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Participation in the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels

The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is a month-long series of activities that aims to help in building a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. Launched in 2006 by the European Commission, the EUSEW is organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in close cooperation with Directorate-General for Energy. The goal of the EUSEW is to spread awareness of how to use energy more sustainably, build a low-carbon economy based on renewables and have a strong, united approach to sustainable energy use.

On the 21st June 2017, a delegate from Deloitte’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre joined the rest of the SmartPV project consortium at the Networking Village of the EUSEW in Brussels, where the Project “Smart net metering for promotion and cost-efficient grid-integration of PV technology in Cyprus” was presented at the Speaker’s Corner. The Networking Village fosters information-sharing and new connections to promote sustainable energy innovation. It is an opportunity for participants and stakeholders to exchange ideas on policies and best practice, and a chance to lay the foundations for future cooperation. An exhibition area hosts permanent stands from EU Institutions and partners for in-depth exchanges. In the networking area, a rolling series of half-day interactive presentations and dynamic activities allow participants to engage with a large number of stakeholders throughout the event. For more direct debates, the Speaker’s corner was utilised, where delegates gave fifteen-minute talks on innovative initiatives, followed by lively short Q&A sessions.

EUSEW provides visibility and huge networking opportunities, so the SmartPV consortium had the opportunity to present this extremely important project for Cyprus to a wider audience. The project involves the design of an improved energy policy on renewable energy sources (RES) in Cyprus, which is based on smart net metering and self-consumption. The aim is to encourage the use of photovoltaic technology and to enable optimal penetration in the national grid. The project focuses on the optimization of intelligent energy management systems in order to create alternative, affordable, and sustainable practices, as well as on the reassessment of existing relevant government policies. SmartPV thoroughly investigates pilot net metering schemes for cost-effective PV implementation and higher grid penetration in Cyprus of distributed generation with the target of achieving a WIN-WIN scenario for both consumers and energy utilities.

SmartPV is co-financed by the EU through the LIFE Programme. This Project is in line with the general and specific objectives of LIFE+ Environment, Policy, and Governance particularly as regards to contribution in implementation, updating and developing environmental policy.  

European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels
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