The European Cogeneration Review – Germany is the third in a series of country reports that COGEN Europe will issue over the coming 12 months on cogeneration in Europe. The ECR covers the latest developments in the cogeneration sector, looking at market potentials and policy implications.
COGEN Europe warmly welcomes the initiative of MEP Judith Merkies to start a debate on the important but often overlooked role of microgeneration in the context of EU energy and climate goals. The draft resolution on “Microgeneration – small scale electricity and heat generation”, put forward by Ms. Merkies in late April, was debated in ITRE Committee on Monday, the 13th of May, and MEPs agreed that the issue requires more attention.
While a note of optimism was sent from the speakers side at COGEN Europe’s Annual Conference in Brussels, congress participants highlight to European decision-makers that swift action is needed now to ensure that the existing CHP fleet is maintained. Looking at the longer term, COGEN Europe warns that waiting until mid-2014 to integrate energy efficiency into the 2030 EU framework will be too late for driving industry in the 2020+ time horizon.
With Germany’s “Energiewende” energy transition plan emphasizing greater industrial energy efficiency, Bavarian Minister of State for Environment & Health Dr. Marcel Huber and other government and business leaders today celebrated the official startup of the Stadtwerke Rosenheim municipal cogeneration plant expansion in the city of Rosenheim.