EBRD provides US$ 2 million for energy efficiency in Kyrgyz Republic via KICB

The EBRD has provided new lending to Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB), one of its partner banks in the Kyrgyz Republic, to increase financing for energy efficiency projects.

KICB will receive a loan of US$ 2 million. The funds will be used for on-lending to businesses and households wishing to make energy efficiency improvements, for example buy more efficient equipment or install insulation. This will be the third such cooperation between the EBRD and KICB.

The framework under which the loan is being made, Kyrgyz Sustainable Energy Financing Facility, is one of the EBRD’s range of instruments to finance energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy projects in the region. KyrSEFF offers credit lines and technical assistance to local banks, to enable them to finance small-scale sustainable energy projects. KyrSEFF is supported by the European Union’s Investment Facility for Central Asia (IFCA).

KyrSEFF is a US$ 20 million facility which is part of the EBRD’s wider Sustainable Energy Financing Facility. KyrSEFF financing includes grants covering from 10 to 35 per cent of the project cost provided by the European Union’s Investment Facility for Central Asia (IFCA).

KICB was one of the banks honoured at the first KyrSEFF awards in the country help by the EBRD in partnership with the EU in November 2014.

To date, the EBRD has invested over €510 million in 117 projects in the Kyrgyz Republic.


Svitlana  Pyrkalo
source : www.ebrd.com
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Over 21 000 contracts was analyzed under the Green House Program in Romania

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Environment Fund Administration, analyzed so far, 21,293 cases under the "Casa Verde 2011", out of 23,938 cases filed. Regarding the last 2597 project files submitted blocked in 2011, they will be analyzed by the end of the year. A total of 48 cases were canceled / withdrawn.

"There have already been signed 5094 contracts, of which 1,995 were sent to the AFM application for withdrawal. In addition, we are talking about 191 contracts for individuals who were settled in the amount of 1,145,342 lei and 2 contracts for businesses, worth 995,383 lei, "said former minister Minister Korodi.

Of the 21,293 cases analyzed, 16,937 were accepted and 4,556 rejected.

"As previously announced, this year complete all files from this program and create all the conditions to be able to start as early as the beginning of next year, a new session of projects. "Green House" should be reconsidered because the technologies developed and available solutions on the market, but still think this program is an optimal solution for the environment, reducing CO2 emissions and climate change, as well as energy efficiency, "added Korodi.

Frimu Ghinea
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EBRD invests in expansion of Green for Growth Fund

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is boosting the activities of the Green for Growth Fund (GGF) with an investment of €25 million, which will promote investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in south-eastern Europe and the European Neighbourhood region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).

The fund was established in 2009, with the EBRD investing alongside founding investors – the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). GGF provides funds to local financial institutions for on-lending to private households, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as direct financing to large companies and municipalities for investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The additional means provided by the EBRD will support GGF to expand its activities following the extension of its mandate to the European Neighbourhood Region in 2012. Demand for sustainable energy financing also remains high in south-eastern Europe where the impact of the financial crisis still affects bank lending. At the same time energy intensity remains above best practice, which leads to significant costs for businesses, private customers and – last, but not least – the environment.

Henry Russell, Director in the EBRD’s Financial Institutions team, said: “This investment demonstrates the EBRD’s commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency even under challenging circumstances. Over the years the Bank has acquired strong expertise in these areas and we are pleased to support GGF both directly through this equity investment and indirectly by working together to identify high-quality projects to finance in the market. Supporting investments that create a less wasteful and more environmentally friendly use of resources is beneficial not only for the environment, but also for the economy of the countries where the EBRD invests.”

Christopher Knowles, Chairman of the GGF Board of Directors, stated: “GGF welcomes this follow-on investment by the EBRD, which further solidifies the excellent working relationship between the Fund and one of its founding investors. Over the last five years, GGF has proven itself to be a leader, alongside institutions like the EBRD, in mainstreaming energy efficiency and renewable energy finance in south-eastern Europe and the European Neighbourhood Region. Working together, the GGF and its stakeholders are demonstrating that reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions is not only good for the environment, but also good for households, businesses and municipalities alike. As the Fund celebrates its fifth anniversary of operations, this vote of confidence from the EBRD could not be more timely.”

Promoting and financing the sustainable use of resources is one of the EBRD’s key priorities. From the launch of the Sustainable Energy Initiative in 2006 to 2013 the Bank invested €13 billion in 756 sustainable energy projects in 35 countries. These projects are expected to lead to annual CO2 emissions reductions of over 62 million tonnes. In 2014 about one-third of all EBRD investments will be related to sustainable and renewable energy.

By Axel  Reiserer
source www.ebrd.com

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Renexpo South-East Europe is becoming to be a landmark


It starts to become a tradition renewable energy specialists meeting in Bucharest at Renexpo fair and conferences. This year Palace Hall  location seemingly to be too small for the event for three days hosted .

Now in VII-th edition Fair Renexpo South-East Europe gathered between 19 and 21 November 100 companies from 12 European countries. On an area of 3,000 square meters could be seen the latest technologies.

At the opening event was attended : Felicia RĂCĂŞANU - Deputy General Manager, Department of Energy Government of Romania, Nicoleta ROŞU - Head of Climate Change in the Miniterului Environment and Climate Change of Romania and Johann - Georg RÖHM CEO REECO ,  Germany event organizer.

The number of visitors that organizers have released this at  edition was 2100, the most was the specialists.

Coinciding with the exhibition rooms upstairs were the events

Solar Energy
6th International Conference - Solar Energy in Romania

Hydropower
7th International Conference - Small Hydropower in Romania

Cogeneration
International Conference - Energy Efficiency Cogeneration through

Energy Efficiency
International Workshop - Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Biogas
International Forum - Biogas in Romania

These events was in total 450 people.

Of the great interest was a presentation make by Mr. Zoltan NAGHY-BEGE member of the Regulatory Committee of the ANRE which provided additional information about the Romanian Government intends to introduce in the future takeover of electricity make by small and domestic producers  by the electricity distributors. Mr. Naghy also referred to the need for decrease connection costs for small power producers.

Another interest presentation was about Casa Solaris ( Solaris Home ), a housing concept based on seasonal storage solar talked by Mr. Neculai NEGRUŢ and Mrs. Lavinia STANCIU from Geoterm PDC  company.

On the second day was awarded two Energy Award prizes. The Remarkable Figure Prize was awarded to Mr. Vlad STANCIU - Executive Director ROSENC and Innovative Technology Prize was awarded to LISSCOM SRL Brasov, Romania.

As an event this year conclusie we consider the statement of Mrs. Gabriela BUJENIŢĂ - Project Manager that says "Renexpo reached the seventh edition, this year brought together at the Palace Hall the most important actors in the field of renewable energy and efficiency energy. If the focus were within the 100 exhibitors, events discussed issues related legislative, environmental policy, financing, market trends. once again, the event proved to be the ideal business platform, with connotations both national and international ".

Mihai Vintila

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ISOL Navigator from Solrico

The study ISOL Navigator December 2014 is based on the ISOL Index, an international business climate index surveyed since the beginning of 2010. A large number of 365 solar thermal manufacturers and system suppliers from around the world which participated in the latest survey provided an excellent database for a comprehensive global analysis.

The study compares the attractiveness of different national markets and analyses the growth opportunities of 18  key countries: Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, China, Chile, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, India, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom and the USA.

The 110-page study includes 18 country portraits. Especially important: the 2015 Forecast. ISOL Navigator December 2014 summarizes the expectations of more than 300 industry players about their business development in 2015.

If you want to order the ISOL Navigator study please contact epp@solrico.com to receive an offer.
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Are ready the Romanian companies for Feed-In-Tariff ? Started the registrations for the RoEnergy Bucharest Trade Fair, V-th edition, in 6 - 8 May 2015

Organizers of the International Trade Fair RoEnergy Bucharest, the most important industry event of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency from Romania, opened the registrations and campaign promotion  for the next RoEnergy edition in Bucharest , which will take place from 6 to 8 May 2015, at ROMAERO Hall, Baneasa, district  1, Bucharest.

Among  the main novelty is distinguished a more focused promotion on areas that make up the RoEnergy  portfolio: RoEnergy # SOLAR, RoEnergy # BIOMASS, RoEnergy # BIOGAS, RoEnergy # HYDROPOPWER, RoEnergy # WINDPOWER, RoEnergy # Energy Independence.

Besides the exhibition, under the RoEnergy "umbrella"  will be held a series of related events among which: conferences, roundtables, workshops, raffle, etc.
Are you active in solar, biomass, biogas, cogeneration, hydropower or wind energy?
Stay up to date with trends from each area through the RoEnergy newsletter (subscribe  on www.roenergy.eu)

RoEnergy#SOLAR: photovoltaic systems up to 0.5 MW, PV parks operation and maintenance, energy storage, thermal systems, energy infrastructure, etc.

RoEnergy#BIOMASS: systems up to 0.5 MW, energy from waste, cogeneration, district heating solutions for municipalities, etc.

RoEnergy#BIOGAS: units power up to 0.5 MW, energy in farms, cogeneration, etc.

RoEnergy#HYDROPOWER: small hydropower up to 0.5 MW, energy independence solutions, refurbishments MHC, etc.

RoEnergy#WINDPOWER: systems up to 0.5 MW, wind farms operation & maintenance, energy infrastructure, etc.

From 2015, in Romania starts a new energy revolution

After the solar and wind farms boom, in Romania is expected to begin the real energy revolution: energy production in small plants for the own use, with the possibility of delivering  the excess energy into the grid. By the new subsidy system, called  feed-in tariff, the energy consumer turns into energy producer.

Arrived at the V-th edition, until presently, at each of preceding events, the RoEnergy Trade Fair brought together exhibitors from three continents (Europe, Asia and North America), along with experts, researchers, decision makers from RES industry, professional associations , government representatives, ministers, businessmen and media.

How much a stand costs? 

Would you like to benefit during the trade fair of a privileged stand position for your company? The best option is to book in advance a stand. Request a price quotation right now without having any obligation to info@roenergy.eu or marketing@roenergy.eu

How much a Sponsor position costs?

Would you like to be in the center of attention in the business environment and the media? Choose for one of the positions of the RoEnergy Bucharest Trade Fair Sponsor, requesting a sponsorship offer without having any obligation to press@roenergy.eu or marketing@roenergy.eu

RoEnergy Bucharest 2015 Themes

Trade Fair Themes (selection): solar, PV, thermal, bioenergy (biogas, biomass, biofuels, CHP), wind, small hydropower, energy efficiency, energy infrastructure.

RoEnergy 
tel/fax : +40.357.436.266
tel.+40.357.411.642
mobil: +40.772.262.915
e mail press@roenergy.eu
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Ukrainian PV market in 2013

Market in 2013 was under the new law from November 2012 when was defining the procedure and legal field from PV market in Ukraine.

The bigger projects under this law was :

- installed by Activ Solar - total capacity of 231.387 MW.

Locations: Odessa region: “Bolhrad Solar” 34.14 MW, “Limanskaya” 43.44 MW and “Priozernaya” 54.8 MW.
Mykolaiv region: "Voznessensk" 29.307 MW . Crimea region: “Mykolaivka”69.7 MW ( note ; under Russian occupation now )

- installed by Solarenergo - Kherson region : "Lazurnoye" 9,806 MW
- installed by Rengy Development ( Martifer Solar) - Vinnitsa region : "Tomashpil" - 4.5 MW and "Bershad" with 7 MW
- installed by Helios Energy & Bohorodchany - Ivano-Frankivsk region: "Radchevsky PV" - 2.8 MW
- installed by Solar Energy Plus - Transcarpathian region : "Irlyava" - 10.09 MW

PV power plants operating today in Ukraine there are over 1350 MW of PV projects in a different stages of construction. At end of August 2013 the total installed capacity of PV plants in the country reached 601.5 MW.

In Ukraine exist only tow factory : PJSC Semiconductor Plant ( Austrian Activ Solar ) how can make production of poly-silicon for photo-voltaic and Kvazar plant how are producers of pv modules.

Frimu Ghinea

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€50 million loan to Turkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending its first credit line under its Sustainable Resource Initiative (SRI) with a €50 million loan to Turkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası A.S. (TSKB), the first privately-owned development and investment bank incorporated in Turkey.

TSKB will on-lend the funds to private sector companies for the financing of resource efficiency investments, including water efficiency, waste minimisation and energy efficiency projects.

The EBRD’s first credit line dedicated to resource efficiency ever builds on the Bank’s extensive experience in financing energy efficiency improvements through partnerships with financial institutions. In many countries where it operates, and in Turkey specifically, the EBRD is at the forefront of efforts towards energy and resource efficiency.

Sylvia Gansser-Potts, EBRD Director for Financial Institutions, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey, said at the signing: “We are delighted to support TSKB’s efforts to promote resource efficiency financing through its tailored lending products. By providing financing to companies for resource efficiency projects, the EBRD contributes to their sustainable development and to the improvement of the overall competitiveness of the Turkish economy.”

Mike Davey, EBRD Director, Turkey, added: “We are pleased to expand our cooperation with TSKB in such an important area. We are particularly happy that TSKB serves as a pioneer in the banking sector with steps towards introducing resource efficiency finance as a standard lending product.”

Turkish businesses are facing growing resource efficiency challenges regarding the use of water and energy as well as the management of waste. Turkey’s growing population, expanding economy and continuing urbanisation, together with the impacts of climate change, are placing pressure on the country’s water and energy resources. At the same time, the expansion in industrial production and consumer demand is resulting in increasing levels of pollution and waste generation.

“Resource efficiency investments have become more important in an environment where we are witnessing an appetite for low-carbon growth and sustainable development.  The credit line extended by EBRD to TSKB is a strong indicator of EBRD’s trust in the knowledge and experience of our Bank in the field of financing sustainable investments” said Orhan Beşkök, TSKB’s Senior Executive Vice President.

“This EBRD loan will support TSKB in scaling up dedicated financing for Turkish businesses by scaling-up resource efficiency technologies and practices within the Turkish market and spreading them across the industrial sector helping companies to save their precious resources, using them in a more effective way and cutting their expenses. This will make them more competitive in the long run,” said Terry McCallion, EBRD Director for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change.

The EBRD’s Sustainable Resource Initiative was launched in May 2013 to promote efficiency and innovation and to enhance competitiveness across the countries where it invests. Sustainable energy and resource efficiency are also key EBRD priorities in Turkey.

To date, the Bank has invested more than €1.7 billion in Turkey’s sustainable energy. Since the beginning of its operations in Turkey in 2009, the EBRD has invested over €4 billion in the country in 126 projects, both in direct deals and through credit lines.

Olga Rosca
ebrd.com
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How to connect renewable energy facilities to the grid and get a feed-in tariff - seminar in Kyiv, Ukraine

Innovative Business Centre IBCentre and Association of Alternative Fuel and Energy Market Participants of Ukraine (APEU) will organize in December 10, 5-th Specialized seminar "How to connect renewable energy facilities to the grid and get a feed-in tariff" in Kyiv, Ukraine at conference hall Green Well



AGENDA

10 December 2014

9:00 – 10:00 Registration, welcome coffee
10:00 – 11:30 SESSION 1. State policy in the field of renewable energy, government regulation in getting and working with “green tariffs” in Ukraine and other countries

Moderator: Vitaliy Daviy - President of the Association of Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy of Ukraine.

- How transformation of “NERC” into “National Commission of government regulation in the spheres of energy and utility services” has been reflected on renewable energy industry in Ukraine;
- Will be cancelled “local component“ in Ukraine? Shall it become a new impulse to industry development;
- What does National plan of actions present for energy efficiency and what role it can play in the development of renewable energy;
- Since the 1st of January 2015 solar energy expects a “Feed-in tariff” reduction: How it can be reflected on investment attractiveness of projects;
- Which countries as new renewable energy markets should be paid attention to in 2015;
- From centralization to decentralization: Which role local power plants can play for Ukrainian grid stabilization as a concept of smart grid;

Speakers:

Sergey Savchuk - Chairman of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine;
Vladimir Demchyshyn – Head of National Commission of government regulation in the spheres of energy and utility services;
Vitaliy Daviy - President of the Association of Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy of Ukraine;
Viktor Kurtev – CEO of Metropoliya Management Company;
Elena Skrypnyk – CEO of Helios Strategia in Ukraine.


11:30 – 11:50 Coffee Break
11:50 – 13:30 SESSION 2. HOW TO BUILD RENEWABLE ENERGY OBJECT, TO CONNECT IT TO THE NETWORK AND RECEIVE “FEED-IN TARIFF”: PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

-“Local Content” in the renewable energy projects – calculation procedure and conclusions issue;
- What are the existing options of equipment supply for the project procuring and carrying out requirements for “Local Content”;
- The procedure for obtaining a “Feed-in tariff” today- what do companies need to know?;
- How to connect on-roof solar power plant to the network and to receive a “Feed-in tariff”;
- How to connect renewable energy object to the network: Features matching the technical conditions with oblenergo;
- Conclusion of agreements for purchase and sale of electricity on “Feed-in tariff” with SOE “Energorynok”;
- What is the basis of company taxation, which works at the Ukrainian renewable energy market;
- ”Pitfalls” of renewable energy projects implementation in Ukraine.

Speakers:

Julia Medvedenko – Legal company “Strateg”;
Alexey Orzhel – Expert;
Sergey Shakalov – Director of “Podolskiy energokonsaltyng”;
Vladimir Zhytnik – Director of “Energo-Invest” company;
Oksana Chepurna – Head of Administrative Department of commercial electric power accounting SOE “Energorynok”;
Vladimir Romanishyn – Technical Director of “Lvivoblenergo”;
Ruslan Slobodian – Deputy Director of marketing of “Khmelnytskoblenergo”

13:30 – 14:30  Dinner
14:30 – 16:30 SESSION 3. UNDER WHICH RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS INVESTORS ARE WILLING TO INVEST MONEY?

- What is the rating of renewable energy projects attractiveness for investors in Ukraine;
- Is it possible to find investment sources for financing the projects at the internal Ukrainian market;
- Which projects are given preference to by the European and International Financial Institutes;
- How to find investments for Ukrainian companies in terms of nowadays high risk;
- The best examples of implemented investment projects in renewable energy sphere.

Speakers:

Sergey Maslichenko – Senior Manager, EBRD;
representative of “Oshchadbank”;
Ivan Traksler – Technical Director of “Eco Energy” company;
representative of Agropromkompleks  “Astarta”.

17:00 Evening Reception

To register for the seminar please contact Karina Bichko by tel. +38 044 383 03 56
Register online: http://greentariff12.ticketforevent.com/en

Frimu Ghinea

     


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Romania : Renewable energy and energy efficiency in greenhouses, solariums and zootechnics

Chamber of Commerce Romano-German (AHK Romania) is pleased to announce a project of the Romanian-German economic cooperation on "Renewable energy and energy efficiency in greenhouses, solariums and zootechnics."

Initiative project of Romanian-German economic cooperation and its funding from the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy of Germany under the "Efficiency Made in Germany" and "Renewable Made in Germany".

The project includes the expansion of several German companies in Romania. In order to promote these companies in energy efficiency and renewable energies, their representatives will come in 24 to 28 November 2014 in Romania to support meetings with potential collaborators Romans.

In the delegation Chamber of Commerce and Industry will organize German Roman on November 25, 2014 in Bucharest a symposium on "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in greenhouses, solariums and zootechnics."

German companies participating in the delegation profiles and more information about the symposium will be published on the event will be available soon.

organizer
AHK Romania
www.ahkrumaenien.ro
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Romania : Energy Efficiency Through Cogeneration

Econet Romania organises in collaboration with REECO, international trade fair and conference organiser for renewable energy all over Europe the International Conference - Energy Efficiency Through Cogeneration, on the 20th of November 2014 at the Palace Hall in Bucharest. The conference will focus on cogeneration in the energy and industry sector, offering information about the most important subjects as well as giving best practice examples. Between the experts you can find important companies as Steag, Siemens, Bosch that offer complex consulting for energy production, distribution and consumption and legal and financing advisers as TPA Horwath or RoSEFF.

Cogeneration is the simultaneous production, in one process, of thermal, electric and / or mechanic energy. The production of high efficient cogeneration achieves primary energy savings of at least 10% compared with the reference values for the separate production of electric and thermal energy.

Since 2009, to support high efficiency cogeneration process, a support scheme has been introduced in Romania that involves a bonus offered for each MWh of electric energy delivered in network. For getting benefits from the support scheme, producers of electric and thermal energy in high efficient cogeneration, have to ask the National Authority Regulation (ANRE). Manufacturers can benefit from this scheme until 2023, for a period not exceeding 11 consecutive years.

Producers of electric and thermal energy in cogeneration, from renewable energy sources are able to choose either this scheme, either a support scheme for the promotion of the electric energy produced from renewable energy sources.

Registration hire.
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“2030 climate and energy package vital to EU’s energy security” stresses Director for Energy Transition at European Commission

Marie Donnelly - Director for Energy Transition at the European Commission - speaks with energy journalist Hughes Belin about the EU climate and energy goals for 2030 and discusses the implications of the 2030 package for the European Union’s energy security, ahead of the European Council meeting on 23 and 24 October.



Donnelly argues that Eastern and Central Member States should not see a 40% greenhouse gas reduction target as unachievable or too ambitious. When it comes to renewables targets, the Director for Energy Transition underlines that increasing the share of renewable energy to at least 27% would be a great step towards strengthening Europe’s energy security. Moreover, Donnelly sketches out that energy efficiency is number one tool in the context of the crisis. “The ambitious target of 30% energy efficiency was a direct response to the crisis”, she underlines. Regarding energy governance, she points out that very few member states have a policy on import and export, and concludes by looking at the perspective for biofuels. According to her, Europe needs to move forward into the second generation of biofuels.

Source : http://www.vieuws.eu

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Expo Trophy 2014, Budva, Montenegro

Expo Trophy 2014 for exhibition performances of the participants at the 36th Fair of Civil Engineering, 34 th Fair Security, Protection and Rescue, 16th Fair business, 2th and 9th Energy Fair, Fair Water Supply System and Sanitary technology under Mr Slobodan Mitrovic presidency, decided:

- compliments for exhibition performance
- Intellectual Property Office of Montenegro from Podgorica and Megran Doo from Danilovgrad
- third prize - Bronze Plaques - Beton Lucko from Lucko
- second prize - Silver Medal - Ekoenergetika from Podgorica
- first prize - Gold Plaque and Expo Trophy 2014 - FM Mont from Podgorica

Prizes was awarded by director of Adriatic fair Mr Dr.Rajko Bujkovic.
Fairs was held in Budva, Montenegro at Adriatic Fair between 24th and 28th September 2014.
Was present 110 companies from 13 countries.

Frimu Ghinea

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Energy Independence - the key to the success of the state , in Ukraine, November 11-12, 2014

SE Research Institute of Building Production of Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine invites to participate in scientific work-shop Key Aspects of Building and Housing in Ukraine. Objects Thermal Modernization. "Energy independence - success of the state."

The event will take place on 11-12 November 2014.

Seminar will be moderated by experts in thermal modernization.
The workshop will address the following issues:

- Comprehensive engineering energy saving solutions in systems of heat generation and heat consumption in buildings;
- Organizational and financial mechanisms development  for energy efficiency projects in the residential sector;
- Concession agreements within public - private partnerships to attract investments in the communal property;
- ESCO mechanisms implementation specifics in Ukraine;
- EE in housing investment project development.

Address of workshop conducting:

The state Research institute of building production
Kyiv, Chervonozorianyi Avenue, 51, conference room (2nd floor).

Invitation and details about location hire.

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Moldova - biomass businesses

30 businesses was launched and developed in the solid biofuel production with leasing program conducted by the Energy and Biomass Project 2012-2014. Agricultural entrepreneurs bought installations with money from European funds specially equipment for producing briquettes / pellets, shredding, baling and transportation of biomass. The equipment was provided on favorable terms, with payment over 3 years, 0% fee, 0% interest and 0% VAT.

One of the line of briquettes was launched in 2013 in Ghidighici by two doctors and an economist. Young entrepreneurs have launched into bioenergy sector, acquiring leased line briquetting.

"This year the business is well put on wheels by increased demand. Are times when we work almost non-stop to meet demands. People know the benefits of eco fuel and give priority against  coal. "says Roman Smolniţchi one of the founders of Ghidighici briquetting enterprise.

Biofuel market is growing rapidly in Moldova. In the past four years, the number of local producers of briquettes and pellets increased by 10 times, already exceeding the number of 100 technical capacity production lines briquettes and pellets already existing in Moldova can substitute coal imports amounted recent years about 150,000 tons, respectively, 400 million. lei ( over 21 million euro ) paid from the state budget.

"The European Union supports the development of bio-energy sector in Moldova through integrated steps. With investments offered through Energy and Biomass Project, 144 schools and kindergartens will enter in this winter with heating provided by biomass. Biofuel was purchased from local producers motivated to start businesses by increased demand and by programs development of biofuels production sector, launched by the project."said Nicholas Zacharias expert in business development at Energy and Biomass Project.

Energy and Biomass Project promotes the mandate and expertise to create a sustainable market for biofuel production and its use both in the public and in the residential. 500 families in villages and home towns in Moldova have installed biomass boilers with 1,300 euro EU grant funds.

Frimu Ghinea

source : www.biomasa.md
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Bosch will invest 300 milion euro between 2013-2015 in Turkey

The Bosch Group is further expanding its presence in Turkey. Between 2013 and 2015, the international technology and services company will be investing some 300 million euros in the extension of its existing location in Bursa, 90 kilometers south of Istanbul. By the end of this year, Bosch intends to create around 500 jobs there.

“By making this investment, Bosch is demonstrating its confidence in the Bursa location, which is characterized by the dedication of its associates and the outstanding quality of its operations,” said Steven Young, the Bosch Group's representative in Turkey.

For the Bosch Group's global operations, Turkey is now an important manufacturing and export location, and is growing in importance as a research and development location as well. As early as 2009, an engineering center for injection technology was established in Bursa. In Manisa and Cerkesköy, Bosch associates are also developing new products such as gas-fired boilers and household appliances. The company has spent nearly 70 million euros on R&D in Turkey over the last three years, and employs some 330 local engineers.

source : Bosch-presse.de
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EBRD and Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia deepen private-public sector collaboration

Improved cooperation between the private and public sectors with regard to energy efficiency was the focus of a conference entitled “The ESCO Opportunity: Improving Energy Efficiency in Public Facilities”, held on 24 September in Belgrade. The event was hosted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia, and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, with the support of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) and the Central European Development Forum (CEDEF).

The conference – attended by representatives of government, energy efficiency experts, local and international investors discussed the introduction of innovative approaches to the delivery of municipal services, such as energy performance contracting (EnPC), improvements to the tendering process and increased participation of private energy service companies (ESCOs).

The EBRD has worked closely with government and local authorities to strengthen these new approaches and enable private investors to come forward through the Regional Energy Efficiency Programme in the Western Balkans. The programme is supported by grant funds of €23.35 million approved under the auspices of the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF), an innovative financing initiative which pools grant resources in order to leverage loans for the financing of priority infrastructure and socio-economic development in the Western Balkans.  The WBIF was established in December 2009 by the European Commission, the partner IFIs – CEB, EBRD and EIB - and bilateral donors, and was subsequently endorsed by the European Council.

With the support of the EBRD, the Ministry of Mining and Energy welcomed the increased participation of ESCOs in the public sector to increase energy efficiency investments.

Under ESCO approach, energy efficiency projects are being implemented by experienced private sector companies, significantly raising the quality of these ventures and enabling investment in modernisation. EnPCs are the basis of this involvement. They help to minimise operational expenditures, such as heating, lighting, ventilation and the supply of drinking water funded from the ESCO’s resources and repaid from the realised savings. The ESCO contracted under the EnPC in turn guarantees a specific level of service performance, which ensures that all investments and its service delivery are covered by the savings achieved.

The EBRD is supporting the regional energy efficiency programme with both technical assistance and financing for projects implemented by ESCOs.  Financing may be through loans from local banks under the EBRD’s Western Balkans Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (WeBSEFF) or by direct financing from the EBRD.

Over the medium term, Serbian towns and municipalities could benefit from investments of up to €130 million, which could lead to €30 million savings in energy - and maintenance costs every year.

With the support of the Serbian Ministry Mining and Energy, work has begun to identify priority public sector facilities in Serbia to be included in the first stage of tendering for ESCO projects. All energy intensive public entities are invited to apply for technical support to improve inefficient energy use. As part of the regional energy efficiency programme, the EBRD‘s consultancy team in Serbia is now supporting municipalities and public entities in their preparation of ESCO projects.

Author: Viktorija Melohina
source : EBRD
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Kosovo : KoSEP Sustainable Energy Excellence Awards 2014

EBRD finance with €12 million Kosovo Sustainable Energy Projects (KoSEP) to instal and promoting sustainable and efficient use of energy. The 2014 Sustainable Energy Excellence Awards ceremony hosted by the EBRD and the European Union (EU) Office in Kosovo took place on 8 October at the Emerald Hotel in Pristina.

The winners of the KoSEP Sustainable Energy Excellence Awards 2014 :

Best Energy Efficiency Project in Small Enterprises
Apetit sh.p.k., for investing in new and efficient meat processing machines and cooling chambers. By doing so, the company achieved the highest energy savings and reductions in CO2 in the business sector.

Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project
NewCo Jugoterm International LLC, for modernizing their production equipment and investing in new welding robots. Not only did they save energy, but they also reduced CO2 emissions.

Best Agricultural Energy Efficiency Project
Iliri D. shpk, awarded for replacing an old diesel tractor with a new, more efficient model, which is now saving large amounts of diesel and reducing CO2 emissions.

Most Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Project in the Residential Sector
Mrs Gjylba Dembogaj awarded for investing in energy-efficient windows, thermal insulation for external walls and a new and efficient biomass boiler, generating the highest energy savings and CO2 reductions of all the nominees.

Best Renewable Energy Project in the Residential Sector
Mr Selim Cacaj, awarded for investing in space and water heating from renewable energies with his purchase of a biomass boiler and a solar water-heating system. By implementing such measures, Mr Cacaj is now less dependent on the national power system.

Best Energy Efficiency Project in the Residential Sector
Mr Fadil Hoxha, for decreasing his energy consumption by close to 50%  through his investment in new windows, insulation and a biomass heating system, resulting in the highest energy bill cuts.

Special Awards for Outstanding Commitment in Sustainable Energy Financing
These were awarded to all three participating financial partner institutions and loan officers who have achieved impressive results for KoSEP.

So far over 1,000 projects in Kosovo have received support worth more than €5 million through KoSEP.

Frimu Ghinea
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Poland : Training for Renewable energy sources on farms

Institute for Renewable Energy (IEO) is the coordinator of the project first (free) Training for Installers in the project Ozer - Renewable energy sources on farms.

The training is aimed primarily info about micro installations installers of renewable energy sources, but also to companies, Institutions interested in the integration of  micro-installations, hybrid installation and installation of energy storage.

On 11.21.2014 in Warsaw, and end in 12/05/2014. Training will be in Olsztyn. Proposal of the training is to provide knowledge and skills to design and implementation specialized for different types of solutions for farms of different profiles of energy consumption and to provide practical information and knowledge about program. Also to inform about the basis of the current legal status of the operation of energy in the agriculture.

During the training will be discussed  the results of the installation already make and will be  determinate the relationship between the variables at the time of the energy needs and possibilities of  production with micro-installation.

To participate in the training as lecturers invited Representatives min.: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Energy Regulatory Office, as well as part of the workshop Will Be Attended by invited farmers, as Representatives of Consumers installation services and consulting.

Participant Will Receive a Certificate of Completion of Training - micro installations integrator of Renewable Energy sources.

For more information visit http://ozerise.pl/pl/

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EC Study: EU states gave 122 billion euros for energy subsidies

EU states awarded grants worth 122 billion to their energy mix in 2012, a third of the aid being allocated to support renewable energy, according to AFP, citing a study published by the European Commission.

Commission mandated a study desk task to collect data from the Member States, she said.

The data are from 2012 and the report does not allow a comparison with the development aid in the coming years, she indicated. The study does not specify how much of the aid has had effects on the bill, said Marlene Holzner.

Nearly 41 billion was granted as state aid for renewable energy: 14.7 billion euros for solar, 11, 4 billion for the land wind, biomass 8.3 billion and 5.1 billion for hydropower, according to these data.

Nuclear sector received 6.9 billion euros of subsidies, the coal 10.1 billion, while the natural gas 5.1 billion euros. Instead, the aid for energy production from oil are very low.

The report states that Germany has allocated the highest energy state aid, amounting to 25.4 billion euros, of which a large part designed to support energy savings.

The other states are far behind, with 13.2 billion UK, Italy and Spain 10.3 billion and 7.2 billion France.

source : Agerpres
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ExpoEnergiE 2014, Bucharest

The fourth edition of ExpoEnergiE will take place within Hall C1 at Romexpo Exhibition Centre, between 15th and 18th of October 2014 in Bucharest.

ExpoEnergiE is an event dedicated to the energy market and the oil and gas industry, representing a networking platform for professionals in the field. ExpoEnergiE focuses on promoting the potential of these two industries, in order to attract investors.

The event gathers under the same roof the most important players in the market that will exhibit the latest products and technologies, offering to visitors the opportunity to be informed on the novelties of this market, to purchase products and services or to negotiate directly with suppliers. ExpoEnergiE is addressed to producers and distributors of conventional energy, renewable energy, technologies and equipment for oil and gas industry.

more info on http://www.eee-expo.ro/home

Frimu Ghinea

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Two new vice presidents at the Hungarian Association of Solar Photovoltaic

On September 20 took place the extraordinary meeting of the Association of Photovoltaic Maghiar Solar. On the agenda was the approval of a new headquarters and a open new training center. The two vice presidents Baluha Joseph and Laszlo Acsai was been replaced by a vote with Mr. Bob Knight and Bela Hussars.

It was established as one of the vice presidents to have the program with steps to promote solar energy and to  creating a department of sport and recreation. He was adopted and the association audit prepared under Mr George Weidinger which was adopted unanimously. There have also been discussions about the various events that the association will hold.

Frimu Ghinea

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Renewable NRG Systems announces new VP of Engineering, Wallace Lafferty

Wallace Lafferty 
Renewable NRG Systems (RNRG), a designer and manufacturer of decision support tools for the global renewable energy industry, has hired Wallace Lafferty to join the executive management team in the role of vice president of engineering. Lafferty is responsible for overseeing RNRG’s engineering organization—leading the development of new products and providing technical direction throughout the company.

“We are keen to have Wally join us. He has the strategic vision and tactical knowledge we are looking for to take our engineering skills to the next level,” noted Justin Wheating, president of RNRG. “We look forward to working with him to continue to develop new products and solutions for our customers.”

With more than 30 years of combined experience in the wind energy, aerospace, and defense industries, Lafferty was the managing director of Vestas Technology R&D Americas, the vice president of global research for Vestas Technology R&D, and the head of design quality control for AREVA Multibrid in Germany. Prior to joining Renewable NRG Systems, he served as the vice president of operations for Offshore Wind Power Systems of Texas.

Lafferty holds two patents in wind energy technology, with several others in progress. His undergraduate work, begun at the University of South Carolina, was completed in broadcast engineering at the Radio Engineering Institute. He has pursued additional coursework in mathematics at Virginia Commonwealth University, advanced configuration management at George Washington University, and offshore wind energy technology at the Technische Universiteit Delft in the Netherlands.

“I am delighted to bring my recent experience in German offshore wind energy to Renewable NRG Systems, and I am very excited about the direction in which the company is headed,” said Lafferty.
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AgriCultura 2014 place where renewable energy are not missing

Between October 8 to 11 in Promenada Mall Braila parking, Romania has held the eighteenth edition of the Fair of Agriculture now called AgriCulture. Are present in addition to companies in the agriculture industry also companies involved in green energy sources.

Trust Euro Therm exhibited a machine where products could be seen. Near you can find Ecohornet company that shows equipment thermal how make energy on pellets based on their patent. Ecohornet developed his own production base in Romania.

Another of interest is Cyclon Tech SRL how shows alternative energy. You can see  Apricus Solar AP20 thermal panels and also a photo-voltaic panel . Cyclon Tech SRL is Apricus distributor in Romania.

The fair is organized by the Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture Braila and is already a traditional event in the area of Romania.

Frimu Ghinea
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Lukoil stopped by prosecutors in Romania

Lukoil Petrotel, Ploiesti, Romania
Lukoil began Friday, October 3,  production shutdown procedures at Petrotel-Lukoil refinery in Ploiesti, a day after massive searches prosecutors in a case of tax evasion and money laundering.

In a press release issued by the Lukoil Group Press Service, states that the authorities of Romania have done searches in the offices of affiliates oil group, within Petrotel-Lukoil refinery in Ploiesti, but the production of this refinery has not been suspended.

On the other hand, the Prosecutor of the Court of Appeal Ploiesti announced that last Thursday, there have been 23 searches at the premises of companies from Lukoil group. Estimated damage so far is 230 million euro,  112 million of evasion tax and 118 million from money laundering.

In October 7 Ploiesti Court of Appeal decided to putting a levy on the products of Lukoil from Oil Terminal company. While prosecutors have raised many bags of documents.

Frimu Ghinea
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First International Trade Fair and Conferences on Renewables and Energy Efficiency in BiH

RENEXPO® BiH presents the most important platform for gathering investors, decision makers, representatives of ministries and municipal authorities, as well as business leaders in renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. In order to promote the concept of energy efficient construction and the use of renewables, presenting challenges but also market potentials of this region, a two-day congress will bring together renowned experts, connecting local and international experts across Europe to discuss the latest development trends, projects and practical solutions in these areas.

Location: Sarajevo, Hotel Hollywood
Date: November 5th and 6th, 2014

ENERGY EFFICIENCY in: Construction, Industry and Public Sector

From traditional to energy-efficient construction. The importance of the implementation of projects that enable rational energy consumption in buildings and that can contribute to the improvement of energy efficiency in public objects and collective housing, which is the potential, perspective but also the commitment of the construction sector. The implementation of such projects, together with use of appropriate building materials that achieve significant financial savings, present important economic driver that opens new opportunities for job creation and launch of the entire economy. Presentation of already implemented, but also promotion of future local communities projects and all the activities in the energy sector, with the institutional networking in the Bosnia and Herzegovina market are key point of the first day of the congress.

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4704 MW of renewable energy in Romania

Ability to produce energy from renewable sources reached a total installed capacity of 4,704 MW at the end of August this year in Romania, according to data provided by Transelectrica.

The system existed wind power projects of 2,800 MW, photovoltaic parks with a total capacity of 1,234 MW, 570 MW small hydro and biomass projects with a cumulative power of 100 MW.

A month before the end of July, the system was installed 4,664 MW, and late last year appeared in the system production capacity of 4,349 MW of renewable energy.

Renewable energy producers receive subsidies in the form of green certificates, they pay all consumers, including households, which are outlined separately in the monthly electricity bill.

Romania has assumed that 24% of gross final energy consumption in 2020 to come from renewable sources, but ANRE announced that this target has already been achieved on 1 January 2014 So, for 2014, the share of compulsory acquisition green energy remained at 11.1%, as it was in 2013, to 15%, as it should be this year.

To mitigate increased bills, the Government decided on July 1, 2013, to postpone the period from 2017 to 2020 gave the number of green certificates.

According to GEO 57/2013, photovoltaic projects receive green certificates per MWh four versus six certificates as it was before 1 July 2013 wind projects only receive a certificate for two, and two small hydropower certified three.

However, new projects entering the system after January 1, 2014 receive fewer subsidies from the start. According to the Government Decision 994/2013 December 2013 November photovoltaic parks receive only half of the grants so far, and three certificates of six.

In the case of wind farms, the number of certificates is reduced to 0.5 in 2017 and 0.25 since 2018, therefore, the new investors will receive only 1.5 certified green by 2017 and 1.75 certified from 2018.

Also, small hydropower also receive 0.7% less green certificates per MWh, ie only 2.3 certified for new plants.

source : Agerpres
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Ukraine - the procedure to use funds for renewable energy

Ukraine Government has decided to use the first 50 million UAH (about 2.9 million euro) to finance projects to reduce dependence of Russian gas. It is expected that about 33,800 households to benefit from this project. Basically through the bank Sberbank credit is given as: citizen goes and chooses a product and the invoice goes to the bank mentioned where customer sign a loan agreement and bank transfer the money. With this money citizen buy the product. Then monthly payments will be about 20% of the loan amount but, not more than 5000 UHA. Guarantee is made by the National Bank of Ukraine.

In future it will extend to other banks to joine to program and to introduce also for other types of loans such as those related to improving energy efficiency of buildings. So far is only for change the gas equipment with equipment that use renewable or electricity.

Ukraine is under Russian pressure in terms of gas consumption and the country seeking funding mechanisms to reduce this dependence. Meanwhile the east is ground battles with pro-Russian separatists.

Frimu Ghinea
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KIC InnoEnergy´s Business Booster brings key Energy players to Barcelona

KIC InnoEnergy, the European company for innovation, business creation and education in sustainable energy, confirms the final agenda and keynote speakers of its second Business Booster event, returning to Barcelona on 23-24 October. The event will showcase over 60 high-growth start-ups and innovative SMEs the company supports, creating a unique platform for the industry to get access to the latest technologies and innovations. Representatives from leading energy companies including EDF, Iberdrola, Gas Natural, GDF Suez and Tauron have already confirmed their attendance, and over 250 participants from the top 50 European energy companies are expected to attend the event.

The first day of Business Booster will focus on topics around the energy markets and challenges the industry faces. Gina Domanig, Managing Partner of Emerald Technology Ventures, will provide insight on the energy market trends in Europe, while Ankit A. Shukla, Practice Director from analysts Frost & Sullivan, will focus on the integration of technologies in the European energy landscape. Diego Pavía, CEO of KIC InnoEnergy and Elena Bou, KIC InnoEnergy’s Innovation Director will share their views on the need of innovation and new business models in Europe, and how KIC InnoEnergy contributes to shaping the future of the energy market.

The second day’s discussions will focus on the strategic role of innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable energy, through a roundtable discussion with top executives of energy companies, including Raphaël Schoentgen, Head of R&T at GDF Suez Group, Sylvain Paineau, Innovation & Partnerships Director at Schneider Electric, and Jerzy Janikowski, Regulatory Affairs from Tauron Poland. The event will also showcase a number of case studies from successful serial entrepreneurs to highlight how entrepreneurship contributes to the growth of the European economy. Magnus Lindhe, Partner at Zobito AB, Pascal Mauberger, CEO at McPhy Energy and Ghislain Vanherle, Founder of P&V-Elektrotechniek will be amongst the speakers at the inspiring session.

Through the unique way of connecting high-promising start-ups and the energy companies, KIC InnoEnergy works to strengthen innovation in Europe. By attending the Business Booster event, the industry will gain access to new technologies, innovative solutions, new business models and new investment opportunities, complementing those their company is already or thinking of developing.

For more information and attendance confirmation

Weber Shandwick
Núria Picas │
mediarelations@KIC-innoenergy.com
+34 93 236 09 36 │ +34 93 236 09 01
www.webershandwick.es
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Romanian Energy Efficiency Forum 2014

The oportunities and challenges of implementing energy efficiency programs as the next step in Romania’s energy strategy will be debated in the largest conference dedicated to this sector in Romania, the Energy Efficiency Forum 2014, organised by the Romanian Association for Promoting Energy Efficiency ARPEE and GOVNET Conferences.

This national conference comes at a crucial moment as the implementation of the 2012/27/EU Directive to Energy Efficiency will come into force. The Summit speakers will provide the latest information to help your company adapt and comply to the Directive requirements - it will also involve you in the debate that shapes the future directions of Romania's energy markets and energy services development.

The event is created to generate business ventures and present the investment opportunities in Romania's energy efficiency programs as well as to connect government representatives and regulatory authorities with private companies.

Romanian Energy Efficiency Forum 2014 - October 9, 2014 - Hotel InterContinental Bucharest

Target group: Local and International experts from the energy industry and Romanian authorities supervising and regulating the field.

Language: English and Romanian (with simultaneous translation provided)

Registration: Conference  participation fee is 149 € + VAT/ person.
The fee includes the participation in the conference sessions,  coffee breaks and lunch, as well as the conference proceedings documents.
All registration fees mentioned above exclude 24% Romanian VAT. Register online via the registration page on http://govnet.ro


Program
08:00 - 08:30
Delegates Registration and welcome coffee

08:30 - 10:00
FIRST SESSION
Romanian policy and legislation relating to Energy Efficiency 2012/27 EU Directive
Moderator: Emil Calota – Vice-President, ANRE

SPEAKERS:

Ambassador Mihnea Constantinescu - Energy Efficiency and Energy Security of Romania
Varujan Vosganian, Senator, former Minister of Economy
Rodin Traicu, Member of the Chamber of Deputies in the Romanian Parliament, and member of the Industries and Services Commission Chamber of Deputies
Dan Ioan Gheorghiu, Counsellor of the Prime Minister for Energy and President of ISPE
Elena Popescu, General Director of the Energy and Environment Direction within the Ministry of Energy - The National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency
Corneliu Rotaru, Director ANRE - The approach to implement the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency

10:00 - 10:15
Networking coffee break

10:15 - 12:15
SECOND SESSION
The Romanian Industrial Sector - specific market aspects and implementation barriers

Moderator: Corneliu Radulescu – Director General ANRE

SPEAKERS:

Gerard Verdebout, President, ARPEE - Romanian Association for Promoting Energy Efficiency
Gheorghe Dobra, Director General, ALRO- Energy Efficiency at ALRO - Improving the reduction of energy consumption and countinuous monitoring
Bruno Ribo, Chief Executive Officer ArcelorMittal Galati - Presentation topic TBC
Razvan Grecu, Vice President Strategy, GDF Suez Romania - Implementation of Directive 2012/27/UE on Energy Efficiency(art. 7)
Bogdan Balaci, General Manager Philips Lighting - Light and energy efficiency! Challenges and opportunities on the local market
Tudor-Alexandru Socea, Director General, EnergoBit ESCO - Energy Performance Contract - models of good practice
Gheorghe Tucu, General Director Valeg - Increasing energy efficiency in industrial processes. Is Romania ready?
Oana Mogoi, Energy Infrastructure team coordinator BCR ERSTE - Financing energy efficiency projects
Mark Velody, Project Manager RoSEFF - EU EBRD RoSEFF – an integrated package of financing, technical consultancy and EU grants to help Romanian SMEs invest in sustainable energy solutions

12:15 - 12:30
Networking Coffee break

12:30 - 14:00
THIRD SESSION
Energy Efficiency programs for buildings, biomass and biogas

Moderator: Prof. Aureliu Leca - Executive Director ARPEE

SPEAKERS:

Lavinia Saniuta, Country Manager, Veolia Romania - Modern Solutions for Cogeneration and District Heating
Vasile Muntenita, President, Cogen Romania - Urban cogeneration between necessity and reality
 Adrian Balsanu, Country Sales Director, Bosch Termotehnica - Technology to support the Energy Efficiency targets for buildings
Prof. Cerna Mladin, President, Association of Auditors of Romania, Buildings and Energy Efficiency - Romania vs. Romania in the process of modernizing the buildings
Costin Ionescu, Regional Sales Manager, AB Energy - Cogeneration and bio-cogeneration with reciprocating engines – energy efficiency solution
 
14:00 - 14:45
Networking Lunch

14:45 - 16:00
FOURTH SESSION
Energy Efficiency programs - lighting

Moderator: Prof. Aureliu Leca - Executive Director ARPEE

SPEAKERS:

Roxana Sunica, Marketing Director, Recolamp - Recycling of waste lamps in Romania - fulfilment of EU legal obligations
Prof. Stelian Matei, Scientific Director,Electromagnetica  - Implementing LED lighting contributes to the improvement of energy efficiency
Prof. Dorin Beu - President, Naional Lighting Commitee - The energetic evaluation of lighting
Dr. Andrei Ceclan, Servelect - The power of energy managers as leaders of efficiency
Catalin Dragostin, Director Energy-Serv - The queen of efficiency: Biomass cogeneration. In Romania: Cinderella

16:00 - 16:30
Closing Remarks

The Romanian Energy Efficiency Forum 2014 is a perfect networking platform that will create new ventures and investment opportunities in the area of sustainable and energy efficient program development.

Frimu Ghinea
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Ukraine has proposed to have 11% renewable energy by 2020

Ukrainian Energy Agency President Mr. Sergey Savchuk said at the European Energy Security Forum in Brussels, held in late September, as Ukraine has a target to provide renewable energy by 2020, 11% of the country's energy. Sergey Savchuk postponed new country programs that encourage them to cut dependence on Russian gas.

"We are open for cooperation and ready for a constructive dialogue and the implementation of specific initiatives. Ukrainian and foreign investors will always find a reliable partner in our agency" said Savchuk.

Frimu Ghinea
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10th Internationa ENERGY FAIR Belgrade, Serbia

Between 13 and 16 October 2014 will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, 10th international Energy Fair. In this fair will be show products from eletric power industry, coal, gas and oil, renewable energy sources and energy efficency.

Exibit range in details:

ELECTRIC POWER
Hydroelectric and Thermoelectric Power Plants, Cogeneration, Design, Construction and Maintenance of Power Facilities, Transmission and Distribution Network, Electric Power System Management.

COAL
Excavation and Loading Technologies, Geological Prospecting, Refinement and Processing, Transportation, Homogenizing, Production Process and Quality Management.

OIL and GAS
Research and Production, Refinery and Petrochemical Processing, Transportation, Research and Production Equipment and Devices, Refinery and Petrochemical Processing Equipment and Devices, Oil Derivative Production, Oil and Oil Derivative Transportation, Storing and Trading, Oil Derivative Retail Trade; Gas Pipeline and Storage Construction, Natural Gas Transportation, Storing, Distribution and Trading, Industrial Plant and Household Gasification.

RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
Small Hydroelectic Power Plants, Biomass, Geothermal Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Oil Shale.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
In production, distribution and consumption.

Opening hours
10:00-18:00
Hall 1, Hall 1A
Single ticket price is 250 RSD
Parking (per hour) is 100 RSD

Organizer
BEOGRADSKI SAJAM
Bulevar vojvode Mišića 14, 11000 Beograd, Srbija
Tel: +381 (0)11 2655-202
Tel./Fax: +381 (0)11 2655-556
e-mail: energetika@sajam.rs
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International Energy Congress and Fair / EIF 2014. Turkey.

“International Energy Congress and Fair / EIF 2014” is a platform, in which wide range of topics related with energy production in Turkey and all around the World will be discussed. The purpose of this congress, which will be organized by our association under the auspices of Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, is to evaluate elektricity generation and energy markets in the World and Turkey and also create an environment that discusses latest developments and practices in many ways.

Also this year again, a face to face meeting, short courses and the exhibition space will be provided in the congress.

Our congress will be held in ATO Congresium ANKARA International Convention & Exhibition Centre on 24 – 25 November 2014.

Many domestic and foreign energy company officials, academics, bureaucrats and representatives of the civil society organizations will participate to the congress.

The main subjects to be discussed at the Congress are as follows;

Renewable Energy Sources
Oil and Gas
Electricity Generation From Coal Sources
Nuclear Energy
The World And Turkish Energy View
Energy Economics And Policy
Energy Financing
Energy Security
Related Subjects of Energy Import And Export, International Projects
Evaluation of Energy Resources in The Middle East, Africa and The Arabian Plate
Energy Legislation
Wholesale Electricity
Distribution of Resources
Team And Equipment in The Energy Sector
Power Systems
Business Safety in The Energy Sector

more info on http://energy-congress.com/2014/

Frimu Ghinea
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Astana school completes energy efficiency upgrade

The EBRD’s sustainable energy investments top €13.4 billion, but one project in Kazakhstan is especially valuable for the Bank. It is not the largest nor the most famous, but very special nonetheless.

School no. 25 in Astana, the Kazakh capital, recently celebrated its new energy efficient windows, insulation and a new, more efficient heating system made possible by a grant from the EBRD and KEGOC, the operator of the country’s national grid.

The grant was signed at the school during the 2011 EBRD annual meeting.  In Astana, the EBRD supported a project designed to reduce CO2 emissions and thus offset the carbon emissions which result from holding an event of this scale in a far-away venue. In part, the goal was to draw public attention to environmental issues and to the importance of investment in energy efficiency.

This was the case in Astana, site of the Bank’s 20th Annual Meeting, where more than half of the guests flocked to the Central Asian steppe, mostly by air, from outside Kazakhstan.

The EBRD teamed up with KEGOC to offset the carbon footprint of this event by providing a €160,000 grant to improve energy efficiency at a school in the Kazakh capital.

“In addition to offsetting carbon emissions,” noted Janet Heckman, EBRD Director for Kazakhstan, “we wanted to demonstrate that investment in energy efficiency is not just good for the environment, but makes good financial sense.  The school will save a lot of money on its energy bills – not to mention warmer, more comfortable rooms for deserving young people.”

School no. 25 is located in the older area of town and provides around 1,000 students with a bilingual education in Russian and Kazakh, with various other foreign languages also on offer. Though educational standards are impressive, the building is less so, dating from Soviet times and built with little regard for energy consumption.  With temperatures frequently dropping below -30 °C, inefficient use of energy can become very expensive.

The EBRD’s grant helped the school to replace its windows, to install proper insulation for the building’s walls, as well as a modern heating system.  All these measures will reduce energy consumption by some 1,566 gigajoules (GJ) per year and will save about €4,000 from the school’s annual heating bill – money better used for educational purposes.

The environment will prosper too:  CO2 emissions will be reduced by approximately 250 tons per year.  As for the students and staff, rooms will be more evenly heated and maintenance of the heating system far more simple.

The project was implemented by the UNDP and the EBRD Astana Resident Office, which went to considerable lengths to select the best and most efficient  construction technologies, materials and contractors to bring the project to fruition.

Since the beginning of its operations in Kazakhstan, the EBRD has invested close to US$ 6.5 billion in the country’s economy, with more than half of the Bank’s projects supporting the private sector.

Svitlana Pyrkalo
source : EBRD
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The Small Hydropower Event of Romania. RENEXPO® HYDROPOWER 2014

Romania has a huge potential in hydropower sector, that keeps this market  to be dynamic. According Hidroelectrica, 36,25% of the total produced electricity comes from hydropower. Now at its 7th edition, RENEXPO® SOUTH-EAST EUROPE, the biggest and most important event in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector in Romania gives a special attention to small hydropower, being the biggest event in Romania on this topic. The international trade fair and conferences RENEXPO® HDROPOWER will take place between the 19th - 21st of November 2014, at the Palace Hall in Bucharest.

Experts, developers and users will meet at RENEXPO® HYDROPOWER to discuss their common goal of having an innovative, ecological, affordable and dependable energy future. With the 30 exhibitors expected from this field, the event wants to bring together the industry of SHP in Romania and not only! Every year the trade fair attracts industry leaders and this year the companies that already registered are: Dive Turbine, Global Hydro Energy, WWS Wasserkraft, Mazlum, Voith Hydro, Hydro CINK, Gajek Engineering and others.

Investors, planners, financiers and authorities will meet on the 20th of November 2014, at the 7th International Conference - Small Hydropower in Romania, that will take place in parallel with the trade fair at the Palace Hall in Bucharest. At the conference there will be debated topics related to the
environmental standards, environmental issues, funding opportunities, the current legislation, documents in question and practical examples strictly on SHP. The event is supported by the Romanian Association for Small Hydropower (ROSHA).

RENEXPO® HYDROPOWER is supported by important institutions and partners in the area: British Hydropower Association, European Small Hydropower Association, IRE and others.

More info on www.renexpo-bucharest.com.
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South East Europe Annual Conference 2014, Ljublijana

The last South East Europe Annual Conference will take place on 24th and 25th of September 2014 in Ljubljana, Slovenia and is aimed to highlight and showcase the added value of the SEE Transnational Cooperation Programme once it comes to its end and to link it to the future of European Territorial Cooperation in the area.

The event brings together up to 350 representatives of the SEE partner states, among which are: EU member states, countries aspiring to EU membership as well as EU neighboring countries. In addition to policy makers from the partner states and the European institutions, the event aims to bring together all organizations, institutions, agencies, etc. that have been involved in cooperation projects funded by SEE Programme or those being interested in participating in future projects.

Moreover, thematic experts that can help provide guidance and streamline the synergies and capitalization processes as well as the future of the programmes and macro-regional strategies in the area will also be invited.

Conference agenda :
http://www.seeconference2014.net/pdf/SEE_Draft_agenda.pdf

Frimu Ghinea
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Forum REF-2014 Kyiv

Recent geopolitical events demonstrate that energy efficiency and renewable energy is almost the only real way to enhance energy security of Ukraine, increase competitive advantage of Ukrainian products and provide uninterruptible heating and power supply to the citizens.

Apart from a highly topical programme covering more than 60 reports and presentations of the best industry experts and key market players, REF-2014 Kyiv will also run a branch exhibition where a variety of services and equipment from the leading companies both foreign and Ukrainian will be presented. A separate part of REF-2014 Kyiv exposition is named “Secure heating season 2014-2015” and will be related to the decisions, equipment and fuel necessary to guarantee a viable upcoming heating season.

Over the last 5 years REF-2014 Kyiv has confirmed its status as a main event in the field of sustainable energy within Eastern Europe having summoned key players in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as heads of state departments, engineers, producers and suppliers of technical solution and equipment; bankers and investors, best international experts and professional associations representatives in the quality of speakers, partners and participants, aiming to strengthen legislative and economic basis for projects development in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

There are following key topics for discussion on the Forum REF-2014 Kyiv:

-New state policy in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency
-Implementation of sustainable energy projects in Ukraine in keeping with the EU association.
-Energy efficiency and new energy solutions in industry:

How to maintain or even ramp up the Ukrainian production in the context of gas shortage

-Energy-efficient heating: modeling of the large scale substitution of gas heating for the electric one and opting for solid fuel and other alternatives
-Energy-efficient lighting for industrial purposes
-Renewable energy 2.0. Renewable energy sector and alternative fuel on the new stage of development
-Future for feed-in-tariff for different sectors of renewable energy
-Attracting funds to the projects in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency at the time of turbulence.

Separate sessions will be related to solar and wind energy. Such issues as substitution of gas by carrying out projects in the field of biofuel heating stations and CHP plants as well as leaving fuel pellets and briquets produced by Ukrainian plants in domestic market will be treated in details during the 6th Ukrainian Biofuel Forum that will be held within a framework of REF-2014 Kyiv on October, 15.

REF-2014 Kyiv is organized by the Innovative Business Centre IBCentre and Association of Alternative Fuel and Energy Market Participants of Ukraine АPEU in collaboration with the international association Energy Watch Group. Official support of the forum is presented by the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, Deputy group of the Verkhovna Rada “For energy independence of Ukraine”.

REF-2014 Kyiv, 6th InternationalRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Forum in Ukraine will be held om October 14-15, 2014 in Kyiv (NSC Olimpiyskiy).

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R&D project shows nacelle-mounted LIDAR reduces yaw misalignment and improves turbine performance

A collaborative research project at the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has shown that the Wind Iris nacelle-mounted LIDAR from Avent Lidar Technology is an effective diagnostic tool for identifying wind turbine yaw misalignment, allowing users to improve wind turbine performance.  This is the first independent scientific field study validating the benefits of using turbine mounted LIDAR to correct rotor-induced yaw misalignment. An AEP increase of 2.4% has been estimated for a 7.5° misalignment.

The research project, supported by DOE, focused on the optimization of turbine performance using forward-looking wind LIDAR measurements, with a focus on improvement of power output by correcting yaw misalignment and a reduction in turbine O&M costs through improved load mitigation.  The research was conducted in collaboration with Avent Lidar Technology and Renewable NRG Systems.

“Wind turbines traditionally rely on a wind vane mounted on the rear of the nacelle to measure the wind direction in order to control the yaw position of the turbine. Certain factors, like rotor-induced wakes, can lead the vane to measure the wind direction inaccurately. The principle focus of the project was to use a LIDAR to measure the wind direction ahead of the rotor and derive a correction function.  The correction function was shown to reduce the yaw misalignment and improve power capture in below rated power wind speeds,” said Andrew Scholbrock, Field Test Engineer at NREL.

The study also validated the energy increase after yaw misalignment correction using the Wind Iris as an external reference sensor. The power curve improvement was measured and found to be nearly identical with wind speeds measured from the LIDAR and NREL’s reference meteorological tower. Based on the results, it is estimated that LIDAR-based yaw correction will increase the annual energy production (AEP) by 2.4% for a 7.5° static misalignment and standard reference wind speed distribution.
“Yaw misalignment correction is a hot topic in turbine O&M optimization. These field-results will give us a strong edge in a market where no other type turbine mounted LIDARs have that kind of scientific track record”, commented Thomas Velociter, CEO of Avent.

NREL served as the overall project coordinator with the measurement campaign taking place at its National Wind Technology Center in Golden, Colorado.  The LIDAR was installed on the two-bladed Controls Advanced Research Turbine (CART2). NREL performed data collection and analysis related to the use of LIDAR measurements. Avent provided its Wind Iris LIDAR for the project together and performed part of the scientific analysis related to LIDAR technology. Renewable NRG Systems was responsible for the coordination of the LIDAR field activities.

Following the evaluation of static yaw misalignment correction, NREL, Avent and Renewable NRG Systems are set to begin a new collaboration phase to explore the use of LIDAR measurements to actively control the wind turbine, through improved rotor collective pitch and yaw control.

The Wind Iris is the only industry proven turbine LIDAR for power performance verification and optimization applications. It measures the horizontal wind speed and direction at hub height from 40m to 400m upwind of the turbine, and generates accurate data to optimize wind turbine performance. It combines unparalleled operational features, validated procedures and methodologies, and has a strong track record of over 100 deployments onshore and offshore. This unique combination allows operators and owners to yield a high return on investment turbine after turbine with clear and easy to implement processes.
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The Switch wins large repeat orders from major wind customers

The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications, has received repeat orders worth several millions of euros from major customers in the company’s core business area of wind. These repeat orders signal a strong belief in the company and provide a solid order backlog as The Switch continues to advance drive train technology under new ownership of Japan-based Yaskawa Electric Corporation (“Yaskawa”).

The Switch received repeat orders from major customers in China and Europe for both 1.5 MW full-power converters and permanent magnet (PM) generators. A rapid delivery time for the full-power converters helped The Switch close the deal with one Chinese customer.

These orders from long-term customers in wind provide momentum for The Switch and Yaskawa System Engineering, one of the three main divisions of Yaskawa, to begin building their common future together.

“For our customers, our new owner ensures a solid partner, a firm foundation, an expanded product portfolio and the potential for innovative product R&D,” says Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen, President and CEO of The Switch. “For The Switch, Japan represents a vast new market opportunity and untapped potential for our products. Moreover, Yaskawa offers our customers a gateway into Japan for their products.”

Yaskawa became the sole owner of The Switch on July 10, 2014 as part of its strategy to grow its System Engineering division’s market share in renewable, marine and industrial applications. Together with The Switch, Yaskawa aims to gain access to new global markets with a wider range of innovative products.

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