Austria takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union
On 1 July 2018, Austria took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, running under the motto "A Europe that protects". The Presidency has announced its priorities earlier in June, with the programme available for download here. On energy-related issues, Austria will focus its efforts on the completion of all legislative proposals from the Clean Energy Package on which work is still pending.
EU negotiators strike a deal on the Energy Efficiency and the Governance of the Energy Union
In a long session that started on 19 June and lasted until the early hours of 20 June, the negotiators from the European Commission, Parliament and Council reached a deal on the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union. The EC press releases can be found here and here respectively.
The EU co-legislators reach a political agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive
A political agreement on increasing renewable energy use in Europe was reached on 14 June between negotiators from the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council.
The new regulatory framework includes a binding renewable energy target for the EU for 2030 of 32% with an upwards revision clause by 2023.
Read the EC press release here.
Council agrees position to update the role of ACER
On 11 June, the Council agreed on the general approach on a regulation to update the role of ACER, the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators. The agreement provides the Presidency with a mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament. Click here for the official press release.
Electricity and Gas Associations team up on flexibility in Energy Transition
The European electricity and gas associations, representing distribution system operators (DSOs) - CEDEC, EDSO, eurelectric, Eurogas and GEODE - teamed up at an event at Brussels to address the issue of flexibility in the energy transition. They presented two reports entitled “Flexibility in the Energy Transition: a Toolbox for Electricity DSOs” and “Flexibility in the Energy Transition: a Toolbox for Gas DSOs”. These reports set out a holistic approach for DSOs use of flexibility to assist them contribute to the transition to a more decarbonised, decentralised and digitised energy system. The full text of the press release is available here.
DSO concerns on Key Organisational Requirements, Roles and Responsibilities (KORRR) on data exchange
The EU associations representing DSOs - CEDEC, EDSO for smart grids, eurelectric and GEODE - are convinced that the KORRR methodology proposal still contains several parts that conflict with EU legislation and risk the benefit of the system as a whole. Read more about the DSOs' concerns here.
Press release: GEODE welcomes new Chairman
Hans Kreisel, President of the municipally-owned Skellefteå Kraft, Sweden's fifth largest electricity producer and the owner of a 12,000-km electricity grid spanning across nine municipalities, has been appointed as new chair of GEODE. Read more in our press release.
The new GEODE brochure is available here.
Reports on the Flexibility in the Energy Transition: a Toolbox for Electricity and Gas DSOs
On 27 February 2018, the European associations representing electricity and gas distribution system operators (DSOs), namely CEDEC, EDSO, eurelectric, Eurogas and GEODE, presented two reports entitled “Flexibility in the Energy Transition: a Toolbox for Electricity DSOs” and “Flexibility in the Energy Transition: a Toolbox for Gas DSOs”.
Joint statement on the EU DSO entity
On 19 Februrary 2018, the European associations - EDSO, Eurelectric and GEODE - issued a joint statement expressing their support for a fair and proportional decision-making process of the EU DSO Entity. The full text of the joint statement is available here.
GEODE published Amendments Proposals to the European Commission's Directive and Regulation on the internal market for the electricity
GEODE has published its Amendments Proposals to the European Commission's Directive and Regulation on the internal market for electricity, which were both published in the 'Winter Package' in November 2016.
GEODE Autumn Seminar 2018
31 October 2018, Barcelona
GEODE Working Groups
INNOVATION & DEVELOPMENT
Brussels, 12 September 2018
Brussels, 13 September 2018
Brussels, 9 October 2018