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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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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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EU Parliament wins plaudits for backing 35% renewables target

Frédéric Simon, Euractiv The wind power industry hailed a measure voted on by Parliament that will require EU Member States to give five years’ visibility up front on their public support for renewables. [Peter Rood / Flickr] Summary European lawmakers approved draft measures on...

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Europe greenlights Greek auction scheme for cogen and renewables

Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary The European Commission this week approved a Greek auction scheme for renewables and high-efficiency cogeneration. The Commission found the scheme to be in line with EU state aid rules, saying it would further Europe’s energy and climate goals...

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Renewable heat projects along Danube River

Baerbel Epp, Solar Thermal World Photo: iStock/ ultraforma Summary DanubeHeat helps small and medium enterprises, research and educational institutions, and public agencies draft EU funding applications. Financially supported by the German education ministry and coordinated by the...

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Commission approves Spanish support scheme for renewable electricity

Bioenergy Insight Summary A Spanish scheme supporting combined heat and power (CHP) and renewable energy has been approved by the European Commission’s Competition Authority. The European Commission has found the Spanish scheme supporting electricity generation from renewable energy sources,...

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District heating network modelling project launched

Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary A European project which launched this week aims to make district heating network planning faster, more efficient and more cost-effective, its developers said. THERMOS (Thermal Energy Resource Modelling and Optimization System) is an EU...

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Europe: Building the Bridge to the Future

Summary The European energy ecosystem is currently undergoing massive transformation. The European Union is taking a leadership role in decarbonizing its power sector. This requires deploying significant volumes of renewable power generation, which has implications for the entire energy...


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Helsinki Seeks to Be Carbon Neutral by 2035

Press Release, City of Helsinki, Marketwired HELSINKI, FINLAND--(Marketwired - September 29, 2017) - Helsinki City Council voted unanimously on September 27, 2017, to pass a proposal for a new city strategy including the goal to render Helsinki carbon neutral by 2035. The vote accelerated the...

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COGEN Europe highlights CHP potential for EU targets

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary There is a big incentive for backing combined heat and power , according to advocacy group COGEN Europe – the technology can go a long way towards meeting the EU’s emission reduction targets. CHP installations could provide Europe with up...