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4 November 2018 2018 11:00 AM GMT

EU Parliament Aims Higher For Renewables In Its 2030 Climate And Energy Goals

The European Parliament’s Industry & Energy (ITRE) and Environment (ENVI) committees have now voted their position on the Energy Union Governance Regulation, steered by MEPs Claude Turmes and Michèle Rivasi from the Greens/EFA party. The vote comes just a week after the ITRE committee called for raising the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target to 35% instead of 27%. The Governance Regulation sets out how EU Member States will deliver the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy goals including the binding EU renewables target and how they will give visibility to renewables investors on post-2020 deployment volumes.

Members of the European Parliament adopted provisions that will provide key guidance to drive the energy transition. They requested that Member States submit National Energy & Climate Plans by 1 June 2019, six months earlier than the Council’s preference. MEPs also proposed important improvements in the content of the plans. They would cover how Member States intend to enhance energy system flexibility, improve transmission and distribution networks and limit unnecessary use of capacity mechanisms. MEPs requested that renewables deployment follows linear trajectories and is tracked against interim targets every other year. That will allow proper oversight of collective efforts. MEPs also voted in favour of a mechanism that will ensure measures are taken in case the EU is not on track to achieve its 2030 renewable energy target.

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “It’s very good the European Parliament recognises the importance of having early National Energy & Climate Plans. With the International Energy Agency now saying wind will be Europe’s leading electricity source soon after 2030, we need these plans to tell the industry when and where Member States want to see renewables deployment.

“Asking Member States to commit to a linear renewable energy deployment trajectory is even more significant. To keep the jobs and growth our industry supports – €36bn contribution to EU GDP and 263,000 jobs – we need a strong and stable home market. Europe installs 12 GW of new wind capacity on average each year. Linear trajectories will help maintain this and, with it, the contribution the industry makes to the EU economy. Every €1000 invested in wind creates €250 value in the chemicals, steel and electronics sectors. Linear deployment is in the interest of these sectors too. Member States should take note and ratchet up their ambition on trajectories at the 18 December Energy Council.”

Photo: Courtesy of The European Parliament

December 3rd 2018
EU Approves Ambitious Energy Efficiency Goals, Encourages Clean Energy Feed-In

Europeans will now be entitled to consume, store and sell the renewable energy they produce in line with ambitious targets set by the EU. The targets are to be reviewed by 2023, and can only be raised, not lowered. By making energy more efficient, Europeans will see their energy bills reduced. In addition, Europe will reduce its reliance on external suppliers of oil and gas, improve local air quality and protect the climate. For the first time, member states will also be obliged to establish specific energy efficiency measures to the benefit of those affected by energy poverty. Member states must also ensure that citizens are entitled to generate renewable energy for their own consumption, to store it and to sell excess production.

December 11th 2018
Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

November 30th 2018
Arsenal Unveil Battery Storage System: First Of Its Kind At A UK Football Club

Arsenal Football Club has unveiled a battery storage system (BSS) to store enough energy to run the 60,000 seater Emirates Stadium from kick-off to full time. It follows a unique collaboration with Pivot Power to install a 2MW/2.5MWh lithium ion BSS, with funds managed by Downing LLP. The project, the first of its kind in the UK, will also save club money as it works to support low-carbon plans. The BSS allows Arsenal to avoid peak power prices, buying electricity when it is cheap and storing it for use when prices are high. Typically, energy can cost three times more at peak times than overnight. The installation maintains Arsenal as the leader in sustainability in sport following its commitment to clean energy with Octopus Energy in 2016.

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