Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Europe: EU Government Recognizes Geothermal Energy’s Essential Role in European Energy Transition

EGEC Reaction to the European Parliament plenary vote on the first half of the Clean Energy Package (News Release)

The European Parliament voted today in Plenary in Strasbourg three key files of the Clean Energy Package: the Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation. EGEC has released its comments positively welcoming the outcomes of the vote for the clean energy transition.

Although they differ on the ambition level displayed, the European Council and the European Parliament both do recognize geothermal energy’s essential role in the European energy transition. Provisions supporting geothermal technologies as a solution for the decarbonization of the heating and cooling sector, in district
heating, services or industry uses, or as the most efficient type of heat pumps, are in line with the needs of the sector.

European regulations must however also endorse the role of geothermal and other flexible renewable sources in stabilizing and decarbonizing the electricity system.

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