Newsletter 9-4-2015

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Dear COGEN Europe Member,
Please find the Easter edition of the COGEN Europe newsletter below.

We continue to put the newsletters in the Members’ Area of our website in PDF format, so you can revisit the archive at your leisure.

COGEN Europe Newsletter: Easter 2015

Upcoming Events:

Attention all COGEN Europe members – Remember to register for our Annual Conference

The COGEN Europe Annual Conference & Dinner 2015, the main cogeneration event in Europe, will take place in Brussels on 19-20 May 2015.

COGEN Europe’s Annual Conference brings together leading EU policymakers, industry representatives and influential thinkers to discuss the challenges facing the energy sector and its contribution to achieving the EU’s climate and energy goals, how best to integrate cogeneration into the energy network of tomorrow, the latest policy developments, and much more.

By attending, you contribute to our understanding of the challenges facing the industry and let Brussels know what our sector needs to see from EU policy to allow us to seize the opportunities.

Specific conference sessions will be dedicated to:

  • Delivering flexibility: CHP’s contribution to achieving EU energy policy objectives for 2030.
  • The evolving regulatory framework for CHP in Europe.
  • Energy Efficiency and CHP’s role in delivering Germany’s Energiewende.
  • National market updates for key EU member states.
  • Case Studies: Large-scale CHP, District Heating, Micro-CHP.
  • Launch of Delta-ee publication ‘Benefits of micro-CHP in the EU context’ commissioned by COGEN Europe.

Conference participants can book a room in the Renaissance Hotel during the period 18-20 May for the special rate of €199 per night for a single room and €219 per night for a double room. The deadline for making use of this special offer has been extended until 13 AprilTo book a room at the Conference venue at this special rate, please use this link.

For more information:
COGEN Europe Annual Conference 2015 – Official Website


COGEN Europe Recognition Awards 2015: Last chance to apply!

Each year COGEN Europe recognises those who have contributed most to cogeneration through outstanding performance and achievement. The COGEN Europe Recognition Awards are an opportunity for individuals and organisations to gain recognition for their achievements in developing, applying and promoting cogeneration, and to demonstrate the strengths and skills of the cogeneration sector in the EU.

Please take a moment to think of colleagues, customers, organisations and individuals who you feel should be recognised in 2015 for contributions to the cogeneration sector.

COGEN Europe invites you to make nominations for the 2015 edition of the Recognition Awards. As in past years, there are three categories of award: Policy Development; Market Development, and; Technology and Innovation.

To make a nomination, or to see further details regarding the award categories, nomination process and judging process, please click the link below.

The nominations will be judged by the COGEN Europe Conference Committee, a group of industry professionals with a broad knowledge of the sector. The awards are made at the Conference Annual dinner in front of an invited guest list from across Europe. The winner of the Technology and Innovation award will be invited to make a presentation on Day 2 of the COGEN Europe Annual Conference (20 May 2015).

More information:
COGEN Europe website: 2015 Recognition Awards


EU Policy Update

Towards an Energy Union for Europe

On 25 February, the European Commission issued the so-called ‘Energy Union Package‘, officially titled «A framework strategy for a resilient energy union with a forward-looking climate change policy«. The strategy plots the course of the Juncker Commission’s work on energy policy with a view to improving the EU’s energy security, sustainability and competitiveness.

Commenting on the launch, Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said “this is the most ambitious European energy project since the Coal and Steel Community».

Sounds good – but what’s in it for the cogeneration sector?

The Communication’s introduction sets out a vision of a decentralised, low-carbon energy system with “citizens at its core”. The pursuit of energy market integration coupled with the current economic liberalisation agenda will support this energy transition. The Juncker Commission’s vision is translated into five clearly defined dimensions under which a total of 15 specific action points are listed.

The five mutually-reinforcing and closely inter-related dimensions are:

  • Energy security, solidarity and trust;
  • A fully integrated European energy market;
  • Energy efficiency contributing to moderation of demand (with positive effects on the other dimensions);
  • Decarbonising the economy, and;
  • Research, Innovation and Competitiveness.

Of the 15 action points, the following are relevant for the cogeneration sector (see also the other entries of this newsletter for further information):

  • Proposal for a new electricity market design in mid-2015/2016 (including the issue of self-generation);
  • Review of the Energy Efficiency Directive as of 2016;
  • New legislative proposals for achieving the agreed 2030 GHG cuts in EU ETS and non-EU ETS sectors to be published end-2015/2016;
  • Proposal for a new renewable energy sources package to be published in 2016/2017 (which will include a new policy for sustainable biomass and a Communication on waste to energy);
  • An EU Strategy for Heating and Cooling will be proposed by end 2015 (see next agenda item for more information).

Linked to the Energy Union strategy and complementing the EU 2030 climate and energy policy framework agreed last October, the European Commission also launched two additional Communications on 25 February:

Please click the hyperlinks in the above bullets to read the Communications.

Next steps:
The European Commission will take some time to develop exact actions to deliver the Energy Union action points but timing commitments have now been made. Progress is expected to be swift on electricity market design as well as on preparatory work for the Heat Strategy.

From the Council’s side, EU Heads of State gave their green light to the Energy Union at their summit on 5-6 March, while indicating their preference for the strategy to focus more on energy security. At the informal Energy Council meeting of 15 April, an exchange of views is expected on how to improve energy efficiency in the Heating and Cooling sector.

COGEN Europe will keep members updated on developments and will allocate topics to the Working Groups.

More information:


An EU strategy for Heating and Cooling in the making

Right after the launch of the EU’s landmark Energy Union Strategy on 25 February, the first ever EU High-Level Policy Conference on ‘Heating and Cooling in the European Energy Transition’ took place in Brussels on 26-27 February. The European Commission confirmed that it will draft a specific strategy before 2016 on facilitating investment in heating and cooling by households and businesses.

COGEN Europe had long been pressing the European Commission to organise such an event and we played an active role in and around the conference itself, working with the Commission to draw up the programme and making sure that industry, district heating and cooling, and small-scale and micro-CHP were represented: thereby ensuring that the full range of the heat topic was covered on the agenda.

We also played an active role in events around the official conference, such as the Heating & Cooling Cocktail, and organised our own Side Event highlighting micro-CHP: you can find more information on our ‘Benefits of Decentralised Production of Heat and Power: householders and small energy users in the spotlight’ event here.

During the opening session of the EU High-Level Policy conference on 26 February, COGEN Europe Managing Director Fiona Riddoch shared with decision-makers the cogeneration sector’s main messages – which are also available in our new Manifesto for Better Energy Policymaking.

More information:


EU leading on renewable energy policy

On 17 March, EU Commissioner for Energy & Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete opened a high-level conference dedicated to renewable energy policy, and thereby signalled the intent of the Commission to restart policy work in this area in the coming months. One bold comment made by the Commissioner was that “energy markets and grids have to be fit for renewables, not vice versa. Markets should be designed, or re-designed, to fully integrate renewables into the wider electricity market and remove any existing barriers”. Also of interest is a willingness to address the sustainability dimension of biomass in the coming years.

More information:

Proposals for legislation to address emissions in EU ETS and non-ETS sectors

Market Stability Reserve proposal still being negotiated

In 2014, the European Commission issued a legislative proposal to establish a market stability reserve (MSR) in order to handle the oversupply of EU allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).  On 24 February 2015, the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament voted to ask for the MSR to be introduced on 1 Jan. 2019 instead of 2021. The Committee also proposed that the 900 million allowances that were to be withheld from 2014-2016 under the so-called ‘back-loading’ principle should be transferred into the MSR (and not returned to the market from 2019 as initially foreseen), while the profits from auctioning 300 million unallocated allowances should be invested in an “Energy Innovation Fund” to finance industrial innovation and low-carbon projects.

The Council is finding it difficult to agree a common position. However, negotiations between the Council and the Parliament will begin in the coming days with a view to achieving a final agreement as soon as possible.

More information:

European Commission launches two consultations on non-ETS sectors

On 25 March, the European Commission launched two parallel consultations on the development of 2030 climate and energy policies in the sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System:

The first consultation is of critical importance for the cogeneration sector as the forthcoming review of the Effort Sharing Decision, and its measures  covering buildings, transport, waste and service sectors, will build on this consultation exercise. The consultations seek input for evaluating current policies and the policy options to be assessed following the European Council’s endorsement of the climate and energy framework in October 2014.

Next steps:
COGEN Europe will organise a webinar on 23 April at 2:00 PM (CET). A background paper and a first set of suggested responses to the questions raised in the consultation will be sent beforehand.

The deadline of the public consultation is 18 June.


Energy Efficiency policy at EU level

European Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maros Šefčovič and Commissioner for Energy and Climate Change Miguel Arias Cañete are giving energy efficiency a high priority level in their rhetoric about energy policy. They have repeatedly committed to “putting the energy efficiency principle first” and to “taking it as our abiding motto”. It remains to be seen whether this heralds a move from endorsing this principle to making it operational in terms of concrete pieces of legislation.

The reality of the challenge faced for energy efficiency in the member states was emphasised at the end of March by the European Commission launching a significant number of infringement procedures. The details can be found by following the link below.

More information:

Network Code Update:

NC RfG under Member-State scrutiny in comitology

The Network Code on Requirements for all Generators (NC RfG) was submitted earlier this year by the Commission to the Member States for consideration in the Electricity Cross-Border Committee. Following the first meeting, Member States did not table major amendments to the text. Extending the derogation procedure to also allow manufacturers, in addition to installation owners and network operators, to apply for derogations was only supported by one Member State, which was not enough for the proposal to pass. COGEN Europe is getting in touch with the Commission to discuss possible alternatives. The next comitology meeting will take place in April and the final agreement on the NC RfG is expected by June.

More information:
COGEN Europe’s Briefing Note on the NC RfG
ENTSO-E’s network codes website


COGEN Europe News: 

COGEN Europe launches Manifesto for Better Energy Policymaking

To mark the opening day of the EU’s Heating and Cooling in the European Energy Transition conference, on 26 February COGEN Europe launched a Manifesto calling for heat to be thoroughly covered by the European Commission’s work plan and in the actions to be developed under the new Energy Union Strategy.

The European cogeneration sector welcomes the increased prominence of heat in this EU legislative term and hails the significant steps being taken by the Commission to properly address the topic: a central component in the daily lives of companies and citizens alike.

Our manifesto warns that policymaking at EU level must not translate into the mere creation of additional legislative layers – any EU heating and cooling policies must be part of a broader approach that establishes links between existing and possible new legislation across different sector-specific packages by:

  • Putting in place an integrated approach to the energy system through the EU’s work on heat.
  • Tracking the evolution of energy consumption at national level.
  • Enhancing capacity building, awareness raising and energy user engagement.

To read the COGEN Europe Manifesto featuring further detail on how the above can be achieved – and specific policy recommendations – please click here.

Taking these additional steps will help to deliver more inclusive, far-reaching and actionable energy policies, which are all the more important as Europe faces unprecedented internal and external challenges. This unique window of opportunity for the new European Commission to revamp its approach to energy policies by putting energy users at its heart must not be missed.

More information:
COGEN Europe Manifesto for Better Energy Policymaking
Press Release: EU must maintain focus on heat in energy policy
Commission Conference website:


CODE 2: European Policy Report published

As EU policymakers redirect their attention to primary energy savings and reducing the EU’s reliance on imported energy, a new policy report published under the framework of the EU-funded CODE 2 project stresses the need for energy system-level savings in both heat and power and shows what policy changes are needed to develop wider system efficiency. It concludes that implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) must be improved if efficient delivery of Europe’s heat supply is to be secured.

The CODE 2 European Policy Report highlights that for real savings to be achieved, the EED must be fully implemented in both letter and spirit: particularly those articles which address member states’ actions on heat. Additionally, the electricity market must evolve to create new ancillary service opportunities, including via changes to the Balancing and Demand Response markets.

The report warns that EU policy is currently failing to sufficiently stimulate CHP take-up in the EU. It calls on EU policymakers to renew their focus on primary energy savings as a means of reducing CO₂ emissions and reducing reliance on imported energy – and stresses that wider use of CHP helps the EU to achieve these objectives.

More information:
CODE 2: Project Website


COGEN Europe high-level meetings:

In the second half of March, COGEN Europe had the opportunity to meet with the Director General of the DG Energy, Dominique Ristori (pictured), as well as with the cabinets involved in the Energy Union strategy (including Commission President Juncker’s office). These exchanges are set to continue and are evidence of the growing interest in cogeneration at the highest level of the European Commission.

Recently released studies and reports of interest:

A new study commissioned by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking reveals the benefits of residential, commercial and industrial fuel cell CHPs for the EU’s changing energy landscape and outlines a pathway for commercialising stationary fuel cells in Europe. The study estimates that a 40% cost reduction is expected for every 500 fuel cell micro-CHPs produced per manufacturer in Europe:

New Eurostat data on renewable energy sources for the year 2013 have been made available. The share of energy from renewable sources is increasing year on year and reached 15.0% in 2013:

A comprehensive assessment of the European environment’s state, trends and prospects, in a global context. SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015:

Integration of renewable energies in Europe, final report to the Commission, June 2014:

Study evaluating national policy measures and methodologies to implement Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, final report to Commission, February 2015:

CEER Advice on customer information on sources of electricity:

Friends of Europe report on European policy reconciling the imperative of tackling climate change while addressing competitiveness:

COGEN Europe communications catch-up:

Date Communication
23/02 Press Release: Better implementation of Energy Efficiency Directive central to delivering secure, efficient EU heat supply
25/02 Press Release: Benefits of Decentralised Production of Heat and Power for small energy consumers in the spotlight
26/02 Press Release: EU must maintain focus on heat in energy policy
26/02 Manifesto: COGEN Europe Manifesto for Better Energy Policymaking
10/03 News:  FEDARENE launches Roger Léron Award for sustainable energy
12/03 Press Release: COGEN Europe Annual Conference 2015: Sign up now!
18/03 Press Release: COGEN Europe Recognition Awards 2015: Apply Now!
19/03 Video: Fiona Riddoch introduces the COGEN Europe Annual Conference 2015
23/03 Press Release: Fraunhofer to heat up German CHP market at COGEN Europe Annual Conference
01/04 News: COGEN Europe and ene.field at Hannover Fair

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Calendar of forthcoming events:


Date & place Event Organiser Contact
8 April 2015; Paris, France Journée Micro-Cogénération Benefits of Decentralised Production of Combined Heat and Power ATEE Conference website click here
9 April; Porto, Portugal Curso ‘Utilização Eficiente da Energia Térmica: Redução da Factura Energética’ COGEN Portugal COGEN Portugal – Event Website
22-24 April 2015; Aberdeen, UK Energy Cities Annual Conference 2015 Energy Cities Conference website
27-28 April 2015; Tallinn, Estonia 37th Euroheat & Power Congress Euroheat & Power Congress website
6 May 2015; Brussels

19-20 May 2015; Brussels

15-19 June

6th AEBIOM European Bioenergy Conference 2015

COGEN Europe Annual Conference & Gala Dinner 2015

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015


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European Commission

Conference website

COGEN Europe website

EUSEW 2015 website

EU-level stakeholder consultations:


Institution Consultation Deadline
European Commission Consultation on the list of proposed Projects of Common Interest in the field of Smart Grids 15/04/2015
European Commission Public online stakeholder consultation on the ex-post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme 22/05/2015
European Commission Consultation on the preparation of a legislative proposal on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the European Union’s greenhouse gas emission reduction commitment in a 2030 perspective 18/06/2015
European Commission Addressing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) in the context of the 2030 EU climate and energy framework 18/06/2015