With Directive 2009/28/EC the European Parliament and Council have laid the grounds for the policy framework for renewable energy sources (RES) until 2020. The aim of this proposed action is to ensure a continuous assessment of the existing policy mechanisms and to establish a fruitful stakeholder dialogue on future policy needs for renewable electricity (RES-E), heating & cooling (RES-H), and transport (RES-T). Thus, DIA-CORE shall facilitate convergence in RES support across the EU and enhance investments, cooperation and coordination. Related assessments build on detailed quantitative policy performance evaluations related to effectiveness, efficiency and resulting total costs and benefits. This project shall complement the Commission’s monitoring activities of Member States (MSs) success in meeting 2020 RES targets and builds on the approaches developed and successfully applied in the previous IEE projects OPTRES, FUTURES-E and RE-Shaping.
To facilitate decision-making DIA-CORE offers detailed cross-country policy evaluations, presented in an interactive web-based RES policy assessment database. This policy assessment database will be linked to (and build on the information provided by) the RES-Legal database currently developed for DG ENER. Indicators on effectiveness and efficiency of existing policies for RES in all sectors will be extended and updated, complemented by an analysis of costs and benefits of RES on MS level. Future consequences of policy choices will be analysed in detail using the Green-X model, highlighting possible additional policy needs for 2020 target achievement and contributing to upcoming 2030-related discussions. In general, the optimisation of the design of the individual RES policies, namely feed-in tariffs, premiums, investment incentives and quota systems (certificate trading for RES-E, obligations for RES-H) in line with future policy needs is a key focus of the project. Thus, innovative concepts and design elements will be developed as well as accompanying measures aiming to remove non-economic barriers and to improve the conditions for financing RES investments. Furthermore options for coordination of national RES strategies and instruments based on best practices will be in the focus of this action.
In the course of DIA-CORE, an intense and continuous stakeholder dialogue will be established based on a series of topical workshops and continuous involvement of national and European key decision makers. To ensure the use of the project findings and recommendations in future policy making, intensified experience exchange forms an overarching component of this project. Complementary to the comprehensive interactive web-based RES policy database, this exchange will be organised by way of workshops/conferences, online meetings, presentations at external events and through the use of social media.
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems- and Innovations Research - Fraunhofer ISI (DE)
Vienna University of Technology, Energy Economics Group - TU WIEN/EEG (AT)
Ecofys Netherlands bv - ECOFYS (NL)
Eclareon GmbH - Eclareon (DE)
National Technical University of Athens - NTUA (GR) Lithuanian Energy Institute - LEI (LT)
Center for European Policy Studies - CEPS (BE) University of Utrecht - UU (NL)
AXPO Austria - AXPO (AT)
Transmission System Operators (TSOs)
Regional and local authorities
Regulatory authorities and policy makers (EU and National level)
Professionals and their associations
- Establishment of an interactive and web-based database on key input parameters for policy implementation and assessed performance of existing and planned policies by MS for RES in all three energy sectors, monitoring the effectiveness (incl. progress towards target achievement) and the economic efficiency of RES policies by country with technology-specifics.
- A comprehensive assessment of costs and benefits of RES today and in the future (2020, 2030), incl. impacts from a system perspective (generation cost, externalities), distributional effects (policy costs incl. market values and merit order effects) and macro-economic impacts (employment induced, avoidance of imports).
- Targeted solutions for cooperation and coordination, including a transparency platform on feasible approaches and key input parameters for determining remuneration of RES technologies and approaches for coordinating national instruments.
- An intense and interactive policy dialogue with key stakeholders at EU and national level based on a series of topical workshops and continuous involvement of key decision makers. To ensure the use of project findings in future policy making, experience exchange will also be organised by way of workshops/conferences and through social media.
- A fine-tailored DIA-CORE policy package, consisting of a brief summary report with targeted recommendations on key RES policy priorities accompanied by a comprehensive final DIA-CORE report containing all relevant background information. Among other this shall facilitate the further design optimisation of support instruments and allow for proactive risk mitigation.