selecting the next Director of ACER, the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, as the second mandate of Alberto Pototschnig, the current Director of the Agency, comes to an end in September 2018. The vacancy notice, describing the position, listing the requirements of the post and providing guidance on how to apply, is published on the Official Journal and can be accessed through the Agency’s website here. The deadline for submitting the applications is 27 September 2017.
Draft reports on the directive and regulation on the internal market in electricity
On 15 and 16 June 2017, the Rapporteur, Mr. Krišjānis Kariņš (EPP, LV), published his two draft reports on the proposal for a directive on common rules for the internal market for electricity and regulation on the internal market for electricity respectively. The rapporteur has introduced altogether 187 amendments in the draft reports: 129 for the regulation and 58 for the directive.
The deadline for submitting amendments to the two reports has been extended to 15 September 2017.
The European Commission's Waste to Energy Communication published
On 26 January 2017 the European Commission released a communication on the role of waste to energy in the circular economy as part of the EU circular economy strategy adopted by the European Commission in December 2015. This document aims to encourage manufacturers and consumers to make the most out of raw materials, products and waste.
Barcelona, 17 November 2016 - The Energy Research Project Aspern Smart City Research (ASCR) was elected at this year’s Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona over more than 250 projects from 45 countries and won one of the three World Smart City Awards.
European DSOs Committee on flexibility markets established
Brussels, 7 November 2016 - The 5 European associations representing European DSOs CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, Eurelectric, Eurogas and GEODE presented the new settled DSOs Committee on Flexibility Markets. This Committee will gather experts from the different associations to provide a report to be delivered to European Commission.
Paris Agreement Ratification approved by the European Parliament
With the European Parliament's approval of the Paris Agreement ratification that took place on 5 October 2016, the political process for the European Union was concluded and will be followed by the formal adoption by Council. The EU ratification and deposit will cross the 55% emission threshold and therefore trigger the entry into force of the Paris Agreement.
Green Gas - The Contribution to a Low-Carbon Energy System
On 15 June 2016, Brussels - In the context of the European Sustainable Energy Week 2016, the key stakeholder groups on gas – the 5 Brussels based organisations CEDEC, Eurogas, EBA, FCH JU & GEODE - came together to highlight the potential of renewable gases in decarbonising the energy system. Even though the role of renewables in the electricity sector is currently well understood, less is known about the potential of renewable gases.
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Informal meeting of EU Energy Ministers
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
Informal meeting with EU-ministers of Energy
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.