The growing use of air conditioners in homes and offices around the world will be one of the top drivers of global electricity demand over the next three decades, according to new analysis by the International Energy Agency that stresses the urgent need for policy action to improve cooling efficiency.
The role of electricity in our economies and societies is growing rapidly. The power sector is becoming a critical actor in the global energy system – with implications for all fuels, including renewables, natural gas, coal and nuclear, as well as most energy technologies.
Europe added a record 15.7 GW of new wind energy capacity in 2017, according to WindEurope’s annual onshore and offshore wind statistics released this week.
Energy prices in 2017 - Household energy prices in the EU down compared with 2016
-0.5% for electricity and -6.3% for gas
Did you know that renewables are currently the leading source of electricity generation in the EU? And that in the years 2010-2015, the amount of electricity produced from wind in the EU doubled, and the amount of electricity produced from solar power increased 4.5 times?
A study published by the European Commission focuses on the development of an offshore renewable energy system in the Irish and North Seas. It considers several possible plans for building wind farms to generate renewable energy, energy storage facilities, and an electricity grid that would extend over the territorial waters of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
The public consultation on the EU's Trans-European Networks - Energy (TEN-E) Regulation will close on 4 September. It invites anyone with an interest in the TEN-E strategy, the EU's plan to help national governments and companies to build energy infrastructure that extends across the borders of EU countries, to give their views.
On June 20, as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) (19-25 June), the winners of the EU Sustainable Energy Awards for 2017, which showcase Europe's most innovative sustainable energy products, will be announced. The winner in each category – Businesses, Public Sector, Consumers and Energy Islands – is chosen by an expert jury, and until June 15 you can also vote for any of the nominees to win the 2017 Citizens’ Award.
While electricity demand growth is slowing in many countries around the world, the deployment of renewable power generation continues to grow dramatically. In fact, over the next five years, renewables are expected to remain the fastest-growing source of electricity generation worldwide.
The EU's internal electricity market will be the focus of the latest meeting of the Electricity Regulatory Forum, held in Florence on 17-18 May. Representatives of the European Commission, national governments and regulatory authorities, transmission system operators and electricity industry organisations will discuss how to further enhance the EU's internal electricity market with a view to achieving the clean energy transition.