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.

FEDARENE Brochure – Supporting Renewable Energy Sources

Renewable Energy Sources are the backbone of the Energy Transition. In this new publication, you will find out some of the most recent and remarkable projects FEDARENE’s member regions and energy agencies have been working in this field:

  • Each year, the Mälardalen Energy Agency (SE) organises the Swedish Solar Expo, one of the largest exhibitions on cleantech in Sweden, gathering all stakeholders involved in solar power and energy storage technology;
  • Sol i Väst (Solar in West) is a project developed by the regional energy agency of West Sweden with the purpose to educate and increase knowledge about photovoltaic electricity, to help initiatives for procurement and building photovoltaic parks;
  • EVE (ES) has initiated a public-private initiative to create the biggest PV plant in the Basque Country. The investment is 24 million EUR and will produce electric energy equivalent to the annual consumption of 15.000 households;
  • Thanks to ITC (ES), the Canary Island of El Hierro supplies its electrical energy from clean and renewable energy sources such and use their surplus wind energy to pump water from a lower reservoir at sea level;
  • In 2019, the Île-de-France region (FR) set new climate and energy goals including 100% newable energy by 2050;
  • Through the IMEAS EU project, KSSENA (SI) had developed integrated and multi-level energy models for the Alpine Space to overcome emerging barriers;
  • MIEMA (MT) has been supporting local stakeholders in the introduction of renewable energy sources in buildings through the Renewable Energy Sources Advisory Platform;
  • The Örebro Energy Agency (SE) facilitates a network within the real estate market where energy and environmental good practices in building and maintenance are promoted to encourage the use of renewables and energy efficiency;
  • Severn Wye Energy Agency (UK) is providing free expert support and feasibility studies to 150 communities in Wales for the energy efficiency improvements of their communal buildings through the Sustainable Communities Wales programme.

Best Practices