About: Renewable Energy

Electricity 22-03-2017

The true picture of the German Energiewende

Despite broad public acceptance, investments in renewable energy sources in Germany and the EU have been dramatically decreasing. The failing legislation and exclusion of citizen investments in renewables are jeopardising the Energiewende, writes Hans-Josef Fell.

Energy 13-02-2017

The price is right? Crunch time for EU carbon market reform

Lawmakers in the European Parliament are voting on Wednesday (15 February) to give a new lease of life to the EU’s emissions trading scheme, which puts a price on global warming emissions. But will they get the price right? Euractiv looks at the expectations from the reform.

Energy 07-02-2017

Energy Union is about re-inventing our economy

The European Commission's Winter Package of Energy Union laws will be a turning point for clean energy, writes Maroš Šefčovič. But the spirit of the package goes further than clean energy or tackling climate change – it’s also about economic transformation, he argues.

Energy 07-02-2017

New data platform tracks EU wind power demand

Industry association WindEurope launched a new platform yesterday (6 February) that analyses wind power demand across Europe, an initiative backed by EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič.

Freedom of thought 06-02-2017

The Brief: EU is a desperate energy junkie

Energy can be a dirty business. But when you import more than half your supplies every year, sometimes you just have to get a deal done.

Climate change 03-02-2017

Trump aide: US withdrawal from Paris Agreement ‘could happen any day’

The US will initiate all of Donald Trump's major climate change policy changes - including highly controversial moves to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - in the next few months, a key aide of the president told Euractiv’s media partner edie.net.

Climate change 13-01-2017

France’s energy transition could create a million jobs

A group of French NGOs and trade unions has proposed an alternative route to translate Paris Agreement goals into social progress and jobs. The project would be financed using new resources and green monetary policy. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 13-01-2017

From green bonds to solar roads: France’s low-carbon revolution is taking shape

History was made in France a little over a year ago when national delegates from across the world agreed on a landmark climate deal. With the Paris Agreement now ratified, the host nation is introducing a plethora of fresh green legislation. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.

Energy 10-01-2017

Real-time energy data open to all

Electricity suppliers are increasingly using real-time data to visualise Europe’s energy grid in order to carry out their day-to-day work and it is information that is open to everyone. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel provides an overview.

Energy 04-01-2017

EU earmarks €4 million investment for Colombian energy projects

The European Union is set to invest €4 million in Colombia to promote "unconventional" renewable energy projects after taking stock of a study carried out by the Development Bank of Central America (CAF). EURACTIV Spain reports.

Climate change 21-12-2016

Is the ECB really derailing climate policy?

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) recently accused the European Central Bank of subsidising fossil fuels through quantitative easing. The news got a lot of attention but the NGO’s analysis was misleading, writes Claudio Baccianti.

Energy 01-12-2016

EU champions ‘people power’ but devil lies in the detail

The European Commission's Winter Package of energy proposals, unveiled yesterday (30 November), is set to boost household and local power generation, but obstacles remain.

Energy 30-11-2016

European companies criticise EU’s lack of vision on renewables

As the European Commission publishes its long-awaited "Winter Package" of energy laws, European companies are speaking out on the need for binding national targets for renewable energies. EURACTIV France reports.

Energy 30-11-2016

EU unveils Winter Package of power market reforms

EU regulators will unveil reforms on Wednesday (30 November) to promote a greater share of renewables in Europe's grid by 2030, with plans to cut energy use by 30%, phase out subsidies for coal-fired plants and enforce greater cross-border trade.

28-11-2016

The Brief: Clean energy subsidies for all?

EU member states have a long, distinguished history of ignoring the European Commission when it comes to national energy subsidies.

Energy 23-11-2016

A successful Energy Union can sell benefits of EU to the masses

Policymakers from the member states have praised the European Commission's Energy Union initiative. But this unanimous assent has raised eyebrows at a time when the idea of the EU itself is under attack, writes Dr Nikolas Wölfing.

Energy 22-11-2016

Leaked memo reveals EU infighting over renewable energy support

EXCLUSIVE / A draft compromise struck between the European Commission and the German government over future support for renewable energies in Europe has come under attack by legal experts in the Commission’s own competition directorate, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Energy 22-11-2016

Eurelectric boss: ‘Orchestrated’ power markets must end

If European Union leaders don’t believe markets can work, then there’s no point having a carbon price to encourage renewable energies. And the energy market will always be “orchestrated” by national governments keeping fossil fuels subsidised, says Hans Ten Berge.

Climate change 17-11-2016

Businesses believe market forces will save the climate

Donald Trump's election may have caused something of an earthquake among the climate negotiators at the COP22, but the mood in the business community is considerably calmer. EURACTIV France reports.

Energy 17-11-2016

Renewables energy expert: “They are gambling away a huge opportunity”

The EU has some big plans in climate protection, as well as the targets of the Paris Agreement to meet. The road ahead seems bumpy, especially since leaked Commission documents revealed renewable energy will be bumped down the list of priorities. EURACTIV Germany reports.

An intelligent approach to intelligent buildings

What are intelligent buildings, why are they important and how can we realise their full potential? Christiane Egger takes a closer look at the growing market for intelligent buildings.

Energy 15-11-2016

Leaked EU energy package subsidises fossil fuels, undermines renewables

EXCLUSIVE / The EU claims to be promoting an ambitious agenda at the Marrakesh climate conference, but its latest piece of energy legislation could subsidise new coal capacity and undermine market access for renewables. EURACTIV France reports.

Energy 09-11-2016

Energy Union: A total climate protection package?

The proposal to create an Energy Union is already two years old and remains one of the EU's most ambitious projects. But it risks falling behind expectations on climate policy, EURACTIV Germany reports.

Climate change 03-11-2016

Merkel rebuffs German minister’s call to step into climate dispute

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (2 November) rejected a call from her environment minister to intervene in a dispute over how to curb CO2 emissions that has prompted her cabinet to delay approving a climate action plan.