Declaration of Intent on Deep Geothermal Energy endorsed by SET plan steering group

The new integrated SET-Plan Communication defines the EU’s Research and Innovation strategy for coming years. It identifies actions based on system needs, adapts structures created under the original SET plan to ensure more effective interaction between stakeholders, and measures progress against established performance indicators.The plan focuses on 10 actions, the first two of which concern Europe becoming number one in renewables.

The European Commission is publishing a series of ‘Issues Papers’ which form the bases for consultation with stakeholders. The Issues Paper on deep geothermal received input from EGEC, the ETIP on Deep Geothermal, and several other stakeholders and resulted in a Declaration of Intent, which has now been approved. The Declaration of Intent records the agreement reached between representatives of the European Commission services, representatives of the EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Turkey and Switzerland, (i.e. the SET-Plan Steering Group) and representatives from the SET-Plan stakeholders on the implementation of the actions contained in the SET-Plan Communication.

The Decoration of Intent will be available on the SETIS website.

Geothermal News September 2016

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  • Views from the outgoing and incoming presidents


  • What’s happening in Brussels this summer?


  • The new board of the European Geothermal Energy Council elected at the European Geothermal Congress.
  • Innovation and action for geothermal horticulture in the Netherlands,
  • Five heat project in the Netherlands supported by Green Deal
  • Chevron understood to be moving forward on geothermal asset sale

The new board of the European Geothermal Energy Council was elected at the European Geothermal Congress yesterday. The new board is comprised of:

The new board of the European Geothermal Energy Council was elected at the European Geothermal Congress yesterday. The new board is comprised of:

Current president Ruggero Bertani with former president Burkard Sanner and the EGEC staff

Current president Ruggero Bertani with former president Burkard Sanner and the EGEC staff

  • President: Ruggero Bertani (ENEL Green Power)
  • Vice President: Miklos Antics (GPC IP)
  • Vice president: Javier Urchueguia (Energesis)
  • Treasurer: Attila Kujbus (Geothermal Express)
  • Board Member: Marco Baresi (Turboden)
  • Board Member: Robert Gavriliuc (Romanian Geoexchange Society)
  • Board Member: Thor-Erik Musaeus (Rock Energy)

The new president highlighted the importance of supporting geothermal as Europe transitions towards a greater penetration of renewables for both electricity, and heating and cooling.

“Conferences like our EGC are an important milestone, and a starting point for future development. I hope to see such impressive participation at the next European Geothermal Congress”

The geothermal community meets in Strasbourg for the European Geothermal Congress 2016 to celebrate European excellency, calls for clear structural signals and tailored tools for further expansion.

More than 800 participants are joining the European Geothermal Congress in Strasbourg this week. The event, organised every three years by the European Geothermal Energy Council, brings together stakeholders from the entire Geothermal community for sessions covering science, markets, and social issues, an exhibition, courses, and side events.

Geothermal in Europe is growing and the sector maintains its technological leadership. Today, 88 power plants with a total installed capacity of 2.28GWe are in operation, with an increasing number of innovative binary turbines. There are also 527 district heating plants with a total capacity of 4.7GWe; new designs and IT techniques will revolutionise the sector, creating modern, adaptable systems for future communities.

Around 1.7 million ground source heat pumps are providing sustainable heating, cooling and hot water to homes and businesses across Europe, making it the leader in this technology. This growth has been supported by both European and national measures for climate, energy and innovation, which have triggered interest and private investment in Geothermal.

Still, the potential for geothermal energy to provide renewable, clean, local, safe, and reliable energy is much larger, but barriers still exist.

Clear and strong signals are needed at a European level. In the legislative framework for the period after 2020, to be unveiled by the commission by the end of the year, investors must be reassured of stability in regulatory and planning systems over the next 15-20 years. New legislation should include requirements for a minimum share of renewables in new buildings, remove incentives for fossil fuel systems, and grant Member States the flexibility to develop their own instruments which will allow the next generation of renewable technologies to develop.

Geothermal News Summer 2016

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  • The European Geothermal Congress
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  • A fond farewell from Burkhard Sanner


  • National binding targets for GHG emissions:
  • EU Innovation Fund (successor of the NER 300 programme)
  • Commission guidance document on streamlining environmental assessments


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