Renewable Energy Sources

In 2017, the EU reached a share of 17.52% of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption. In December 2018, the EU presented the new Renewable Energy Directive, which establishes a new binding renewable energy target for the EU for 2030 of at least 32%, with a clause for a possible upwards revision by 2023. Also, Member States must now require fuel suppliers to supply a minimum of 14% of the energy consumed in road and rail transport by 2030 as renewable energy. 

The share of renewable energy in energy consumption increased continuously between 2004 and 2017, from 8.5 % to 17.5 %. Currently, the Europe 2030 target is 32% by 2030. While the overall share of renewables being used to meet the energy needs of EU member states has doubled since 2005, the rate of adoption is slowing down. If that trend continues it could cause several member states, and possibly the whole EU, to miss its 2030 target of renewable contribution. FEDARENE is supporting the European and regional initiatives of its members on renewable energy sources to ensure the achievement of these targets.

Objectives

  • Organise knowledge platforms on renewables to empower the role of Energy Agencies at EU, national, local and regional levels. 
  • Follow up the implementation of the revised Renewables Directive to analyse how Energy Agencies are contributing to the Clean Energy for All Package.
  • Involve FEDARENE partners in activities, projects or initiatives related to renewables.
  • Elaborate position papers and strategic documents on renewable energy sources

Working Group Chairs

“In the coming years, we will have to increase significantly the share of renewable energy sources. This should first be done through electricity generation, but we must also act on the demand side towards a progressive electrification of the economy, with significant efforts in the transport and heating&cooling sectors. Self-consumption will experience a tremendous increase, and topics such as adequate electricity international connections, electricity storage or hydrogen production and use will be increasingly necessary as RES-e generation boosts.”

Ricardo Gonzalez Mantero, Vice-President for Renewable Energy

EU Projects

REnewable Low TEmperature District (RELaTED) provides a demonstrated concept of ultra-low temperature network solution for new district heating systems and the progressive conversion of currently running district heating systems in order to de-carbonize energy supplies in urban environments.

BiogasAction aims at promoting the production of sustainable biogas throughout the EU, especially by exchanging best practice, creating new business models, and increasing investments in biogas production.

The innovative approach of PEGASUS (Promoting Effective Generation and Sustainable USes of electricity) is focused on experimenting a simulation of functioning of microgrids in 7 pilot areas jointly; solutions will be based on concrete situation with real data.

Publications

FEDARENE INFO 47 – Focus on Steps forward for Renewable Energy Communities in Europe

The FEDARENE INFO is a short publication realised by FEDARENE which focuses specific topics related to the climate and energy transition and gives the word to renowned experts of the field, political representatives and FEDARENE members. We are very pleased to present you the 47th FEDARENE Info focusing on Renewable Energy Communities, published in the Autumn of 2019. In this edition, you will find:

  • An Edito by Vlasta Krmelj, our Vice-President for Financing and Investments (ENERGAP, SI) on the need to enhance Renewable Energy Sources and Renewable Energy Communities;
  • An interview of Dirk Vansintjan, President of REScoop;
  • Two articles on the PEGASUS project and how it helped defining economic, technical and administrative conditions for the
    development of microgrids in rural France and on the Maltese Gozo Island;
  • The latest updates of FEDARENE’s projects related to RES & RES Communities.

Best Practices