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Press review of 15/02/18

RENEWABLE ENERGIES ARE SEEN AS THE BEST INVESTMENT FOR 2018
OpinionWay has just published its 8th edition of the national barometer report "French people and Renewable energies", the results of which are very positive for the development of renewable energies (RES). First of all, French people keep placing their trust in RES, and especially in heat pumps for 81% of them. Secondly, they highly expect the development of thermal (90%) and photovoltaic (82%) solar. 88% of French people consider more important to consume their own generated electricity rather than selling it to the grid. The survey also reveals that more than a third of French people are already equipped with at least one system that emphasize the value of renewable energy. Finally, for 68% of French people, RES are perceived as the best investment in 2018, before the purchase of a "clean" vehicle (60%).
Source: OpinionWay "French people and Renewable energies", January 11st
RATP WILL ORDER 400 MILLION EUROS WORTH OF ELECTRIC BUSES
On January 24th, Ile-de-France Mobilités and RATP, the Parisian public transport operators, launched a tender for an order of 250 to 1,000 electric buses over two years, the maximum amount of which is set at 400 million euros. The first deliveries will be made by the end of 2020. This tender is part of the renewal strategy of RATP's bus fleet with two-thirds of electric buses and one-third of natural biogas buses by 2025.
Source: Enerpress, January 31st
CYBERSECURITY, THE HEART OF SMARTGRID SMILE PROJECTS
Smart Ideas to Link Energies (Smile), a Rennes-based association that promotes the emergence of smart grid projects in Brittany and the Loire Valley, is actively preparing to secure data of energy distributors. Thierry Sens, a specialist in industrial development within the Cyber centre of excellence and member of Smile, explains why: "First, energy is a sector that has been using digital and new technologies for a very long time. Second, it's an environment where, if you're a cyber attacker, you have the opportunity to do a lot of high-profile damage. Finally, energy distributors possess a large amount of customer information... which can be attractive". For Smile, it is therefore essential to make cybersecurity part of smart grid projects from the outset. “If it can be costly, it is also a real lever of growth and a strong differentiation factor in a competition where the Americans, the Chinese, the Indians are present..."adds Thierry Sens. With this in mind, the project launched a call for expressions of interest at the end of 2017 to compile a catalogue listing, among others, the risks of attacks and the provision of services. This catalogue will be published very soon and "will enable, for some clients, to plan and budget cybersecurity in their solution, and for others to catch up on this important field of activity".
Source: La Tribune, February 2nd
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION WILL PROPOSE NEW MEASURES FOR GREENER AND CLEANER ECONOMY
As part of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Capital Markets Union (CMU), the European Commission published on 31 January a report written by a group of experts and proposing recommendations for greening the financial sector. An annual investment of €180 billion by 2030 will be needed to meet European climate commitments. In particular, this report proposes a “classification system to provide market clarity on what is ‘sustainable’, clarifying the duties of investors’ when it comes to achieving a more sustainable financial system”. It also includes measures to improve “disclosure by financial institutions and companies on how sustainability is factored into their decision-making, the creation of a EU-wide label for a green investment fund, a European standard for green bonds and making sustainability part of the mandates of European financial Supervisory Authorities”. The Commission will present a strategy on the subject in March.
Source: European Commission, January 31st, Contexte, February 1st and the expert report, January 31st
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION APPROVES SIX CAPACITY MECHANISMS IN THE MIDST OF NEGOTIATIONS ON THE NEW ELECTRICITY MARKET RULES
On February 7th, the European Commission approved six capacity mechanisms, saying that "these measures will help to safeguard security of supply”, while avoiding “distortion of competition in energy markets", and "foster competition among all potential capacity providers to the benefit of the consumers and our European energy market". The Commission has thus approved strategic reserves in Germany and Belgium, market-wide capacity mechanisms in Italy and Poland and demand response schemes in France and Greece. This approval took place two days before the final agreement of the rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs in the ITRE Committee on the new rules for the 2020-2030 electricity market, which set very strict rules for the use of capacity mechanisms. The European Commission explicitly assured co-legislators that it is "without prejudice to the need for these measures to comply with the future sectoral EU legislation when it becomes applicable".
European Commission, February 2nd.
EURELECTRIC LAUNCHED ITS NEW VISION FOR THE ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY
On February 8th, the European trade association of the electricity sector, eurelectric, launched its new vision of the electricity sector as well as a new visual identity at an event organised in Brussels. Eurelectric presented to Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President for the Energy Union, a joint declaration co-signed in December by the national trade associations and the CEOs of leading EU utilities. The electricity sector pledged to "accelerate the clean energy transition” and to achieve “a carbon-neutral electricity mix in the EU well before the mid-century". The industry wants to "lead the transition towards a fully sustainable European energy future, while bringing added value to customers and society as a whole" said Francesco Starace, President of the association. To achieve these ambitious objectives, he called on policy makers to "create a stable environment for long-term investment". Vice President Sefcovic "welcomed this clear vision". “For the Paris Agreement to succeed, we all need to move up a gear”, he added.
Eurelectric, February 8th
INSTITUTIONAL AGENDA
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, February 19th and 20th, Brussels
Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (ITRE), February 21st and 22st, Brussels

- Consideration of draft opinion about the free flow of non-personal data in the EU
- Vote on the provisional agreement resulting from interinstitutional negotiations as regards as the energy performance of buildings directive.
- Vote on the adoption of motion for a resolution objecting to a delegated act as regards the list of projects of common interest
- Vote on the draft reports on the Market Design Regulation and Directive
- Vote on the draft reports in for risk-preparedness and ACER

Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) of the European Parliament, February 21st and 22rd, Brussels
- Consideration of draft opinion of ENISA

Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) of the European Parliament, February 26th and 27th, Brussels
Energy Working Party, Council of the EU, February 20th, Brussels

- ACER

Environment Working Party, Council of the EU, February 15th and 26th, Brussels
- Preparation of the Environment Council : Greening the European Semester (15/02)
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