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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EUR 800 million EU funding available for cross-border energy infrastructure

The European Commission is releasing €800 million of funding for projects in the areas of electricity, gas and smart grids infrastructure . The projects will strengthen the EU’s internal energy market, enhance security of energy supply, and help provide clean, sustainable energy for Europe.  The 2017 call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Energy will be open until 12 October. Proposed projects, which can be either studies or construction works, will be evaluated against several criteria. These include their state of maturity, their cross-border dimension, and to what extent they will remove bottlenecks to energy flow and end energy isolation of EU countries. To be eligible to apply

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EU invests EUR 22.1 million supporting synergies between transport and energy sectors

Today, EU Member States approved the Commission’s proposal to invest €22.1 million in seven actions that will help develop sustainable and efficient transport and energy infrastructure. They will receive funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), one of the key funding instruments of the EU’s Energy Union strategy to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level. Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said: European Transport still depends on oil for 94% of its energy needs. That is why the EU is investing in seven projects to speed up the deployment of alternative energy sources, with a special focus on electrification and multimodal transport. Climate Action and Energy

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EU Energy Council debates Clean Energy package and State of the Energy Union

The European Energy Council, which brings together EU Energy Ministers, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, and European Commissioner for energy and climate action Miguel Arias Cañete, will meet in Brussels today. Two main items are on the agenda: the Commission’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package and its second State of the Energy Union report. At the Council meeting, EU energy ministers will discuss the Commission’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package of measures, which was released on 30 November 2016. The measures aim to ensure that Europe leads the world’s transition to clean energy: they focus on putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies, and providing

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Siemens wins order for HVDC link between Great Britain and France

ElecLink interconnector to increase the existing interconnection capacity between the two countries by 50 percent Interconnector will foster energy exchanges, thus providing increased reliability and security to consumers throughout Europe ElecLink is one of the European Commission’s projects of common interest Siemens has been awarded an order to supply a link between the French and British power grids. The customer is ElecLink Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Groupe Eurotunnel SE. The “ElecLink” high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) link will enhance power supply reliability in both countries and promote the integration of renewable energy sources into the power grid. Siemens will supply the two HVDC converter stations at both sides of the

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Energy consumption in the EU below its 1990 level but EU dependence on fossil fuel imports on the rise

Gross energy consumption in the European Union, reflecting the amount of energy needed to meet EU domestic demand, was the lowest level since 1990, although fossil fuels remain “by far” their main source of supply . According to data published by the EU statistical office Eurostat, the EU consumed in 2015 the equivalent of 1,626 million tonnes of oil, a decrease of 2.5% over 1990 and a fall of 11.6% over the recorded peak In 2016. However, almost three-quarters of that energy still comes from fossil fuels (73%), although that chapter also fell from 83% in 1990, Eurostat said. In the same period, imports of this type of energy increased

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EU invests €444 million in key energy infrastructure

Today EU Member States agreed on the Commission’s proposal to invest €444 million in key European energy infrastructure projects. Today EU Member States agreed on the Commission’s proposal to invest €444 million in priority European energy infrastructure projects. The 18 selected electricity, smart grids and gas projects will contribute to achieving the Energy Union‘s goals by connecting European energy networks, increasing security of energy supply, and contributing to the sustainable development by integrating renewable energy sources across the EU. The Energy Union strategy has at its centre the transition to a low-carbon, and secure and competitive economy. Properly interconnected electricity lines and gas pipelines form the backbone of an integrated

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The EU will invest 6.2 million euros in electrical interconnections between Spain and France

The European Union will invest 6.2 million euros to carry out a study on electrical interconnections between the French region of Aquitaine and the community of the Basque Country, as announced by the European Commission on Friday. The money will go to an additional study of the project “Gulf of Biscay”, said the Community Executive, which integrates the funding of this initiative within a total program of € 444 million investment in energy infrastructure in the EU as a whole Has received the approval of the Member States. The Vice-President of the EC and European Commissioner for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic, in a statement stressed the importance of such projects

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Second Report on the State of the Energy Union

Progress reports on the Energy Union Framework Strategy adopted in 2015 to bring about the transition to a low-carbon, secure and competitive economy. Why a State of the Energy Union? On 25 February 2015, the Commission adopted “A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy”. The publication of this strategy created a new momentum to bring about the transition to a low-carbon, secure and competitive economy and to deliver on one of the 10 priorities of the Juncker Commission. The State of the Energy Union is a good opportunity to take stock each year of the progress already made towards building the Energy Union, and

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EU’s progress on energy transition too slow to meet Paris Agreement objectives

The annual State of the Energy Union report published by the European Commission today shows that the transition of the European economy away from fossil fuels is underway, but its pace is far too slow to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The report [1] confirms that the EU is well on track to meet its 2020 climate and energy targets, with the climate target in particular set to be largely overshot. This indicates that also the 2030 targets are far too modest. The report also ignores the need to speed up the energy transition to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. It is silent on how the

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