The Horizon 2020 Energy Info Days 2017 took place from 23rd-25th October 2017 to present new funding opportunities offered by the Work Programme

The 2018-2020 call of Horizon 2020 for Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects will put its main focus on integrated innovative solutions for Positive Energy Blocks/Districts. Projects will consider the interaction and integration between the buildings, the users, and the larger energy system, as well as implications of increased electro-mobility, its impact on the energy system and its integration in planning.

An open calll for expressions of interest for experts in the field of energy to support the monitoring process of the implementation of projects under the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR).


The Dutch government wants to stop connecting new houses to gas grids and ban cars powered by fossil fuels and stip renewables subsidies in sweeping changes under its new long-term energy plan.The strategy calls for no new gas networks to be built for new houses and new buildings must be nearly zero energy. Residual energy needs can be met in most cases without gas, according to the plan, which foresees the development of alternative heating sources such as geothermal energy and better use of waste heat.  The document titled “energy agenda” sets out the government’s “gradual” energy transit

The European Commission has launched a new database on the EU's building stock to monitor the energy performance of buildings across Europe. The database – called the EU Building Stock Observatory – provides information on buildings' characteristics including their construction period, energy use, onsite renewable energy and renovation rates.

Foundations for an energy storage plant in Ireland that could “revolutionize” the integration of renewable power into electricity supplies will be laid within weeks. 

The plant will use a motor-generated flywheel to harness kinetic energy from the grid at times of over-supply. This will then be released from submerged turbines at times of supply shortfalls.

The project in Rhode, County Offaly, is expected to launch commercially in 2017, with an operating capacity of 20MW.

The European Commission foresees an important role for shale in achieving EU energy security, the climate and energy commissioner suggested on Friday as he outlined his energy union plan.

The Commission will publish a policy paper on promoting domestic energy sources, including progress on shale gas, as part of its new energy security strategy, Miguel Arias Cañete told a ministerial conference on the energy union in Riga.

The Commission launched work on the Energy Union; a fundamental step towards the completion of single energy market and reforming how Europe produces, transports and consumes energy. The Energy Union with a Forward-looking Climate Change Policy is one of the key political priorities of the Juncker Commission. After more than 60 years from the founding of the Coal and Steel Community, the Commission today drew a plan for reorganising European energy policies and kicked off work for European Energy Union.

Take part in shaping Europe’s sustainable energy future! The EU Sustainable Energy Week will bring together public authorities, energy agencies, research organisations, NGOs, businesses, and private consumers to share best practices and inspire ideas on secure, clean and efficient energy.

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, for example, by: