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Albania: New Draft Law to Support Solar Water Heating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 20, 2012

Albania is taking further steps towards implementing the European Union’s legal framework in terms of solar water heating (SWH) systems. In May 2012, a round-table discussion on the new draft of Albania’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) and the draft law proposal on promoting SWH systems brought together experts in the field, investors, representatives of interest groups, and officials from the Albanian Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy (METE), as well as the UNDP Climate Change Programme in Albania. UNDP’s Project Leader in Albania, Mirela Kamberi, believes that the “RES law will get approved by the end of 2012”. Some uncertainty, however, remains because the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) law will go to Parliament as part of a package of four laws. Two of these, such as the Law on Power Sector and the amendment of the existing Law on Concessions, deal with rather sensitive issues.
Photo: UNDP Albania

NREAPs: Only 8 countries to plan with significant Area and Growth Rates

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 29, 2010

  NREAP targets” Clear-cut concepts and mandatory targets to protect the climate was what the European Commission requested from the 27 EU members as they created their National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs). On 30 June 2010, 23 states delivered their national version – with meagre success for solar thermal technology. Carried out by the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), an analysis of the presently available NREAPs shows that only the 8 countries displayed in the figure above included significant collector area and growth rates in their plans lasting until 2020.
Source: ESTIF

“We were prepared for this Outcome”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 29, 2010

 Xavier Noyon In most of the National Renewable Energy Plans (NREAPs), solar thermal was not a priority. Only 8 countries announced significant collector area and growth rates (see news here). asked Xavier Noyon, Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), about the reasons behind this lack of consideration, and about the actions which have to be taken now.
Photo: ESTIF

Solar Thermal Energy Solutions (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 8, 2010

As heat accounts for almost 50% of the final energy demand in the EU, the use of solar thermal technologies should be considered as a very valuable option for EU member States when drafting the national renewable action plans, resulting from the so-called RES 2020 Directive (2009/28/EC).

Renewable Energy Policy Country Profiles (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 30, 2010

This report, published in the framework of the Re-Shaping project, provides an overview of the existing RES support schemes in the 27 EU Member States.

The project RE-Shaping aims to assist Member States in preparing for the implementation of the RES Directive (2009/28/EC) and to guide a European policy for RES in the mid to long term.

In this report, the past and present success of policies for renewable energies are evaluated and recommendations derived to improve future RES support schemes are provided.

Seminar in Solar Thermal Organised by European Energy Centre (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 26, 2010

Integrated in the European project EMTEU, the European Energy Centre – Centro Studi Galileo Italy has organised in March 2010 two training seminars dedicated to solar energy, one to photovoltaics and another one to solar thermal.

The EMTEU project (Energy Management Technician in Europe) aims to contribute to the creation of a specialised workforce for the renewable energy sector in Europe.

District Heating in Denmark (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on February 25, 2010

This is a presentation of the Managing Director of the Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH), Mr. Jes B. Christensen on the district heating sector in Denmark.

The presentation gives detailed information on the Danish district heating market in Denmark, since the first years in the 70s until nowadays, with references to the legal framework and the government incentive schemes.

These slides also show how district heating has helped reduce CO2 emissions and make Denmark a key example for energy self-sufficiency in Europe.

Portugal: Ambitious National Targets for Solar Thermal

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 7, 2010

The European renewable energy directive states an ambitious national target for Portugal: The southern European country is to reach a renewable energy share of 31 % in its total energy demand for 2020. At the same time, the government has shown a strong commitment to renewable energy technology: It is determined to be among the five leading European countries when it comes to exporting solar and wind technology.

REPAP 2020: Implementation of the RES-Directive at National Level (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 16, 2009

Christine Lins, Secretary General of EREC, made this presentation during a workshop, organised by ESTIF, in Brussels, on the RES Directive implementation.

The presentation provides an overview of the RES Directive and the measures national authorities have to put in place to comply with the legislation, this is, the national renewable energy action plans (NREAPs). Related to this, the presentation also outlines the main objectives of the project REPAP, created to facilitate the process of implementation of the RES Directive on a national level

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Germany: Solar Thermal Should Cover 2.6 % of the Total Heat Demand by 2020

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 15, 2009

 German renewable Roadmap” Ways into a modern energy industry: This is the title of the German roadmap for all renewable energy technologies published by the German Renewable Energy Federation BEE in mid-December. The document states that Germany's policies will not be sufficient in utilizing the full potential of solar heating and cooling technology by 2020.


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