While most EU member countries are on track to meet the EU's binding 2020 targets on renewable energy, France, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands and the UK all need to step up their efforts, the European Commission will say in a report to be published later today (16 June).
Global energy emissions could peak as early as 2020 but only if governments worldwide phase out fossil fuels subsidies and ban the building of new coal power stations, a report published today (15 June) by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said.
Russia's Gazprom may have leveraged its dominant position by obtaining unrelated commitments on pipelines from its customers, as a condition of supplying gas to Bulgaria and Poland, says Margrethe Vestager.
In the debate over the future of coal, Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel is under considerable pressure from unions and workers councils, who fear his planned climate fee will cut thousands of jobs. EurActiv Germany reports .
Renewable energy investment across the European Union almost ground to a standstill last year, with less than 1% growth, despite a strong global rebound in financing led by China and the United States, according to figures published on Tuesday (31 March).
European leaders on Thursday (19 March) threw their weight behind proposals for a single market for power and gas, based on better connections between member states, but left prickly discussions to later.
An integrated energy market will offer European citizens freedom, security and growth. Solidarity among Europeans will be vital to the success of this project, write Joseph Daul and Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.
Decentralisation is the key to energy success and development, Søren Hermansen said in an exclusive interview with EurActiv. Instead of focusing on Putin's gas, the EU should create its own independent energy grid, including the national feed-in tariffs the Energy Union project opposes, he said.
Wind power companies such as Vestas, Siemens and Dong need Europe's installed offshore capacity to more than double and costs to be cut by a fifth within five years to compete with other fuels, an industry report said on Tuesday (10 March).
Bulgaria's parliament scrapped preferential prices for new renewable energy installations on Thursday as the country is struggling to cut deficits in the energy sector and keep a lid on consumers' utility bills.
“It is simply not worth it to invest in coal power plants," says Bärbel Höhn. Speaking to EurActiv Poland , the German lawmaker talks about the realities of the Energiewende, its costs and benefits, as well as its impact on coal-rich areas.
European Commission proposals for an Energy Union will include a target for 10% interconnection of electricity grids across borders. But the objective, initially decided in 2002, has remained elusive because of entrenched national interests.
The Internet is history's most successful example of interconnection and unity through transmission, a model which the EU could replicate when deciding on its plans for an Energy Union, writes Thomas Becker.