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2014: New #record year of #growth for the global #solar sector


SolarPower Europe, the new EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association), released today its flagship market report the “Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2015-2019”. James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe  stated ‘it reveals that the global solar sector has reached a cumulative capacity of 178 Gigawatt (GW) in 2014, multiplying the installed capacity by a factor of 100 in only 14 years of development.’

China, Japan and the USA lead the world’s solar market in 2014, while Europe installed 7 GW, with the UK leading the way – contributing 2.4 GW in 2014. Watson continued, “The success of the UK, set to be the largest European market again in 2015, reinforces the evidence that solar power is a versatile and cost-efficient energy source in any climate.” He added ‘Solar power could grow by 80% in Europe by 2020’.

Michael Schmela, SolarPower Europe’s Executive Advisor, outlined that. ‘If todays global solar momentum continues, and being supported by the right frameworks, we could see over half a Terrawatt (TW) of solar power capacity installed by 2020.’ SolarPower Europe`s Global Market Outlook foresees up to 540 GW of total solar capacity by 2020 in its high-scenario, but even the low support scenario estimates a total solar volume of 396 GW, which would be about twice as much as the capacity installed today.

The rise of solar power was confirmed, with 3 European markets, Germany, Italy and Greece, already reporting that solar covers more than 7% of the electricity demand.

SolarPower Europe believes that 2014 marks a tipping point in the make-up of our energy market, even if European solar market growth slowed again last year. ‘For the first time ever in Europe, renewables produced more power than nuclear – and solar power was key in achieving this remarkable achievement,’ emphasized Schmela. `Being now one of the lowest-cost power sources, solar needs the right market design so that it can continue to contribute its strong support for Europe to reach its clean energy targets,’ he added.

FOSG elects new president and vice-president #fosg #europe #electricity


Friends of the Supergrid (FOSG), Europe’s largest industrial alliance for electricity interconnections and the development of a European Supergrid, is proud to announce the nomination of Olivier Grabette as its new President and José A. Alfonso Nebrera as Vice-President of the association. With these two new nominations coming a couple of weeks after the nomination of Pierre Bernard as CEO and Chairman of the Board, FOSG’s executive team is now complete.

Olivier Grabette, President of FOSG, is Deputy Director General as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the French TSO, RTE. He is also active in different energy and grid-related associations. In his new role as President of FOSG, he will provide top notch expertise which will be extremely valuable for FOSG’s strategy and vision.

Jose Alfonso Nebrera, Vice-President of FOSG, is General Director of the Spanish energy infrastructure development company ACS-Cobra. He has a significant industrial experience in the energy sector. In his position as Vice-President, Mr. Nebrera will beneficially contribute to the further development of the Association and will highlight the industrial vision of FOSG.

Following the FOSG Board meeting in Brussels, Pierre Bernard, CEO and Chairman of the Board, declared that these two nominations will decidedly increase the visibility and reinforce the leadership of FOSG. Due to their thorough understanding of the energy sector, Olivier Grabette and Jose Alfonso Nebrera will be strong advocates for the implementation of a pan-European Supergrid as an eco-friendly solution for the European energy transition.

EPIA rebrands: SolarPower Europe #epia #energy #europe

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Today the members of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) voted to re-brand the organisation as SolarPower Europe. With 100% of the vote in favour of the change, CEO James Watson proudly commented, ‘This is a true endorsement of a new era in the rapid evolution of solar power in Europe. Our organisation has reached 30 years of age and the nature of our sector has fundamentally changed from where we were back then. The new brand reflects the growth and expansion of the scope of our organisation.’

SolarPower Europe President Oliver Schaefer announced the result and stated, ‘I am delighted that we have taken this positive step to give our association a modern and future oriented brand. We will build on the achievements of EPIA, fully recognizing how much success we have had in the past. But now is the time to take the association forward and to reflect that we now have members all along the solar value chain and are fully inclusive of all segments in Europe.’

Watson said, ‘SolarPower Europe reflects three clear aspects of who we are today: Solar – we cover the whole solar value chain through our members; Power – electricity is our business; Europe – our geographical home.’ The new brand will be launched at Intersolar Europe, the Continent’s leading solar trade fair, which will take place from June 8-10 in Munich. “We encourage all stakeholders to come and meet SolarPower Europe – The New EPIA at Intersolar,’ said Watson.

SolarPower Europe will drive the interests of the solar sector in Europe and will focus on shaping the regulatory environment and enhancing business opportunities for solar companies in Europe.SolarPower Europe’s vision is to ensure that solar energy is the leading contributor to Europe’s energy system.

EURELECTRIC welcomes state aid inquiry into capacity mechanisms #eureletric #commission #energy #europe


EURELECTRIC welcomes the European Commission inquiry, launched on April 29, into capacity mechanisms implemented, or under implementation within Member States to safeguard security of electricity supplies.

EURELECTRIC Secretary General Hans ten Berge seized the opportunity to call for a harmonised approach to capacity mechanisms across Europe and stronger Commission leadership in the implementation of an efficient, integrated European energy market.


EURELECTRIC welcomes deal on ETS Market Stability Reserve #eurelectric #energy #europe #market #deal


EURELECTRIC strongly welcomes the provisional agreement reached yesterday by the European Parliament and the Council on the proposal to establish a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).  EURELECTRIC has consistently advocated the need for an urgent and thorough reform of the ETS.

This includes a robust MSR which enters into operation early and ensures that the 900 million backloaded allowances as well as the unallocated allowances are transferred to the reserve.

The deal reached yesterday will establish an effective reform mechanism in line with all these expectations.



EURELECTRIC publishes a reference model for European capacity markets #energy #europe

The completion of the Internal Energy Market remains a cornerstone of European energy policy. Yet faced with growing concerns about long-term security of supply, several EU countries are in parallel moving forward with national capacity markets. EURELECTRIC believes that capacity markets must evolve from national to regional solutions, to optimise the use of capacity across regions – and ultimately Europe as a whole. A new EURELECTRIC report, published today, sheds light on how capacity markets can be properly designed to keep the door open to such regional solutions.
Titled “A reference model for European capacity markets”, the report outlines crucial elements of capacity markets and shows how cross-border participation in capacity markets could act as a stepping stone to regional markets. It also discusses which elements of capacity markets should be harmonised to reach a regional solution.
EURELECTRIC Secretary General Hans ten Berge said: “European energy markets today are facing one pressing question: how can we ensure that markets deliver continued security of supply in the future? For EURELECTRIC, capacity markets are clearly one piece of the puzzle. However, capacity markets should strengthen rather than undermine ongoing efforts to complete the Internal Energy Market. We therefore urge policymakers to make sure that capacity markets go beyond national borders. In addition, capacity markets should follow a set of basic design features: they should be market-based, technology-neutral, open to new and existing plants, and open to generation, demand response and storage.”
As the European Commission steps up its efforts to provide guidance on what the future electricity market design in Europe should look like, the present report shows EURELECTRIC’s continued engagement in this important discussion. The report builds on previous work published by EURELECTRIC late last year.
The shape of the evolving market design was also at the heart of today’s EURELECTRIC conference “Capacity Markets – delivering security of supply in the Internal Energy Market”. The workshop looked at current national initiatives on capacity markets with the aim of drawing out lessons for future capacity market implementation in Europe.
Source : eurelectric.org



The Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce for Russia and Belarus organized this Friday, March 14th an important conference on energy ties between Russia and the European Union.
There distinguished speakers belonging to the world of   diplomacy and “majors” of the Russian energy world addressed the audience. Thus spoke HE Mark ENTIN , Russian ambassador to Luxembourg ; HE André MERNIER, former Belgian ambassador to Moscow, H.E.  Aleksandr KRESTIYANOV , Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU and Didier CASIMIRO , vice President for Belgium of Rosneft .Gazprom ‘s representative in Belgium , Mr. Yuri Lavrov also made an intresting intervention.

Many personalities from the world of the press,  of energy and European Affairs were there.

The Russian energy as a whole was discussed at this high-level conference . Oil and gas. Russia is the largest supplier of crude oil to the European Union. It has a modern infrastructure for the delivery of these raw materials like  deep water ports in the White Sea and the Black Sea (Primarsk for example) , modern refineries. A company like Rosneft has invested in refineries in the Ruhr in Germany and Italy ( Sicily). Russia is already present in Europe thus.

Supply of Europe by Russia is a crucial point of the energy policy of the EU and therefore many meetings between energy officials of the European Union and Russian suppliers take place.




eurelectricEURELECTRIC President and E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen has called on the German and French governments to set up a high-level group to explore the feasibility and benefits of an aligned French and German energy market design, in particular on inter-operability of capacity remuneration mechanisms which could then be extended to other neighbouring countries. The call was made at a conference in Paris today, organised by EURELECTRIC’s French member UFE.

A long-standing proponent of energy market integration, EURELECTRIC is pushing for greater coordination between EU member states as they strive to address concerns regarding generation adequacy and soaring costs for renewables.

‘We cannot declare failure on Europe’s energy system, the backbone of our society. We, the people of Europe, our politicians in Brussels and in the 28 capitals, need to confront the situation and fix it now!’Mr Teyssen said.

Regional initiatives had proven successful in the past to integrate European electricity markets, he noted. For instance, market coupling between France, Germany and the Benelux has optimised the use of interconnection capacity and reduced prices for consumers.

The conference was attended by several high-level representatives of the French government, notably Philippe Martin, Minister of Energy, and Arnaud Montebourg, Minister of Industrial Renewal.



Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger, Prime-Minister of Romania Victor Ponta and the Prime-Minister of the Republic of Moldova Iurie Leancă  jointly inaugurated  the launch of the works for the realisation of the gas interconnector between Ungheni (West of Moldova) and Iaşi (East of Romania). The ceremony was  held at the bank of the River Prut near Ungheni.


EU commissionner Günther Oettinger

Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy said today: “This is a historic day – we are celebrating that Moldova will be directly connected to the EU gas market. This will enhance its energy security and reduce its dependence from the only supplier it has now.”

The 42 km long interconnector is the first and only direct gas pipeline connecting Moldova and the EU. The “Ungheni-Iaşi pipeline” will have a maximum transportation capacity of 1 billion m3/annually, covering around 1/3 of the gas consumption in Moldavia. In conjunction with compressors and a new 130-km-long-pipeline to be built, the new gas interconnector will deliver gas to the capital Chisinau. For the very first time in history, Moldova will be able to get gas directly from the EU and international markets. Until now, Moldova is 100% dependent on imported natural gas from Russia and has no domestic gas production.

The Commission has already approved a € 7 million grant in the framework of the EU European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument (ENPI) Cross-border Cooperation (CBC) Programme Romania-Ukraine-Moldova 2007-2013. The Romanian Government has also committed to assist Moldova with 9 Million Euro. Total construction costs amount to € 28 million.

Since 2010, Moldova is member of the “Energy Community” which aims to extend the EU internal energy market to EU neighbours. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine and Kosovo are members. The EU aims to integrate these countries to the EU market by legislation but also by connecting them physically to the European energy market.