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Current EU projects

EREF is involved at different levels in several EU funded projects.

Renewables Networking Platform

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.

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PVP4Grid

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.

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Past EU projects

Our services run deep and are backed by over ten years of experience.

CO-POWER

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.

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Keep on Track!

The consortium partners of the IEE project Keep on Track! Project 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 RES 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.

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IndustRE

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 works closely with the renewable energy sector in order to find common ground and create win-win situations.

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FROnT

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.

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Diacore

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.

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RE-Diss

The RE-DISS project aims at improving significantly the reliability and accuracy of the information given to consumers of electricity in Europe regarding the origin of the electricity they are consuming. Such information is given to all consumers through the regime of electricity source disclosure, which is a requirement on all European suppliers of electricity.

The first phase of the RE-DISS project was launched in mid April 2010 and ended in October 2012. RE-DISS I resulted in recommendations on how to implement and correctly use guarantees of origin which are the disclosure tools that were created by the RES Directive and the Cogeneration Directive. It resulted in important improvements in the electricity tracking systems (guarantees of origin and disclosure) in several member states (for more information, see RE-DISS final report). All events organised and documents produced during RE-DISS I are available in this website under the RE-DISS phase I section.

The second project phase, which was launched in April 2013 came to an end. RE-DISS II produced recommendations dedicated to electricity market players. Please see also the RE-DISS II final report for detailed information

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