CE Mailvision issue 25, July 2016
Electricity market and flexibility
On 30 June the report Market and Flexibility (in Dutch) was officially presented to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The study, carried out by CE Delft and a broad project consortium in the context of the National Energy Dialogue, seeks to contribute to the policy agenda for the energy transition and makes recommendations for changing Dutch regulations for the electricity market. According to the report, these changes are required to respond to the major share of renewables envisaged post-2020 (45%) and the growth in demand triggered by heat pumps and electric vehicles. More information: Sebastiaan Hers +31(0)15-2150 150.
Review of SDE+ scheme
CE Delft is to team up with SEO Economisch Onderzoek to review the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the SDE+ renewable energy incentive scheme over the period 2011-2015. Besides providing an overall evaluation of the policy, the review, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, will also identify options for improving the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the scheme in the future. The SDE+ provides power generators financial compensation for the (unprofitable) renewable energy they produce for a fixed number of years, depending on the technologies employed. More information: Martijn Blom +31 (0)15 2150 150.
The prosumer: consumer and producer
Those with a solar panel on their roof or participating in a local wind cooperative are no longer just energy consumers but also producers. CE Delft is to research the size and potential role of these ‘prosumers’ in the EU, at present and in the decades through to 2050. What is their potential contribution to renewable energy production, and to what extent can private citizens and cooperatives contribute to flexibilisation of electricity demand and temporary power storage? The study will distinguish between individual prosumers, households and small and medium-sized enterprises. More information: Bettina Kampman +31(0)15-2150 150.
Overhaul for the fossil economy
Over the coming decades, through to 2050, our economy needs to be drastically restructured, replacing the entire production structure by new technologies. This will require a massive investment impulse, paralleled in scale and impact by the post-1989 transformation of Eastern Europe, with 2% of the GDP of EU member states being earmarked annually for this purpose. This, in a nutshell, is the outcome of the CE Delft study Investment challenges of a transition to a low-carbon economy in Europe. More information: Sander de Bruyn +31 (0)15 2150 150
Review of Horizon 2020 programme
At the request of the European Commission (DG Energy), CE Delft and the British agency Ricardo Energy and Environment are to carry out an interim review of the EU’s largest European research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, which is receiving nearly € 80 billion in subsidies over the period 2014-2020. The programme supports research and innovation that contributes to scientific advancement, industrial development and response to social challenges. The review of Horizon 2020 and its predecessors is concerned with impacts, effectiveness and implementation. In 2015 CE Delft reviewed the Dutch ‘Energy Topsector’ innovation programme. More information: Martijn Blom +31 (0)15 2150 150.
Biogas in the EU post-2020
On 20 May 2016, CE Delft and its partners Eclareon and Wageningen DLO held a stakeholder workshop in Brussels for the EU project Biogas optimal use post-2020. Among those attending were EU policy officials from DG ENER and DG AGRI, EU umbrella organisations active in biogas/biomethane and natural gas, and a number of organisations from member states involved in biogas/biomethane. The potential in 2030 of feedstocks relevant for digestion has also been reviewed. In addition, the biogas scenarios were presented that are to be analysed during the project, using a model designed by CE Delft. The project will lead to an analysis of policy options for utilizing the biogas potential of the EU28 post-2020. The project was commissioned by DG ENER. More information: Cor Leguijt +31(0)15-2150 150.