The European cogeneration association COGEN Europe has published a position paper welcoming the European Commission’s Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) proposals for reinforcing CHP.

“Measurable” progress is required to enhance heat and cooling plans, and to clarify possibilities for exemptions, said the association.

The industry group also calls for investors’ confidence to be boosted by ensuring continuity of the legal framework and the technical specifications on CHP and securing priority of dispatch for cogeneration. Primary energy should remain the key measure for energy use, the association adds.

“Our sector welcomes supporting chapters about cogeneration in terms of continuity for industrial planning and removal of barriers,” said COGEN Europe in its statement.

“The cogeneration measures in the new text signal a clear intention by the Commission to create a supportive environment for existing and new cogeneration operators, underpinning their investment certainty and the economic justification on the investment.”

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