CALL - Reducing the cost of PV electricity

Specific Challenge:
Much of the R&D efforts in recent years have focused on the development of high-efficiency PV cells at low cost. However, the cost of a PV system also depends on a number of other elements and components. The reduction of their cost and the enhancement of their performance show ample margins for improvement and can considerably help reducing price and accelerating large-scale deployment of PV installations; however this still represents a challenge.
Scope:
Proposals are requested to address the reduction of the cost of PV electricity by optimising the PV system energy yield and lifetime and decreasing cost at module (encapsulation materials, glass, and antireflective layers, anti-soiling layers, module architecture, etc.), balance-of-system component (electronics, inverters, tracking systems, etc.) or system configuration levels.

Energy efficiency of industrial parks through energy cooperation and mutualised energy services

Specific Challenge:
Energy represents an important part of enterprises' production costs even for non-energy intensive industries, and the availability of affordable, easy to access, energy services is one of the key business development enabler and competitiveness factor. Industrial parks play an important role in the European economy and the improvement of their energy efficiency is the main challenge of this topic. Optimising their energy efficiency can be obtained by stimulating and facilitating energy cooperation among businesses. Such cooperation can be done via clustering buildings and processes, by energy exchange, collective production and joint contracting of mutualised energy services. However, there are a number of barriers that hinder the development of energy cooperation of neighbouring businesses. These barriers are mostly organisational, financial, legal, social and technical.

Noi standarde de performanţă pentru serviciul de distribuţie, transport şi de sistem în domeniul energiei electrice

În şedinţa din data de 30.03.2016, Comitetul de reglementare al ANRE a aprobat două reglementări deosebit de importante, în concordanţă cu obiectivele de reglementare privind dezvoltarea unui sistem energetic eficient, fiabil şi orientat către consumator.

Astfel, prin Ordinul ANRE nr. 11/2016,  a fost aprobat Standardul de performanță pentru serviciul de distribuție a energiei electrice, care reprezintă varianta revizuită a standardului de performanță aprobat în 2007 și care are ca scop reglementarea calității serviciului de distribuţie a energiei electrice distribuite, stabilirea indicatorilor de performanță în asigurarea serviciului de distribuţie, precum și stabilirea modului de urmărire și înregistrare a indicatorilor de performanță.

Prin acest Standard, utilizatorii rețelei electrice de distribuție vor beneficia, în primul rând, de o calitatea mai bună a serviciului de distributie prin reducerea numărului şi duratei întreruperilor.  În acelasi timp, trebuie subliniat că neîndeplinirea de către operatorii de distribuţie a indicatorilor de performanță prevăzuți în Standard, va permite utilizatorilor reţelelor electrice de distribuție (in special consumatorii de energie electrică) sa primeasca compensaţii băneşti de la acestia, care, in fapt,  reprezintă o reducere a facturii de energie electrică achitate lunar.

333 environment project proposals seek Horizon 2020 funding

The European Commission has received 333 proposals for projects in the areas of climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials by the call deadline on 8 March 2016.
All in all, a budget of about €283 million is available in 2016 for the Societal Challenge "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials" of Horizon 2020.

Next steps

In April, independent expert panels will evaluate the proposals selecting the best ones for funding. The Commission will then inform all applicants – within five months of the call deadline – whether or not their proposal has been successful.
Applicants who answered to a two-stage call will be informed in May of the outcome of the remote review: those invited to submit a full proposal will have to do so by 6 September 2016.

Source: The European Commission

29 noi companii au intrat in luna februarie 2016 pe pietele administrate OPCOM

La sfarsitul lunii februarie, la Piata pentru Ziua Urmatoare erau inregistrati 317 participanti, la Piata Intra-zilnica erau inscrisi 113 participanti, la Piata Centralizata a Contractelor Bilaterale de energie electrica-modalitatea de tranzactionare PCCB-LE erau inregistrati 343 de participanti, la Piata Centralizata a Contractelor Bilaterale de energie electrica-modalitatea de tranzactionare PCCB-NC erau inregistrati 155 de participanti, la Piata Centralizata a Contractelor Bilaterale de energie electrica-modalitatea de tranzactionare PCCB-PC era inregistrat un participant, la Piata Centralizata cu negociere dubla continua a Contractelor Bilaterale de energie electrica (PC-OTC) in registrul de tranzactionare figurau 96 companii, la Piata Centralizata pentru Serviciul Universal erau inregistrati 33 de participanti, iar la Piata de energie electrica pentru clientii finali mari (PMC) erau inregistrati 2 participanti. 

Pe Piata Certificatelor Verzi erau inscrisi 847 de participanti la 29 februarie, in timp ce pe Platforma de Tranzactionare a Certificatelor de Emisii de gaze cu efect de sera (PTCE) 12 societati figurau ca participanti inregistrati.

La sfarsitul lunii februarie, 19 societati figurau ca participanti inregistrati la Piata Centralizata de Gaze Naturale.

Learn how eight EU-funded projects are fighting energy poverty

A growing phenomenon in Europe that affects approximately 54 million Europeans. Some of the projects address energy poverty through low cost measures that focus on behavioural change, while others target social housing either through energy saving measures for new buildings or through refurbishment with energy performance contracting models.
Although there is still no universally agreed definition for the concept of energy poverty, it is often defined as a situation where individuals are not able to adequately heat, or provide other required energy services in their homes, at affordable cost.

Why is this important?

The EU Survey on Income and Living Conditions (EU SILC) estimates that 54 million European citizens i.e., 10.8% of the EU population, were unable to keep their home adequately warm in 2012, with similar numbers being reported with regard to the late payment of utility bills or presence of poor housing conditions.
Against this backdrop, the Citizens' Energy Forum taking place 23-24 February in London gathers a record number of stakeholders this year. Discussions will include energy consumer empowerment, roll-out of smart meters, self-generation, consumer vulnerability and energy poverty.

How is the European Union helping vulnerable consumers?

The EU is supporting several initiatives to tackle energy poverty including funding Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency and Intelligent Energy Europe projects. The following eight projects address energy poverty through various means ranging from how to use smart meters and engaging social housing companies, to training energy ambassadors and advisors and promoting energy saving behaviour.

EU invests €48.6 million in 45 innovative companies under the SME Instrument

45 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 19 countries have been selected in the latest round of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2. 
Horizon 2020
Each project, 30 in total, will receive between €0.5 and €2.5 million (€5 million for health projects) to bring their product from pilot-phase to the market.

The European Commission received 1090 project proposals under Phase 2 by the fourth and last cut-off date for 2015 on 25 November. British SMEs were the most successful with seven beneficiaries, who will receive €10 million in total, closely followed by six Italian SMEs who will share €4.3 million.
Since the launch of the programme on 1 January 2014, 356 SMEs have been selected under Phase 2 of the SME Instrument.

CALL - Engaging private consumers towards sustainable energy

Specific Challenge:
Consumers should be considered at the heart of the energy system and become active market players. The future private consumer should be more aware, active, energy sufficient, as well as being a prosumer producing energy for their own consumption, where this is possible. Furthermore, in view of the rise in energy prices, consumers are spending an increasing share of their income on energy, with estimates stating that more than 50 million Europeans are affected by energy poverty. Energy efficiency, energy savings and increased use of locally produced, including own produced, renewable energy are key tools in addressing fuel poverty.
In this context, engagement actions are needed across Europe in order to achieve behavioural change towards more sustainable choices and decisions for energy. This includes increasing and understanding consumer 'apetite' for higher efficiency products.

50 new Energy Efficiency projects funded

A total of 50 new projects are being launched under the Horizon2020 Energy Efficiency Call 2015. These projects cover the whole innovation chain for energy efficiency, including all aspects of research and innovation on sustainable energy solutions for consumers; heating and cooling; buildings; public authorities; industry and products; as well as innovative financing.
These new projects confirm that Horizon 2020 responds to the needs of all energy actors; acting as a driver towards a more sustainable energy future.  A total of 478 proposals were evaluated, reflecting a high interest in the Call for Proposals. Look out for the project websites as the activities kick-off in the coming months.

13 AMBASADE ÎN ROMÂNIA ȘI-AU TRIMIS REPREZENTANȚI LA ÎNTÂLNIREA INFORMATIVĂ ORGANIZATĂ DE MINISTERUL ENERGIEI PE TEMA STRATEGIEI ENERGETICE A ROMÂNIEI

Miercuri, 17 februarie, a avut loc cea de-a patra întâlnire organizată de Ministerul Energiei pe tema procesului de elaborare a Strategiei Energetice a României 2016-2030, cu perspectiva anului 2050. Întâlnirea a avut caracter informativ și a fost adresată Ambasadelor din România. Discuția a fost moderată de Radu Dudău, consilier personal al ministrului Energiei și coordonator de proiect al noii Strategii Energetice a României.
Un număr de 13 ambasade au răspuns invitației la dialog lansată de Ministerul Energiei: Ambasada Austriei, Ambasada Canadei, Ambasada Croației, Ambasada Danemarcei, Ambasada Italiei, Ambasada Japoniei, Ambasada Marii Britanii, Ambasada Norvegiei, Ambasada Olandei, Ambasada Poloniei, Ambasada Rusiei, Ambasada Statelor Unite ale Americii și Ambasada Republicii Bolivariene Venezuela.

26 noi companii au intrat in luna ianuarie 2016 pe pietele administrate OPCOM

La sfarsitul lunii ianuarie, la Piata pentru Ziua Urmatoare erau inregistrati 315 participanti, la Piata Intra-zilnica erau inscrisi 113 participanti, la Piata Centralizata a Contractelor Bilaterale de energie electrica-modalitatea de tranzactionare PCCB-LE erau inregistrati 345 de participanti, la Piata Centralizata a Contractelor Bilaterale de energie electrica-modalitatea de tranzactionare PCCB-NC erau inregistrati 150 de participanti, la Piata Centralizata a Contractelor Bilaterale de energie electrica-modalitatea de tranzactionare PCCB-PC era inregistrat un participant, la Piata Centralizata cu negociere dubla continua a Contractelor Bilaterale de energie electrica (PC-OTC) in registrul de tranzactionare figurau 90 companii, la Piata Centralizata pentru Serviciul Universal erau inregistrati 29 de participanti, iar la Piata de energie electrica pentru clientii finali mari (PMC) erau inregistrati 2 participanti. 

Pe Piata Certificatelor Verzi erau inscrisi 835 de participanti la 31 ianuarie, in timp ce pe Platforma de Tranzactionare a Certificatelor de Emisii de gaze cu efect de sera (PTCE) 12 societati figurau ca participanti inregistrati.

La sfarsitul lunii ianuarie, 19 societati figurau ca participanti inregistrati la Piata Centralizata de Gaze Naturale.

26 noi companii au intrat in luna ianuarie 2016 pe pietele administrate OPCOM

Towards a smart, efficient and sustainable heating and cooling sector

European Commission presents today the first strategy to optimise buildings' and industries' heating and cooling, a sector accounting for 50% of the EU's annual energy consumption.
What is the first Heating and Cooling Strategy and what is its purpose?
The EU Heating and Cooling Strategy is the first EU initiative addressing the energy used for heating and cooling in buildings and industry, which accounts for 50% of the EU's annual energy consumption. By making the sector smarter, more efficient and sustainable, energy imports and dependency will fall, costs will be cut and emissions will be reduced. The Strategy is a key action of the Energy Union Framework Strategy and will contribute to improving EU's energy security and to addressing post-COP 21 climate agenda. 
What is heating and cooling?
"Heating and cooling" refers to the energy needed for warming and cooling buildings, be them residential or in the service sector (for example schools, hospitals, office buildings). It also includes the energy which is necessary in almost all industrial processes to produce products we use in our everyday life as well as cooling and refrigeration in the service sector, such as the retail sector (for example to preserve food across the supply chain from production, to supermarket and to the customer). 
Where does Europe stand on heating and cooling?
Currently, the whole sector accounts for 50% of the EU's annual energy consumption; it accounts for 13% of oil consumption and 59% of total EU gas consumption (direct use only) – which equates to 68% of all gas imports. This is because:
  • European buildings are old, which implies various problems, including:

Angajamentele internaționale ale României în sectorul energetic

Echipa de proiect a noii Strategii Energetice a României a finalizat documentul „Analiza stadiului actual”, respectiv „Angajamentele internaționale ale României în sectorul energetic”.

Documentul finalizat urmează să fie discutat de către Consiliul Consultativ și Consiliul Director, după care va fi publicat pe site-ul Ministerului Energiei.
Documentul conține date și informații despre sistemul energetic național în contextul internațional, european și regional actual, fiind o actualizare a materialului publicat de fostul Departament pentru Energie în anul 2014.