Energy security, affordability and growth in the EU Energy Union: The role of renewables: February 25, 2015 16:30-18.00

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The European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) and the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), representing the European Heating sector, are organizing a side event on February 25th, 2015, 16.30-18.00, before the Commission’s Conference on Heating and Cooling in the European Energy Transition (26-27 February).

In the framework of the future EU Energy Union, renewable energy projects keep developing, especially in the heat sector. In combination with energy moderation measures, these concrete initiatives answer the challenges the EU is facing today, including security and competitiveness. Renewables are part of the EU energy landscape today and have an essential role to play in the near and long term future.

The objective of this side event is to present 3 concrete examples of switching from fossil fuels to renewable heat  energy (geothermal, biomass, solar thermal energy) and explain how these contribute to the EU Energy Union objectives (including energy security and decarbonisation) whilst saving money and boosting jobs and investment.
Among his priorities, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker indicated his willingness for Europe’s Energy Union to become the world number one in renewable energy. This event showcases the excellent work already underway and demonstrates how Europe can take the lead.

Programme to come soon!

Please register: HERE

AEBIOM- European Biomass Association-
EGEC- European Geothermal Energy Council-
ESTIF- European Solar Thermal Industry Federation-

The truth unveiled: Geothermal key in achieving an affordable energy transition but lacks adequate support

The European Commission recently released a report “Subsidies and costs of EU energy” unveiling for the first time data on costs and subsidies across various generation technologies in the electricity sector in all EU Member States.

EGEC welcomes the release of this timely study and is pleased with the transparent debate and consultation of the relevant stakeholders that was carried out by the European Commission during the preparatory work.¨

The geothermal sector is all the more ready to deploy new innovative technologies and to take an active part in the energy transition in Europe.

Unfortunately, the support dedicated to geothermal energy in the EU is negligible compared to other power generation technologies. In 2012, geothermal only received €70million, compared to €14.7 billion for solar PV and €6.6 billion for nuclear! Geothermal cannot live up to its promises without adequate support.

EGEC therefore calls for the swift rebalancing of support across all power generation technologies. Geothermal should therefore benefit from exemptions set out in the EU new state aid rules, for instance to avoid the mandatory application of auctioning,  which does not fit the technology-specific risk profile of geothermal technologies.

Download the full EGEC reaction here (PDF)

The European Geothermal Innovation Award 2015

The European Geothermal Innovation Award is given to companies which have made an outstanding contribution towards the field of geothermal energy in the form of innovative products, scientific research or project initiatives.

If you would like to make a nomination please read the competition rules and send your nomination, including a statement (max. 500 words) explaining the work of the organisation and why it should be considered for the award, to the EGEC secretariat at

The 2015 Jury is:

Jónas Ketilsson, Orkustofnun, Reykjavik, IS

Sandra Kircher, Messe Offenburg, Offenburg, DE

Adele Manzella, IGG-CNR, Pisa, IT

Ladislaus Rybach, ETH, Zurich, CH

Burkhard Sanner, EGEC, Brussels, BE

The closing date for nominations is 16th January.

EGEC Newsletter December 2014

The 51th edition of the EGEC newsletter is available Click here to read it.


EGEC puts forward recommendations for a secure, competitive, sustainable Energy Union

In the framework of the debate over the EU Energy Union, the European geothermal industry puts forward a number of recommendations for each of its future pillars.

The new course of the EU energy policy should be built on a level-playing field, include a true EU heating and cooling policy, and create the conditions to empower consumers, cities, and local authorities.

This in order to ensure, in the short, medium, and long-term, all of the following: Affordability of energy, security of energy supply and availability; sustainability and the decarbonisation of our economy.

Read the full document here.