November 2016    
Clean Energy for All? 

Dear reader,

This week the European Commission will launch the biggest shakeup in clean energy legislation and electricity market rules in a decade. It’s being dubbed the ‘Clean Energy For All’ package, following commitments to place consumers at the heart of the Energy Union, to drive a step-change in energy efficiency and to reinstate the EU as ‘number one in renewables’.

But will the package live up to its billing? How should success be judged? To help steer through the complexity of the 1000+ page ‘jumbo package’, we’ve produced a printable tick list of what to look out for on clean energy, and important traps to avoid.

E3G has also launched a series of papers showing what the transition can look like in practice. Together with RAP and Client Earth, we’ve mapped out examples of how the “Energy Efficiency First” principle is already being applied in Europe. We’ve partnered with RE100 to set out how to harness the potential of progressive energy consumers, including corporate buyers of renewable electricity.

Finally, a new E3G paper based on Imperial College London modelling shows that investment in power system flexibility is a no regrets way forward – and even accounting for ‘system integration costs’, a renewables-heavy system is likely to be cheaper than the alternatives.

Thanks for reading,

Jonathan Gaventa, Director

Winter package 001-04 Briefing Paper — 29 November 2016
The Energy Union Legislative Package: benchmarks for success
On 30 November 2016, the European Commission will launch a legislative package on energy. This represents a ‘once-in-a-decade’ set of reforms to the design of electricity markets, to renewables and energy efficiency targets and policies, and to the governance rules for planning and reporting on climate and energy. The “jumbo” package of at least 8 legislative initiatives is likely to run to over 1,000 pages. This briefing note offers a guide for navigating the package and evaluating its success. Principles ...

Energy efficiency bulb Report — 29 November 2016
Efficiency First and where to find it
by Quentin Genard
Policy-makers continue to favour building pipelines and new generation capacity without being sure that this is the most cost-effective solution. Energy Efficiency and demand-side management are genuine yet undervalued alternatives that should be consider on a par with supply-side options. The European Investment Bank estimates that Europe needs to attract an additional 70bn euro per year of investments in the energy efficiency sector alone to reach its 2030 target of at least 27% energy savings (compared with the business as usual...

RE 100 report Report — 28 November 2016
Consumer led energy transition
As the EU Commission prepares to release a review of the EU Renewable Energy Directive and Market Design Initiative in late November 2016, this RE100 report, prepared by E3G, calls on policy makers to ensure that measures are put in place that would give companies easier access to renewable power in Europe - providing greater control over energy costs and long-term business stability.  Backed by BT, IKEA Group, Google, Nestlé, Royal...

Imperial figure 11 Report — 15 November 2016
Plugging the Energy Gap
by Simon Skillings, Tom Lafford
A new E3G report based on analysis from Imperial College London shows that the UK urgently needs to develop a flexible power system. The report lays to rest the argument of a preventative ‘hidden’ cost of renewable power. Investment in grid flexibility lowers the final costs for the grid and for bill payers. This is because the variable output of renewable technology can either be covered by building half as much low carbon generation again, or,...

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