On 14 December the electricity transmission system operators (PSE, AST, Elering, AST, Litgrid) of the Baltic countries and Poland, signed the grant agreement with the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) for the funding of the second phase of the Baltic synchronisation project. € 719.7 million, provided from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), will ensure the smooth implementation of infrastructure projects, allowing Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to start operating in synchronous mode with Poland and other continental European countries by the end of 2025. The Coordinating Committee of CEF agreed to support the key second stage projects of the Synchronisation Project with the maximum possible intensity of 75%. The major share, € 493 million, is reserved for the construction of the Harmony Link interconnector between Lithuania and Poland, while € 166.5 million will be allocated to finance the installation of synchronous condensers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The remaining part is awarded for the modernization and development of the internal transmission grid in Poland, required for the integration of the Harmony Link interconnection. By signing the grant agreement, TSOs from the Baltics and Poland receive almost three-quarters, of this year's total CEF budget for energy projects, which is € 979.6 million. Including the previous € 323 million EU support for the first stage of synchronisation, the programme has already exceeded € 1 billion in attracted EU funding. The first phase, which is currently being implemented, focuses on strengthening local grids of the three Baltic countries. The total sum stands as a record amount of support among all EU-funded energy projects. The Synchronisation Project is important for the full integration [...]
On November 30th, the Ministry of Energy in the Republic of Lithuania announced the successful completion of an agreement establishing a hydrogen platform between 19 Lithuanian organizations, including the Ministry of Economy and Innovation and the Ministry of Transport. Three member organizations of the Central Europe Energy Partners, EPSO-G, Amber Grid and Achema, are among the signatories of this agreement. The Lithuanian Hydrogen Platform sets the following objectives: Participate in the formation of national, regional and EU policies and objectives including, but not limited to, the preparation of the Lithuanian Hydrogen Strategy and Hydrogen Development Action Plan; Contribute to proposing legislative initiatives to promote the development of hydrogen technologies in the country, ensuring cross-sectoral integration of hydrogen and the deployment of related technologies; Encourage joint research, experimental development and innovation activities of Members with an aim to developing new products, services and businesses related to hydrogen technologies in the country. Recently, Rolandas Zukas, CEO of EPSO-G, emphasized that “this agreement is laying a solid foundation for the development of hydrogen energy in Lithuania. […] we see that hydrogen energy will create significant synergies in the electricity and gas sectors.”. EPSO-G group companies have already shifted their focus towards the investments in research for hydrogen technology applications, including piloting projects. As hydrogen becomes an essential element of the energy mix in Europe, novel ideas must be developed around the efficient production, storage and transportation of green hydrogen. This requires cooperation among energy companies, public institutions and researchers, among others. A well-functioning eco-system must be created enabling synergies between different power supply sectors, public institutions and different EU member states. First [...]
Central Europe Energy Partners welcomes the possibility to provide feedback to the Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment on the revision of the ETS. CEEP believes that the following adjustments to the ETS system could benefit all countries in Central Europe: Increased size of the Modernisation Fund as the current system will not ensure the modernization of the sector needed and will question the feasibility of many investments; or/and an alternative, complementary option of creating a new fund based on energy poverty indicators which aims at subsidizing people affected by the rise in ETS permit prices; change to the allowance allocation key to ensure a more balanced distribution; an update of the reference period to 2016-2018; the use of 2005 or 2005-2007 periods have become outdated, especially within the context of two global economic crises. This does not illustrate reality and lack credibility with regards to current and future emission reduction efforts. This does not illustrate reality and lack credibility with regards to current and future emission reduction efforts. These instruments and adjustments could allow for a more balanced ETS system, limit the risks for most vulnerable energy consumers, and enable a smoother transition for the Central European economies. Read the full response to the European Commission’s consultation [...]
The fifth edition of Central European Day of Energy took place virtually on 2 December and it focused on offshore wind development in Central Europe, particularly in the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas. The event hosted Mme Commissioner Kadri Simson, the Lithuanian Minister for Energy – Mr. Zigmuntas Vaiciunas, the Deputy Minister for Climate and Environment, Mr Adam Guibourgé-Czetwertyński and Jerzy Buzek, former Chief of the European Parliament as keynote speakers, together with a number of key energy experts from the European Commission and the industry sector. The discussion concentrated on the role of offshore wind installations in the energy transition challenge. Presentations: Joachim Balke, Head of Unit, Networks and Regional initiatives, DG Energy, EC Hando Sutter, CEO of Eesti Energia Øyvind Vessia, Vice President, Head of Regulatory Affairs of Ørsted Liutauras Varanavičius, Chief Strategist of LITGRID Gheorghe Visan, Energy Markets and Commercial Director of Transelectrica If you were not able to join us or you would like to revisit, you will be able to watch a recording of [...]
Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP) welcomes the possibility to provide feedback to the Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment on the revision on the CO2 emission standards for cars and vans. This current Regulation has a strong mechanism to incentivise an uptake of zero and low emission vehicles. We support changes regarding a faster fleet turnover, which we see as a necessity to lower CO2 emissions in particular in Eastern European countries. However, we acknowledge concerns that a rapid change of the car fleet in particular in Eastern European countries will emits additional emissions from manufacturing and recycling or disposal. Therefore, we believe, that setting limits on vehicle emissions should be ensured through the entire life cycle of the vehicles. It will not only protect a consumer but also will aim for evaluating associated emissions at manufacturers and with vehicle dismantling and recycling. Adequate financing and a specific mechanism are required to incentivise zero- and low-emission vehicles. A system that combines both emission taxes and subsidies for new low emission vehicles should be introduced. The hybrid system may have a significant impact on the development of the market share for the new low-emission vehicles and as well the associated reduction of CO2 emissions. However, so far three countries do not apply CO2-based taxation which are Estonia, Lithuania and Poland. Read the full response to the European Commission [...]
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