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Promotion of renewable energy in the EU after 2020 [European Parliament impact 2014-2019]

In June 2018, the EU institutions reached agreement on a substantial revision of the Renewables Directive (RED), which sets an ambitious framework for the promotion of renewable energy sources in the EU over the 2021-2030 period. Continue reading

What if policy anticipated advances in science and technology? [Science and Technology podcast]

What if blockchain revolutionised voting? What if your emotions were tracked to spy on you? And what if we genetically engineered an entire species? Continue reading

Living in the EU

European societies face a variety of political, economic, social and cultural challenges. The multiple crises that challenge Europe, from within and without, have recently put considerable stress on the solidarity between nations, one of the fundamental pillars of European integration. Continue reading

What if we let consumer electricity prices fluctuate? [Science and Technology Podcast]

Allowing consumer electricity prices to fluctuate from one time of the day to another could help accelerate the transition towards renewable energies and drive down the costs of this transition. Electricity production from renewable sources, such as wind and solar energy, is expanding rapidly in Europe and around the world. Continue reading

Connecting Europe Facility 2021-2027: Financing key EU infrastructure networks [EU Legislation in Progress]

Strong, modern, and reliable infrastructure is essential to secure jobs, growth and competitiveness in the European Union. Given this need, the EU supports the development of high-performing, sustainable and interconnected trans-European networks in three areas: transport, energy and digital infrastructure. Continue reading

High-level conference on clean energy financing [Topical Digest]

The EU has ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency and leading in renewable energies. Continue reading

New rules on security of gas supply [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Alex Wilson (5th edition), In February 2016, the European Commission proposed a new regulation on security of gas supply in order to develop a stronger collective response to future supply risks. Major innovations in the Commission proposal include a solidarity principle that prioritises households and essential social services during an emergency situation; mandatory … Continue reading

Financing clean energy: High-level conference in the European Parliament today

Leading personalities from politics, finance and business get together in the European Parliament hemicycle to discuss the financing of clean energy in Europe. Continue reading

Intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy [EU legislation in progress]

Written by Gregor Erbach (4th edition), The Commission has proposed a decision which would require Member States to submit draft intergovernmental agreements with non-EU countries in the field of energy to it before they are signed. The Commission would then check whether they are compliant with EU law, and Member States would have to take … Continue reading

Ten issues to watch in 2017

Written by Etienne Bassot, This is the first edition of a new EPRS publication designed to identify key issues and policy areas that are likely to feature prominently on the agenda of Members of the European Parliament over the coming year. The ten issues raised in this publication include both internal EU policy areas, and … Continue reading

Smart appliances and the electrical system

Written by Nikolina Šajn, Smart appliances could help shift demand away from peak periods, which is important for an electricity system that relies on variable renewable energy sources. Most of this move will have to be automated, with smart appliances communicating with the electricity system. However, this is contingent on solving issues regarding the interoperability … Continue reading

EU energy policy [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, On 30 November, the European Commission unveiled its ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans‘ legislative package, which it hopes will mark a major step twards creating an Energy Union that ensures a functioning internal market in  gas and electricity, addresses security of supply issues, promotes renewable energy sources,  encourages  energy efficiency and … Continue reading

Understanding social innovation

Written by Nora Milotay, Social innovation has become an important concept in European policy-making, cutting across sectors and disciplines. However, despite the increasingly frequent use of the term there is no consensus as regards its definition. As a result, in part of extensive research work at EU level, it is currently interpreted as a ubiquitous … Continue reading

Energy poverty: Protecting vulnerable consumers [Policy Podcast]

Written by Nikolina Sajn, Between 50 million and 125 million people in the EU are at risk of energy poverty – unable to keep their homes warm or pay their bills. Many cope by spending less on food, heating only some rooms in their homes or during only parts of the day, wearing multiple layers … Continue reading

How will robotic applications in the energy grid change our lives?

Written by Lieve Van Woensel with Brian Kelly Today, more and more services and applications are functioning based on interconnected computers and robots interacting with the physical world. These are known as Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). A recently-published study on the ‘Ethics of Cyber-Physical Systems’ for the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Panel examines seven … Continue reading

Public opinion and EU action on industrial policy, energy supply and security: exploring the expectations gap

Written by Clare Ferguson, The European Parliament, the only directly elected EU institution, recently commissioned a Eurobarometer survey to gauge citizens’ attitudes to EU action in a range of policy fields, including industry, energy supply and energy security. Although industrial policy appears to be a low priority for citizens, ensuring a secure supply of energy … Continue reading

Energy efficiency in buildings

Written by Marc Hall, in cooperation with Clare Ferguson, Improving the energy efficiency of one’s home can greatly reduce energy bills. Energy efficiency investments, such as improved insulation in the walls and windows, the use of smart meters that regulate energy usage and systems that redirect energy (such as for cooking) to other uses, can … Continue reading

EU Sustainable Energy Week promoting sustainable energy across Europe

Written by Gregor Erbach, The highlight of the EU Sustainable Energy Week #EUSEW16 is a three day conference in Brussels and brings together some 2 300 experts, entrepreneurs and policymakers. It takes place at a time when the EU is busy with preparations for implementing its commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change. The … Continue reading

Promotion of renewable energy sources in the EU: EU policies and Member State approaches

Written by Gregor Erbach, The development of renewable energy sources (RES) is a priority for the EU. One of the goals of the Energy Union strategy is to make the EU the world leader in renewable energies. Renewable energy comprises a wide variety of energy sources. The most important RES in the EU are wood … Continue reading

European statistics on natural gas and electricity prices [EU legislation in progress]

Written by Gregor Erbach (3rd edition), Member States would have to collect statistics on the prices charged to industrial consumers and households for natural gas and electricity. Price data would be reported every six months for different consumption volumes, and cover energy prices, network charges, taxes and levies, and their sub-components. The proposed regulation would … Continue reading

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