The first round of the public consultation process was dedicated to the 1st Energy Union Research, Innovation and Competitiveness common priority, for "being the world leader in developing the next generation of renewable energy technologies including environment-friendly production and use of biomass and biofuels, together with energy storage". It focused on Actions 1 and 2 of the SET Plan Communication (C(2015)6317):
- Action 1: "to sustain technological leadership by developing highly performant renewable technologies and their integration in the EU's energy system"; and
- Action 2: "to reduce the cost of key technologies"
To initiate this consultation, and on the basis of the SET Plan Integrated Roadmap, the European Commission developed Issues Papers that addressed the R&I challenges for concentrated solar power/solar thermal electricity (CSP/STE), offshore wind, photovoltaic, ocean and deep geothermal sectors/technologies. For the first three Issues Papers - on CSP/STE, offshore wind and photovoltaic - the European Commission initiated the public consultation in October 2015 by sending these Issues Papers to relevant research and industrial stakeholders and SET Plan countries requesting them to take position on the proposed targets/priorities in accordance with the guidelines set out in the document entitled ''the SET Plan actions – Implementation process and expected outcomes'' (see box below).
Relevant stakeholders and SET Plan countries were invited to provide their comments for this public consultation round in the form of "input papers" by 20th November 2015. During a dedicated SET Plan Steering Group meeting on 9th December 2015, invited stakeholders and SET Plan countries discussed the Issues Papers and reached an agreement on common targets that took the form of a Declaration of Intent (DoI). At the Steering Group meeting of 20th January 2016, the DoIs for CSP/STE, Offshore Wind and Photovoltaic were endorsed.
Following the same process, for ocean energy and deep geothermal energy, stakeholders and SET Plan countries were invited to provide comments in the form of "input papers" by 17th June 2016. They were requested to take position on the proposed targets/priorities again in accordance with the guidelines set out in the document in the box underneath. During a dedicated Steering Group meeting on 12th July 2016, stakeholders and SET Plan countries held discussions on the Issues Papers and reached an agreement on common targets. Following a period of review, the DoIs for both deep geothermal and ocean energy were presented and endorsed at the Steering Group meeting of 14th September 2016.
On 20 May 2016 a teleconference between Member States/Associated Countries representatives, stakeholders and the European Commission took place to start the discussion of the Working Group on the implementation measures to achieve the SET Plan targets on CSP/STE.
Any SET-Plan country or stakeholder's organisation interested in joining the temporary working groups to deliver implementation plans is kindly invited to inform the SET-Plan Secretariat (SET-PLAN-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu).