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CT2 - 6th Plenary Meeting in Brussels

|   5. Highlights

Highlights Core Theme 2: RES Heat

Headline 1: Calculating Target Contributions from Energy Sources - Articles 7 & 23 & 24.4

In this session a dialogue was conducted between Member States, DG ENER and EUROSTAT on the limitations of and gaps in the current calculation tool with regards to the monitoring & reporting of RES shares required by the RED II. Member States were also informed about the update of the SHARES Tool meets MS monitoring and reporting needs and timeframes. The Joint Research Centre is actively working with DG ENER and EUROSTAT to develop methodology for renewable energy and waste heat and efficient heating and cooling. Preliminary results are expected in summer 2020. The methodology should be ready for the 2023 NECP; in the meantime, Member States can use their own definitions.

Headline 2: Prosumers and Renewable Communities (Focus on Heat)

Article 22 of the RED II introduces the concept of “renewable energy communities” acknowledging the important role of citizen participation in the energy transition. Citizen participation can help to increase local acceptance, and trigger the development of new, innovative business models such as crowdfunding or peer-to-peer energy trading. Renewable energy communities are entitled to produce, consume, store and sell renewable energy. Examples about the current status of legislation of participating countries to allow RES communities to participate in the market were presented. In addition, examples of instruments to support communities with the development of renewable energy communities, e.g. investment funds and were also highlighted. Participants came to the realization that there is already a lot of information & good practice on energy communities, not only for electricity, but also heating & cooling. Member States now have the upcoming challenge of nationally transposing Article 22 of RED II and creating an enabling framework for renewable energy communities.

Headline 3: Smart Financing RE in Buildings

Smart finance is a cross-cutting theme that is relevant in many of the Articles within the scope of CT2. This session facilitated knowledge sharing between participating Member States on how they are designing and financing measures to meet the H&C targets and objectives set out in RED II. A range of case studies illustrating different business models were presented, including results from the H2020 EuroPACE project, which develops instruments for affordable financing. Participants considered how the move to a smart, flexible energy system could impact the development of business models for renewable heating and cooling, for example through demand-side management and balancing services (working with aggregators on balancing services, virtual power plant approaches and systems incorporating RE generation, storage and heating/cooling and interaction of all the above with the growth of EVs and smart home technology). In conclusion, the discussions in CT2 showed that smart finance – or a blending public & private finance for a “holistic” package of measures that tackle the non-financial and financial barriers – is needed to further sustainability efforts in the EU. One of the main conclusions was that there was a clear need for an integrated approach between energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, as well as on the local and national level.

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