Renewable Energy Coordination Group takes stock of Contracting Parties progress to meet 2020 targets

Renewable energy
13 November 2019

This week, the Energy Community Secretariat hosted three consecutive events on how to boost renewables and facilitate their integration into the energy market to enable the energy transition. Finding the right policies and measures for a conducive renewables framework remains critical as many Contracting Parties have fallen behind in meeting their 2020 renewables targets. 

According to the latest statistical data presented by the Secretariat at the Renewable Energy Coordination Group on 12 November, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Ukraine are unlikely to meet the 2020 renewables targets, while the situation in Albania, Kosovo* and North Macedonia remains questionable due to the impact of hydrology, low investments in renewable energy or increase in energy consumption. With respect to the 10 percent renewable energy target for the transport sector, no Contracting Party will meet the target, with present shares at or close to 0 percent. Complete status updates for each Contracting Party will be provided by the Secretariat’s Annual Implementation Report 2019, to be published next week.

The lack of reliable statistical data, especially on biomass used for heating, was identified as a key bottleneck for tracking the Contracting Parties progress accurately, but also for building credible forecasts for the integrated national energy climate plans (NECPs) to 2030.

The Coordination Group meeting as well as the following day’s workshop brought to the table stakeholders which shared their views on how to build trust via a credible and transparent renewables framework, including successful auctions. Concrete success stories were also presented, including cases of best practice such as the uptake of distributed renewable energy.

Tomorrow, the focus on renewables will shift to the regulatory perspective. The Energy Community Regulatory School’s course will boost the national energy regulators’ understanding of the impact of renewables on the market, trading, balancing and ancillary services, including also renewables support schemes.