All Energy Community Contracting Parties now included in the RES LEGAL Europe database
As of December 2014, information on support schemes and grid connection regulations for renewable electricity in all Energy Community Contracting Parties is for the first time included in the RES LEGAL Europe database. This will provide increased transparency and comparability for investors, developers, financiers and consultants in renewable energy to support the investment decision process for renewable energy projects in the Contracting Parties.
Secretariat publishes policy guidelines on national emission reduction plans
Based on the recommendation of the Environmental Task Force at its meeting on 15 October 2014, the Secretariat published today policy guidelines to assist Contracting Parties with the preparation of national emission reduction plans (NERPs) for large combustion plants.
SEE CAO Board of Directors meets in Vienna to mark the successful start of coordinated auctions
The Energy Community Secretariat welcomed the Board of Directors of the Coordinated Auction Office for South East Europe (SEE CAO) and its Executive Director in Vienna on 17 December. Before their regular meeting the next day, the SEE CAO Board of Directors marked the recent successful start of SEE CAO’s operation - the organization of the first auctions of cross-border transmission capacities. They reviewed the accomplished activities in the lead up to the auctions and discussed the way forward in order to further enlarge the regional perimeter covered by the coordinated auctions performed by SEE CAO.
European Commission Director General expresses support for the Energy Community
Director General for Energy at the European Commission, Mr Dominique Ristori, addressed the Ambassadors of the Energy Community Contracting Parties, Observers and EU Member States and other high-level guests at the Annual Debrief of the Energy Community Secretariat to the Diplomatic Corps on 16 December. Mr Ristori reconfirmed the Commission’s ambitions to strengthen the importance of the Energy Community and underlined the excellent cooperation between the European Commission and the Energy Community Secretariat. He also emphasized the place of the Energy Community in the future Energy Union.
Albania: Secretariat submits draft law on energy efficiency of buildings
The Energy Community Secretariat submitted today a draft law on energy efficiency of buildings to the Albanian Ministry of Energy and Industry. If adopted, the law would transpose the Energy Community acquis on the energy performance of buildings (Directive 2010/31/EU), the deadline for which expired in 2012. The law was developed under the Regional Energy Efficiency Programme (REEP) funded by the EU Western Balkans Investment Framework and implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in cooperation with the Secretariat in order to support Albania in the achievement of its energy efficiency objectives.