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Watch a debate about the Energy Union: 2016 expected to be the year of delivery

December 2015. Sonja van Renssen, ViEUws journalist,  is joined by Maroš Šefčovič (Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union), Jerzy Buzek MEP (EPP Group, Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy – ITRE) and Anders Marvik (Vice-President Statoil EU Affairs office) to debate the question: “State of the Energy Union: is there progress?” This highlight video presents the core discussions and conclusions of the live debate held on Monday 30 November 2015, you can find the complete debate video here.

 


Energy Storage: Which Market Designs and Regulatory Incentives Are Needed?

December 2015. The European Parliament Think Tank published key findings of 'Energy Storage: Which Market Designs and Regulatory Incentives Are Needed?' Study: energy storage is accomplished by various technologies for the release of energy at a later time and potentially involves conversion from one form of energy to another, both before storage and at the time of release. This leaflet presents the key findings and a synthetic view of this study (original publication).


Commission unveils key energy infrastructure projects to integrate Europe's energy markets and diversify sources

November 2015. The European Commission adopts a list of 195 key energy infrastructure projects - known as projects of common interest – which will help deliver Europe’s energy and climate objectives and form key building blocks of the EU’s Energy Union.

The European Commission has today adopted a list of 195 key energy infrastructure projects which will help deliver Europe’s energy and climate objectives and form key building blocks of the EU’s Energy Union. The projects – known as Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) – will enable the gradual build-up of the Energy Union by integrating the energy markets in Europe, by diversifying the energy sources and transport routes. In addition, the PCI's adopted today will help bring an end to the energy isolation of some Member States. They will also boost the level of renewables on the grid, bringing down carbon emissions. PCIs benefit from accelerated permitting procedures and improved regulatory conditions and may be eligible for financial support from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). A budget of €5.35 billion has been allocated to trans-European energy infrastructure under the CEF from 2014-20, helping projects of common interest to get implemented faster and making them more attractive to investors.

Read more about that new. The same day, the European Commission published basic questions and answers about the Projects of Common Interest related to the new above which you can read the following extract:

What are projects of common interest?

Projects of common interest (PCIs) are key infrastructure projects, which will help Member States to physically integrate their energy markets, enable them to diversify their energy sources and help bring an end to the energy isolation some of them are facing. They are the primary European tool to accelerate the deployment of the infrastructure necessary for the completion of the European energy market and to ensure that the European Union meets its goals of affordable, secure and sustainable energy.

Learn more about Projects of common interest in energy.


The Energy Union on track to deliver

November 2015. The first State of the Energy Union Report shows that much progress has already been made since the adoption of the Energy Union Framework Strategy 9 months ago. Still much remains to be done, and 2016 will be an important year of delivery.

The Energy Union Framework Strategy (IP/15/4497) created a new momentum to bring about the transition to a low-carbon, secure and competitive economy. The Commission has also committed to report annually on the state of the Energy Union in order to address the key issues and steer the policy debate. The State of the Energy Union Report, published today for the first time, looks at progress made over the last nine months and identifies key action areas for 2016 and provides policy conclusions at Member State, regional and European level. This is a central element to monitor the implementation of this key priority of the Juncker Commission.

Maroš Šefčovič, the Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union, said: "Nine months down the road, we can say with confidence that we are on track to deliver the Energy Union. My messages for 2016 are clear. First, the EU should continue to lead in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Second, that transition should be socially fair and consumer-centred. And third, the geopolitical challenges that we faced this year will not go away. 2016 will also be the year in which we will lay the foundations of a robust governance system bringing predictability and transparency, which is what investors need. In sum: 2016 will be a year of delivery!"

Read more about that new. The same day, the European Commission published basic questions and answers about the state of the Energy Union related to the new above which you can read the following extract:

Why a State of the Energy Union now?

On 25 February 2015, the Commission adopted "A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy". The publication of this strategy created a new momentum to bring about the transition to a low-carbon, secure and competitive economy and to deliver on one of the 10 priorities of the Juncker Commission.

The State of the Energy Union is a good opportunity to take stock each year of the progress already made towards building the Energy Union, and to highlight the issues where further attention is needed. It also brings together a series of Commission reports and initiatives in an integrated way.

Learn more about the State of the Energy Union.

 


Wind energy is crucial for the EU's renewable energy targets

November, 2015. Wind energy is the renewable energy technology expected to provide the largest contribution to the EU's 2020 renewable energy targets and beyond - that is the message from the European Wind Energy Conference in Paris taking place from 17-20 November, attended by Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union.

The EU currently has around 140 GW of wind power, including just over 13 GW of offshore wind power capacity, which could rise to 210 GW by 2020 and 350 GW by 2030. These levels of capacity would cover 14% of the EU's electricity demand in 2020 and up to 24% of demand in 2030, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

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MEPs want integrated energy market with clear targets & secure supplies

November 2015. The industry committee set out its demands for a European energy union in a resolution passed on Tuesday. Among them: compliance with the Commission's recommendation concerning hydraulic fracturing, a voluntary system to collectively purchase energy, and support for the development of Europe's own energy resources.
                 - National energy mixes and a fully integrated internal market
"National diversity" in energy-mix choices "must not represent a barrier to the single market", says the committee, which acknowledges "public concerns about hydraulic fracturing and its consequences" and asks "those member states that intend to pursue hydraulic fracturing to respect the Commission's recommendation setting out minimum principles governing the exploration and production of hydrocarbons (such as shale gas) using high volume hydraulic fracturing".

The committee, which wants all legislation on the energy union to be decided by Parliament and the Council on an equal footing, advocates the creation of a legislative framework to "empower consumers and make them active participants in the market". It says this "could contribute to a more competitive and well-functioning internal energy market, and help address serious social problems, such as energy poverty and vulnerable consumers."

The recommended gas-system stress tests would provide an "overview of the resilience of the entire energy market", says the committee, which believes that a "fully-functioning, interconnected internal energy market is the backbone of the future energy union."

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International Symposium "Towards a Transatlantic E-Mobility Market": ETP SG attented.

November 2015. Past 28th and 29th of October, Jesús García Martín, representing the ETP Smartgrids from Iberdrola, could attend the International Symposium "Towards a Transatlantic E-Mobility Market".  The two-day Symposium was bringing together key stakeholders to discuss aspects related to interoperability - Vehicles and Grids - and concreted actions to pave the way towards an e-mobility market. Jesús García Martín  presented views from the ETP SG “Thinking ahead  Electricity network and electric vehicles". Learn more on ETP SG position here.

This event was organisated with the participation of the Joint Research Centre.


 

BEHAVE 2016 calls for papers

November 2015. BEHAVE 2016, the 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, is organised by the Energy for Sustainability Initiative of the University of Coimbra and ADENE - Portuguese Agency for Energy, member of the European Energy Network (EnR) and will take place on the 8th and 9th of September 2016 in the University of Coimbra in Portugal.

BEHAVE 2016 aims to bring researchers and practitioners involved in end-use energy efficiency to share recent research, new technological developments and best practices on understanding and influencing behaviour related to energy efficiency. Research on behaviours associated with energy use plays a fundamental role to achieve a more sustainable energy system, in face of challenges such as security of supply, climate change and evolution to the smart grids.

You can submit your contribution to BEHAVE 2016 which cover a wide range of topics related with energy efficiency and behaviours, namely:

- promoting sustainable energy behaviours: instruments, interventions and evaluation of behaviour change;

- adoption and use of low carbon technologies;

- behavioural potential to facilitate the smart grid and demand response;

- end-use energy efficiency in buildings and organisations;

- behaviour in transport and mobility;

- behaviour integration into energy modelling;

- multidisciplinary approaches to energy behaviours;

- energy policies for promoting behaviour change.

Other topics related to energy efficiency and behaviours are welcome. Contributions reporting real-world studies are particularly appreciated. The official language of the conference is English.

The extended abstract is expected by March 31, 2016.

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Energy Community takes decisive step to boost energy efficiency and trans-European energy infrastructure

October 2015. The 13th Energy Community Ministerial Council took place on the 16th of October in Tirana under the Albanian Presidency in office of the Energy Community. The ministerial council adopted 20% headline target on energy efficiency and trans-European energy infrastructure regulation. This year's Ministerial Council meeting also marked a special occasion which agreed upon an ambitious set of reforms that will strengthen the Energy Community and bring it closer to the EU.

Representing the European Union in Tirana, EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, Arias Cañete, stated “The Energy Community is the most efficient instrument in ensuring effective implementation of the EU’s energy, environment and competition acquis in the European Union’s neighbourhood. Today’s Ministerial Council once again took key steps to achieve closer integration of the EU and Energy Community energy markets in a sustainable way. Today’s adoption of a 20% energy efficiency target puts the Contracting Parties on par with EU Member States. Moreover, the adoption of the TEN-E regulation lays down the foundations for a truly pan-European energy infrastructure system.”

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ETP SmartGrids survey on the future of utilities

October 2015. The ETP Smar Grids launched an industry-wide survey as to gather your opinion about the future of utilities. The results of the survey will be the basis for the ETP in building long term scenarios for the sector.

Electrical utilities are confronted with numerous, sometimes conflicting, developments. How will this impact their business? The objective is to gauge your expert opinion on current developments and their potential impact on the role of the electrical distribution utility. Filling out this survey does not take more than 5 minutes.

Imagine yourself the role of the electrical distribution utility between 2025-2040.

A number of developments will influence and (re-) define the role of the utility. A set of developments (regulation, socio-economic, technical, customers) will be presented to you. For each development, you will be asked to score the possible impact on the electrical distribution utility: between 'very low impact' and 'very high impact'.

The ETP Smart Grids is co-creating the Innovation Programme at the upcoming European Utility Week (3-5 November). Results of this survey will be used in the keynote session of the Innovation Track. The target is to debate around the future of the electrical utility sector.

The survey could take place earlier this month. Thank you for your participation.

For further information or questions please contact the ETP SmartGrids secretariat (secretariat@smartgrids.eu) or Thierry Pollet (Thierry_Pollet@me.com)


ETP SG answers to EC consultation on a New Energy Market Design and Risk Preparedness in the area of Security of Electricity Supply

October 2015. On 8 October the ETP Smartgrids submitted its answers to the two consultations launched by the EC while publishing its Summer Energy Package in July.

The answers represent the consolidated view of the ETP SG which comprises experts from TSOs, DSOs, Technology Providers, ICT, storage, research and academia. Each of these stakeholder groups might have additional opinions in each item. ETP SG is processing these differences and will provide these differences grouped in an organized way.

Read below ETP SG answers to the consultations:

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The Integrated SET Plan fit for new challenges

September 2015. On 15 September the European Commission adopted the new Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan. The upgraded SET Plan is the first research and innovation deliverable on which the fifth dimension of the Energy Union will be built.

Building on an integrated approach going beyond technology silos, the upgraded SET Plan proposes ten focused research and innovation actions to accelerate the energy system's transformation and create jobs and growth, ensuring the European Union's leadership in the development and deployment of low-carbon energy technologies. These actions will contribute to achieve the research and innovation objectives of the Energy Union to: become the global leader in renewable energy; facilitate consumer participation and accelerate the progress to a smart energy system; develop and reinforce energy efficient systems; diversify and strengthen options for sustainable transport; drive ambition in carbon capture and storage deployment; and increase safety in the use of nuclear energy.

A more efficient and simple governance structure will be put in place in order to increase coordination and cooperation between national governments, industry and research institutions. It will boost transparency, accountability and monitoring of progress, as well as improve knowledge sharing. The SET Plan will also promote a better articulation of funding sources and greater access to risk-financing to support new innovations and bring novel technologies to market.

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European Member States gave a favorable opinion on the Draft Regulation establishing a Network Code for HDVC

September 2015. On the 11th September 2015, Member States gave a favorable opinion on the Draft Regulation establishing a Network Code on Requirements for High Voltage Direct Current Systems and DC-connected Power Park Modules (HVDC). The below is the provisional final version of the text, which will be shortly placed on the comitology register with updated numbering and references.

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Achieving the energy Union: challenges and proposals for European competitiveness

September 2015. On September 5th 2015, the results of the study “Building the European Energy Union. Proposals and policy recommendation to power European competitiveness” – carried out by The European House-Ambrosetti (TEH-A) together with Enel – were presented within the annual TEH-A Forum at Villa d’Este, Cernobbio, Italy. As the study highlights, the energy sector has to face three major challenges: the enforcement of truly integrated European governance, the achievement of a future-proof market design and the development of digital technologies.

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Smart grid technology may be key to energy-efficient future

August 2015. Leaders from more than 20 countries from six of the seven continents (Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway and many more) recently met in Mexico to discuss the future of energy – and smart grid was an important topic of conversation. The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) focused on the path to the “global clean energy revolution,” which is being created by technology innovation that is gaining an increased share of the energy market. Although the countries attending the ministerial all had slightly different goals, they all agreed that growing the energy sector — especially energy efficiency — was an important goal.

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EU to invest EUR 150 million in energy infrastructure

August 2015. EU Member States agreed in July on a proposal from the European Commission to allocate EUR 150 million to key trans-European energy infrastructure projects. The bulk of the support will go to projects in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe as well as to projects in the Baltic region. In total, 20 projects were selected following a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), an EU funding programme for infrastructure.

The European Commission said in a press release that the selected projects would increase energy security and help end the isolation of Member States from EU-wide energy networks. They will also contribute to the completion of a European energy market and the integration of renewable energy sources into the electricity grid.

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Mobilising investment for Europe’s Energy Union

August 2015. The European Commission has agreed on a package of measures designed to ensure that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is up and running early autumn. EFSI will be the launchpad for investment in the areas of our economy that need it most, mobilising €315 billion worth of investment over the coming years. This will be crucial for Energy Union – an ambitious project needing significant investment - and its goals to deliver secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy to citizens and businesses. Over €1 trillion may be needed for the energy sector by 2020.

Miguel Arias Cañete, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner said: "By 2030, we must improve our energy efficiency by at least 27%. And hopefully more, as I will work hard to go beyond the 'at least 27% figure'. But for that to happen we need to boost energy efficiency investment in Europe. EFSI can be a driver to plug the investment gap needed in Europe's energy transition to become the world's most energy-efficient economy. I'm very encouraged to see that the fund is already supporting strategic energy efficiency projects, and that many more low-carbon projects are in the approval pipeline. "

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ENTSO-E consults on its Work Programme until 24 September

August 2015. ENTSO-E’s draft 7th Annual Work Programme for the period September 2015 to December 2016 is focusing in particular on their vision in response to the EC’s “Energy Union” initiative. Its two main directions are ENTSO-E’s key contributions to the EU electricity system and power market and how to make sure the association responds further to the expectations of stakeholders and members.

In designing their Annual Work Programme 2016, ENTSO-E’s intention is to respond effectively to the challenges and to any related initiative by the EC that may result from its Energy Union Communication, while maintaining the highest standards in delivering our legal mandate. Consultation is open until 24 September.

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Projects of Common Interest – new study on risk

August 2015. The EU’s ‘Projects of Common Interest’ (PCIs) – major infrastructure projects of European relevance aiming to boost Europe’s security of energy supply and competition in the energy sector – may benefit from a wide range of risk-mitigating incentives and a more fit-for-purpose regulatory treatment, a new study has found.

The Commission has drawn up a list of 248 PCIs which may benefit from financial support for the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility between 2014 and 2020. In 2014, €647 million was allocated to 34 PCIs, the majority of which involve electricity and gas transmission lines. A total of €650 million has been earmarked for PCI projects in 2015, with the second of two calls for proposal currently open.

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Next EUROGIA2020 cut-off Date: 18 September 2015

August 2015. The cut-off date of the next EUROGIA2020 call for proposals on low carbon energy related research and development projects is September 18. Project participant must first submit their proposal in a project outline (PO) format which will be reviewed by the EUROGIA technical committee. Feedback will be provided to applicants in order for them to move to the full proposal stage.

The EUREKA Cluster EUROGIA2020 is a bottom-up, industry driven, market oriented programme which addresses all areas of the energy mix, from renewable energy to efficiency, and reduction of carbon footprint of fossil fuels. All innovative project ideas to reduce the carbon footprint of energy production and use qualify for the EUROGIA2020 label. This quality label facilitates access to national and regional funding.

Applicable conditions and details of the submission process can be found on www.eurogia.com or by contacting the EUROGIA2020 Secretariat.


New electricity market rules allow efficient EU-wide electricity trading

July 2015. The European Commission has adopted new electricity market rules which will bring the goal of a well-integrated EU internal energy market a step closer.

The new Regulation creates a comprehensive legal framework for electricity trading in Europe and makes so-called 'market coupling' legally binding across the EU. Market coupling essentially brings all bids and offers from different national power exchanges for cross-border trading into one 'basket' and allows matching them in an optimal manner across borders. Market coupling is estimated to save customers from €2.5 to 4.0 billion a year .

The new Regulation will be published in the EU’s Official Journal on 25th July 2015 and enter into force on 14th August 2015.

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Commission proposes ‘new deal’ for energy consumers, redesign of electricity market and revision of energy label for more clarity

July 2015. As part of the Energy Union strategy, the Commission presented proposals to deliver a new deal for energy consumers, to launch a redesign of the European electricity market, to update energy efficiency labelling and to revise the EU Emissions Trading System.

The package is an important step towards implementing the Energy Union strategy with a forward looking climate change policy, launched as one of the political priorities of the Juncker Commission in February 2015. Today's proposals give prominence to the "energy efficiency first" principle and put households and business consumers at the heart of the European energy market.

Read the ETP SG answer to the consultation which was opened until 8 October.

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Busy year ahead for the ETP Smartgrids!

July 2015. After a very successful General Assembly where the European Technology Platform presented its joint recommendations for upcoming Research and Innovation for the next H2020 Work-Programme, many new activities are being started.

New ad hoc groups are working on the use of smart meter data for network operation, resilience and security and power electronics at the distribution level. Moreover, activities continue within each of the Working Groups (WG) of the platform. WG 1 which deals with Network Operation and Assets is now working on topics like asset management, power electronics, resilience and security. It expects also to organise again a workshop by the end of the year with the ELECTRA project (see the results from the joint workshop organised in December 2014).

WG2 is focusing on Storage technologies for smartgrids, it started its activities in October 2014. At the moment it is aiming to issue a paper on the most promising storage technologies for smartgrids in Europe by the end of the year.

WG3 focuses on Demand side, metering and retail and is the oldest of all WGs. It has just started to work on the new and very wide area of Energy Digitalisation as well as Cyber security. It expects to issue a first paper on the first matter by the end of 2015 to be followed by a second one dealing with related cyber security aspects. Experts workshop(s) dealing with the matter are expected to be organised in the next months.

Ad hoc groups and working groups are constantly evolving and the work undertaken is the fruit of the voluntary involvement of experts around Europe which commit with time to reply to EC consultations, prepare recommendations and white papers which are then endorsed by the whole ETP Smartgrids, hence the smartgrids community in Europe. Applications are constantly open, so if you would like to dedicate some time and share your expertise to help devising the future of Smartgrids you are welcome to do so!

More information is available here.


Commission releases €550 million for cross-border European networks

July 2015. The Commission launched a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to help finance key trans-European energy infrastructure projects. Up to €550 million will be made available for projects which will contribute to develop a resilient Energy Union. Once in place, these projects will contribute to end energy isolation and to eliminate energy bottlenecks that prevent the completion of the European internal energy market. This investment money will act as a catalyst for securing additional financing from private and public investors.

With a total amount of €650 million for grants foreseen in 2015, this is the second of the two calls scheduled for this year. The deadline to submit applications is 30 September 2015. A decision on the selection of proposals to be funded is expected at the end of this year.

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My Smart Energy -  Consumers-focused website on smart metering & smart grids launched at EUSEW.

June 2015. My Smart Energy (www.my-smart-energy.eu), a new pan-European portal designed as a first step towards providing everyday household consumers in Europe has been launched.

The website, developed by European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) and the European Smart Metering and Management Industry Group (ESMIG) provides accessible explanations and materials that, alongside helping consumers, can help local authorities, utilities, national information campaigns and other stakeholders to introduce the changes about to take place in their communities

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Renewable energy progress report

June 2015. The European Commission has published the progress report on 2020 renewable energy targets, showing that the EU is on track to meet its 20% renewable energy targets. With a projected share of 15.3% of renewable energy in 2014 in the gross final energy consumption, the EU and the vast majority of Member States are advancing well: 25 Member States are expected to meet their 2013/2014 national targets.

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Press release. PV NET final event

June 2015. On 8th May 2015 the PV-NET International Conference "PROMOTION OF PV TECHNOLOGY-CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES", was held in Cyprus. Distinguished speakers were invited by the partners of the PV-NET project that presented the international dimension of the photovoltaic state of the art.

The Conference was attended by Cypriot stakeholders that included among others policy makers, energy regulators, TSOs, DSOs, Representatives of European and international organizations, Academia, PV Solar Industry etc.

The final results from the project are:

  • Implementation of Pilot sites in 3 Countries (Smart-Meters and Weather Stations), Cyprus, Slovenia and Portugal. Also another 100 Smart Meters from France
  • Identification of all charges associated with conventional electricity tariffs
  • Identification of the consumption profile of a typical net-metering customer
  • Establishment of the annual consumption behaviour
  • Cost and Benefit analysis of a Net Metering system
  • Development of an online policy optimization tool

Read full press release here.


Energy Council: Energy Union must focus on consumers and investment

June 2015. Energy Ministers of the EU’s 28 countries have said that the goal of the EU’s plans for Energy Union must be to provide consumers with affordable, safe, competitive, secure and sustainable energy.

Ministers said that the EU must reduce its energy dependency and increase its energy security – a goal which is in line with the EU’s long-term energy, climate and economic growth objectives. Building a consumer-orientated Energy Union can be achieved by creating a flexible European market for energy that ensures transparent pricing and maximises competition.

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ACER and ENTSO-E step up efforts to ensure effective engagement of stakeholders in the Network Code implementation process

June 2015. ACER and ENTSO-E announced that the feedback received from EU electricity stakeholders will soon be channelled through three specific committees, one per family of codes (Market Codes, Operational Codes and Connection Codes). The committees, chaired by the Agency, will engage interested parties. Relevant European associations, in particular, are envisaged to play an active role in the process.

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Key Electricity Figures for 2014 – ENTSO-E statistics released

June 2015. Electricity in Europe and the Statistical Factsheet gather essential data on electricity generation, consumption and exchanges in the 34 European countries of the ENTSO-E area.

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Commission is launching 'Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy'

May 2015. The European Commission launched on 26 may a new 'Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy' to help European regions and EU countries to make full use of EU funds for sustainable energy under the EU's Cohesion Policy.

Cohesion Policy funds are available for energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart grid and energy infrastructure projects.

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Public consultation about the Initial Integrated R&D Implementation Plan 2016-2018

May 2015. The Grid+Storage consortium made public its Initial integrated R&I Implementation Plan 2016-2018. Research and Innovation activities on the integration of energy storage into electricity networks are detailed, thanks to a cooperation between energy storage specialists and network operators.

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15 energy infrastructure projects receive EU funding

May 2015. The EU's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) has signed 15 grant agreements for priority energy infrastructure projects in Europe. These projects are the first of 34 projects to receive a total of €647 million under the EU's Connecting Europe Facility 2014 call for proposals

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Press Release. 5th European Technology Platform (ETP) on SmartGrids General Assembly

April 2015. The European Technology Platform on SmartGrids (ETP SG) celebrated in Brussels its 5th General Assembly on Wednesday 29th April. It was attended by over 260 participants. Nikos Hatziargyriou, Chairman of the ETP SmartGrids, underlined how the platform is bringing together experts representing all stakeholders in a balanced and consolidated way.

The opening speech was given by Marie Donnelly, European Commission Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation.

Read full press release.

      


Smart grids in Europe: outlook and large scale application

April 2015. The JRC released two reports in the area of smart grids, which look at how smart grids research and innovation can help achieve the Energy Union's targets of secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy.The first report, entitled "Smart Grids Laboratories Inventory 2015" is a first edition of a periodic report that will gather and disseminate information on the smart grid laboratories active in Europe and beyond. In the second report, "A Smart Grid for the City of Rome", the JRC investigates whether smart grid technologies can be profitably scaled up to a large city scale.


Establishment of the Mediterranean Technology Platform for Smart Grids

April 2015. Cyprus had the privilege to host on the 26th March 2015 an important initiative for the establishment of the Mediterranean Technology Platform for Smart Grids (MedTP4SG) with the participation of representatives from European organizations, Member States and Third Countries of the Mediterranean. MedTP4SG is expected to serve regional issues for the evolution of smart grids and to work in close cooperation with the European Technology Platform for SG.

Read the full press release.


The European SmartGrids Technology Platform will debate on the future contribution of Smartgrids for a competitive Europe

April 2015. The 5th General Assembly of the European Technology Platform on Smart Grids (ETP Smart Grids) will be held on next 29 April in Brussels and will bring together most active stakeholders in the European electricity sector to design the roadmap towards a more competitive Europe in this field. More than 200 stakeholders are expected to attend this event of reference for the Smartgrids community in Europe.

Read the full press release.


Consultation on the list of proposed Projects of Common Interest in the field of Smart Grids

March 2015.The consultation on the list of projects proposed for the PCI label in energy infrastructure has been launched and will remain open until 15 April 2015. The objective of this consultation is to seek your views on the need for a Smart Grid project from an EU energy policy perspective bringing together security of supply, market integration, competition and sustainability.

Further information.


Completing the internal energy market: €100 million released to connect European energy networks

March 2015. Commission is opening the call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to help finance key trans-European energy infrastructure projects. €100 million will be made available for projects aimed at ending energy isolation, eliminating energy bottlenecks and to complete the European energy market. This European money will also act as a catalyst for securing additional financing by private and public investors. With a total of €650 million for grants foreseen in 2015, this is the first of two calls planned for 2015. The deadline for applications is 29 April 2015. A decision on the selection of proposals to be funded is expected for mid-July.

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T&D Europe celebrates the final achievements of Smart Grids standardisation work

March 2015. T&D Europe1 experts have actively participated in the work of the Reference Group for SG Standardization and the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Smart Grid Coordination Group under the "Standardization Mandate to European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs) to support European Smart Grid deployment" (Mandate M490 of the European Commission). The final outcome of that work was presented on 26th February during the “European Conference on Smart Grid Standardization achievements”.

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The European Commission has launched a plan for Energy Union.

February 2015.Energy is used to heat and to cool buildings and homes, transport goods, and power the economy. But with ageing infrastructure, poorly integrated markets, and uncoordinated policies, consumers, households and businesses do not benefit from increased choice or from lower energy prices. It is time to complete the single energy market in Europe. Delivering on this top priority set out in President Juncker's political guidelines, the European Commission sets out its strategy to achieve a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy.

More information here.


Letter-invitation for participation in the ENTSO-E public consultation on the R&D Implementation Plan 2016-2018

February,2015.ENTSO-E has published its R&D Implementation Plan 2016-2018. This Implementation Plan is one of the ENTSO-E’s deliverables according to the EU regulation 714/2009 hence it will be subject to ACER opinion.

The Implementation Plan 2016-2018 summarises, selects and presents Transmission System Operators (TSOs) priorities, after having thoroughly checked them against the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2015-2016 and the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap.

The Implementation Plan 2016-2018 also draws attention on the regulatory options to finance R&D, envisaged by ENTSO-E and TSOs in cooperation with ACER and National Regulatory Authorities.

In a nut-shell, the current version of ENTSO-E R&D Implementation Plan strives to set-up effectively actions and priorities for achieving the European energy policy objectives while taking into account the needs of the TSOs and looking forward to reflect on those of the power system stakeholders as well.

The draft is available for your consultation and your comments and suggestions will be welcomed within 24 February 2015.

Download here the document or visit ENTSO-E website for more information.


KIC InnoEnergy announces new call for innovative project proposals

February, 2015. KIC InnoEnergy, the European company for innovation, education and business creation in sustainable energy, has announced the launch of a new  call for proposal to develop innovative products and services, as part of their programme dedicated to boosting sustainable innovations in Europe.

More information here.


IEEE Power & Energy Magazine devoted to European R&D (Road Map to 2020) highlights the contribution of the ETP SmartGrids in a new article “Organic Growth”

January 2015. The article summarizes the effort of European network operators to adopt a holistic approach to their research and innovation (R&I) activities. Transmission system operators (TSOs) in Europe represented by ENTSO-E and distribution system operators (DSOs) represented by EDSO-SG, as well as the European Technology Platform Smart Grids, regularly publish and update road maps, implementing plans, and strategic research agendas. These documents are closely related to each other, aiming at ensuring a coordinated approach to grids and the integration of new technologies. As a package, all of this activity is tailored to addressing the challenges network operators face in meeting many overarching energy policy goals at the pan-European level.

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Interview with Nikos Hatziargyriou, President of the ETP SmartGrids

January 2015. Nikos Hatziargyriou, President of ETP SmartGrids, recently gave a short interview to DERlab about major issues smart grids’ community is about to face at EU level and how ETP SG can help to tackle them in a global and united manner. “The most urgent issue is the specification of the priorities in the EU smart grid research and development in short and medium term“ highlighted the President of ETP SG.

“In 2015 the strategic goal of the ETP SmartGrids is to support the EC setting RDD goals and priorities in the upcoming work program 2016/2017. This will be achieved by the ongoing efforts of the WGs, and by intensifying the cooperation with national smart grid platforms, in order to align ourselves with their national targets. The result of all this work will be presented at the ETP SG General Assembly in April 2015” remarked Mr. Hartziargyriou.

The interviewee also ensured that DERlab plays a crucial role in developing and testing smart grids technologies.

See the complete interview here.


ERA-NET Smart Grids Plus: First call for transnational smart grids RD&D project proposals opens on 30 January 2015, with a budget of €40 million

January 2015. ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus is an initiative of 20 European countries and regions. The aim is to enable the development of appropriate technologies, market designs and business models as well as customer adoption in order to achieve the European Smart Grids vision and goals: an electric power system integrating renewable energies as well as flexible production, consumer technologies and services that can help create an electricity system with a high security of supply and low greenhouse gas emissions at an affordable price.

ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus promotes applied research, piloting and demonstration in the field of smart grids, with a focus on validation, scaling-up and replication. Projects shall not only focus on technical aspects, but integrate aspects of Technology, Marketplace and Stakeholders/Adoption in an interdisciplinary and transectoral approach. The total available budget for the first call for RD&D projects in 2015 is approx. €40 million.

The project outline submission deadline is the 8th April 2015 14:00 CET.

Find detailed information about the call and its scope, eligibility or projects characteristics, here


Consultation on the list of proposed Projects of Common Interest (PCI) launched by DG Energy

January 2015. The consultation on the list of projects proposed for the PCI label in energy infrastructure has been launched and will remain open until 13 March 2015.

The identification of PCIs is based on a regional approach and is carried out by Regional Groups consisting of representatives of competent ministries, national regulatory authorities and the gas and electricity transmission system operators and project promoters, the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO) for electricity and gas, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and the European Commission.

The objective of this consultation is to seek views on the need for a gas or electricity project from an EU energy policy perspective bringing together security of supply, market integration, competition and sustainability.

For further information please click here


ELECTRA / Working Group 1 ETP SmartGrids Joint Technical Workshop on Network Operation for 2030+

January 2015. Together with ELECTRA IRP, Working Group 1 ETP SmartGrids organized the first Joint Technical Workshop on Network Operation for the future, that was held the 17th Dec 2014 in Brussels. The full-day event brought together 40 stakeholders of the field of SmartGrids. The interactive workshop provided knowledge exchange among grid experts in order to reach conclusive positions on three selected topics of critical importance:

  • Inertia and grid stability with high penetration of DG and storage
  • Operational flexibility and ancillary services
  • Observability and system integration

The sessions were led by experts from ELECTRA and Working Group 1 and resulted in lively discussions among the participating stakeholders.

The results of the workshops were summarized in an outcome document, which is available here

The presentations and other workshop material can be found here.

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