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News Article | April 17, 2017
Site: www.treehugger.com

When Danish utility DONG energy committed to phasing out coal by 2023, I confess I got pretty excited. But even that major commitment pails in comparison to an announcement from Eurelectric—an industry body which represents 3,500 European utilities—that its members will not invest in new-build coal-fired power plants after 2020. (Caveat: Business Green reports that Polish and Greek utilities have not signed up to the pledge.) Crucially, this commitment is framed as an integral element of a larger commitment from the sector to meet the carbon emissions cuts set out in the Paris agreement. This is a very big deal. True, not investing in new-build coal plants is not the same as phasing out existing ones. But I am pretty confident that one precedes the other. After all, as investment flows from new coal to new renewables and/or other lower carbon technologies, existing coal plants will also struggle to compete with low marginal cost energy sources like wind and solar. Already, we've seen this effect at play in the US as coal plant after coal plant closes years ahead of schedule. Similarly, the UK's achievement of "Victorian-era emissions" was achieved thanks—in large part—to the closing down of coal plants. (That, and offshoring manufacturing to China. But progress is being made...) While efforts to reduce regulations and allow coal to once again pollute our streams and dirty up our air may provide temporary respite for elements of the industry, the long-term trend is clear: coal is on the way out.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: GC.SST.2013-4. | Award Amount: 22.22M | Year: 2013

Electrification of the public transport is a raising trend in Europe, and electric buses are soon expected to enter markets as one of the most interesting options for matching urban environmental targets. Electrification is driven by both economics and politics. However, although technology is not yet fully matured and ready for wide commercialisation, a large demonstration project will facilitate the market up-take of electric buses in Europe. Furthermore, as unambiguous and extensive information about overall effects of electrified bus systems and related needs for changes on infrastructure do not exist today, UITP sees its objectives and those matching perfectly, and this led UITP to build a consortium of 40 partners, who were already considering their actions along this theme, and to collectively design the 42-months demonstration project ZeEUS Zero-Emission Urban Bus Systems. ZeEUS project focus on the todays challenge in the electrification of bus system, the extension of the fully-electric solution to a wider part of the urban network. This goes through the development of electric vehicles of large capacity, and the creation of an infrastructure capable of providing the required charging energy, operated according to non-disruptive and grid-balancing principles. The ZeEUS project will cover innovative electric bus solutions with different types of electrical power-train systems. Full-electric battery-based busses will be demonstrated in five locations (Barcelona, Bonn, Muenster, Plzen and Rome), whereas plug-in hybrid or range-extender type of power-trains will be demonstrated in three sites (London, Glasgow and Stockholm). The lifetime of project ZeEUS is long enough to collect sufficient amount of statistically valid data and make comprehensive analysis to deliver meaningful lessons learned, guidelines and provide feedback to the R&D activity of manufacturers and suppliers to make technology mature for wide commercialisation.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2012.7.2.1 | Award Amount: 13.05M | Year: 2012

Eight Transmission System Operators (BE, CZ, FR, DE, IT, PT, CH, PL) and ENTSO-E, together with 4 associations of technology manufacturers, and 16 RTD performers propose a 3-year R&D project to develop and to apply a methodology for the long-term development of the Pan-European transmission network. The project aims at delivering a top-down methodology to support the planning from 2020 to 2050. First, it implements a set of future power scenarios, including generation units, the possible use of electricity storage and demand-side management solutions: scenarios for power localization are proposed with assumptions on the energy mix in each of the connected clusters covering the ENTSO-E area. Network studies are performed to detect the weak points when implementing the scenarios for 2050. Grid architectures options and a modular development plan are then proposed, including electricity highways, on the basis of power flow calculations, network stability analysis, socio-economic, network governance considerations, and with remarks from the consultation of European stakeholders. In parallel, an advanced planning methodology is designed, developed and tested with academic laboratories to address a few critical aspects of the above planning methodology, which may impact the robustness of the resulting architectures. This enhanced approach takes into account the correlated uncertainties in renewable generation and consumption, potential voltage and stability issues, and black-out risks including the feasibility of defence plans to avoid uncontrolled cascading failures of the candidate architectures. It includes the use of non-linear detailed models of power grids and stochastic optimization techniques. The dissemination is coordinated by ENTSO-E to reach the widest audience and to prepare the exploitation of the results. Standardization and complementary research efforts are pointed out for the future investment optimization with the support of the manufacturing industry.


Mallet P.,ERDF Inc | Granstrom P.-O.,EDSO | Hallberg P.,Vattenfall | Lorenz G.,Eurelectric | Mandatova P.,Eurelectric
IEEE Power and Energy Magazine | Year: 2014

The electricity distribution business in Europe is made up of more than 2,400 companies that serve 260 million connected customers, operate 10 million km of power lines, distribute 2,700 TWh a year, and directly employ more than 240,000 people. This is a very diverse business, varying in the number and size of its operational areas, the number of their customers, and the characteristics of the various networks, as well as their ownership structures. Despite this diversity, European distribution system operators (DSOs) generally provide a very high level of reliability and quality of supply to their customers. © 2013 IEEE.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: GC-SST.2010.7-8. | Award Amount: 42.31M | Year: 2011

Green eMotion aims at enabling mass deployment of electromobility in Europe. To achieve this, major players from industry, the energy sector, municipalities as well as universities and research institutions have joined forces to develop and demonstrate a commonly accepted and user-friendly framework consisting of interoperable and scalable technical solutions in connection with a sustainable business platform. The Smart Grids development, innovative ICT solutions, different types of electric vehicles (EV) as well as urban mobility concepts will be taken into account for the implementation of this framework. Green eMotion will connect ten ongoing regional and national electromobility initiatives leveraging on the results and comparing the different technology approaches to ensure the best solutions prevail for the EU single market. A virtual marketplace will be created to enable the different actors to interact and to allow for new high-value transportation services as well as EV-user convenience in billing (EU Clearing House). Furthermore, the project will contribute to the improvement and development of new and existing standards for electromobility interfaces. The elaborated technological solutions will be demonstrated in all participating demonstration regions to prove the interoperability of the framework. Green eMotion will facilitate the understanding of all stakeholders about the parameters which influence the achievement of best possible results for society, environment as well as economy and thus ensure transfer of best practices. As a result, policy makers, urban planners and electric utilities will receive a reference model for a sustainable rollout of electromobility in Europe. The commitment of industry players ensures the focus of the project on the market after demonstration. By proving efficient and user-friendly solutions which are also profitable for businesses, the Green eMotion framework plans to accomplish EU wide acceptance of all stakeholders.


Ten Berge H.,Eurelectric
VGB PowerTech | Year: 2012

The European electricity sector is currently at an unprecedented crossroads. In fact, EU energy policy could go down three different roads: the first option is inaction, the second option foresees action, but coupled with hesitation and incoherent policies, and the final option - and EURELECTRIC's preferred choice - is a clear commitment to two main principles: competitiveness based on European, market-based solutions, and the mitigation of climate change through carbon neutrality. The article examines whether Europe is on track to achieving these goals.


Cailliau M.,GDF SUEZ | Foresti M.,Eurelectric
IEEE Power and Energy Magazine | Year: 2010

Ambitious targets have been set by the recently adopted European renewables Directive 2009/28/EC, which aims to promote the use of energy from renewable sources by establishing an overall quota of a 20 share of renewables in gross final consumption of energy by 2020. © 2006 IEEE.


Lorubio G.,Eurelectric | Schlosser P.,University of Florence
IEEE Power and Energy Magazine | Year: 2014

When it was adopted in 2009, the energy and climate policy package created by the European Union (EU)?which consisted of targets for renewable energy consumption (20%), greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions reductions (20%), and energy savings (20%), all to be met by 2020?was hailed as some of the world?s most advanced legislation for moving toward a more sustainable and secure energy system. Although Europe seems on track to hit the GHG reduction and renewable energy targets, the current policy framework has also led to some blurred investment signals and a decrease in the profitability of utilities. © 2013 IEEE.


Nies S.,Eurelectric
VGB PowerTech | Year: 2011

Five factors determine the setting up of new conventional capacity: electricity demand assumptions for the next twenty years to come, the flexibility challenge and the expected place of the new build in the merit order, finance and access to credits, licensing and public acceptance and regulation by public bodies. In this context, the paper focuses on current EU regulations. EURELECTRIC is of the opinion that legal incentives have to take into account pan-European aspects and the common energy market.


The European electricity sector is currently facing a number of important challenges with the ultimate objective of achieving a carbon-neutral, secure and integrated European electricity market. After 61 CEOs signed a declaration in 2009 setting out their objective of carbon-neutral electricity by 2050, the subsequent analysis within EURELECTRIC's "Power Choices study" demonstrated that this goal was technically and economically feasible, provided the right economic and policy framework is put in place. The process has paved the way for the power industry's latest document "20 Steps Towards 2020".

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