Scientific Technical Reference System for Renewable Energy and End-Use Efficiency
Institute for Energy
The Action defines and applies criteria for the assessment of technologies, support schemes and policy measures for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficient Technologies (REEET). It also delivers data and indicators on the progress of REEET and evaluation of policies and support measures.
A large penetration of renewable electricity in a liberalized market will only be possible if the regional renewable energy resources are used effectively. The Action contribution is done by generating up-to-date input required for monitoring of existing European policies and legislation and by collecting data from the Member States, statistical offices and other relevant institutions and stakeholders. The Action will analyse the trade-offs of the development of REEET with respect to its environmental, technical and resource impacts as well as dispatch and economical effects. This will enable national and regional authorities to draft and implement strategies for the most efficient use of renewable energies in order to meet present and future EU targets.
The Action has a strong policy and market analysis focus, and through the collaboration with the relevant policy DGs, it will have an important impact on Member States, by providing data on national markets and assessment of national policies. The Action has a particular strong focus on New Member States, Candidate Countries and Neighbouring countries where there is the biggest energy efficiency potential, and where there has been less development and support for renewable energies. As similar impact is also on Candidate Countries and Neighbouring Countries, which have even less favourable energy efficiency conditions.
Particular emphasis in placed in the integration of energy supply and demand and in anticipating new concepts and developments of energy services (including distributed generation, smart network, and optimized consumption, ESCOs, certificates) allowing optimal use of local renewables and energy demand, and in new business models that would support the transition to sustainable energy system.
When analysing the energy demand the transport sector cannot be neglected, as it is responsible for a large share of consumption, which is growing at a fast pace. The Action will also draw a picture of current national and local polices to reduce energy consumption in transport, as well a summary of key technical potential.
The Action is also contributing to the goals of European action programmes on Energy supply for the rural areas of developing countries targeted to ACP countries, in particular within the EU Energy Initiative, ACP-EU Energy Facility, and AU-EU Energy partnership.