Moldova has alternative to Russian gas

foto : Agerpres
Victor Ponta, Iurie Leancă and Gunther Oettinger
Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, Leanca Moldovan Prime Minister and European Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger lit Wednesday August 27 in the town of Zagarancea, Ungheni country from Moldova flame of inaugural Ungheni-Iasi pipeline in the presence of official delegations of the two countries and locals attended the event.

Iasi-Ungheni gas pipeline was started a year ago, the total project cost is EUR 26 million, 7 million grant from the EU.

Pipeline with a total of 43.2 km with have an capacity of 1.5 billion cubic gas, of which Romania will be initially delivered a volume of up to 50 million cubic meters per year. The pipeline will be assigned in Moldova by Vestmoldtransgaz state enterprises and the in to Romanian side by Transgaz. The next stage of the project pipeline is Ungheni- Chisinau in Moldova and Onesti-Leţcani pipeline gas compression station in Romania.

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EIB President Werner Hoyer : “EIB funds will contribute to the implementation of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan of Romania through the thermal rehabilitation of multi-storey buildings"

The European Investment Bank (EIB) provide in july EUR 22.47 million - the first tranche of an approved EIB loan for a total amount of EUR 136.5 million - to finance the second phase of the refurbishment programme for multi-family housing in the Sector 1 municipality of the Romanian Capital of Bucharest. The project is expected to result in around 50% savings in the heating energy consumption of the buildings concerned.

EIB President Werner Hoyer commented, “EIB funds will contribute to the implementation of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan of Romania through the thermal rehabilitation of multi-storey buildings. At the same time, the EIB loan will help Romania to meet its commitments under the EU Directive on the energy performance of buildings. This will improve the environment in terms of reduced emissions and pollution, with positive implications for the living standards of the citizens of Bucharest.”

The loan tranche signed today by Mr Mihai Tanasescu, EIB Vice-President, and Mr Andrei Chiliman, Mayor of Bucharest Sector 1, will enable the Sector 1 Municipality to continue its priority investment programme as the project constitutes a follow-up to the first phase of the energy efficiency programme for residential buildings undertaken by the Municipality and financed by the EIB in 2011. In total, 406 buildings with almost 19 thousand apartments will be refurbished in this second phase. Work began in 2013 and will be completed by 2017. The programme is designed to achieve energy savings totalling some 190 GWh per year once fully implemented.

The estimated project cost is EUR 182 million. In order to support this important energy-efficiency project in Bucharest, the EU Bank’s contribution has been raised to 75% of the project cost, in line with guidelines for investments aimed at reducing energy consumption and mitigating climate change. The Municipality’s own resources are expected to cover the remaining 25% of the cost.

The current project is a continuation of the EIB’s successful cooperation with various sectors of Bucharest. To date, the EU Bank has provided EUR 282 million in financing for projects with a total cost of EUR 423 million, aimed at the energy efficiency refurbishment of multi-apartment buildings in Bucharest’s Sectors 1, 2, 4 and 6.

EIB Press Release


Aqua-Therm 2014 Almaty is Kazakhstan's key trade exhibition for the HVAC industry

Taking place on 2 - 5 September 2014 at the Atakent Exhibition Centre in Almaty, the  7th Kazakhstan International Exhibition for Heating, Ventilation Air-Conditioning, Water Supply, Sanitary, Environmental Technology and Swimming Pool – Aqua-Therm Almaty 2014 welcomes hundreds of domestic and international industry players who are keen to promote their latest products and technologies to industry specialists such as installers, dealers, engineers, architects, regional distributors and municipal buyers.

In 2013, Aqua-Therm Almaty showcased the latest products and services from over 150 companies, who represented 17 countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Latvia, Lithuania, UAE, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, France, Switzerland, Sweden, South Korea. The exhibition welcomed 6,503 specialist visitors in 2013.

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Azerbaijan : US$ 5 million loan for on-lending to corporate and residential customers

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is lending US$ 5 million to Demirbank to finance energy efficiency projects in the country. The facility will be used for on-lending to qualifying corporate and individual customers for industrial and residential energy efficiency projects and equipment.

The facility will allow Demirbank to help local entrepreneurs and households to acquire and install more efficient equipment, appliances and materials, such as modern production facilities, double-glazed windows, insulation, gas boilers, solar water heaters and rooftop solar panels. The funds will also help these clients to reduce their energy bills and make their businesses and homes more cost-efficient.

The loan is part of the EBRD’s Caucasus Energy Efficiency Programme (CEEP), which provides loans to local partner institutions for financing industrial and residential energy efficiency improvements, promoting energy savings and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The loan is also supported by grant funding of €9.2 million, comprising €4.6 million from the European Union Neighbourhood Investment Facility (EU NIF) and €4.6 million from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance, to be used for technical assistance and investment incentives for households.

In addition, the EBRD has engaged consultants to support banks, firms and households with technical advice for energy-saving investments. This support enables industrial clients and homeowners to make the transition from under-performing, low-quality equipment and materials, towards investment in better-performing, more efficient products that will deliver greater benefits throughout their lifetime.

The EBRD’s Head of Office in Baku, Neil McKain, said: “Due to its large oil and natural gas resources and subsidised energy tariffs, Azerbaijan has a very low penetration rate of energy efficient technologies in its production facilities and residential sector. This means that there is a wide range of energy efficiency opportunities in which the local financial sector and the EBRD have a crucial role to play. We are delighted to support Demirbank to further boost investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country.”

Demirbank, established in 1989, is a universal bank ranked 13th in Azerbaijan in terms of total assets. With 32 branches across the country, it offers a wide range of banking services to micro, small and medium-sized firms as well as offering retail banking facilities to private clients.

The EBRD has been active in Azerbaijan since the country’s independence. To date the Bank has invested in 146 projects with over US$ 2.5 billion across various sectors of the Azerbaijani economy. One of the EBRD’s priorities in the country is to support the growth of the non-oil private sector by investing in dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises.

source : EBRD


Still now over 50 cases at Moldova Eco-Energy 2014

Over 50 cases was registered in Moldova Eco-Power Competition Edition 2014, most categories competing was for best project in solar, geothermal and bioenergy. Innovative projects in the use and promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency were submitted by individuals, public institutions, private companies, civil society, media active during the contest: March 5 to August 5 this year.

Files to be assessed 16 experts divided into four assessment panels, the evaluation criteria specific to each category contained in the Regulation for Moldova Eco-Power 2014. Each panel is made up of 4 people is related state institutions renewable energy and energy efficiency, leading specialists in the field of energy, academics and civil society, journalists, experts in media and communication.

Files included in the competition will be considered in three stages:
- evaluation by panels of evaluation of dossiers submitted
- field verification visit for the first three files selected per each category
- decision of the Coordination Council.

Competition Winners Moldova Eco-Energy 2014 will be known and awarded trophies and valuable prizes at "Gala Moldova Eco-Energy" how will take place on December 5 in Chisinau.

Moldova Eco Energy is organized by the Ministry of Energy Efficiency Agency, the initiative and in partnership with Moldova Energy and Biomass Project, funded by the European Union and co-financed, implemented by UNDP Moldova.

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Romania: Green energy installed capacity could increase by 57%

The installed capacity in renewable energy production units would increase by 57.4% next year, from 4,350 MW to nearly 7,000 MW, as authorities estimated.

Last year, the installed capacity in renewable energy certified power plants by the National Regulatory Authority for Energy (ANRE) to promote green certificates system reached 4,350 MW from 2,300 MW in 2012, with 1,000 MW more than the authorities expected.

This year, authorities anticipate that will be put into operation 1,400 MW, and next year will add another 1,100 MW to a total of 6,850 MW.

"The capabilities mentioned were considered the breakdown of production technology and capacity factors resulting from the analysis of monitoring" according to background note of a draft government decision drawn up by the Romanian Department of Energy and Ministry of Economy.

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The Switch wins repeat PM shaft generator orders from WE Tech Solutions

The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet (PM) generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications, has received repeat PM shaft generator orders from WE Tech Solutions of Finland, a customer in the marine sector, one of the company’s core business areas. This repeat order signals a strong belief in the company and provides a solid order backlog as The Switch continues to advance drive train technology under new ownership of Japan-based Yaskawa Electric Corporation (“Yaskawa”).

WE Tech Solutions of Finland placed another order for seven PM shaft generators that will be delivered to their end-customers Terntank Rederi AS of Denmark and Torvald Klaveness of Norway. To adapt to the various power requirements of the customers, The Switch will deliver the PMM 1000 shaft generators in two different lengths. Moreover, the orders comply with two different marine classification societies.

This order from a key customer in the marine sector provides 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.

MOLDOVA ECO-ENERGY 2014 local competition for energy projects

Energy Efficiency Agency launches largest national competition rewarding the successful initiatives in energy efficiency and exploitation of renewable energy sources, competition MOLDOVA ECO-ENERGY, 2014 edition.

MOLDOVA ECO-ENERGY is a competition which aims to support the most important initiatives in the production, transmission, distribution and efficient use of energy, in the implementation, development and promotion of modern technologies, innovations in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Since 2012, Moldova ECO-ENERGY given annually awards individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions in the production, transmission, distribution and efficient use of energy in the development and promotion of modern technologies, innovations in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the edition have entered the competition 65 applicants.

In 2013 over 60 participants enrolled in the competition of the best drivers of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

"The current mechanism of energy supply is one unsustainable, so we need a new energy paradigm that will reconcile economic needs with sustainable development for future generations. Moldova has proven to be a very ambitious country in energy efficiency, given the necessity of economic growth in terms of percentage decrease dependence on imported energy with mode improve efficiency and promote the application of various tools such as competition prize MOLDOVA ECO-ENERGY "said Mihai Stratan, Manager of the Agency for Energy Efficiency.

The competition is open for public institutions, the private sector, NGOs, foundations, initiative groups, the media and individuals who have successfully achieved notable initiatives, innovative and ambitious renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. The participants will compete for the following set:

· Best Project in Solar Energy: 
- Photo-voltaic
- Thermal
· Best Project in Wind Energy
· Best Project in Hydro-power
· Best Project in Geothermal Energy
· Best Project in Bio-energy:
- Production of solid bio-fuels
- Production of liquid bio-fuels
- Assemble and / or install equipment associated with the production of bio-energy
- Power supply systems
- Production of gaseous bio-fuels

· Best Project for Energy Efficiency in: 
- Energy Sector
- Industry
- The construction sector
- The transport sector
- Public Sector
· Best Communication Initiative
· Best Educational Initiative
· Best Youth Initiative
· Special Award

Those wishing to enter the competition will submit a file-type of participation in electronic or printed address Energy Efficiency Agency, indicating the category in which they compete. File can be downloaded from the website

Participants can enter the competition one or more projects simultaneously. The same project can not be entered in multiple categories. The files will be made ​​from 5 March to August 5.

Winners in each category will be selected by independent panels consisting of representatives of state institutions related to renewable energy and energy efficiency, leading specialists in the field of energy, academics and civil society, media and communication experts, and where appropriate representatives of sponsors and donors. Dossiers submitted by participants will be discussed in three stages: examination by panels evaluation and field verification visit of the Coordination Council Decision.

For the 2014 edition, will be considered eligible projects undertaken and completed by 2014.

Winners will be announced and awarded in December 2014 in the award ceremony MOLDOVA ECO-ENERGY. They will recognize champions eco-energy sector and it will inspire others to follow. Eco-Energy Competition Moldova is carried out at the initiative of the Moldova Energy and Biomass Project, co-financed by the European Union and implemented by UNDP.

For more information:  Ion Scaleţchi Communication and Media Consultant, Energy Efficiency Agency, Tel: (+373 60) 900700, e-mail:


Armenia - first discussion about solar energy tariff

Head of Tariff Policy Department of the Commission Mr Garegin Baghramyan discuss with local media about government intention to build 30 megawatt electric power station and on base of this investment to set up the tariff for solar electricity.

"The decision of the tariff depends on the end of the program. Due to the volume of credit investments and financing, it will be possible to sum up and mention what will be the price. In case of solar energy the main component is involved capital. At this moment the optimal tariff, which can reach to AMD 50-70 ( o.o9 - 0.13 euro ), but in the case of tow or three years before after building the station the tariff would be about AMD 180 ( 0.33 euro ). the delay of the tariff is conditioned by this factor" say Baghramyan to Armenian press.

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REF-2014 Kyiv exhibition and forum

The 6th Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Forum in Ukraine and exhibition REF-2014 devoted to the​ CIS and Eastern European​ market will be between 14 and 15 October 2014 in Kyiv. IBCentre (Innovative Business Center) in cooperation with Energy Watch Group want to make from this fair premier exhibition in Ukraine.

In focus of the Forum:
- New state policy in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
- Implementation of sustainable energy projects in Ukraine in view of signing the association agreement
with EU.
- 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 into the projects in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency at the time
of turbulence.

Forum Highlights:
State policy of Ukraine in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy in the light of recent geopolitical and economic challenges: the military conflict with Russia, the association with the EU, the need to replace Russian gas.

Legislation and law-making: 
- How the new government will affect the «green» tariff ?
- What types of renewable energy and fuel are the best know?
- The energy market reform in the time of war

Energy efficiency in industry:
- How to save the Ukrainian gas production in the time of gas famine?
- The heating season in 2014-2015, or emergency measures for energy efficiency in housing and utilities

Renewable Energy 2.0: Industry after the renewal of the country

The main directions are renewable energy and energy efficiency.


Biogas plants and systems for the processing of organic waste
Biogas purification systems
Design, service and maintenance of biogas plants
Cogeneration biogas plants

Solar photovoltaic modules and systems
Thermal collectors
Inverters and components for solar power plants
Tracking systems

Wind turbines for industrial wind farms
Components for wind turbines (towers, masts, support wind turbines, blades for wind turbines)
Small wind generators for autonomous power supply of small objects
Masts for wind potential measuring
Design of wind farms
Service and maintenance of wind turbines

Hydroelectric generators
Small and micro hydropower plants and accessories
Service and maintenance

Geothermal probes
Accumulation of geothermal energy
Geothermal systems

Heat pumps
Thermal water heaters
Combined solar heat pumps
Heat exchangers

Gas turbines
Gas piston units
Micro-turbine installation
Absorption machine and fan coils
Design, installation, commissioning, service

Equipment for the production of fuel pellets and briquettes
Technologies and equipment for grinding wood waste
Straw-operated heat generators
Wood pellets and briquettes
Boilers on biomass and solid biofuels
Boilers, fireplaces and fireplace inserts, as well as other equipment for solid biofuels

Fluorescent lighting
Halogen lighting
Fiber optic lighting


Hardware thermal points and nodes
Energy-efficient heating systems
Boilers and boiler houses
Radiators, convectors
Water heating system
Infrared heating systems, pre-insulated pipes

Energy-efficient building technologies and materials

Hybrid Cars

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Attila KORODI, Minister for Environment and Climate Change from Romania, speech at the XXII edition of Focus Energy Conferences

Minister for Environment and Climate Change from Romania, Attila KORODI attended, at he beginning of august, at the XXII edition of Focus Energy Conferences from Bucharest, Romania which had the theme "Financing energy investment in terms of new national and European vision".

Introducing further a speech on this occasion, the Minister Attila KORODI:

"Ladies and Gentlemen,
Distinguished guests
Dear organizers,

Thank you for the invitation to participate in this debate on a subject very pragmatic and applied.

We like it or not, climate change phenomena more bluntly tell their word nowadays. The recent floods in Romania and in the region are, if you will, the most obvious evidence that the effects of climate change more intense! On the other hand, these effects are for years why global strategic meetings, which rethink the technologies, approaches and smart solutions with minimal environmental impact.

According to the latest inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in Romania 57% of greenhouse gas emissions are the result tonight production and use of energy. When referring to the entire European continent, electricity, heat and transport more than 80% of greenhouse gases. With these data Europe remains one of the world regions that emit the most carbon, this time going beyond just China and the United States.

Therefore ladies and gentlemen, because Focus Energy invites us to talk about investments in energy and the new vision - I can tell you that the power system is the solution turning green growth requires massive investment in renewable energy, smart grids and energy efficiency.

From this point of view, Romania has made progress accelerated pace. Looking at the numbers, they speak for themselves. Last year the total production of green energy was over 22.3 Terra Watt hours, with a total installed electricity capacity of 4,350 MW generation units.

Development of this sector over the last 10 years is spectacular. Pioneering green energy production in Romania, in 2005, was represented by only three manufacturing facilities, namely two wind turbines and micro-hydro.

Therefore, based on the huge potential of Romania to produce green energy, the team of specialists from the Ministry of Environment has sought solutions to meet the authorities and investors.

Thus, in 2006-2008, in my first term at the helm of this ministry, we promoted sun and wind map, a tool that has proven to be a first step in developing this sector.

The results were immediate and, in late 2009, we already had 31 plants producing renewable energy.

From here, we can speak of a real boom in this sector; in 2011 there were already 82 plants.

Their number has almost doubled in 2012, reaching 151 and the greatest increase was recorded late last year when they were already in 559 units deliver green energy system.

If we refer to the sources from which these plants produce energy at the end of 2013 in Romania were functional 14 biomass plants, 73 wind turbines and 77 production units from water. By far the most spectacular increase was recorded in the manufacturing sector but solar sources. If the level of 2012, there were 41 such units functional, last year there were no less than 395 photovoltaic installations.

Thus, in the year 2013, the share of electricity from renewable sources in gross electricity consumption total reached 40%. This development has made us the green champions of Europe right now fulfilling our European targets set for 2020.

Even if the numbers look very good today, potential green energy is not utilized to the fullest. To maintain this rapid pace of recovery investors providing new financing solutions.

We agreed at European level at least a 20% of the Structural Funds for 2014-2020 to be oriented towards action on climate change.

Therefore, the EU budget plays a key role in promoting climate-relevant actions in all sectors of the European economy.

One of the six operational programs, the Operational Programme Infrastructure Mare (POIM) proposes action in four areas:

• transport infrastructure
• Environment
• risk management and adaptation to climate change
• energy and energy efficiency

Specific energy sector, promote investment POIM future role in the efficient use of limited natural resources.

In this regard, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the World Bank menus already a technical assistance program that covers an important component in determining investment priorities.

Following the evaluation, the experts have already established these axes investment to reduce the impact of climate change in this sector. These relate to:

• modernization of the distribution network;
• Upgrading communal heating systems economically viable;
• Thermal rehabilitation of residential buildings constructed during the period 1950-1990;
• Reducing energy intensity in the manufacturing industries of steel and chemicals;

Romania also has available funding opportunities through the LIFE program, with a chapter for climate change. 2014-2020 LIFE Programme purpose is to act as a catalyst for better implementation and integration of environmental and climate objectives.

Specifically, we're talking about projects such as:

• flood risk management;
• Drought management in water-scarce regions;
• planning and establishment of urban and rural areas of natural water retention measures;
• development of new models for the transition to a green economy.

On June 18 launched the call for submission of projects LIFE and Romanian beneficiaries will have to submit project proposals by 16 October 2014 These proposals will be submitted directly to the European Commission, following the analysis to be done by specialists there.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Climate change force us to change our views! Of course, visions of us need well thought out and planned investments.

Therefore, to ensure adequate and consistent absorption of EU funds in the 2014-2020 financial year is required at institutional cooperation and writing projects so as to meet targets Romania entered the European and national level.

From my point of view, however, we are able to overcome these targets, as, indeed, we have shown already.

Thank you! "

Ukraine and Iceland cooperation for geothermal energy

Vitaliy Hryhorovskyi and Gunnar Sveinsson
source : SAEE Ukraine
Ukraine and Iceland sign a Memorandum of Cooperation, Promotion and PR for renewable energy. Vitaliy Hryhorovskyi from Deputy Head of SAEE Ukraine and Gunnar Sveinsson from the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland discuses to establish of bilateral relations between Ukraine and Iceland in the spheres of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Ukraine want in particular to use of experience of Iceland in the sphere of geothermal energy. Vitaliy Hryhorovskyi and Gunnar Sveinsson come to an agreement as to preparation of a report on the current state of geothermal energy sphere in Ukraine.

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Aqua Therm Baku 2014

International Exhibition for Heating, Ventilation Air-Conditioning, Water Supply, Sanitary, Enviromental Technology and Swimming Pool – Aqua-Therm Baku 2014. The exhibition will be held in Baku on 22-25 October.

EIn to exhibition from 2013 was more than 80 companies from Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Russia, France, Germany among others exhibited at the exhibition. This included leading global brands such as Ariston (Italy) Carrier (USA), Viesmann (Germany), Wolf (Germany), Baxi (Italy), Grundfos (Denmark), Immergas (Italy), Devi (Denmark) Danfoss (Denmark), Hitachi (Japan) and Valtec (Russia). Occupying the second and fourth pavilions and part of the lobby of the Baku Expo Centre Aqua-Therm Baku 2013 reported 10% growth compared to the 2012 exhibition.

In 2014 still now are 53 companies from 8 countries.
Complete list is available hire : Baku-Exhibitor-List-2014.pdf

More information about fair you can get on Aquatherm Baku .

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Accelerating renewable energy development for reduction of energy dependence of Europe. European Energy Security Forum

IBCentre (Innovative Business Centre) in cooperation with Energy Watch Group will keep in 26 September 2014 in Brussels ( Belgium ) at  Steigenberger Grandhotel, “Accelerating renewable energy development for reduction of energy dependence of Europe” European Energy Security Forum.

EuroSEF-2014 Highlights:

- New road map for Europe: how to achieve „energy independence“ from the world leading energy experts
- State energy strategy in force-majeure conditions: how to make provision of energy in terms of disaster, war or any other non-traditional situation
- Discussion panel on Ukraine.  Solving  ’Ukrainian energy dependence puzzle‘: the real sources for Russian natural gas and nuclear power substitution
- What can markets, governments and business offer for fast running renewable's?

You can see the speakers : .!speakers/c1mik


8:00 Registration and Welcoming Coffee

9:00 SESSION 1. Opening Keynote.
Building a strong energy security system of Europe

Welcome Keynote: Hans-Josef Fell, President of the Energy Watch Group, Conference Chairmen
Welcoming Speeches & remarks
9:00 SESSION 1. How to Turn Europe into “the World’s Number One in Renewable Energies” Solving Strategic Question of Energy Security?

Opening Keynote.  New renewable energy road map for Europe

·Policy and governmental support of renewable energy for energy security of Europe: what should be changed and how?              
·New Energy Security Strategy of EU: should renewables play more important role than the strategy offers now?
·Germany: new era of renewable energy development. How the new German Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2014) will influence on support of electricity production  from renewable energy sources?
·Analysis of existing supporting schemes for renewables: should they be transformed and how?

10:00 SESSION 2. Building a Strong Energy Security System on the Eastern Border of Europe by dint of Renewable Energy

·Role of Renewables for Energy Security on the Eastern Border of Europe
·Building of sustainable energy industry in Poland
·How Georgia can become more energy independent by accelerating renewables development?
·New governmental policy for renewable energy development in Moldova
·Turkish renewable energy miracle: creating opportunities for the industry development and new basis for the state’s energy security
·Slovenian way to the energy independence through renewables development

10:40 SESSION 3. The Other Side of  Energy Security Provision
How Much Europe Can Rely on Different Types of Energy in Force Majeure Conditions

- What can be done today to minimize the risks of energy supply and how to protect European consumers from energy starvation? Overview of projects, potential energy-exporters and risks connected with them.

- The strategy of State energy in force majeure conditions: how to make a provision of energy in terms of disaster, war or any other non-traditional situation. How reliable  the renewables are in terms of force majeure situation?

- Myths and reality about gas supplies from the U.S. to Europe: what kind of support can Europe expect from USA in energy sector?

- Strategic storage of energy sources: how to increase effectiveness of EU policy on storage infrastructure development? And how to implement the strategic storage of energy from renewable sources?

11:40 Networking Coffee-Break

12:00 SESSION 4. Discussion panel.  Solving  ’Ukrainian energy dependence puzzle‘: Russian Natural Gas and Nuclear Power Substitution with Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

- How does Ukraine depend on Russian supply of natural gas today: real figures of consumption, real consumers of ‚Russian gas‘, real prices, who and how pay for Russian gas in Ukraine?
- How to reduce gas dependence in different spheres of Ukrainian economy
- Ukrainian policy in energy efficiency: whether the national legislation and state program lead to reduction of conventional energy resources consumption?
- The place and the potential of renewable sources in Ukrainian energy industry today: how Ukraine is changing the system of renewables state support?
- Cancellation of local component requirements for construction of renewable energy plants in Ukraine - which new opportunities it brings into the market?
- Renewable Energy Strategy of Ukraine vs. Energy Strategy of Ukraine. Now, when both conceptions will be reconsidered, what should be taken into account?
- Biogas vs Natural gas: how much big agrarian companies of Ukraine will be able to satisfy energy needs of Ukrainian consumers?

13:30 Networking luncheon

14:30 SESSION 5. What Can Business Offer for Renewables Fast Running to Protect Energy Starvation in Industrial and Municipal Sectors

How big European energy consumers from industrial sector can use less fossil fuels and become more independent in choosing the sources of energy supply?

What does it take for manufacturers to be carbon neutral for generation?

15:45 Afternoon refreshments

16:00  SESSION 6. (Final Discussion Panel)  Return of Supporting Mechanisms for Renewables in the Political Agenda of European States

Heads of Associations, officials and European Parliament members discuss the initiatives how to solve the energy security questions, to accelerate development of different sectors of renewable energy in Europe.

-The new and real renewable energy targets in energy mix (27% until 2030 or more?)
-Supporting mechanisms for further renewable energy development – how they could be transformed? Should they be common for the EU states and different depending on the type of renewables?
-What should be the first steps of new EC President for turning the Europe into “the world’s number one” in renewables?
-Creation of the new market for energy/electricity with well-defined rules may take a lot of time and affords. How to choose the right and fast way to secure energy supply by dint of renewables?
-How to regulate the import of renewable energy/electricity by the members of the EU and how to secure the import of renewable energy/electricity outside of EU?
-How to make the price for electricity from renewables more affordable for consumers?

17:55 Closing remarks

Roadmap for Energy Security of Europe with a Greater Inclusion of Renewable Energy
Hans-Josef Fell, The President of Energy Watch Group, Conference Chairman
18:00 Evening Reception in Café Wiltcher's

At EuroSEF will be on table the question of speed development of renewables in Europe.
For more information about EuroSEF visit

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EBRD support energy eficiency in Armenia

HSBC clients in Armenia can now benefit from funding for green energy projects. On 4 July 2014 an agreement was signed between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and HSBC Bank Armenia CJSC for a US$ 10 million loan to be directed to the industrial and residential renewable energy sectors. The funds will allow HSBC Armenia to support its borrowing clients in their energy efficiency and renewable energy investments.

These funds will be lent to companies willing to make capital investments in their equipment, machinery and other fixed assets aimed at achieving overall energy efficiency and reductions of over 20 per cent in their energy consumption. The maximum tenor of the loans is five years. This facility falls under the EBRD’s Caucasus Energy Efficiency Programme (CEEP), which has been developed to encourage firms to make better use of their country’s energy resources.

This initiative aims to help Armenia reduce the energy intensity of its economy and promote energy efficiency investments in various sectors, such as power and energy, industry, agriculture, municipal and environmental infrastructure, property and the residential sector.

CEEP is complemented by grants including €4.6 million for technical assistance provided by the Austrian Ministry of Finance, €4.7 million from the European Union Neighborhood Investment Facility and €1.2 million from the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund (SSF). Eligible projects under CEEP may receive investment incentives of up to 15 per cent of the eligible loan amount   .

The deal highlights the growing partnership between the EBRD and HSBC in identifying business opportunities and deepening relationships with established, high-performing clients.

HSBC Bank Armenia CJSC has a commercial lending portfolio of US$ 317 million ( first quarter of 2014) and has registered strong results for in recent years. HSBC Commercial Banking operates in nearly 60 countries and territories and is a core part of HSBC’s    business.

The EBRD has been one of the largest investors in Armenia since the country’s independence. The Bank has invested over €688 million in 129 projects in the country’s financial, corporate, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Author: Loretta Martikian
source : EBRD

Montenegro : 2nd Fair of energetics

2nd Fair of Energetics
Between 24 - 28 September 2014 at the Adria fair in Budva will be 2nd Fair of energetics . In parallel with the fair event, it will be held program part made of presentations, lecturers, round tables, panel discussions and workshops.

Program will include the following topics:
Geothermal energy – within Legend project financed from IPA funds.
„ The rules of procurement for obtaining construction work contract, according  to the instructions of World Bank and KFW“ – in collaboration with the Directorate for Energy Efficiency in the Ministry of Economy of Montenegro.
„Environmentally acceptable flow in Montenegro  downstream of a  water intake on the rivers: Application of new methodology and legal regulation“ -  in collaboration with NGO Green Home
„ Transformation of energy developing complex of Pljevlja to the sustainable solutions“ – in collaboration with NGO Green Home
LED illumination – advantages and savings. Replacing conventional public illumination with LED Systems.
Hydropower potential of Montenegro and technology of mini hydro power plants

The exhibitors at the Fair have also an opportunity to create program and to make it more creative and rich with its activities.

In this fair will be some Chinese companies because Ministry of Economy of Montenegro has brought to the launch of collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of PRC China.

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