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India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has suggested minimum 25-year power purchase agreements, while also opening up the option to include energy storage in solar-wind hybrid generation project ......
|Description||India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has suggested minimum 25-year power purchase agreements, while also opening up the option to include energy storage in solar-wind hybrid generation projects that are procured under its public tender regime. India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued draft guidelines for tariff-based competitive bidding to procure grid-connected solar-wind hybrid projects. According to a recent MNRE circular, the guidelines would apply to single-site projects with generation capacities of at least 5 MW, but only for facilities that are located in single states. For such facilities, 25 MW is specified as the minimum capacity bid for developers. For interstate projects, each facility must have a generation capacity of at least 50 MW, which is also the minimum size for auction bids. Under the proposed rules, power purchase agreements (PPAs) would be at least 25 years long and the planned annual capacity utilization factor would have to be stated when deals are signed. The rules would also permit a project’s capacity utilization figure to be revised once within the first three years of commercial operation. The guidelines make allowances for energy storage to be included in solar-wind hybrid projects. The MNRE issued its Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy in May 2018 and amended it last November.|
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LevelTen claims its online platform offers small companies the chance to band together to buy green energy and connects renewable energy producers and consumers in such an effective manner it has alre ......
|Description||LevelTen claims its online platform offers small companies the chance to band together to buy green energy and connects renewable energy producers and consumers in such an effective manner it has already driven $1 billion of green energy supply in its homeland. Seattle-based renewable energy trading start-up LevelTen Energy today expanded a U.S. operation it claims has enabled corporate procurement of more than $1 billion worth of clean energy, to Europe. The business, which has been connecting renewable energy producers and corporate customers of all sizes via its online ‘Marketplace’ since early last year, says it can already offer clean energy generated at projects in Ireland, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and the U.K. In a press release published to announce its arrival in Europe, LevelTen said it had already secured enough commitments from Fortune 500 global businesses keen to buy clean energy to issue its first requests for proposal from renewables companies this month. Group buying LevelTen offers smaller companies that were previously largely excluded from purchasing clean energy the opportunity of banding together with other businesses in aggregated, group-buying collectives to take renewable energy from utility scale projects. The company also offers businesses keen to procure clean energy the opportunity of compiling a portfolio of suppliers to reduce risk by purchasing smaller amounts of power from diverse generation sites. “We’re committed to making the global renewable energy market more accessible, transparent and efficient,” said Bryce Smith, founder and CEO of LevelTen Energy. “By opening our Marketplace to European developers and buyers we’re following through on our mission to expand renewable markets by dramatically improving the transactions.” The company says it offers clean energy procurement guidance and extensive datasets as well as standardized documentation, to simplify the process of procuring clean energy.|
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New company NGEN appears to have introduced the Powerpack battery to central Europe in a €15 million, 12.6 MW/22.6 MWh project in the northwest of the country which is the first of two planned utility ......
|Description||New company NGEN appears to have introduced the Powerpack battery to central Europe in a €15 million, 12.6 MW/22.6 MWh project in the northwest of the country which is the first of two planned utility scale systems due for completion by July. Energy storage start-up NGEN has announced the launch of a 12.6 MW/22.6 MWh battery system in northwestern Slovenia. The business was set up in the middle of last year to to bring to fruition a grid balancing battery system conceived in 2015 and developed by early last year, according to a press release issued on Saturday. NGEN said its project will provide enough grid ancillary services to support 250 MW of renewable energy generation capacity. NGEN started construction of its battery project in April and carried out the first operational tests for the €15 million system at the end of August. The project developer said it has launched the first of Tesla’s Powerpack battery systems “in the region” and acquired the battery last year to form the basis of the project. The battery system reportedly uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to offer automated grid balancing services as well as enabling power exchange energy trading for clients. With NGEN co-founder Damian Merlak having set up cryptocurrency trading platforms Bitstamp and Tokens.net, a spokesman for the company said blockchain technology may be incorporated in future NGEN projects. Merlak co-founded NGEN with Roman Bernard, according to Tesla. The company reportedly intends to develop a second battery system in Slovenia before July and also offers residential storage systems which can harness its grid balancing technology. This article was amended on 14/10/19 to indicate NGEN issued the details of the project, rather than Tesla, as originally stated, and to confirm blockchain technology does not feature in this project.|
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As part of an ambitious plan, the government of Dr. Mostafa Madbouly seeks to exploit renewable energy sources as clean and non-polluting energy. The government is currently expanding the construction ......
|Description||As part of an ambitious plan, the government of Dr. Mostafa Madbouly seeks to exploit renewable energy sources as clean and non-polluting energy. The government is currently expanding the construction of solar and wind power plants to reduce the use of oil and natural gas. World Wind Atlas completed, by 2026, Egypts total wind power generation capacity is 6,500 megawatts. New contract Egypt has a relatively steady wind activity. The wind speed in Egypt is (10 meters per second) in the Gulf of Suez and Red Sea coasts between Ras Ghareb and Safaga. Petroleum fuel, which is equivalent to the consumption of 125 thousand tons of oil equivalent to generate electricity. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a press conference on Thursday to announce future government plans. The cabinet approved the request of Siemens-Gamesa for renewable energy to implement a 500 MW wind power generation project BOOThe company contracts with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company to deliver electricity at the lowest possible price, within fair contractual terms similar to the tenders represented. Siemens Company The company has been present in Africa for nearly 17 years, during which it has successfully installed a total generation capacity of 2500 MW of wind power. Wind power in Egypt, and the company also contributed to the generation of 986 MW of power, Siemens is one of the largest companies operating in the field of wind energy in Egypt. Zafarana complex is the largest complex of wind power in Africa, and setting it Siemens company Gamesa 4 wind farms area Zafarana capacity of 406 megawatts, depending on the turbine model 478 G52With a record generation capacity of 850 kW per farm, received by the Egyptian Renewable Energy Authority, the four farms have been able to reduce carbon emissions by more than 180,000 tons of CO2 per year. Giant projects The company received a tender for the supply and installation of 125 turbines of the model G97 With a capacity of 2.1 megawatts in the Ras Ghareb area of ??the Red Sea, it includes a coalition company from the ENGIE Group French Energy, Toyota Tsushu Independent Energy, and Eurus Siemens Gamesa is also responsible for the maintenance of the plant for 15 years. In 2018, Siemens Gamesa delivered a 220 MW wind farm on the Red Sea coast, funded by the Japanese JICA, which can reduce carbon emissions by 500,000 tons of CO2 annually. 40 MW of power, funded by the German Reconstruction Credit Institute ( Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau)For his part, said Saad Ayman Managing Director of Siemens Gamesa renewable energy in Egypt, Egypt is witnessing an increase in demand for electricity and Siemens Gamesa seeks to support the Egyptian government, Egypt has great growth potential of the wind energy sector. A powerful alternative The government plans to convert renewable energy as a powerful alternative to electricity production. The Ministry of Electricity has set a strategy to produce 42% of the total electricity in 2035 from renewable energy through the implementation of several projects evaluated by the Renewable Energy Authority in cooperation with the private sector. During his meeting with the Secretary General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IAEA), President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said in October 2018 that Egypt is interested in promoting investment in new and renewable energy, especially the solar energy sector, which is witnessing the implementation of the largest projects in the world. He added that the government plans to reach the proportion of renewable energy in the energy mix in Egypt to 20% in 2022, and 42% in 2035, especially with the richness of Egypt in renewable energy sources, which include mainly wind and solar energy, Egypt can produce 90 gigawatts, and allocated Egypt has over 7,600 square kilometers of unused land for new and renewable energy projects. The volume of the Authoritys investments reaches 40 billion pounds.|
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The Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia is planning a $ 1.2 billion renewable energy park . In the first phase, a 50 MWp solar power plant and a 50 MWh battery storage are to be built. In the nex ......
|Description||The Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia is planning a $ 1.2 billion renewable energy park . In the first phase, a 50 MWp solar power plant and a 50 MWh battery storage are to be built. In the next stages, the capacity of the solar power plants is to be eventually expanded to a total of 550 MWp and the battery storage capacity to 550 MWh. A renewable energy park worth $ 1.2 billion (CZK 28 billion) is to be built in the southeastern state of Gippsland in Victoria. The first $ 125 million ($ 2.92 billion) phase will be built in Wellington Shire and will include a 50 MWp solar power plant and 50 MWh battery storage. The planned energy park is to be connected to the Australian transmission grid in March 2020. The electricity generated or stored is to be traded in the same month. The project approval process is expected to start later this month, according to the Gippsland Times. Proponents of the project report that the discussions with local authorities in the areas concerned were positive. After the completion of the first phase, the project would continue with further demand-driven steps. Each of the other two sites will include a 250 MWp solar power plant and a 250 MWh battery storage facility. The whole project, covering an area of ??863 ha in three locations, should therefore have solar power plants with an output of 550 MWp and a battery storage capacity of 550 MWh. The project will be funded by Melbourne based Solis RE. The entire project is expected to require an investment of $ 1.25 billion (CZK 28 billion). The project should be completed within three to four years. "The Solis RE projects bring significant benefits to the network in the short term and address the long-term requirements of the Victorian governments commitment to launch 50 renewable energy projects by 2030," the local media said.|
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The largest battery storage facility in the Czech Republic has a capacity of 4 MW and a capacity of 2.5 MWh. For C-Energy, it provides a range of functionalities, in particular increasing the flexibil ......
|Description||The largest battery storage facility in the Czech Republic has a capacity of 4 MW and a capacity of 2.5 MWh. For C-Energy, it provides a range of functionalities, in particular increasing the flexibility of existing power generators to further enhance the ability to secure favorable energy prices. The average Czech household could power its electrical equipment for up to 1 year using installed batteries, and an electric car would cover 12,500 km per charge (approx. Distance from Planá nad Lužnicí to Phnom Penh, Cambodia). Battery storage uses Siemens SIESTORAGE technology. “Installing batteries in a C-Energy power supply is a typical example of how modern technology can penetrate traditional areas of industry. Connecting batteries to a fossil energy source is a relatively new idea, but it brings many benefits and I believe that this technical solution will soon be applied to other sources in the Czech Republic, ” said Karel Havlícek , Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic. Battery storage C-Energy is the largest in the Czech Republic. In Europe, however, there are larger ones, for example, the 13 MW MW repository in Bavarian Pfreimd is equipped with SIESTORAGE technology. The uniqueness of the C-Energy Planá battery storage application lies mainly in its connection to the existing power supply, where the battery provides high performance at a relatively low capacity, while effectively optimizing the coverage of peak energy consumption of C-Energy customers and providing performance balance services. “Similar battery applications around the world can not do without external power and no additional functionality. In comparison with them, the uniqueness of the solution at C-Energy Planá stands out. Like other sources, our solution can provide superior performance services. At the same time, however, it improves the functionality of the power plant itself and brings a significant increase in the security of electricity supply for our clients connected to the local C-Energy Planá distribution system, ” said Libor Doležal , CEO of C-Energy Planá. The storage is based on Siemens Energy Storage (SIESTORAGE) technology from Siemens. It includes control systems, Li-Ion battery cells, switchboards, inverters / converters, transformers, self-supply and other auxiliary systems. The whole storage facility is located in the outdoor environment in three containers. It has a guaranteed output of 4 MW and a usable minimum capacity of 2.5 MWh for 10 years. “The shift from central to decentralized energy is undeniable. This trend is primarily determined by the customer and is reflected both in the mix of production resources and in networks, especially distribution networks. Battery is an element that will play an increasing role. The reasons are both technical and commercial, as evidenced by the installation of the largest SIESTORAGE storage facility in C-Energy, ” said Tomáš Hüner , Director of Siemens Smart Infrastructure . C-Energy expects the main benefits of batteries in deliveries to the local distribution system in Planá nad Lužnicí (LDS) industrial zone and in enhancing the range of performance balance services. Another important feature is the ability of the repository to provide the first voltage to start from the dark C-Energy power supply and subsequently to ensure the islands operation of the power supply for LDS even to a larger extent, if different causes of the collapse of the grid and overall power failure in the area . The storage control system is connected to the existing C-Energy power supply control system. The batteries will be recharged both from electricity generators and from a 520 kWp photovoltaic power plant, which was built on otherwise unusable land in the area of ??the energy source. “The use of a large-capacity battery here in Planá shows in full the spectrum of applications of this groundbreaking technology. I greatly appreciate the growing interest in batteries in the heating industry, industry and, increasingly, in the construction of recharging infrastructure for electric vehicles. However, the state should not abandon the full legalization of accumulation so that it can be used with renewable energy sources, ” concludes Jan Fousek , Executive Director of the Association for Accumulation and Batteries.|
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The German government coalition reached an agreement on a countrys action plan on climate on Friday. It will introduce a system of emissions trading in the area of ??transport and buildings, contribu ......
|Description||The German government coalition reached an agreement on a countrys action plan on climate on Friday. It will introduce a system of emissions trading in the area of ??transport and buildings, contribute to the replacement of boilers for fuel oil and make passenger trains cheaper, while air transport will become more expensive. Overall, these measures will cost Germany more than € 50 billion by 2023. Handelsblatt reported . After long talks at night, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU / CSU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partner, the Social Democrats (SPD), agreed on key measures on Friday for their Climate Package. The Parties agree on an emissions trading scheme in the transport and buildings sector, complementing the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), covering only emissions from electricity and heat generation, energy intensive industries and aviation. The German trading system will be launched in 2021, when the price for each tonne of CO 2 emitted will be EUR 10. In 2022, the price will be doubled, ie 20 euros / t CO 2, and will subsequently increase by 5 euros a year to 35 euros in 2025. From 2026 onwards, there will also be a cap on emissions that will be phased in each year. decrease. The setting of an initial emission price was one of the most controversial issues that the parties faced during the negotiations. According to dpas calculations by Focus Online, the agreed emission price would increase the price of diesel and gasoline in 2021 by about 3 cents per liter. In 2026 it should be 9-15 cents per liter more. Since the proposal of the idea of ??charging for CO 2 emissions in transport, the government coalition has pointed to the additional financial burden on commuters (so-called penders). Currently in Germany there is already the so-called Pendlerpauschal contributing residents who must travel to the place of employment. Under the Climate Package, the parties agreed to increase it to compensate for the increase in transport costs. One of the main objectives of the transport package is to motivate citizens to use lower-emission modes of transport. By adjusting the value added tax, the fare for rail transport should be lowered and, on the other hand, ticket prices will increase. As part of the development of environmentally friendly heating technologies, the replacement of heating oil installations will be supported by a contribution covering up to 40% of the cost of the new installation. In addition, the Parties agree to ban the installation of new heating oil systems since 2026. The government coalition also reportedly reached agreement on expanding renewable energy sources and accelerating the construction of wind turbines and solar power plants. By 2023, these measures should cost Germany more than € 54 billion. However, the German government does not plan to finance this amount through debt, it will receive part of the necessary funding from the newly created sources of income. Responses to the package are mostly negative The presented climate policy is most criticized for the lack of bold measures, especially for the low initial cost of CO 2 emissions . "It is right that CO 2 will also be charged in the transport and heat sector, but amounts below 35 euros have no real effect," said Johaness Teyssen, CEO of E.ON, who, despite the lack of boldness of the measures, marks the climate package as the right direction. Even the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Merkel Adviser, Ottmar Edehfer, said the planned CO 2 price was "ridiculously low". He does not expect any change in behavior and even calls the package "patchwork". According to him, the measures presented will not lead to the achievement of coalitions of set climate targets for 2030. Thomas Jorberg, the head of GLS, sees the same situation. He says the initial price is too low, and at the same time it is too late to put the emissions trading system into operation in 2021, ie in two years. The head of Volkswagen, Herbert Diess, on the other hand, calls a cautious approach in the form of a gradual rise in the CO 2 price as the right step.|
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The Global Change Biology - Bioenergy international magazine recently published a document prepared by a 15-member team of experts, the European Academys Expert Council on the Environment (EASAC), w ......
|Description||The Global Change Biology - Bioenergy international magazine recently published a document prepared by a 15-member team of experts, the European Academys Expert Council on the Environment (EASAC), which addresses serious inconsistencies between science and practical policy on forest biomass energy. The article builds on the extensive work of EASAC experts who have been dealing with this issue since 2015. Pavel Cudlín from the Global Change Research Institute of the ASCR is among the mentioned experts. According to the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED), biomass taken from forests was clearly classified as renewable energy. Since then it has been used in many EU Member States to increase the share of renewable energy. Of course, it was considered that the use of biomass is suitable for the climate because carbon in biomass comes from the atmosphere and as forests grow, it can be re-absorbed, so that biomass can be considered "carbon neutral". This concept could have had some validity in 2009, when the original idea was that the main source of bioenergy would be unused forest residues. However, the large subsidies for renewable energy available in some EU Member States have led to a huge increase in biomass use - including the replacement of coal in large power plants. The industrial process of felling forests to produce wood pellets has reached a scale of many millions of tonnes per year and involves transport over distances of thousands of kilometers. Despite many early warnings from the scientific community that these processes could damage the climate and forests on a global scale, biomass remains classified as a renewable resource under the 2018 revised REDD. In addition, emissions from biomass combustion are rated as zero under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. EASAC has repeatedly pointed out that the climate impacts of the current large-scale substitution of coal by biomass for forestry (especially on imports) may increase the risk that the objectives of the Paris Agreement will be exceeded. There are two reasons - when a forest is felled and used for bioenergy, all the carbon in biomass enters the atmosphere at once, and since CO 2 emissions are higher per unit of electricity produced (more here ), the net effect is that to increase emissions. Moreover, the emitted CO 2 is absorbed only after the forest has grown again, so there is a time lag between the release of carbon and its reabsorption from the atmosphere - the so-called carbon recovery time. Scientific studies show that this period is highly dependent on the biomass source. It may be short if it is unused residues from sustainably managed forests. However, if other trees begin to be felled as a raw material for pellet production, the payback period will be considerably extended (up to decades or even centuries depending on the specific case). Unfortunately, according to current regulations, these important differences are neglected and all types of forest biomass are considered to be carbon neutral, while CO 2 emissions are considered to be zero during combustion. Forest biomass used for bioenergy - good or bad for the climate? This erroneous assumption makes it possible to reduce national emissions on paper because by simply switching from coal (where emissions must be reported) to biomass (zero reporting), emissions can be immediately reduced. However, from a climate change perspective, the reality is different - the increase in emissions remains until the payback period has passed. Given the urgency of the Paris Agreements measures to limit warming to 1.5 ° C, a payback period of more than ten years is incompatible with the climate change objectives. Thus, EASAC argues that the current large scale pellet production, transport and use processes in power plants that cannot show a short payback period should no longer be considered as renewable energy, as they increase CO 2 in the remaining time to prevent the Paris Agreement . “Large subsidies supporting the transition from coal to forest biomass result in the opposite of what is necessary for real renewable energy - that is, reducing atmospheric CO 2 levels . This is bad for both the climate and public finances, ” says Michael Norton, EASAC Environment Director. This is not just a problem for the EU, as current accounting rules under the UNFCCC allow imported biomass to be viewed as emission-neutral after it is burned (it is assumed that the loss of forest biomass has been recorded in its of the exporting country). This is an accounting trick that allows an importing country to report its bioenergy emissions as zero, giving the impression that its national emissions are generally decreasing. In fact, however, this country relieves itself of the responsibility for reporting increased emissions and transfers this responsibility to the exporting country. Imports of wood pellets are thus expanding to Asia. This international trend has prompted the 15 members of the EASAC Environment Panel to try to explain to policymakers around the world clearly the flaws of this policy. An article in GCB Bioenergy explains in detail, based on scientific and industry documents, why it is no longer reasonable to consider the current extensive replacement of coal by imported pellets as meeting the criteria for renewable energy sources. The article also offers solutions to streamline these unsustainable and counterproductive practices. Specifically, it is necessary to limit subsidies only to those biomass resources that have a short payback period (eg agricultural and forest waste, thickets or fast-growing grasses). At the same time, the UNFCCC Directives should be revised without delay to remove inappropriate incentives to allow for loopholes and to report zero emissions from imported biomass. Reforms of this nature would encourage the industry to develop new practices and methodologies that are compatible with the underlying purpose for which they were initially introduced - ie by achieving a net greenhouse gas reduction in a reasonable timeframe from a climate change perspective. Expert Council of the European Academies (EASAC) is composed of the National Academy of Sciences of the Member States of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland. It serves as an advisory body to policy makers and institutions at EU level. It is the body through which European science can be heard. The academies work together through EASAC to provide independent, expert and objective opinions on the scientific aspects of European policies.|
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The ERO Council approved price decision No. 3/2019 establishing support for supported energy sources (POZE). The new aid rates will come into effect on 1 January 2020 and expect moderate growth for mo ......
|Description||The ERO Council approved price decision No. 3/2019 establishing support for supported energy sources (POZE). The new aid rates will come into effect on 1 January 2020 and expect moderate growth for most non-fuel renewable energy sources. At the same time, the ERO issues price decision No. 2/2019, which sets the price for the activity of the obligatorly buyer and the prices associated with guarantees of the origin of electricity. ERO Price Decision No. 3/2019 The amount of aid fixed by this price decision was influenced by two main factors. Similarly to last year, the price of electric power has also risen this year, which would enable POZE support to be reduced. However, the mandatory year-on-year 2% feed-in indexation, which basically eliminates the effect of rising electricity prices, has the opposite effect. Regarding the so-called non-fuel sources, the influence of legal indexation of feed-in tariffs prevails; Specifically, for small hydroelectric power stations, the Office also took into account the long-term impacts of deteriorating hydrological conditions. The Office also mitigated the year-on-year decline in support for plants that co-incinerate biomass with other fuels, whose management reflects the stricter legislation. It is important to note in this context that the increase in the resultant co-incineration aid compared to the original price decision proposal concerns precisely that part of the production attributable to renewable sources. Support for fossil fuels, on the other hand, is limited, " explains Stanislav Trávnícek, Chairman of the ERO Council . This years price decision also brings a significant reduction of the administrative burden for biogas plants. The under-utilized so-called "waste" category (AF2) was abolished, or the support for biogas plants in a single category was merged. “In addition to reducing administrative burdens, we expect this simplification to increase motivation to use cheaper so-called sustainable fuels and wastes instead of expensive targeted biomass. Both original categories should benefit from this change, " explains Stanislav Travnicek . An important chapter of the ERO Price Decision No. 3/2019 is the support for cogeneration of electricity and heat (CHP) with a capacity exceeding 5 MW. The amount of support returns to the level before EROs extraordinary pricing decision No. 9 of December last year, approved by the previous ERO Council, which increased the support by almost CZK 1 billion for this particular type of plant. Although the ERO Council perceives the complex situation faced by heat supply systems, it cannot accept the frequently used argument that the only solution is to compensate for the increase in the price of emission allowances (EU ETS) with additional support. Ultimately, final customers would pay the price of electricity for the implementation of environmental measures in the heating sector, although regulated entities had sufficient time to implement these measures from their own resources. Moreover, the proposed procedure would significantly undermine the purpose of the existence of emission allowances and would actually cause a conflict with EU rules. “We have already declared to heating plant representatives that we are ready to meet them and in cooperation with all interested state administration bodies we will look for a system solution. The step-up increase in support that took place last December, but according to the Council in its current composition and according to the relevant ERO department, is not such a solution, " says Stanislav Trávnícek . It is also important to clarify in this context that a limited number of plants use CHP support in the power category over 5 MW. Therefore, it would only compensate the impact of the emission allowance price on the price of heat and thus on the economy of the entire heat supply system for a selected group of beneficiaries of this support. As in the previous year, the last group of sources for which no price decision has been announced due to a lack of notification from the European Commission are secondary sources of energy put into operation after 2013. However, a notification decision is expected to be issued shortly. Once this has been done, the ERO will issue a revision of the price decision which will already include support for secondary energy sources. ERO Price Decision No. 2/2019 This price decision will also come into effect as of 1 January 2020. It is a regulation that determines the prices of activities for individual obligatory buying traders of electricity and prices related to guarantees of origin of electricity. The most significant year-on-year change is the increase in the prices for the issue and transfer of the guarantee of origin. The change corresponds to the market operators costs, depreciation and correction factor reflected in the prices associated with guarantees of origin for next year.|
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The first meeting of the EU Energy Council during the Finnish Presidency was mainly devoted to proposals for integrated national energy-climate plans. The Czech delegation at the meeting was led by D ......
|Description||The first meeting of the EU Energy Council during the Finnish Presidency was mainly devoted to proposals for integrated national energy-climate plans. The Czech delegation at the meeting was led by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade René Nedel. Prior to the meeting, the V4 countries were coordinated. Deputy Nedel also used his presence in Brussels for bilateral meetings with representatives of the Austrian, Finnish and Greek delegations. During the EC meetings he discussed Czech priorities with representatives of the Directorate General for Competition. He also met Ditte Juul Jørgensen, new Energy Director General. A key item on the agenda of EU energy ministers was the debate on the European Commissions recommendations on draft national energy-climate plans. In particular, progress has been made by Member States in achieving their renewable and energy efficiency targets. Several Member States stressed the need for certainty as to the financing of the measures needed to meet their ambitions, particularly in the light of the ongoing debate on the design of the new multiannual financial framework. Regional cooperation was also frequently mentioned as an important tool for the exchange of experience. The Czech Republic has offered to share good practice in areas that the Commission has appreciated in the draft Czech National Plan (eg research and innovation or methodology for achieving renewable energy targets). Outgoing Commissioner for Energy Union Maroš Šefcovic summed up the speeches of the Member States so that the role of the Commission will now reflect on how to further improve the existing internal mechanisms. And how to align them as effectively as possible with the so-called European Green Deal, whose proposal is to be presented in the first 100 days of the mandate of the new Commission. Ministers also discussed the future of the energy sector after 2030 in the context of efforts to achieve climate neutrality. Deputy Rene Nedela reported on the ongoing evaluation of possible impacts on the Czech Republic and mentioned the creation of a coal commission in the Czech Republic. "We have ambitious goals in the energy and climate policy, but it is necessary to allow Member States to choose their own path to meet them," Nedela pointed out. The European Commission subsequently informed the Member States on the latest developments in negotiations between the Commission, Russia and Ukraine on gas transit through Ukraine as of 1 January 2020, as well as on preparations for a potential disruption of transit through Ukraine. Deputy Sunday thanked the European Commission for facilitating talks between Russia and Ukraine, expressed support for the continuation of the trilateral negotiations and concluded that "closing the transit route through Ukraine would jeopardize security of supply and would have a negative impact on gas prices across the EU." Over lunch, Heads of Delegations on innovative energy technologies to promote climate neutrality discussed with Alexander Stubb of the European Investment Bank and Vice-President of the outgoing European Commission, Jyrki Katainen.|
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