By Benjamin Fontaine, Senior Communications AdvisorGathered in Brussels for their Annual General Meeting, EPIA elected a new Board of Directors. Oliver Schäfer, Director for Market Development and Policy, SunPower Corporation, has been elected as the new EPIA President. Three Vice-Presidents and four Directors were also elected.
By Benjamin Fontaine, Senior Communications AdvisorAccording to preliminary figures gathered by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and presented during its 9th Market Workshop in Brussels, the world added at least 37 GW of new PV capacity in 2013. The global PV cumulative installed capacity reached an impressive 136.7 GW at the end of last year, which represents a 35% increase compared to the year before.
By Claire Hardy, Communications AdvisorEPIA together with the Smart Energy Demand Coalition (SEDC) partners in organising a Conference on Consumer Empowerment titled “The future Retail Market Initiative: How to deliver concrete benefits to energy consumers?” that will take place on 19 March 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels, from 14h till 17h.
The Conference aims for a better understanding on how to deliver concrete benefits to energy consumers - be them residential consumers, business, or large energy consumers - through demand response, self-consumption of renewable electricity and energy cooperatives.
As the European Commission will present a new initiative in the coming months on the functioning of retail energy markets, this event will give the opportunity to discuss how to foster consumers’ engagement and help them control their energy costs, and how to ensure that solutions can be supported and developed.
Frauke Thies, EPIA Policy Director, and Jessica Stromback, SEDC Executive Director, will open the discussion. Speakers of the event will also include Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of CECODHAS (European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing); Siward Zomer, Board Member of REScoop (Federation of groups and cooperatives of citizens for renewable energy in Belgium) and Judith Merkies, Member of the European Parliament.
The conference will be followed by a networking cocktail.
More information on the conference, including the agenda and the registration form, is available here.
By Alexandre Roesch, Head of Regulatory AffairsLaunched in April 2013, the EU funded project DIA-CORE looks at the impact of different framework conditions on investments and development of PV and wind projects in Europe. You can now help the consortium improve the understanding of these factors by filling-in an online questionnaire, which should take around 10-15 minutes. The questionnaire can be returned until 20 April 2014.
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By Alexandre Roesch, Head of Regulatory Affairs
By Benjamin Fontaine, Senior Communications AdvisorThe International Energy Agency (IEA) has published today a report titled “The Power of Transformation” which offers an optimistic view on the integration of variable renewables, such as photovoltaics, into power systems. The report sheds light on the economics of the integration of variable renewables as well as on key power system features that can facilitate a cost-effective energy transition. As a member of the advisory stakeholders’ board, EPIA - the European Photovoltaic Industry Association - welcomes the report’s conclusions.
By Frauke Thies, Policy DirectorDespite the many voices that have called for an ambitious and meaningful renewable energy target for 2030, including eight Member States, the European Parliament as well as numerous businesses and NGOs, the European Commission has decided to release on 22 January 2014 a disappointing proposal for a Climate and Energy framework for 2030.
By Reinhold Buttgereit, Secretary General
By Claire Hardy, Communications Advisor
By Paolo Basso, Policy OfficerThe European Commission (EC) is funding a programme offering researchers free access to 48 high-performance photovoltaic (PV) research facilities.
How to apply?
Potential applicants must apply online via the SOPHIA website by 31 March 2014. A ‘User Selection Committee’ made up of members of the SOPHIA consortium will review the proposals and announce the winners six to eight weeks later, specifying or confirming dates when the facilities will be available.