EKOenergy Newsletter,  issue 32
  17 Juni 2014

1.  Kisses powered by EKOenergy
2.  Two more hydropower plants approved for EKOenergy
3.  Climate Fund in The Arusha Times
4.  Welcome Ida; thanks Marie and Tim
5.  New tool: News for consumers
6.  What is an unbundled purchase and what's the use of it?
7.  European Energy Security Strategy

1.  Kisses powered by EKOenergy

"Kisses" are amongst the most popular products of Brunberg Oy, a  Finnish chocolate company.

Brunberg Oy switched to EKOenergy and as a result, these goodies are now produced with EKOenergy.

"Brunberg is a chocolate factory that Finns have favoured for nearly 150 years. We are proud to be among the first factories in Europe to buy EKOenergy. We buy our EKOenergy from Porvoon Energia. That electricity company produces its EKOenergy in the Tolkkinen biomass plant, which uses only renewables and fulfills EKOenergy sustainability and energy efficiency criteria", says Katarina Enholm, CEO of Brunberg Oy.

2.  Two more hydropower plants approved for EKOenergy

Hydropower can only be sold as EKOenergy if it comes from a power plant that has been accepted by the EKOenergy Network. 

About a month ago, the Finnish electricity supplier Loiste Energia Oy proposed to include two of its hydropower plants in our list: the Pyhännänkoski power plant in Ristijärvi and the Makkarakoski power plant in Noormarkku.

Both power plants have now been accepted.

To qualify for EKOenergy, the owner will change the regulation habits of the Pyhännänkoski power plant: the upstream water level will not drop below the minimum levels recommended by river specialists.

Click here for a list of approved hydropower plants.

3.  Climate fund project in The Arusha Times

For a very good summary about EKOenergy and about our first climate project, we refer to The Arusha Times of last Saturday. You didn't keep the paper version? No problem, we scanned the article for you.

The first Climate Fund donation got also attention in other countries. We are aware of contributions in Energia Plus (Italy), Ekofokus (Finland), Greenfo (Hungary) and Power and Energy Solutions (UK).


4.  Welcome Ida; thanks Marie and Tim

Summer is approaching, and at the EKOenergy team, this is a time of coming and going.

Ida Bergmann has joined the team as a summer volunteer. She will focus on legal issues and on marketing.

Marie Girier is leaving us. Marie has been an EVS volunteer (European Voluntary Service) since August 2013 and has been mainly in charge of the contacts with French stakeholders.

Tim Reinders has been with us as an Erasmus trainee since January. He has successfully helped us to set our first steps in Germany.

The successors of Marie and Tim will arrive in September. Looking forward to that.

On the picture, from top to down (and zigzag): Steven Vanholme, Fabiola Nardò, Ida Bergmann, Tim Reinders, Marie Girier, Riku Eskelinen, Elea Kunz and Vera Szabadkai.

5.  New tool: News for EKOenergy users

To improve the communication with the consumers of EKOenergy, we launched a light version of this EKOenergy Newsletter: News for EKOenergy users.

We will send this newsletter at irregular intervals, but not more than 4 times per year.

Click here for the first edition of the News for EKOenergy users.

Do you know (potential) consumers that would be interested in getting this news? Write us.

6.  What is an unbundled purchase and what's the use of it?

Electricity can never be called green (or renewable) without a guarantee of origin proving this. In 'normal' cases, it is up to the electricity supplier to cover his green electricity sales by the equivalent amount of guarantees of origin. However, very often large consumers don't rely on their electricity supplier to prove the greenness of the electricity. They just buy the guarantees of origin seperately, e.g. via a trader of guarantees of origin. This practice is called 'unbundled purchase'.

During our first year of activities, we have learned to appreciate this practice as a useful and flexible way to allow for green electricity consumption in situations where it would otherwise not have been possible:

- In countries where there is still no working tracking system (despite of the obligaton of article 15 of the Renewable Energy Directive, 2009/28/EC)
- For companies and organizations which don't have the opportunity to choose their supplier and their electricity product. E.g. shops in a shopping mall or events such as music festivals
- For companies with tens or even hundreds of locations
- For companies stuck bound by term electricity contracts

7.  European Energy Security Strategy

In response to the political crisis in Ukraine and the overall importance of a stable supply of energy for the EU's citizens and economy, the European Commission has released an EU Energy Security Strategy:

"The EU external energy bill represents more than €1 billion per day (around €400 billion in 2013) and more than a fifth of total EU imports. The EU imports more than €300 billion of crude oil and oil products, of which one third from Russia."

"The European Commission proposes to extend the current 10% interconnection target to 15% by 2030 while taking into account the cost aspects and the potential of commercial exchanges in the relevant regions."

"Avoided imported fuel costs due to increasing use of renewable energy amount to at least some EUR 30 billion a year."

"With technology cost reductions, many renewable energy sources are increasingly competitive and ready to join the market (e.g. onshore wind power)."

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