Dear IrBEA Members

1. Commission publishes plan for heating & cooling. The European Commission has published its first ever plan to tackle the massive amount of energy used to heat and cool Europe’s buildings, including households, offices, hospitals, schools, industry and food refrigeration throughout the supply chain. The plan is part of a raft of other measures aimed at making Energy Union a reality. Details here. And AEBIOM, together with other industry and local authorities, has published a joint position with recommendations on the future H&C legislative framework, including strategic priorities and governance, market and financial conditions, and regulatory incentives – see here.

2. Business opportunities via Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme. AEBIOM is expanding cooperation with the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP). RECP is a platform providing country specific and financial information about new opportunities for companies seeking overseas business opportunities. This innovative platform brings together African entrepreneurs, financial bodies and their European counterparts looking for opportunities on the continent. RECP provides technical assistance by experienced experts, including analysis of the policy, energy and economic landscapes of specific African countries, and a long list of financial support mechanisms.
See how RECP functions and a link to a presentation by German Govt development agency GIZ to AEBIOM.
3. DECC: Renewable Heat Incentive crucial for decarbonising UK heat.  The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is crucial for heating decarbonisation efforts and could create 800MW of additional capacity annually, the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says. DECC reports have evaluated both the UK and international RHI schemes and concluded that the scheme is essential for reaching the UK’'s target of producing 12% renewables for heat. See press release and link to series of assessment reports.

4. Drax urges UK Govt to open up auctions to wider technologies. UK consumers could save more than £2 billion (€2.56bn) if the country’s planned renewable energy auctions are opened up to include a wider mix of technologies, a new report finds. Drax, UK's largest power producer, commissioned a study to look at hidden costs not reflected in the contracts the UK government awards for renewable generation. The report finds these hidden costs (or whole system costs) are increasing as intermittent renewables – those reliant on the sun and wind - increase. See BioenergyInsight article.

5. UK biogas plant planning applications rise. More than one in three waste-related planning applications in the UK was biogas related last year, according to new research. Consultancy BDS Marketing said this is up from around 30% of applications in 2014 and from less than 25% in 2013. There has also been an increase in the number of applications for sites to process recycled aggregates, including those treating incinerator bottom ash. 

Michael Hegarty
IrBEA General Manager

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