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  EKOenergy Newsletter,  issue 27
  26 March 2014
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1.  First suppliers in Spain and Turkey
2.  A Polish member: Prometheus
3.  Finnish Environment Institute buys EKOenergy
4.  Website available in Norwegian
5.  EKOenergy (again) accepted as ICS
6.  Messages from Düsseldorf
7.  International REC

1.  First suppliers in Spain and Turkey

 
Gesternova is a Spanish electricity supplier selling 100% renewable electricity to  consumers all over Spain. The company also provides services to small and medium sized producers of renewable electricity, in particular to the owners of solar installations. Gesternova will sell EKOenergy from Spanish wind turbines and solar installations.

GTE Carbon is a leading Turkish consultancy company in the fields of carbon emissions and sustainability projects. The company manages more than 70 carbon reduction projects. Our common ambition is to sell Turkish green electricity to Turkish consumers, using the I-REC tracking system (see item 7 of this newsletter).

Looking forward to a good and fruitful cooperation.

 

2. A Polish member: Prometheus

 
The Polish organization Prometheus, a regional organization based in Toruń, joined the EKOenergy Network.

Mariola Stańczyk of Prometheus explains: "The Prometheus Foundation supports, among other things, regional development, international cooperation, sustainable development, renewable energy development and technology transfer. There is a massive need to increase the use of renewable energy in Poland. As a member of the EKOenergy network we have an opportunity to proactively contribute to a sustainable energy future."

Welcome Prometheus!

This week we got also membership applications from organizations in Kaliningrad (Russian Federation) and Slovakia.

See our website for an overview of the EKOenergy members.

3. Finnish Environment Institute buys EKOenergy

 
The Finnish Environment Institute (Suomen Ympäristökeskus, SYKE) switches to EKOenergy.

SYKE is both a research institute and a centre for environmental expertise. SYKE is part of Finland's national environmental administration and mainly operates under the auspices of the Ministry of the Environment. The Institute's work related to water resources is supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The 700 employees issue about 650 publications per year.

In 2012, several of the SYKE experts gave us a lot of helpful information when we were drafting the EKOenergy criteria. Great to see that the final result pleases them.
 

4.  Website now also in Norwegian

 
"EKOenergi er et nettverk av europeiske miljøorganisasjoner som ønsker å fremme bruken av bærekraftig elektrisitet. For tiden har nettverket 31 medlemmer fra 23 europeiske land, og flere vil slutte seg til etterhvert."

Randi, a volunteer who got to know us via The Rosetta Foundation, translated most of our website to Norwegian. See www.ekoenergy.org/no

Our information is now available in 26 languages. Thanks a lot! And yes, extra help remains welcome.

Picture: http://norwegiancourse.no/becoming-norwegian/

5.  EKOenergy (again) accepted as ICS

 
Most of the European countries have alligned their Guarantee of Origin system with the "EECS rules" of the AIB.   These EECS rules allow so-called "Independent Certification Schemes (ICS)", such as labels, to use the Guarantee of Origin system to transfer own information. This means in particular that the name of the label can be  mentioned on the Guarantees of Origin of power plants that fulfill the criteria set by that label.

EKOenergy was already using this ICS system and the AIB Board has confirmed that we can continue to do so under the newest AIB rules.

6.  Messages from Düsseldorf

 
From 17 to 20 March, we participated to the RECS Market Meeting, where we had tens of meetings and encounters.

It is easy to be overwhelmed by all the differences between countries and systems. However, we were once more surprised by the similarities. All over Europe stakeholders are looking for good ways to "get more out of the market". ECOHZ developed the GO², the German labels are looking for new ways to "make a difference", in the Netherlands a consortium of NGOs ranked products and suppliers, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol encourages companies to go for a "regulatory surplus" (i.e. doing more than what the law requires).

We got a lot of new ideas and we made many new friends. We'll keep you informed about how we follow up on this.

Picture: ECOHZ

7.  International Renewable Energy Certificate

 
In the EU, marketing of electricity products (such as green electricity) is possible thanks to a tracking system called the Guarantees of Origin.

Outside the EU and the US, there are only few countries with electricity tracking systems. That's why a group of experts has set up a private tracking system, the International Renewable Energy Certificate system, I-REC, which can work in almost all countries. They are currently piloting the system  in Turkey, South-Africa and Taiwan.

We are studying if the system fulfills the EKOenergy tracking criteria (EKOenergy Criteria Text, chapter 10.1) and checking if we could use it to start selling EKOenergy in Turkey.

Suggestions and remarks welcome.
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