Western Balkans 6 Ministerial meeting on Energy: Connecting Systems, Connecting Markets

European Commission - Speech
02 July 2015
Johannnes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Speech at the meeting with Western Balkans 6 Ministers of Energy

Allow me to start by thanking the Energy Community Secretariat, and its Director Janez Kopač for hosting today's ministerial meeting. The Energy Community has been vital in helping your countries to prepare for your European perspective in the energy sector.
I am delighted that this meeting takes place in my home city, since Vienna is going to play an essential role in your regional co-operation activities over the coming months.
Much of the Western Balkans 6 work on connectivity has focused on transport. Today we are opening a new file on energy connectivity. This not only covers the physical connectivity between energy systems, but also the connectivity between energy markets.
This region is lacking in physical interconnections. This is an issue of security of supply. Last year, we carried out an exercise to see how the EU and the Energy Community countries could cope with a severe disruption in gas supplies. These stress tests highlighted that some of you are vulnerable due to your dependence on one supplier.

Internal energy market: Commission releases € 550 million for cross-border European networks

Today the Commission launches 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.
EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said:"Well-connected and reliable energy networks are crucial to build a resilient the Energy Union. This will help ensure secure affordable and sustainable energy for all Europeans and businesses. As a key priority for the Juncker Commission, we have to make European public money support targeted and meaningful investments."

FCH2 JU call for proposals 2015 - Sub-MW demonstration of stationary fuel cells fuelled with biogas from biowaste treatment

This demonstration must not only raise public awareness; it should be used to establish confidence in technology, business models and market readiness with key customers in the food, waste management or other industry accessing biogas from biowaste. The project could be advanced with market enablers (such as utilities, leading project developers in construction and energy business) to achieve volume contracts and with financiers to assure access to project financing.

The project should focus on the following impacts:
  • Supplier and user experience of installation/commissioning, operation and use of power generation in the bio-waste sector, also relative to tailored biogas cleaning
  • Clear awareness among the current investors in biogas producing plants of the added value of FC integration
  • Demonstrate a viable solution and a replicable business case
and possibly address in addition to that also:
  • Validated references to build trust among the stakeholders
  • Active participation of consumers in order to bring the fuel cells technology closer to their daily business
  • Reduction of the CO2 emissions with respect to the national grid by > 10%

FCH2 JU call for proposals 2015 - MW or multi-MW demonstration of stationary fuel cells

This demonstration activity will focus on MW or multi-MW demonstration in order to:
  • Demonstrate the feasibility (technical and commercial) for MW or multi MW stationary FC’s in a commercial/industrial application, also relative to the use of heat, for which the needed heat recovery equipment is included.
  • Demonstrate the feasibility (technical and commercial) for MW or multi-MW stationary FC in large commercial or industrial applications, also relative to process integration of heat or heat/cold.
  • Establish confidence for further market deployment actions in other sectors, e.g. next demonstration of MW or multi-MW solutions for grid support.
  • Prepare the ground for successful implementation of European stationary MW-class fuel cell industry (technology and manufacturing settlement) and to achieve further reductions in product cost and development of the value chain.
Core features of the FC such as efficiency, cost, durability and lifetime must comply with relevant MAWP targets and the global competition; these values have been compiled on the expected impact chapter. This demonstration must not only raise public awareness; it should be used to establish confidence in technology, business models and market readiness with key customers in the food, pharma, chemical industry or other sectors. The project should be advanced with market enablers (such as utilities, leading project developers in construction and energy business) to achieve volume contracts and with financiers to assure access to project financing.

What is the current share of renewable energy in the EU ?

The Renewable Energy Directive lays down legally binding national renewable energy targets, the interim trajectory for each Member State, and requires them to take adequate national measures to ensure that these targets are met, so that the EU as a whole can reach at least a 20% share of renewable energy in its overall energy consumption by 2020.
With a projected share of 15.3% of renewable energy in 2014 in the gross overall energy consumption, the EU and the vast majority of Member States are making good progress: 25 Member States are expected to meet their 2013/2014 interim targets.
These results are published in the European Commission’s 2015 report on progress made in achieving the EU’s legally binding target for a 20% share of renewable energy, the 10% target for renewable energy use in transport, and the binding national targets by 2020.
Where does Europe stand compared to other regions ?
According to the 2014 world energy outlook from the IEA, Europe is still ahead of most other regions (e.g. China and the USA) in terms of its share of renewable electricity, or installed renewable power per capita, although the world is gradually catching up and massively investing in new capacities. In 2013, renewables accounted for more than 56% of net 

ANRE actualizează cadrul de reglementare pentru serviciul de distribuţie a energiei electrice

Comitetul de Reglementare al ANRE a aprobat, în şedinţa din 17.06.2015, Ordinul nr. 90/2015 pentru aprobarea contractelor-cadru pentru serviciul de distribuţie a energiei electrice, care reprezintă forma revizuită a Contractului-cadru pentru serviciul de distribuție a energiei electrice, aprobat prin Ordinul ANRE nr. 43/2004 și care vine să completeze și să actualizeze cadrul de reglementare privind furnizarea și distribuția energiei electrice.
Necesitatea modificării/actualizării reglementărilor privind atât responsabilitățile și atribuțiile operatorilor de distribuție, cât şi drepturile și obligațiile clienților finali, în calitate de utilizatori ai rețelelor electrice de distribuție a fost determinată de preocuparea constantă a autorității în vederea creării unui cadru de reglementare mai simplu, eficient și modern.

Modificările pe care le introduce noul ordin sunt, în principal, următoarele:
1.      Pentru simplificarea contractului-cadru și facilitării utilizării acestuia de părțile interesate au fost întocmite două variante de contract-cadru:

38 new entries in OPCOM market places during May 2015


April 2015: The transactions concluded for April 2015 on the markets operated by OPCOM have represented over 90% from consumption

DAM: In the fourth month of 2015, the transactions with delivery on the following day were placed at an hourly average of over 2,400 MWh/h, the equivalent of a market share of 42.49% from the national consumption, given that more than 180 participants have entered offers daily on the trading platform.
The monthly level aggregated volume of electricity transactions with delivery on the following day decreased with about 5% in April compared with the corresponding value of the last year, ranging from 1,864,257.5 MWh in April 2014 to 1,762,671.5 MWh in the analysed month, respectively in hourly average values from 2,589.2 MWh/h to 2,448.2 MWh/h.
The average price corresponding to the transactions concluded in April 2015 on this market was 116.34 Lei/MWh (26.34 EUR/MWh), on the European spot markets being placed within the variation range of monthly average prices established between 25 EUR/MWh and 61 EUR/MWh, and being with 35 percentage below the European average estimated at around 39 EUR/MWh.
On the spot markets that since November 2014 are operating coupled with DAM operated by OPCOM, the average prices for April 2015 were 34.08 EUR/MWh (HUPX), 29.89 EUR/MWh (OKTE) and 29.76 EUR/MWh (OTE).

Horizon 2020 provides €18M for eight new energy-efficiency projects

The European Union’s Horizon 2020 funded in May eight new energy-efficiency projects covering 26 countries.

The new projects are run by multi-participant, multi-country consortia of between 6 and 16 partners, involving organisations in four or more different countries. Spain is the country where most project coordinators (3) are based, followed by Italy (2), the United Kingdom (1), Bulgaria (1) and Greece (1).
The new projects aim, giving a few examples, at facilitating the implementation of nearly-zero energy buildings; enhancing public capacity for a sustainable energy uptake; strengthening  green procurement; developing innovative construction methods for energy-efficient buildings; and deploying a new generation of intelligent district heating and cooling networks.

Promoting Green and Efficient Energy for Europe's Regions

Today, the European Commission is launching the European Smart specialisation platform on energy, which will support regions and Member States in using Cohesion Policy funding more effectively for promoting sustainable energy. The Platform will help regions to share their expertise on sustainable energy investments and especially on the deployment of innovative low-carbon technologies.
By supporting the optimal use of Cohesion Policy funds for sustainable energy projects, the Platform will directly contribute to the European Energy Union Strategy. It will also aim to better align innovation activities in the field of energy at national, regional and local level with a view to setting up a joint strategic agenda on energy priorities. The platform, which has been set up by the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), will contribute to boosting economic growth in the regions by ensuring sustainable, competitive and secure energy supply.

Open CALL - Adaptation of existing fuel cell components and systems from road to non-road applications

The low temperature PEMFC technology for road applications are gaining more and more traction and investment, and these activities can have a very positive impact on other segments by making available components and systems of lower cost and more robustness to the market – along with increased sales volumes. The goal of this topic is to facilitate that these benefits are transferred to early niche markets within other applications. It is important to dedicate specific focused activities to make this happen.
An advanced level of technology readiness has been achieved for specific non-road transport applications, within material handling vehicles. These are close to market introduction in Europe, although in other markets about 6,000 vehicles are reported to be in operation, with significant public financial support for demonstration before market introduction. These are a not priority for this Pillar in view of their limited contribution to meet key transport policy objectives. The low temperature PEMFC technology and components developed for road transport may be used as the basis for other non-road applications. This could lead to a significant cost reduction, improved affordability and reliability. These systems and components from road transport need to be adapted to the specific non-road special needs. Identification of the needed adaptation of specific FC road vehicle drive train components for main propulsion for any vehicles but passenger cars and buses should be addressed in this topic.

Investment Plan for Europe to support renewable energy and strategic infrastructure projects

New investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and strategic energy infrastructure, was among the more than EUR 8 billion of financing approved by the European Investment Bank board meeting today.
The EIB Group’s Board of Directors approved loans for a total of 21 projects, including four projects earmarked, subject to agreement by the European Commission, for support from an EU budget guarantee under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) once it is formally established. Approval by the board represents a key milestone prior to final negotiation of the loans.
“The EIB Group is moving fast in rolling out the Investment Plan for Europe, as requested by Governments, the European Parliament, and the Commission when the Plan was launched. Investment in renewable energy and measures to cut energy bills are urgently needed. The projects approved by the EIB this week also reflect the EU Bank’s focus on climate action. EFSI will allow us to do more of the good work the EIB has done in the past unlocking investment needed to reduce energy use and cut emissions. Projects earmarked today for EFSI guarantee support complement the EIB Group’s support for projects in innovation, social infrastructure, and SME funding beyond EFSI as part of its ordinary activity. The EIB Group’s support for the EU’s economy remains substantial and consistent, and the Investment Plan for Europe builds upon that support.” said Werner Hoyer, European Investment Bank Group President.

Electrica – „Energy deal of the year”

Electrica S.A. won the Energy Deal of the Year prize at the Romanian Energy Awards 2015. On behalf of Electrica S.A. the prize was received by Alexandra Borislavschi, Managing Director of Corporate Finance and Governance.
Leaders in energy market celebrated at this year’s edition of Romanian Energy Awards 2015. The Diplomat Bucharest organized the fourth edition of the Romanian Energy Awards 2015, on 12 May, at Crowne Plaza Hotel Bucharest. At this gala the winners were communicated and celebrated together with over 200 top leaders of the energy industry sector in Romania, related industries decision-makers and public authorities responsible for regulation and control. The audience was composed mainly of top managers from active companies in Romania.