BDEW Welcomes Commission Communication on Energy Technologies and Innovation

On 2 May 2013, the Commission published a Communication on “Energy Technologies and Innovation”, setting out a strategy to enable the EU to have a world-class technology and innovation sector fit for coping with the challenges up to 2020 and beyond. The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) welcomed the communication, saying new, innovative products and business models as well as technical innovations were needed for a successful implementation of the energy policy shift in Germany

Technology and innovation were crucial to the EU energy challenges complementing EU energy legislation in a constantly evolving energy landscape, the Communication says. Therefore the EU needed to do more to bring new, high performance low-cost, low-carbon sustainable energy technologies to the market to achieve all of the EU 2020 objectives in energy, climate, economic and social policy, as well as those for 2030 and 2050, the Communication concludes.

The document stresses the need for accelerating innovation in cutting edge low-carbon technologies and innovative solutions, for reducing costs rapidly and speeding up the introduction of new technologies to the market.

Among the measures proposed are the development of an Integrated Roadmap addressing the energy system as a whole and measures along the entire innovation chain by the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan stakeholders and the design of Action Plans with Member States (A European SET Plan Conference will take place in Dublin, Ireland on 7-8 May 2013 holding discussions on EU progress in accelerating the development and market roll-out of energy technologies).

Energy efficiency was increasing its visibility through creation of a coordination structure under the Steering Group of the SET Plan for the promotion of investments in research and innovation in the field of energy efficiency, the Communication stresses.

BDEW pointed out that research into the following areas was necessary: reliable centralised and decentralised energy storage devices for balancing supply and demand on an hourly, daily and long-term basis, a new transmission infrastructure that enables transmission of electricity over long distances, the development of smart distribution networks that help to improve the balancing of electricity generated away from the places of demand and local demand. Besides, new tools for customers were necessary that provided better information and incentives for customers concerning an optimised demand (demand-side management), BDEW said, adding that none of the above topics should be regarded in isolation.

Source: EU Commission; BDEW

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