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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)...

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Belarus receives $15m for biogas CHP projects

Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is to fund four new biogas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Belarus. A $15m loan from the EBRD will finance the construction and commissioning of the plants, which are...

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EC backs Vilnius CHP project with EUR 139m

Renewables Now Vilnus CHP project. Source: Lietuvos Energija ( Summary The European Commission (EC) has approved financing of over EUR 139 million (USD 169.9m) for a combined heat and power (CHP) project in Vilnius, it was announced last week. The grant from the Cohesion Fund...

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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...