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The News section provides the most recent news and announcements on related energy issues, as well as interviews with key stakeholders in the energy field and regular articles on SET-Plan activities and related low-carbon technologies.


Wind turbine installations in the European Union are set to increase 64% by 2020 compared to 2013 levels, according to the central scenario in the European Wind Energy Association’s (EWEA) wind en


The energy efficiency target of 30% for 2030 put forward by the European Commission in its Energy


In the debate between the pros and the cons of wind power (and renewable energy at large) it is often forgotten that the technology has significant implications beyond the simple economic indicator of the cost of energy. Among these are, for example, the contribution to security of supply, the creation of local employment, and savings from reduced fossil fuel imports.


The JRC has published a report looking at the marine energy technology innovation landscape from the European perspective. The study looks at the development and uptake of innovation activities in the field of marine energy, with particular focus on the innovation and development activities of wave and tidal energy.


The SET-Plan is evolving into a much more multi-disciplinary agenda, moving beyond a technology plan to a fully-fledged transformation and innovation plan for energy systems, European Commissioner


The Concrete Initiativeis an effort by the European concrete sector to engage with stakeholders on the issue of sustainable construction from the perspectiveof concrete.


European Energy Market (EEM) is an annual conference, organised by the Institute of Electric Power Engineering (IEEE), which focuses on energy markets and operation of power systems in a competitive environment. Among the work presented in the 11th edition of the conference, were four papers showcasing current research performed at the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Energy and Transport.


Following the publication of the SET Plan Roadmap on Education and Training earlier in the year, the accompanying document containing the assessments and contributions from the expert working groups has also been made available.


The renewable energy industry accounted for 6.5 million jobs globally in 2013, with solar photovoltaic and wind power remaining the most dynamic energy technologies, according to the Renewable Ene


Heat pumps are set to make a significant contribution to the EU renewables target by 2020, based on the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) in place in EU Member States.


In June 2014, the final conference of the IEE-funded SI Ocean (Strategic Initiative for Ocean Energy) project took place in Dublin. The SI Ocean project aimed at identifying and delivery a common strategy to ensure the progress and growth of the wave and tidal energy technologies, maximising installed capacity and market size.


The JRC presented recent work on carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) at the Green Week 2014 conference in the context of the session "Carbon dioxide – today’s waste, tomorrow’s raw material?" The JRC presentation "Prospects of CO2 utilisation in Europe" conveyed the main purpose and preliminary findings of a forthcoming techno-economic assessment of CCU pathways in terms of operational and environmental aspects and cost performance - market opportunities.


The European Commission recognized the best projects in the field of energy efficiency, renewables and clean transport being currently implemented in Europe at a ceremony on June 24 to present the


Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union fell 1.3% in 2012, to 19.2% below 1990 levels, according to a recent report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).


The 7th Conference of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan), organized by ENEA under the auspices of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will be held on the 10-11 December in Rome, at the Auditorium Antonianum.


The European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) took place from 23 to 27 June 2014. Launched in 2006 as an initiative of the European Commission, the EUSEW has become a reference point for public authorities, energy agencies, private companies, NGOs and industry associations engaged in helping to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. This year, the High-Level Policy Conference (HLPC) of the EUSEW featured a dedicated session on “Funding innovative low-carbon technologies: the NER 300 programme” on 26 of June.


Europe’s wave and tidal sector will require action at EU and Member State level to get pilot array projects in the water, according to the report ‘Wave and Tidal Energy Market Deployment Strategy


A Materials Information System (MIS) has been developed that provides the user with all the necessary background information on materials used in low-carbon energy technologies, as well as a compr


There has been a rapid growth in demand for raw materials in recent years. The supply of some of these materials into the market has been constrained by the policies of major producers.


The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a EUR 260 million loan to the energy company Fortum Värme to finance the design, construction and operation of a new biomass-fired combined heat and