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Energy Union: European solidarity on energy - synchronization of the Baltic States' electricity network with the European system will strengthen security of supply

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Today, 18 December 2017, at a meeting in the Berlaymont building the Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, and the Ministers of Energy of Estonia Kadri Simson, Latvia Arvils Ašeradens, Lithuania Žygimantas Vaičiūnas and Poland Krzysztof Tchórzewski, agreed on the way forward to find, by the end of May 2018 at the latest, a solution on the best way to synchronize the Baltic States' electricity grid with the continental Europe system.

The parties welcomed the progress achieved since their last meeting in September 2017 noting in particular that the final necessary technical studies on dynamic analysis and system frequency stability have been launched by the transmission system operators of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland and the European Network of the Transmission System Operators for electricity (ENTSO-E). They reiterated the importance to complete all remaining technical studies by 31 May 2018 at the latest and will monitor the progress on a continuous basis.

The vice president, the commissioner and the ministers reaffirmed their strong commitment to the synchronization project as a cornerstone for the implementation of the Energy Union priority of the Juncker Commission.

Background

From early in the mandate the Juncker Commission has been committed to work towards implementing strategic energy infrastructure projects and address the various aspects required to end the energy isolation of the Baltic Sea region by reinforcing its integration into the European Union energy market. This included the objective to ensure the synchronization of the electricity grids of the Baltic States.

While formerly an 'energy island', the Baltic States region is connected with European partners through recently established electricity lines with Poland (LitPol Link), Sweden (NordBalt) and Finland (EstLink). These projects were made possible and built with EU support. For historical reasons, however, the Baltic States' electricity grid is still operated in a synchronous mode with the Russian and Belarusian systems.

The synchronization of the three Baltic States' electricity grid with the continental European network is of key importance for the achievement of the Energy Union.

The European Commission is committed to support the Baltic States to this effect. This goal was once again stated on 23 November 2017 in the Commission Communication "on strengthening Europe's energy networks".

The synchronization of the electricity grid with the continental European network (CEN) is one of the highest energy priorities for the Baltic States and the EU in the years to come. The relevant grid reinforcements have been included in the list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) adopted by the Commission on 23 November 2017. Projects of Common Interest are key infrastructure projects, especially cross-border projects that interconnect the energy systems of EU countries. They are intended to help the EU achieve its energy policy and climate objectives: affordable, secure and sustainable energy for all citizens.

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MEMO/17/5316

Energy Union

Baltic Energy Interconnection Plan (BEMIP)

Strengthening Europe's energy network

Joint Declaration by the Heads of State and Government of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the President of the European Commission on Ending the Gas Isolation of the Baltic Sea Region

JRC study: Integration of the Baltic States into the EU electricity system.(executive summary)

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Germany to speed up wind and solar energy expansion

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The German government plans to speed up the expansion of wind and solar energy by 2030 as part of its climate protection programme, a draft law seen by Reuters showed on Wednesday (2 June).

The new plan aims to expand installed production capacity of onshore wind energy to 95 gigawatts by 2030 from a previous target of 71 GW, and of solar energy to 150 GW from 100 GW, the draft showed.

Germany's installed capacity of onshore wind power stood at of 54.4 GW and of solar energy at 52 GW in 2020.

The climate protection programme also envisages funding of around 7.8 billion euros ($9.5 billion) for next year, including 2.5 billion euros for building refurbishment and an extra 1.8 billion euros for subsidies for electric car purchases.

The plan also includes doubling support to help industry change processes to cut emissions of carbon dioxide, such as in steel or cement production.

However, these financial pledges can only be approved after the German federal election in September.

The move comes after Germany's Constitutional Court ruled in April that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government had failed to set out how to cut carbon emissions beyond 2030 after plaintiffs challenged a 2019 climate law. Read more.

Earlier this month, the cabinet approved draft legislation for more ambitious CO2 reduction targets, including being carbon neutral by 2045 and cutting German carbon emissions by 65% by 2030 from 1990 levels, up from a previous target for a 55% cut.

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Commission and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst announce new partnership to support investments in clean technologies for low-carbon industries

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Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Bill Gates have announced a pioneering partnership between the European Commission and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst to boost investments in the critical climate technologies that will enable the net-zero economy. Presented on the occasion of the sixth Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting, the new partnership aims to mobilize new investments of up to €820 million/$1 billion between 2022-26 to build large-scale, commercial demonstration projects for clean technologies – lowering their costs, accelerating their deployment, and delivering significant reductions in CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. 

This new partnership intends to invest in a portfolio of high-impact EU-based projects initially in four sectors with a high potential to help deliver on the economic and climate ambitions of the European Green Deal: green hydrogen; sustainable aviation fuels; direct air capture; and long-duration energy storage. In doing so, it seeks to scale up key climate-smart technologies and speed up the transition towards sustainable industries in Europe.  

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “With our European Green Deal, Europe wants to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. And Europe has also the great opportunity to become the continent of climate innovation. For this, the European Commission will mobilize massive investments in new and transforming industries over the next decade. This is why I'm glad to join forces with Breakthrough Energy. Our partnership will support EU businesses and innovators to reap the benefits of emission-reducing technologies and create the jobs of tomorrow.”

A press release is available online.

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EU Reporter partners "All Things Energy Forum" 02-04 June

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Starting tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd June, EU Reporter is All Things Energy Forum June 02-04 is an international digital stage that will engage more than 140 Speakers and 1000 Attendees in an interactive dialogue. This high-level event will welcome more than 30 countries to deal with six mega phenomena in a novel manner, combining approaches and contemplating interrelated impacts.

The event will span over two and a half days. The first day (02/06/2021) will host government ministers and high-level industry and public executives, in two introductory panel discussions:

  • All Things Energy the EU Green Deal and the Impact of COVID-19
  • Energy Projects in SE Europe and the East Med


During the following two days, Thursday 03 - Friday 04/06/2021, the conference will host more than 100 speakers in plenary as well as specialised parallel sessions that will cover all the aspects and challenges of the energy ecosystem. The agenda will not follow the classic lines of supply, demand, policy, technology, finance etc. Instead, a novel combinatorial approach will be used focusing on the links between 1. Epidemics, 2.Economics, 3. Energy trade, 4. International politics,
5. Energy/Environment policies and 6. Disruptive Technologies.


Key issues to be discussed include:

  • New Visions of Energy: Succeeding in a disruptive context
  • New regional perspectives: The role of gas in the transition to a lower carbon economy
  • What major technology breakthroughs are revolutionizing the energy sector
  • Dynamic resilience: Preparing for extreme weather, water stress and cyber risk
  • The business outlook for oil
  • The outlook for hydrocarbon economies
  • Megaprojects: Global impact and implications
  • Rethinking hydro: Powering tomorrow’s world
  • Driving innovation: The role of governments in the future of energy


Register here to join the first edition of #ATEForum2021: https://www.eventora.com/en/Events/allthingsenergyforum-2020

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