IRENA-ENERGY COMMUNITY JOINT WORKSHOP COST-EFFECTIVE RENEWABLE ENERGY IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE 3-4 March 2016 Energy Community Secretariat, Vienna, AustriaAEED Updates 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Fri, January 29, 2016 00:28:50
The members of the Energy Community and European Union (EU) have committed to binding renewable energy targets and adopted National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) to achieve their respective targets by 2020. In 2013, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held a workshop on Renewable Energy in South East Europe, for which background reports were prepared on NREAPs, renewable power financing, transmission infrastructure priorities and regulatory barriers.
After the adoption of Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources by the Ministerial Council of the Energy Community in 2012, annual workshops were held to share knowledge, experience and best practices in the implementation of the Directive in both, the EU and Energy Community members. In 2015, the Energy Community Secretariat published the first progress report on renewable energy development, assessing the slow progress and indicating some countries are at risk of not meeting their targets in 2020 if some policies are not revised.
In this context, IRENA has recently launched a project to assess a technical potential for cost-effective renewable energy generation in South East Europe (SEE) by 2020 and beyond. It covers members of the Energy Community (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine) as well as the European Union member countries of the region (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia).
The IRENA’s project will assess potential to develop the full range of renewable energy technologies in the region, and in particular to develop solar PV systems, the costs of which have declined dramatically since the time that the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) of South East Europe were prepared. It will also analyse barriers to achieving region’s renewable energy potential and ways to overcome these barriers, including innovative financing mechanisms for renewable power systems.
The aim of the IRENA’s project is to identify priority actions that could contribute to the achievement of the region’s renewable energy targets by 2020 and ensure an adequate role for renewables in the energy development strategies to 2030 and 2050. In this regard, it is envisaged that the outcomes of the project could provide useful input to the prospective review process of the NREAPs.
The event aims to present and collect feedback from the region on the preliminary findings of the PhaseI implementation of the project. This covers part related to quantitative assessment of photovoltaic power potential for cost-effective renewable energy options in SEE and qualitative assessment of overall renewable power potential. It will also present innovative financing arrangements for renewable energy projects, such as cooperative financing and crowdfunding.
The following outcomes are expected:
- The factual information and preliminary findings of the report are verified and completed; additional case examples are provided as input to the report.
- Stakeholder consultative process enhances the engagement of countries in the project.
- Good coordination is established with the key regional energy players to cooperate in the next phases of the project implementation.
- Feedback is provided in the context of the possible review of the renewable energy technology mix in the members of the Energy Community to be on track to meet the 2020 renewable energy targets in the most cost-effective way
Format of the event
The workshop will be implemented in an interactive manner with the participants to ensure successful collection of their feedback on the preliminary findings of the project. The event will be implemented in the form of three panel discussions preceded by scene-setting presentation(s). The discussions will be enriched with the presentation of good practices across the region and Europe.
Approximately 50 participants are envisaged from governments, electric utilities, transmission system operators, regulatory authorities, financial institutions and development partners, international and regional organizations, and other renewable energy stakeholders.