EGEC Newsletter March 2015

The 54th edition of the EGEC newsletter is now available and can be downloaded here.



  • How to Become Number 1 in Renewables? EGEC’s answer
  • EGEC’s view on ETS reform and new NER400 programme
  • ECHA clarifies how to report substances used in hydraulic fracturing
  • The Energy Union and the Renewable Heating and Cooling sector

How to Become Number 1 in Renewables A contribution from the biomass, geothermal, and solar thermal sectors

The EU aims to become number one in renewables, according to European Commission’s President Juncker. Already a leader in both renewable electricity and heating and cooling, Europe now faces fierce global competition.

The only way to reach this goal for both renewable electricity and heating and cooling is with structural reforms to move away from fossil fuels and further develop a wide variety of renewable energy technologies.

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MijnWater B.V.: Geothermal Innovator of 2015

Mijnwater has today been announced as the winner of the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2015 at GeoTHERM, Offenbourg. The three other finalists were Comacchio s.r.l., Gec-co GmbH, and Green Energy Group SA.

Designed as an opportunity for industry peers to acknowledge innovation, and for the most exciting ideas to be widely publicised, the European Geothermal Innovation Award is the seal of excellence applied to the most intelligent and important ideas in research and industry which will play a key role in the future development of geothermal energy. Nominations for the award are assessed on grounds of originality, innovation, reliability, reduction of emissions, and improvements in energy output.

When asked what made the MijnWater project special, the team collecting the award explained that it was the project’s unique approach. “We use the geothermal energy as both a source and for storage.  We look at all aspects in an effective comprehensive way, considering technical potential, the network, integration in the built environment, and public acceptance. The demand side of connections is central to our strategy- it is the starting point.”  They added that “The successful exploitation of geothermal projects is based on a demand side approach with a mixed and smart supply of renewable energy”

EGEC Newsletter February 2015

The 53rd Edition of the EGEC has been published and is available here.


European Energy Union package
Heating and Cooling in the European Energy Transition
GeoTherm 2015

Commission launches the “Energy Union”: The EGEC reaction

The European Commission has launched today its “Framework strategy for a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy”.

EGEC-AEBIOM- ESTIF reaction  available here.

EGEC regrets that the Commission’s proposal

  • Lacks reference on renewables for heating and cooling to improve security of supply;
  • Fails to see the synergies between energy efficiency and renewable energy, notably in the building sector;
  • Fails to propose a strong, separate and governance for renewables and energy efficiency to  ensure consistency and comparability of Member States’ policies;
  • Fails to recognise that the internal energy market cannot be complete if only based on electricity and gas. A true internal energy market should cover heating as well.