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Deriving a future European Policy for Renewable Electricity (FUTURES-E)

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The project’s primary objective was to involve interested parties throughout the EU in the debate on how to optimise the use of renewable electricity, with a view to establishing a long term, stable deployment of electricity from renewable resources (RES-E). With the need to develop a common European vision, the project also set out to identify best practice for the implementation of the different types of support such as feed-in tariffs, premium systems and quota obligations, based on green certificates. The cost/benefit ratio was examined on a national level and consideration given to how to share benefits under a future, coordinated European policy. The long-standing Green-X modelling and analysis tool was applied, allowing in-depth examination of RES-E deployment and accompanying transfer costs due to the promotion of RES-E on country-wide, sectoral and technology levels in a real-world energy policy context.

Results

  • Six regional workshops were held throughout 2008 to debate the options for harmonisation or coordination of European renewable electricity policies. Representatives from Member States and the European Commission took part in lively debates on opportunities for RES-E within the EU;
  • Distribution of 300 brochures on ‘Coordination vs. harmonisation – future European policy for RES-E’, plus a further 300 distributed on ‘Deriving a future European RES-E policy’;
  • 200 review reports disseminated on support schemes and another 200 on ‘Scenarios on future European RES-E policies’;
  • Around 50 visitors attended the international workshop, and a further 50 each of the six regional events;
  • 400 CD-ROMs on the project including the Green-X model, reports and the scenarios distributed.
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Lessons learned

  • Results from Green-X modelling from the futures-e consortium estimate that up to two thirds of efficiency gains can be made from optimisation of national RES-E policies alone.
  • The internal market needs central coordination rather than full harmonisation, and is not ready yet for the latter.
  • If Member States take into account lessons learned so far to improve current RES-E policy mechanisms, efficiency would be increased and the EU would move much closer to a harmonised system. Last updated: 28.06.2010
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Contact

Vienna University of Technology (Technische Universitaet Wien)
Vienna
Austria
Contact point: 
Name: 
Reinhard Haas
Tel: 
0043-1-58801-37352
Name: 
Reinhard Haas
Tel: 
0043-1-58801-37357
Name: 
Hans Auer
Tel: 
0043-1-58801-37357
Name: 
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Name: 
Raphael Bointner
Tel: 
+43-1-58801370352
Name: 
Dr. Gustav Resch
Tel: 
0043-1-58801 370354
Name: 
Prof. Dr. Amela Ajanovic
Tel: 
0043-1-58801-370364

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In brief

Duration:
01/12/2006 to 30/11/2008
Contract number: 
EISAS/EIE/06/143/2006

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