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  EKOenergy Newsletter, Issue 44
  11th March 2015
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1.  EKOenergy finances river restoration projects
2.  EKOenergy in Poland
3.  Italian hydropower on the EKOenergy map
4.  Ambitious targets
5.  EKOenergie for Germany
6.  Carbon crash, solar dawn
7.  RECS Market Meeting 2015
 

1.  EKOenergy finances river restoration projects

 
More than €50,000 was added to EKOenergy’s Environmental Fund through last year’s sales of EKOenergy certified hydropower. Last autumn, we organised a call for projects to allocate the funding. The focus was on projects based in countries where EKOenergy was sold in 2013 and early 2014. 

With the help of an external jury, we selected the following projects.

- River Murronjoki Restoration, Central Finland (€23,000)
- Saaristomeri Area River Restorations, South-West Finland (€15,000)
- River Restorations in South-East Finland (€10,000)
- River Norina Restoration, Latvia (€4,000)

2.  EKOenergy in Poland

 
Polish magazine ZarzÄ…dzanie Projektami ('Project Management') published a full article about EKOenergy.

And on 26 February, our Polish partner participated in a panel discussion at a seminar on carbon footprinting. The seminar was organised by Western Energy Consulting.

For the occasion, we also updated our Polish EKOenergy leaflet.

Poland, here we come.

3.  Italian hydropower on the EKOenergy map

 
We added the Nembia hydropower plant to the list of power stations that qualify for EKOenergy.

The Nembia power plant is a tunnel plant in the municipality of San Lorenzo in Banale, Northern Italy. It was built in 1957 and is currently operated by Gruppo Dolomiti Energia.

The nature restoration projects that have taken place in the direct surroundings of the power plant played a role in the approval process.

See our map. In the list of power plants that qualify for EKOenergy, you also find the decision regarding to the Nembia power plant.

4.  Ambitious targets

 
An ecomony based on 100% renewable energy is technically and economically possible. And an ecological must. The only barriers we have are psychological and political. Yes we can!

At the end of February, the EKOenergy team participated in the very last action in support of the Finnish Climate Law. The law was finally approved on 6th March. It sets a greenhouse gas emission reduction target of -80% by 2050. The law is a result of years of hard work from many Finnish NGOs, in particular Friends of the Earth. Climate action works. Congratulations!

EKOenergy also actively contributes to the recently launched Finnish 'Energiaremontti' campaign, a widely supported initiative of Finnish organisations, invidual experts and politicians from all political parties. The main objective of the campaign is to make Finland 100% renewable energy by 2050.

5.  EKOenergy for Germany

 
The German website kein-atomstrom.de published an interview with our German volunteer Marie Schaardt.

"Although EKOenergie still is a young organisation, we make a lot of progress and see an increasing demand and a positive response to our concept. Especially in France and Italy, we are very far advanced and we are starting to selling EKOenergie certified electricity. Also in Spain, we are on the way. For me, all this is an even greater incentive to go for it in Germany as well."

http://www.kein-atomstrom.de/index.php/interviews/ekoenergie

6.  Carbon crash, solar dawn

 
Deutsche Bank has produced another major report that suggests solar will become the dominant electricity source around the world. It beats conventional fuels, will generate $5 trillion in revenue over the next 15 years, and displaces large amounts of fossil fuels. See the full report.

In another report, "Financing the future of Energy", one of the biggest banks in the Middle East and the oil-rich Gulf countries says that fossil fuels can no longer compete with solar technologies on price, and that the vast bulk of the $48 trillion needed to meet global power demand over the next two decades will come from renewables. Click here for the report.

Meanwhile, in Dubai, Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power, has won the world’s largest ever solar tender at the cheapest ever price: one-third below the cost of gas-fired generation. Without subsidies. See http://www.energypost.eu/oil-heartlands-planet-solar-now-beats-oil-gas/

7.  Publicity: RECS Market Meeting 2015

 
The RECS Market Meeting is a unique occasion. It’s the only conference that is capable of giving you a full picture of the current market for renewable electricity in Europe.

Participants receive first-hand information about recent developments in the wholesale market – in terms of prices and volumes – and about the constantly changing regulations which are affecting the renewable electricity market.

The RECS Market Meeting 2015 takes place on 29th and 30th April 2015, at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo, Norway.

Click here for more information and for registration.
 
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