Participants will discuss a variety of issues, including the role of the ENTSO-E ten-year network development plan (TYNDP) regarding environmental protection and practical experiences with environmental enhancement in the grid sector.
Following on from an Energy Storage Task Force launched by the European Commission in 2009 and the results of the final workshop, a group of leading European energy players came together to form EASE.
The new website contains information about:
- The EASE association and its members
- Energy storage technologies and applications
- Policy work and important EU legislation
- Publications and events related to energy storage.
The website is a living instrument that reflects the association’s evolution.
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The scheme particularly aims to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including start-ups.
The first phase of the initiative has about EUR 20 million (GBP 16 million) in grants for SMEs, which will be allocated following a call for tenders that closes on 31 October. Up to GBP 10 million (about EUR 12 million) will be available to support energy efficiency technologies such as building control systems, advanced lighting systems, and space heating and cooling technologies.
There is also up to GBP 6 million (about EUR 8 million) available for power generation and energy storage technologies including fuel cells, biomass boilers and heat pumps. A further GBP 19 million (about EUR 24 million) will be available in a second phase that will build on the outcome of Phase 1.
According to DECC, “the aim of this funding is to speed up the development of low-carbon technologies towards commercialisation, helping cut carbon in the UK, supporting jobs and creating export opportunities.”
For further details of the fund and how to apply:
The conference will feature some 337 keynote, plenary and oral presentations and over 1300 visual presentations, alongside parallel events and a large industry exhibition.
On September 25, in parallel with the event, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) will host the 9th European PV Industry Summit.
ISGT Europe 2012 will feature paper sessions, panels, tutorials, and showcases by international experts on the smart grid.
Intelligent Energy – Europe II publishes its performance report on energy efficiency projects for 2007-2011
The principal aim is to facilitate links between R&D and the mass deployment of efficiency initiatives, mainly through either awareness-raising initiatives or project development assistance facilities. These include a contribution to the European Local Energy Assistance scheme (ELENA), which helps cities and regions to implement viable investment projects in energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable urban transport. IEE II also backs the highly visible Sustainable Energy Week, which regularly involves over 200 events in Brussels and more than 800 sustainable energy days across Europe.
Around EUR 300 million has been allocated under IEE II to some 300 ‘promotion and dissemination’ projects, 45 % going to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A further 30 projects have been funded to help improve market conditions to implement the EU Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings, such as the Powerhouse Europe Project to renovate social housing. Other projects being funded aim to turn EU energy policies into concrete action, such as the ECOheat4EU project to improve the legislative environment for district heating and cooling.
The use of biofuels is also being encouraged through the IEE II programme, where some 30 projects are being funded to develop the supply chain for solid biomass, liquid biofuels and biogas. The Bio-Methane regions project is expected to mobilise investments of over EUR 50 million and a biogas production of some 25 000 tonnes of oil equivalent/year. Meanwhile, 20 renewable electricity projects have benefitted from IEE II, including the development of a regulatory framework for an offshore grid.
IEE II has also put some EUR 28 million into the ELENA technical assistance facility, supporting 16 projects aimed at triggering investments of at least EUR 1.56 billion. One example is a EUR 1.3 million grant to the City of Paris to leverage investments of EUR 180 million to improve the energy performance of 300 school buildings in the Paris region.
For further information and to download the full report:
This 117-page reference is packed with a wealth of information, including energy production and consumption (world and EU) by region and type of fuel, greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy targets, energy imports and exports, energy consumption (electricity, heat and combined heat and power, transport), energy efficiency, energy prices and taxes, as well as country profiles for the EU-27.
Paper copies are available on request, and the digital version may be downloaded on:
The EUR 4 billion Programme was established in July 2009 to make energy supplies more reliable and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while boosting Europe's economic recovery after the financial crisis of 2008. The projects cover three broad fields: 44 gas and electricity infrastructure projects, 9 offshore wind projects and 6 carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. After spending the first year setting the EEPR in motion, says the report, the programme has only been operational since July 2011, but "is already generating meaningful impact on the real economy."
Of the 44 projects on gas and electricity infrastructure co-financed by the EEPR, 13 were completed at the beginning of 2012, including gas and electricity interconnections between selected Member States. Eighteen other projects are on target while a further thirteen (40 %) are progressing more slowly than expected, "because of technical, regulatory and commercial difficulties."
The offshore wind energy sub-programme of the EEPR consists of nine projects in two main areas: support to build and test innovative turbines and foundations, and to help build module-based solutions for grid integration of large amounts of wind electricity generation. EEPR grants have helped install the first large (400 MW) offshore wind farms over 100 km from shore and in water depths of over 40m. Four German wind farm projects are already in the manufacturing and/or installation phase. The three offshore wind-grid projects are less advanced though and may have to extend their schedule to 2016-18.
The EEPR enabled all six CCS projects to get underway in 2011, but after this fast start, says the report, the CCS sub-programme is running into uncertainties that are delaying its implementation. Apart from the termination of the Jaenschwalde project, in Germany, for a range of reasons, other projects have encountered challenges. These include difficulties in securing permits and finalising the financing arrangements. The current low carbon price under the Emissions Trading System has also made investment unattractive in the short- and medium term for the private sector. Given this context, says the report, "CCS is at a crossroads."
Finally, the report looks at progress of the European Energy Efficiency Fund, worth EUR 146.3 million, to help support energy efficiency and decentralised renewable energy investments. The fund uses monies not spent under the EEPR, as of December 2010 and targets “lighthouse projects”, mainly in the form of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) to help demonstrate what it calls the "bankability of energy efficiency investments." Following a call for proposals, a number of projects are being considered for funding, with a review scheduled for June 2013.
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The policy debate mainly focuses on how national support instruments for RES electricity should be improved and to what extent they should be coordinated or harmonised at a European level. The roundtable will include speakers and panellists from the European Commission, private and public sectors, and utilities.