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Energy efficiency: Getting the full picture

Hans Korteweg, Euractiv Europe falls short of meeting the EU Energy Efficiency target, showing a 2% gap for final energy consumption but a 4% gap for primary energy consumption, says Hans Korteweg. [ BASF - We create chemistry / Flickr ] Summary The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED),...

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Serbia in talks with Germany's KfW over funding of biomass project

Radomir Ralev, Renewables Now Summary Serbia's government is in talks with German development bank KfW over funding options for a project for converting up to 30 district heating plants from fossil fuels to biomass, an official of German international cooperation agency GIZ has said. "This is...


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IEA analyst: A heating and cooling target ‘could make a big difference’

Sam Morgan, Euractive Factors like cheaper installation costs and appliances mean that renewables will be hard-pressed to outdo natural gas in heating. But systems like district heating could help level the playing field. [Shutterstock] Summary As talks on the EU’s renewable energy...


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Bulgaria: Competition Protection Commission Recommends Amendments Of The Energy Act Concerning The Heating Sector

Radoslav Mikov , Anna Rizova and Stanislav Cherkezov, Mondaq Summary On 8 February 2018, the Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission ("CPC") issued a Decision in a Competition Advocacy proceeding initiated in 2017 for the assessment of conformity with Competition law of the legal...


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Ukraine: New agreement to boost energy efficiency investments in universities and municipal infrastructure

The Financial Summary The European Investment Bank and the multi-donor Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), which is partially funded by the EU, have signed grant agreements amounting to €16.4m to support higher education and municipal infrastructure in Ukraine. ...


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Fortum to use unspent Uniper cash on district heating projects

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary Finland’s Fortum is to use finance originally intended for a majority buy-out of Germany’s Uniper, to instead invest in district heating opportunities across Europe and Russia The company recently failed in its bid to win majority control...


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State aid: Commission approves Belgian certificates schemes for renewable electricity and high-efficiency cogeneration in Flanders

Press Release, European Commission The European Commission has concluded the certificates schemes for renewable electricity and high-efficiency cogeneration implemented in Flanders (Belgium) to be in line with EU State aid rules. The two schemes contribute to reaching EU energy and climate...


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Lietuvos Energija starts construction of Vilnius CHP plant

The Baltic Course Summary Construction of the 350-million-euro combined heat and power (CHP) plant is starting in Vilnius. Financed by the state-run energy holding Lietuvos Energija and the European Union, the facility should be operational by the end of 2019. This is the largest energy...


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Enabling energy efficiency in urban planning

CORDIS, European Commission © JaiFotomania, Shutterstock Summary A training network has enabled young Europeans to develop urban decision-making tools capable of minimising non-renewable energy use in cities. The EU-funded CI-NERGY project – which was trialled in the cities of Geneva...


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Israel's Madei Taas eyes CHP projects in Serbia

Renewables Now Antic during the meeting with Fisher-Kamm and representatives of Madei Taas; Source: Serbian energy ministry Summary Serbia's energy ministry said Israeli waste-to-energy company Madei Taas has expressed interest in investments in combined heat and power generation (CHP)...