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EU needs integrated system to promote renewables

EU needs integrated system to promote renewables | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The need for a more integrated system at EU level for promoting renewables - adopting new targets for the period after 2020 and possible solutions that could help boost investments - were highlighted in the non-binding resolution on renewable...
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"We all expect the share of renewables to grow, but we will only be able to accommodate such growth if the required infrastructures are in place," he said. "Intermittent renewables need not only flexible back-up and energy storage, but also a modernization of the existing grid-infrastructure. That is quite expensive, so we should do everything we can to bring costs of renewables down."
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Is Europe on target for energy efficiency?

Is Europe on target for energy efficiency? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The EU's Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) was adopted last week by the EU Council, a package of mandatory measures the EU claims could help cut energy consumption by 20% and save €50 billion a year.


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Centre for European Reform: Energy efficiency: Made in Denmark ...

Successive governments have implemented ambitious and consistent policies on energy efficiency since the oil shocks of the 1970s. As a result, Denmark today only uses 60 per cent of the energy per unit of GDP of the EU ...

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Gambling on good policies

Gambling on good policies | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

There is a rumour that the development of the new European Energy policy is sponsored by bookmakers. The odds the policy will be based on binding targets or binding measures change so often that it makes this process the perfect betting topic.

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RETScreen International Clean Energy Policy Toolkit

RETScreen is well-known around the world as a tool to analyze the viability of clean energy projects. However, it is also useful for planning, designing, implementing, and reviewing the viability of clean energy policies. RETScreen allows participants in the policy process to consider the technology, business, and finance of clean energy in an integrated fashion, thus helping to develop appropriate – and ultimately, successful – policies.


To demonstrate RETScreen’s value in the policy process, the RETScreen Clean Energy Policy Toolkit has been developed and is provided below. This initiative was undertaken by NRCan/CanmetENERGY’s RETScreen International and supported financially by a grant from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).

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The ups and downs of EU energy efficiency policy

The ups and downs of EU energy efficiency policy | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
This week the EU Parliament will vote on the Energy Efficiency Directive, with the Council due to follow in October. Both votes are expected to be a formality – no-one wants another row over the text.

But before savings from the Directive can actually begin in 2014, the Commission and member states must work out the exact requirements it sets. Make no mistake: this process may be just as tough as the political negotiations on the text of the Directive.
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EU Parliament votes on binding 2030 renewables target | RTCC

EU Parliament votes on binding 2030 renewables target | RTCC | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The European Parliament has voted in favour of setting a binding renewable energy target for 2030. No decision appears to have been made on what a new target could be.

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