On February 16, 2016, the European Commission presented The Sustainable Energy Security Package on the Energy Union frame. The package sets out a wide range of measures to strengthen the EU’s resilience to gas supply disruptions, including security of gas supply regulation, decisions on intergovernmental agreements in Energy, LNG and gas storage strategy, Heating and cooling strategy. Below a quick overview of the 4 measures:
Security of Gas Supply Regulation
Enhance the transparency on EU gas market by a shift from national approach to a regional approach when designing security of supply measures. Further, the proposal introduces a solidarity principle among Member States.
Decision on Intergovernmental Agreements in energy
Introduce an ex-ante compatibility check by the Commission for intergovernmental agreements signed by Member States with third countries on topics relevant to the EU gas market and security supply.
LNG and gas storage strategy
For face the significant regional disparities regards access to LNG, the Commission sets a LNG strategy that will improve access of all Member States to LNG as an alternative source of gas. The central elements of this strategy include the strategic infrastructure to end single-source dependency of some of the Member States.
Heating and cooling strategy:
In order to decrease energy leakage from buildings, maximise efficiency and boost the share of renewables, the EU Heating and Cooling Strategy identifies 4 actions:
1. Make renovating buildings easier with the aim of increasing deployment of new low consumption and emission technologies; opportunities for stationary fuel cells are mentioned!
2. Increasing the share of renewable by supporting research and transfer technology; on the use of hydrogen as an energy storage technology?
3. Reuse of energy waste from industry via district heating and cogeneration systems; industrial applications of large stationary fuel  cell systems?
4. Getting consumers and industries involved to allow them to make informed decisions: where will consumers find their FC and H2 information? Google “Hydrogen Europe”?