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05-10-2015

Aran islands could be carbon neutral by 2022

Three offshore islands are outstripping the mainland in their drive to become carbon neutral by 2020. A pilot project involving use of electric cars and building upgrades indicates that fossil fuel dependence on the Aran islands could be cut by 84 per cent, community leaders told Minister for Energy Alex White on Inis Mór.

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16-07-2015

Summer Package – a good basis for developing consumers’ role in the energy transition

On July 15th, The European Commission released its ‘Summer Package’ on climate and energy. It provides the strongest indication so far of the Commission’s vision for the transformation of Europe’s energy system, and the role that it sees for consumers. The Package consists of, i.a. long-anticipated Communications that launch a consultation on Electricity Market Design and on Delivering a New Deal for Energy Consumers, as well as a staff working guidance documents for self-consumption renewable energy schemes.

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09-07-2015

Press release on the Energy Union

11 organisations issued the press release on the Energy Union. “Most importantly, our vision is of an Energy Union with citizens at its core, where citizens take ownership of the energy transition, benefit from new technologies to reduce their bills, participate actively in the market, and where vulnerable consumers are protected.”

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08-07-2015

How to get the taxman to buy you shares in a community wind turbine

 

06-07-2015

Solar power passes 1% global threshold

Solar power now covers more than 1% of global electricity demand. In three countries in Europe – Italy, Germany and Greece – solar PV supplies more than 7% of electricity demand. This is reported by Solar Power Europe (previously EPIA – European Photovoltaic Industry Association). China is the fastest growing market. Research company GlobalData has adjusted projected new capacity in China for 2015 upwards.

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30-06-2015

Take the CrowdFundRES project survey!

The CrowdFundRES EU-funded project which aims to unleash the potential of crowdfunding for financing renewable energy projects in Europe has just launched an EU wide survey targeting among others active citizens and community members as well as cooperatives, municipalities and other project developers.

29-06-2015

Europe’s energy revolution marches on: one-third of power supply now renewable

Fully one-third of electricity produced in Europe last year came from renewable energy, reports ENTSO-E (the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity). Four years ago this was just 24%. The increased share of renewables has come at the expense of fossil fuels. “There is a revolution taking place”, says Susanne Nies, Corporate Affairs Manager at ENTSO-E.

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16-06-2015

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

European Sustainable Energy Week 2015 has started and the CO-POWER project is glad to announce its key messgaes on the Community Energy.

We, the undersigned, are committed to ‘Community Power’ initiatives and support the statement of the European Commission on the Energy Union from February 2015: “Most importantly, our vision is of an Energy Union with citizens at its core, where citizens take ownership of the energy transition, benefit from new technologies to reduce their bills, participate actively in the market, and where vulnerable consumers are protected.”

Read the statement and find out more about ongoing community energy events during EUSEW 2015

26-05-2015

The energy revolution in Spain in a film

The Spanish coalition Plataforma por un Nuevo Modelo Energética has launched #Oligopolyoff, the new documentary about energy perspectives in Spain. It will be presented in English in the European Parliament this week.

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