Country:European Union
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2004
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments, Policy Support
Policy Target:
Agency:European Commission, DG Energy and Transport

On 11 February 2004, Directive 2004/8/EC on the promotion of cogeneration based on a useful heat demand in the internal energy market was passed, amending Directive 92/42/EEC OJ L 52, 21.2.2004, p. 50?60. The directive had to be transposed by member states by 21 February 2006 at the latest. The directive encourages EU member states to promote cogeneration through systematic identification and progressive realisation of the national potential for high efficiency co-generation. Member states must report on progress achieved towards meeting this potential and on the measures taken in this respect. To remove current barriers to cogeneration, member states must: - guarantee that electricity from cogeneration is transmitted and distributed on the basis of objective, transparent and non-discriminatory criteria; - facilitate access to the grid for electricity produced from cogeneration units using renewable energy sources and from units with a capacity less than 1 MW(e); - ensure that guarantees of origin of electricity from co-generation are issued on request by one or more competent bodies. To remove any ambiguity arising from existing definitions and to add transparency and coherence to the internal energy market, the directive established a common definition of cogeneration and a flexible methodology to identify high efficient co-generation. The directive defines high efficiency cogeneration as cogeneration providing at least 10% energy savings compared to separate production. The directive does not include targets, instead it urges member states to carry out analyses of their potential for high efficiency cogeneration.

Last modified: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:32:08 CEST