September 26, 2009
'Smart cities' for clean energy plan
Developing a network of 25 to 30 European 'smart cities' as a means to pioneer and demonstrate groundbreaking self-reinforcing energy efficiency, renewable energy actions and green technologies is a key recommendation emerging from a draft Communication setting out funding options for the EU's Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan). The thinking behind this is that the chosen cities, which would be expanded from initial 'low-carbon zones' would serve as ''the nuclei from which smart networks, a new generation of buildings and alternative transport means, will develop into Europe-wide realities that will transform our energy system''.
The development of large-scale testing and demonstration facilities and plants in bioenergy, wind power, solar energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, and, where appropriate, new generation nuclear reactors are foreseen. Among other issues, the Communication is intended to speed up market uptake of current low-carbon technology and to address the worrying fall-off in basic European energy research and technology development in recent years. Consequently, the draft Communication suggests that existing EU funding instruments for research need to be significantly reinforced.
Firmer details of the estimated EUR50 billion funding plan for the coming decade are expected to be unveiled at the SET Plan summit organised by the Swedish EU Presidency on 21-22 October in Stockholm. It is expected that the smart cities initiative and other renewables and urban energy-efficiency schemes would be the key beneficiaries of any unspent funding allocated to strategic energy (CCS and grid connection)projects under the European Recovery Programme announced last spring.
Posted by iroronan at September 26, 2009 10:29 AM
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