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Onshore wind looks set to grow in Poland

In our previous blog post, we discussed a new study indicating the significant potential of solar power in the coal regions of Europe such as Poland. Coming close behind comes the news that onshore wind now looks set for renewed growth in Poland.

The reason is that at the end of July, Poland’s lower house of Parliament approved an important revision to the Renewables Act. On August 2, the Senate – the upper house of the Polish Parliament – passed the law. It is now waiting for the signature of the President.

Huge solar potential in European coalfields

A new study from the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), indicates that solar power has enormous growth and job potential in the coal regions of Europe.

The use of coal for electricity generation is the main emitter of Greenhouse Gas Emissions worldwide. According to the International Energy Agency, these emissions have to be reduced by more than 70% by 2040 to stay on track for the 1.5–2 °C scenario suggested by the Paris Agreement.

A study was conducted to see to what extent the use of photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation systems could help with this transition in the coal regions of Europe. It assessed the solar PV potential in selected regions where open-cast coal mines are planned to cease operation in the near future.

Setting sail with hydrogen powered boats

A major new initiative to encourage the development of hydrogen powered shipping launches in Oostende, Belgium on 27th August.

The Interreg North-West Europe project H2SHIPS aims to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of hydrogen bunkering and propulsion for shipping and identify the conditions for successful market entry for the technology.

Two pilot projects will be implemented as part of H2SHIPS. In Amsterdam, a new hydrogen powered port vessel will be built. In Belgium, a hydrogen refuelling system suitable for open sea operation will be developed and tested.

Congratulations Dirk Vansintjan

Dirk Vansintjan, President of REScoop is the Schönauer Stromrebell 2019

The “Schönauer Stromrebell” prize is awarded by a collective of renewable initiatives in the German city of Schönau together with the Elektrizitätswerke Schönau (EWS) and the city of Schönau itself. This annual prize commemorates people who have shown the personal commitment and drive to implement visions, overcome resistance and wholeheartedly support the environment and a sustainable economy.

Day Three at EUSEW19

Catch up with some of the interventions of DecarbEurope’s partners at the final day of the EU Sustainability Energy Week

Power systems with high share of renewables: vision and innovation

Day three at #EUSEW19 kicked off with DecarbEurope partners out in force at this session.

Four DecarbEurope partners
Interconnectivity of renewables in practice: SolarPower Europe, WindEurope, EASE Storage and SmartEN discuss how to push the energy transition forwards

Day Two at EUSEW19

A short overview of some of the sessions involving DecarbEurope partners

Transitioning towards 100% renewables and the role of system flexibility

Myriam Castanié from REScoopEU stressed the importance of addressing the specific challenges of islands, which are strongly affected by climate change and are often dependent on the mainland for energy. She pointed out that islands are often blocked by regulations on the mainland that prevent them from obtaining renewable technologies such as heat pumps.

Moreover, bringing renewables into local economies creates value and strengthens local economies. However, the energy transition depends on citizen engagement; the good news is that islanders are increasingly becoming actors in energy markets.

Day One at EUSEW19

A brief snapshot of some of the general and parallel sessions, plus some interventions by DecarbEurope partners.

Key statements from the opening session

The integrated National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) seem to be gaining increasing interest. They cover a 10-year period and provide an overview of the current energy system and policy situation. They also set out national objectives for the five dimensions of the Energy Union.

“As such, the NESPs are key to meet climate targets,” says Miguel Arias Cañete, and suggested that an additional investment of 180 billion euros per year are necessary to meet their objectives, through smart public funding. It is important that no region of Europe is left behind in the energy transition, which will require new initiatives to monitor energy poverty.