Hinicio, together with its Partner LBST have been retained as experts to deliver strategic analysis and studies on energy and climate change related topics to the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament and are in the process of performing their 8th assignement.

Studies performed so far include

EU Energy Markets in Gas and Electricity
- State of Play of Implementation and Transposition

This  study assesses the opening and completion of the internal energy
market through stocktaking of the current status and a critical assessment of the
likely policy challenges ahead.
The study undertakes a sectoral review of implementation and transposition of the
2nd energy package and discusses the 3rd energy package. It gives an assessment
of the road ahead and recommends needed policy steps

Assessment of Potential and Promotion of New Generation of Renewable Energies 

This study assesses the ripeness of new renewable technologies and their deployment
potentials, which surpass total EU electricity consumption. Markets and industry
structures as well as barriers are analysed.

Decentralized Energy Systems 

Europe is moving from a highly-centralized to a more decentralized energy system
relying on more distributed generation, energy storage and a more active
involvement of consumers through demand response.
This  study makes an assessment of the status quo of decentralized energy
systems, both in terms of technological developments and the legislative and
policy framework. The analysis then discusses the challenges and barriers facing decentralized energy production.

EU Energy Efficiency Policy - Achievements and Outlook 

The European Energy Efficiency Policy has had limited success thus far. The
non-binding political target of 20% energy savings compared to a business-asusual
development cannot be achieved with current policies. Major additional
policy measures need to be implemented in order to tap the large energy
savings potentials that provide economic benefits to energy consumers.
Overview of Energy Efficiency Measures of European Industry

Energy intensity improvements in industry have been significant over the past
two decades. Further improvement potential can be tapped if targeted policy
action is taken. However, the household, tertiary and transport sectors have
even higher energy savings potentials. Energy savings policies improve
industrial competitiveness and provide for economic benefits to society.

Energy infrastructure priorities
- Long term priorities

Energy infrastructure priorities are made on the basis of long-term energy
models with underlying assumptions influencing the model results. This briefing
paper analyses long-term assumptions up to 2050. It recommends that energy
savings targets, CO2 reduction targets and third country interconnections for
renewable electricity import are used as underlying assumptions for a longer
term Impact Assessment of infrastructure priorities. Furthermore, it is
recommended to set intermediate targets for 2030 and 2040.

European Renewable Energy Network
- Infrastructre development needs and obstacles (lastest study to be delivered end fo October 2011)

The study "European Renewable Energy Network" aims at providing independent
expertise to the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament on the infrastructure needs
and the obstacles and interlinkages in connection with the rollout of an electricity
network supporting an increasing share of renewable energy.
The results should feed into the upcoming legislative proposals and communications on
EU infrastructure (two proposals for Directives due in autumn), smart grids (proposal for
Directive due end of the year) and the general debate about renewable energy policy up
to 2020 and beyond.

The reports can be downloaded via our website here

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