In an environment that has till now been largely dominated by coal, renewables will have to be deployed at an unprecedented pace in the Energy Community. Investing in the future will bring many challenges to be tackled by the Energy Community Contracting Parties and the Renewable Energy Coordination Group supported by the Secretariat as well as donors and International Financial Organizations. This was the key message of the 7th Energy Community Renewable Energy Coordination Group meeting on 12 March in Vienna.
The Coordination Group meeting took stock of the progress made in the implementation of the renewables acquis. The Group recognized the progress of Albania and Montenegro as being the first Contracting Parties to hold renewable energy auctions. All Contracting Parties needed to intensify their efforts in scaling up renewables. While Moldova and Montenegro have already surpassed their 2020 renewables targets and Kosovo* was on track, this was largely due to the revision of biomass statistics rather than an increase in renewables capacities.
The Coordination Group adopted an ambitious Work Programme for 2019-2020 in order to address the key challenges ahead including: finalizing the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive; promoting citizen participation in the development of renewable energy projects; and introducing market-based support schemes for renewables. An additional priority action will be the identification of renewable energy policy objectives to 2030, including a proposal for a new 2030 renewable energy legal framework. This work will include a revised forecast for energy demand to 2030 and the assessment of renewable energy potential for every Contracting Party and the entire Energy Community to be preformed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The Coordination Group meeting took place back to back to a workshop on energy statistics organized jointly by the Secretariat and EUROSTAT. The joint workshop addressed the importance of reliable and accurate energy data enabling sound policies to support energy transition pathways.