Background

The members
of the Energy Community and European Union (EU) have committed to binding
renewable energy targets and adopted National Renewable Energy Action Plans
(NREAPs) to achieve their respective targets by 2020. In 2013, the
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held a workshop on Renewable
Energy in South East Europe, for which background reports were prepared on NREAPs,
renewable power financing, transmission infrastructure priorities and
regulatory barriers.

After the
adoption of Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from
renewable sources by the Ministerial Council of the Energy Community in 2012,
annual workshops were held to share knowledge, experience and best practices in
the implementation of the Directive in both, the EU and Energy Community
members. In 2015, the Energy Community Secretariat published the first progress
report on renewable energy development, assessing the slow progress and
indicating some countries are at risk of not meeting their targets in 2020 if
some policies are not revised.

In this
context, IRENA has recently launched a project to assess a technical potential
for cost-effective renewable energy generation in South East Europe (SEE) by
2020 and beyond. It covers members of the Energy Community (Albania, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Moldova,
Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine) as well as the European Union member countries of
the region (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia).

The IRENA’s
project will assess potential to develop the full range of renewable energy
technologies in the region, and in particular to develop solar PV systems, the
costs of which have declined dramatically since the time that the National
Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) of South East Europe were prepared. It
will also analyse barriers to achieving region’s renewable energy potential and
ways to overcome these barriers, including innovative financing mechanisms for
renewable power systems.

The aim of
the IRENA’s project is to identify priority actions that could contribute to
the achievement of the region’s renewable energy targets by 2020 and ensure an
adequate role for renewables in the energy development strategies to 2030 and
2050. In this regard, it is envisaged that the outcomes of the project could
provide useful input to the prospective review process of the NREAPs.

Objectives

The event
aims to present and collect feedback from the region on the preliminary
findings of the PhaseI implementation of the project. This covers part related
to quantitative assessment of photovoltaic power potential for cost-effective
renewable energy options in SEE and qualitative assessment of overall renewable
power potential. It will also present innovative financing arrangements for
renewable energy projects, such as cooperative financing and crowdfunding.

Expected outcomes

The
following outcomes are expected:

– The
factual information and preliminary findings of the report are verified and
completed; additional case examples are provided as input to the report.


Stakeholder consultative process enhances the engagement of countries in the
project.

– Good
coordination is established with the key regional energy players to cooperate
in the next phases of the project implementation.

– Feedback
is provided in the context of the possible review of the renewable energy
technology mix in the members of the Energy Community to be on track to meet
the 2020 renewable energy targets in the most cost-effective way

Format of the event

The
workshop will be implemented in an interactive manner with the participants to
ensure successful collection of their feedback on the preliminary findings of
the project. The event will be implemented in the form of three panel
discussions preceded by scene-setting presentation(s). The discussions will be
enriched with the presentation of good practices across the region and Europe.

Targeted participants

Approximately
50 participants are envisaged from governments, electric utilities,
transmission system operators, regulatory authorities, financial institutions
and development partners, international and regional organizations, and other
renewable energy stakeholders.