EREF is involved at different levels in several EU funded projects.
With RNP, EREF is the main contact point to national renewable energy associations of EU Member States and Brussels-based renewable energy and related associations. EREF acts as information hub providing information on EU policy and legislation developments with an impact on renewables to national stakeholders and passing information from national level on to decision-makers at EU level. Dissemination of information takes place via meetings, events, briefings, presentations and so-called policy chats.
EREF is the communication and dissemination partner of the PV-Prosumers4Grid (PVP4Grid) project, an EU-funded project involving 12 partners from various European countries, beginning in October 2017 and running until March 2020. The main objective of PVP4Grid is to increase the market share and market value of PV by enabling consumers to become PV prosumers in a system-friendly manner.PVP4Grid aims at a better power system integration of PV with a focus on market integration. New management and business models to combine PV, storage, flexible demand and other technologies into a commercially viable product, will be assessed, improved, implemented and evaluated.
Past EU projects
Our project involvement is backed by over ten years of experience.
The project Community Power (CO-POWER) promotes community owned energy projects which have the potential to transform our energy system. Communities and cooperatives all over Europe are creating projects where they own and are actively involved in running an energy resource. EREF provides input to project activities. The project aims to speed up the development of renewable energy projects by creating a favourable legislative environment and to inform and engage citizens all over Europe. Special recommendations to enable legislative changes and amendments are provided for the Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Scotland and Belgium. Another project activities is the development for public-private finance of community renewables projects in Eastern European countries
The consortium partners of the IEE project Keep on Track! monitored the actual development of renewable energy in the EU towards the 2020 target during 2012 and 2015 and compared it with the trajectory outlined in the RES Directive. Following the experience already gathered during the IEE project REPAP2020, Keep on track! offered market, legal and political advice and recommendations for EU Member States either to stay or to get on track with the objectives set. This has been done via a platform for discussion and dialogue among different market actors ranging from renewable energy industry associations to national and EU Parliamentarians and the scientific community provision of a close-to-market monitoring of the fulfilment of the renewable energy trajectory for each of the 27 EU Member States and for Croatia as of its access to the EU early warnings and suggested solutions on how to compensate any possible delay encountered, in case a Member State is lagging behind its trajectory and does not manage to overcome identified barriers for RES deployment Project highlights include reports about retroactive and retrospective changes and moratoria to RES support, detailed country reports, and policy recommendations.
IndustRE has identified the flexibility potential of the industrial electricity demand as an opportunity that – through innovative business models – can facilitate further growth and integration of variable renewable energy, while reducing the industrial electricity costs. In this project the electricity intensive industry in Europe worked closely with the renewable energy sector in order to find common ground and create win-win situations.
The FROnT project for fair renewable heating and cooling options and trade aims at promoting a level playing field for Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC) in Europe and to develop both strategies for RHC deployment, and improved understanding of the costs of RHC vs fossil fuel use. It analyses both existing support schemes and end user decision factors, in order to help establish strategic policy priorities for RES-H&C.
With Directive 2009/28/EC the European Parliament and Council have laid the grounds for the policy framework for renewable energy sources (RES) until 2020. The aim of this project is to ensure a continuous assessment of the existing policy mechanisms and to establish an active stakeholder dialogue on future policy needs for renewable electricity (RES-E), heating & cooling (RES-H), and transport (RES-T). Thus, DIA-CORE shall facilitate convergence in RES support across the EU and enhance investments, cooperation and coordination. Related assessments build on detailed quantitative policy performance evaluations related to effectiveness, efficiency and resulting total costs and benefits. This project shall complement the Commission’s monitoring activities of Member States (MSs) success in meeting 2020 RES targets. To facilitate decision-making DIA-CORE offers detailed cross-country policy evaluations, presented in an interactive web-based RES policy assessment database. Indicators on effectiveness and cost effectiveness of existing policies for RES in all sectors will be extended and updated, complemented by an analysis of costs and benefits of RES on MS Level.