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PLANHEAT – Towards Zero-Carbon Heating and Cooling SystemsPhoto: Roman Peklaj

PLANHEAT – Towards Zero-Carbon Heating and Cooling Systems

April 16, 2018 | PLANHEAT team
RES and EE | Energy policy | Ecology | Heating

The European Commission and EU member states have committed to shift towards a low-carbon economy and an efficient and renewable energy system, and part of this is the decarbonisation of heating and cooling. To help reach this goal, the PLANHEAT project was launched in 2016 with the objective to create a free, user-friendly and open-source tool for the development of heating and cooling plans....


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Enabling Investments for Transition and Integration in South East EuropePhoto: Roman Peklaj

Enabling Investments for Transition and Integration in South East Europe

April 3, 2018 | Henning Häder, Eurelectric
Energy policy

On 9 March the Institute of Energy for South-East Europe (IENE) organised the high-level conference “Energy Market Integration and Transition in South-East Europe”, hosted by Eurelectric. Policy makers and energy experts explored the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the energy sector in the countries of South Eastern Europe, and discussed issues such as investments, market...


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Recast Electricity Directive: Getting the Provision on Capacity Calculation RightPhoto: Roman Peklaj

Recast Electricity Directive: Getting the Provision on Capacity Calculation Right

March 27, 2018 | Jerome Le Page, EFET
Electricity | Energy policy

EU states are currently discussing a proposal to force TSOs to reserve at least 75% of cross-border capacity to the market. Is this a good solution? 
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New Gas Market Act – Croatian Gas Market Reform Continues in 2018Photo: Schönherr

New Gas Market Act – Croatian Gas Market Reform Continues in 2018

March 22, 2018 | Petra Šantić, Schönherr
Natural gas | Energy policy

The new Gas Market Act (published in the Official Gazette of the RoC 'Narodne Novine' No. 18/2018 on 23 February 2018) came into force on 3 March 2018, with the primary aim of regulating the rights and obligations of participants in the Croatian gas market pursuant to the Third Gas Directive (2009/73/EC). In short, the Croatian gas market was legally liberalised in 2008, and de facto opened...


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Working Towards Sustainable Urban Development in the EU and Across the GlobePhoto: EK/Georges Boulougouris

Working Towards Sustainable Urban Development in the EU and Across the Globe

March 13, 2018 | Corina Cretu, European Commissioner
RES and EE | Energy policy

In 2015, the European Union has contributed with one single voice to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development. This universal Agenda is now a basis for the adoption of several implementing agendas, including the global New Urban Agenda, paving the way for a sustainable, place-based, and integrated approach to urban development, fully involving and empowering local actors. The...


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A Step Backwards – EU States Threaten to Reverse Progress on Single Power MarketPhoto: Roman Peklaj

A Step Backwards – EU States Threaten to Reverse Progress on Single Power Market

February 21, 2018 | Philip Baker and Christos Kolokathis, RAP
Electricity | RES and EE | Energy policy

The European Council’s proposals on the internal energy market fundamentally weaken the framework that is needed to deliver an integrated market that will benefit European energy consumers, write Philip Baker and Christos Kolokathis from the global energy policy advisors Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). The proposals may even legalise practices that are currently — and should remain —...


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New Storage Solutions Are Entering European MarketsPhoto: Roman Peklaj

New Storage Solutions Are Entering European Markets

January 23, 2018 | Peter Nemček, Dr. Christoph Gutschi, cyberGRID
Electricity | RES and EE | New technologies

The transition of the European power system has led to a constantly growing demand for energy storage solutions, focusing on electricity storage using batteries. The rapidly growing generation from intermittent renewables, such as wind power and PV, is not following consumer demand and the balance of the power system can only be maintained by means of increasing the available storage volumes....


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SEEPEX - The First Power Exchange in the Western BalkansPhoto: Karanović & Nikolić

SEEPEX - The First Power Exchange in the Western Balkans

January 8, 2018 | Miloš Vučković, Karanović & Nikolić
Electricity | Energy policy

Based on the Western Balkans 6 (WB6) Electricity Monitoring Report, issued by the Energy Community in the autumn of 2017, Serbia is currently ahead of its neighbouring countries since at the beginning of 2016 it became the first country in the WB6 region to have its own power exchange. However, further measures to increase liquidity on the SEEPEX exchange should be implemented....


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Integrated Reporting and the Challenges of Slovenia’s Energy SectorPhoto: Consensus

Integrated Reporting and the Challenges of Slovenia’s Energy Sector

November 7, 2017 | Mojca Drevenšek, Consensus
Energy policy | Economy

The need for a new, different approach to corporate reporting that would surpass the prevailing, administratively complex one – which focuses on reporting financial indicators of past performance and which many stakeholders find difficult to understand – by adding a strategic look to the future first appeared in the global economy in an organised way in 2010....


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Tuzla 7 TPP: Many Questions as FBIH Parliament Debates Chinese Loan ContractPhoto: personal archive

Tuzla 7 TPP: Many Questions as FBIH Parliament Debates Chinese Loan Contract

October 4, 2017 | Rijad Tikveša, Ekotim
Electricity | Energy policy

The saga around building unit 7 of the Tuzla thermal power plant (TPP) has been going on for more than ten years now. During that time, the energy landscape in most of Europe has completely changed. The EU is now aiming to decarbonise its energy sector by 2050, and new coal plants are now more of an economic liability than a money-spinner. In denial of these new realities, policymakers in Bosnia...


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