United by energy concerns

The EU is at constant risk of energy supply disruption. Too much energy is wasted and 10% of households in the Union cannot afford proper heating, the Commission vice-president for energy union told Parliament’s energy and environment committees this week. Maroš Šefčovič was presenting his vision for an energy union to tackle these and other challenges, and also listened to the priorities and concerns of MEPs. An inter-parliamentary seminar on energy security will be held in Turkey next month.

Romania - Hungary - Serbia: Together For the 7th Time at ENREG ENERGIA REGENERABILA® in 2015 !

The biggest event on renewable energy and energy efficiency in construction and renovation from the west part of Romania, ENREG ENERGIA REGENERABILA® - comes back between the 4th - 6th of March 2015, to Expo Arad.
The new feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme is expected for approval in Romania. It was long discussed since the end of 2012 and anticipated with big interest from solar developers and investors. According ANRE, it is expected to be operational latest the 1st of November 2014, for renewable projects up to 500 KWh (including solar PV ones).
Besides the international trade fair, ENREG will be marked by a number of important meetings, workshops and conferences that will debate practical, technical and legislative issues regarding the following renewable energy themes: PV, biogas, cogeneration, hydropower, wood energy, energy efficiency in buildings, waste energy, LED lithing, consultancy and others.
In the framework of ENREG ENERGIA REGENERABILA® PV Platform Romania - the meeting point for experts in the PV field in Romania will be organized for the 3rd time. PV Platform Romania will host the 3rd edition of the PV Conference – Changes & Risks. REECO is planning for the 2015 edition to organize joint stands from Hungary, Serbia and Germany, as well as joint LED stand and the Professional Business Lounge for partners.
For more information about ENREG ENERGIA REGENERABILA®, you can visit the event website www.enreg-expo.com

Why to choose Solar Farms ?

Solar Farms, or solar parks, are the large-scale application of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations used to generate electricity.  They often cover large areas of land (between 1 and 100 acres) and therefore they are usually developed in rural locations. Approximately 24 acres of land is required for every 1 megawatts (MW) of installation, enough to power 305 homes.

Solar farms go through a rigorous planning procedure to get approval. This takes into account the suitability of the site, any potential impact on the locality and relevant renewable energy targets.

Why Solar Farms ?

Open Call for ”Buildings design for new highly energy performing buildings”

Specific Challenge: By the end of 2020 (2018 for buildings occupied and owned by public authorities), all new buildings should comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive obligations and thus meet 'nearly zero-energy' performance levels using innovative, cost-optimal technologies with integration of renewable energy sources on site or nearby. The drive for nearly zero-energy buildings takes place in the context of the drive for new-buildings towards zero life-cycle material impacts. Moreover, the construction of 'plus-energy' buildings - i.e. buildings producing more energy than they consume - should also be encouraged in order to reduce energy use whilst increasing the share of renewable energies. However the costs of these highly energy performing buildings still represent a barrier for investors. Therefore the construction industry needs to deliver more affordable solutions. 
Scope: Projects should focus on development and demonstration of solutions which significantly reduce the cost of new buildings with at least 'nearly zero-energy' performance levels, whilst accelerating significantly the speed with which these buildings and their systems are taken up by the market. The focus should lie on solutions for appropriate indoor air quality and comfort, design adapted to local climate and site, passive solutions (reducing the need for technical building systems which consume energy) or active solutions (covering a high share of the energy demand with renewable energies), building energy management systems (where appropriate), highly efficient Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC, e.g. low temperature systems, solar cooling), electric and/or thermal energy storage of renewable energy onsite and nearby. Projects should also provide solutions for automated and cost-effective maintenance of the installed equipment, and assess differences between predicted and actual energy performance. Such differences should be documented and minimized. 

Some key results of the Special Eurobarometer on development

Some key results of the Special Eurobarometer on development:
The number of people who are in favour of increasing aid has gone up significantly: At 67% the share of Europeans who agree with this has increased by 6 percentage points since 2013, anda level this high was last seen in 2010.
One in two Europeans sees a role for individuals in tackling poverty in developing countries (50%). A third of EU citizens are personally active in tackling poverty (34%), mainly through giving money to charity organisations (29%).
Most Europeans believe that Europe itself also benefits from giving aid to others: 69% say that tackling poverty in developing countries also has a positive influence on EU citizens. Around three quarters think that it is in the EU’s interest (78%) and contributes to a more peaceful and equitable world (74%).

The European Year for Development (EYD 2015)

The EYD2015 was proposed by the European Commission and unanimously adopted by the European Parliament and Council. It is an opportunity to showcase the strong commitment of the EU and its Member States to eradicating poverty worldwide. It is the first ever European Year to focus on external relations.
This year promises to be hugely significant for development, with a vast array of stakeholders involved in crucial decision-making in development, environmental and climate policies. 2015 is the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the year in which the ongoing global post-2015 debate will converge into a single framework for poverty eradication and sustainable development at September’s United Nations General Assembly. 2015 is also the year that a new international climate agreement will be decided, in Paris.    

Energy security and interconnectivity in Bulgaria and the other countries of South East Europe - a priority for the European Commission

The Vice-President responsible for Energy Union, Maros Šefčovič and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, met with Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov and Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Dontchev in Brussels on Monday 12 January. Key points of the discussions were the current energy challenges in Bulgaria, gas infrastructure development priorities for Central and South Eastern Europe and their potential impact for European Union security of energy supplies. In this context, Bulgaria confirmed its commitment to building an Energy Union aiming at affordable, secure, renewable and sustainable energy for all. The Energy Union that will reform and reorganise Europe's energy policy is one of the political priorities of the Juncker Commission.

Bucharest, A New Kind Of Romanian Fairytale

The story of a city that could grow in a day as others would grow in a year, with the help of EU funds.
I was happy to be back in my hometown, both as a Bucureştean, and moreover as the new European Commissioner for Regional Policy.
As you know, I was born in Bucharest. I spent my childhood playing in its parks and gardens. I spent my school years there and the first part of my professional life. I have had the chance of witnessing the transformation of this city over the last years. In particular, I remember when we started to notice the impact of support from EU pre-accession Funds.

First Operational Programme approved for Romania: €212 million to ensure efficient implementation of EU funds

The European Commission has adopted today an investment programme for Romania to strengthen the country's administrative capacity in coordinating, managing and supervising the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds. The Operational Programme "Technical Assistance", worth more than 212 million euro from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), aims to increase the uptake and improve the governance of those funds.
Commenting on the programme adoption, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu said: "I am very pleased to have signed today the adoption of the first Operational Programme for my home country Romania. The speedy adoption of the Technical Assistance programme is a strong signal the Commission would like to give to Romania to support its administration in managing EU funds. I call on the Romanian government to start implementing the 2014-2020 period with projects concentrating on quality and on delivering the best possible results for its citizens."

Boosting Romania's competitiveness: EU adopts investment plan worth €1.58 billion

The European Commission has adopted the 2014‑2020 Operational Programme for Competitiveness in Romania, worth more than €1.58 billion of investments to the Romanian real economy, of which €1.32 billion comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
This investment programme will channel vital funding into Research and Development (R&D) to build a more compact and modern R&D environment that focuses on the businesses' needs. It is expected that the programme will better valorise the research capacities from the public sector, strengthen the links between businesses and research institutions and boost private investments in R&D, thus contributing to bolster the competitiveness of the Romanian economy.

City of Energy – 4 years from launching and over 20 works of art offered to the community

Four years ago, Enel Romania launched a new project, called City of Energy, a program meant to energize the life of the city through urban art, creativity and colour. Four years from launching, over 20 substations of Enel Romania in Bucharest, Constanta and Timisoara have been given to the community as support for urban art; they were turned from simple grey constructions into real urban paintings that make the areas they are located into more beautiful. At the same time, they also tell their own stories. So far the project has involved over 25 of today’s most appreciated urban artists.
This year’s edition ended up with a party on four wheels, where 80 youths from Bucharest met the newest substations that joined the art gallery of City of Energy 2014. The tour started in George Enescu Square, where, on music rhythms by Gojira & Planet H, the participants went on a journey between the substation near BNR Arenas pained by Allan Dalla, the substation in Grozavesti area, dedicated to the active life of students and youths in the campus near its location, and the substations belonging to artists Fear and Suflor in Calea Giulești and Kiseleff Park.
At each stop, the participants were able to send post cards to the loved ones using a mobile post box and could take part in works shops for light paintings presented by Cristian Vasile, aka Igu.

Energy Consumption and Production

26 new entries in OPCOM market places during December 2014

At the end of December, 242 participants were registered in spot market, 97 were enrolled in the Intraday Market, 588 companies were listed in the Trading registry of Centralized Market for Electricity Bilateral Contracts, 54 companies were listed as registered participants to the Centralized Market with double continuous negotiation for Electricity Bilateral Contracts (CM-OTC) and 2 participants were registered in the Electricity Market for Large Consumers (LCM). 
Green Certificates Market had 728 registered participants at December 31, while 12 companies were listed as registered participants to the Trading Platform for Emission Certificates (TPEC).
At the end of December, 15 companies were listed as registered participants to the Centralized Market for Natural Gas.
26 new entries in OPCOM market places during December 2014

 Source: OPCOM