EU Auditors publish Background Paper on wind and solar power production

​The European Court of Auditors has today published a Background Paper on EU and Member State support for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation. Background Papers follow the announcements of audits and provide information on ongoing audit tasks. They are a source of information for those interested in the policy and/or programmes being audited. Today’s Paper describes the work being carried out in connection with an audit that is underway, which comprises analysing the design, implementation and monitoring of both EU and national strategies for wind and solar PV power generation from 2009 onwards, and EU and national funding for their development. Electricity generation is the sector in which

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EU Doubling Renewables by 2030 Positive for Economy, Key to Emission Reductions

New IRENA report outlines how increasing share of renewables to 34% can boost economy, and help meet emission reductions goals The European Union (EU) can increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 34 per cent by 2030 – double the share in 2016 – with a net positive economic impact, finds a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), launched in Brussels. Presenting the findings during a launch event, ‘Renewable Energy Prospects for the European Union’ – developed at the request of the European Commission – IRENA’s Director-General Mr. Adnan Z. Amin highlighted that achieving higher shares of renewable energy is possible with today’s technology,

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Energy and the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy (S3PEnergy)

Energy is a topic with high interest amongst the Member States and regions registered in the S3 Platform. These strategies set priorities at national and regional levels to build competitive advantage by developing and matching research and innovation (R&I) own strengths with business needs, to address emerging opportunities and market developments in a coherent manner, while avoiding duplication and fragmentation of efforts. They may take the form of, or are included in, a national or a regional R&I strategic policy framework. In this context, there is an emerging need to align innovation roadmaps across EU policies and territories. There is also an upcoming challenge in accompanying the implementation of innovation

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EU Auditors examine wind and solar power production

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit to determine whether EU and Member State support for electricity generation from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power is effective. Electricity generation is the sector with the highest consumption of energy from renewables. Wind and solar PV are currently the two main sources of renewable energy used for this purpose and are on the brink of becoming the two cheapest forms of electricity production. The auditors will analyse the design, implementation and monitoring of EU and national strategies for wind and solar PV from 2009 onward and also EU and national funding for their development.  “Wind and solar PV are the

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H2020 boosts energy harvesting

Dr Yang Bai and co-workers from the Microelectronics Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland, have presented a perovskite-based ceramic material which is able to collect three ambient energy sources and convert them to electricity. Energies which are normally wasted can be collected and converted to electricity, and with this could potentially help to power portable and wearable devices, from biometric sensors to smart watches. This technology is called energy harvesting (EH). The research – funded by Horizon 2020 under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – discovered a single perovskite material called KNBNNO, which is able to harness three forms of energy simultaneously. KNBNNO is synthesised by doping a sufficient amount of

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Turbines set world record for monthly power

Two wind turbines in the Pentland Firth, Scotland, have set a new world record for a month’s production of renewable electricity from tidal power. Atlantis Resources announced yesterday (31 August) that their two turbines had produced 700MW hours of electricity in August – a world record and enough to power 2,000 homes. In total, the turbines have now produced 2GW hours of electricity since their launch earlier this year. Atlantis also confirmed that a third turbine was reinstalled at the MeyGen site in recent days. It gives hope that Atlantis will soon go on to complete Phase 1A of their £50m (~€54m) MeyGen project in its entirety, with four turbines producing

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Europe adds 6.1 GW of wind energy capacity in first half of 2017

6.1 GW of extra wind energy capacity was installed in Europe in the first half of 2017, according to figures released today by WindEurope. The figure puts Europe on course for a bumper year for installations, although hides some worrying trends. A total of 4.8 GW of onshore wind capacity was installed in the first half of 2017, although it was heavily concentrated in Germany (2.2 GW), UK (1.2 GW) and France (492 MW). There has also been a flurry of activity in offshore wind: 18 projects in four EU Member States (Germany, UK, Belgium and Finland), which saw a total of 1.3 GW installed. In investments, €8.3bn on new

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Vice president of the European Commission endorses InnoEnergy on Lisbon leg of Energy Union tour

Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič meets InnoEnergy’s and its innovators in Portugal, while celebrating the country’s progress and potential as a clean energy leader   InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy innovation engine, was proud to welcome Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič to Lisbon this week, showcasing the clean-energy contribution of some of the Portuguese innovations it has supported. As a Vice President of the European Commission (EC) and head of the Energy Union, Commissioner Šefčovič was in Portugal as part of his Energy Union Tour, with the aim of seeing first-hand some examples of Portugal’s leadership in clean energy innovation. On Monday 17th July Commissioner Šefčovič visited InnoEnergy in Lisbon, meeting with Andreia Fernandes, Portugal

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‘Clean Energy package’ top topic for EU Energy Council

The European Commission’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans‘ package was the main theme of the meeting of the European Energy Council, whch took place on 26 June 2017, bringing together EU energy ministers, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, and European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete. Main results The Council adopted, without debate, a regulation on Energy efficiency labelling which allows customers to be more aware of the energy efficiency and energy consumption of household appliances, thus helping them to reduce their energy costs and contributing to the moderation of energy demand (See the relevant BUILD UP News). The Council agreed its position on two proposals for

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Investment Plan for Europe more climate friendly, but European Parliament shows little ambition

Today in Strasburg, the European Parliament lead committees have brought the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), also known as ‘the Juncker investment plan’, closer to compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement. However, they have once again fallen short of eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, which stand in the way of climate action. Today the joint Economy and Budget Committees (1) voted on the European Parliament’s position on the future of the EFSI, the cornerstone of the Investment Plan for Europe. The committees have endorsed a 40% target on climate action. They also empowered the EFSI steering board, a governance body led by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank

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