Electricity

EU green finance advisors slam Brussels over nuclear, fossil gas

The group of experts advising the European Commission on green finance has criticised plans by Brussels to label gas and nuclear power as a “transitional” source of energy under the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy.
Energy 13-01-2022

Germany leads Europe with target to reach 100% clean power by 2035

Germany’s surprise commitment to decarbonise its electricity by 2035 is a sign of things to come, writes Charles Moore. It is only a matter of time before more countries join Germany, the UK, the US, and Canada, which have set their sights on 100% clean power, he argues.
10-12-2021

Nuclear exit to unleash wind power in Northern Germany

The shutdown of the last nuclear power plant in Schleswig-Holstein will unclog the electricity grid and unleash wind power in the northern German state, according to its environment minister Jan Philipp Albrecht, reports Clean Energy Wire.
02-12-2021

Saxonian minister-president tells miners to protest against 2030 coal exit

The German coal states are victims of political whiplash: the country’s planned coal exit date went from 2038 to “ideally” 2030 within months. But their economic transition away from the coal industry is far from complete, say some.
26-11-2021

Nascent hydrogen market needs low-carbon nuclear power: EU official

As Europe rediscovers the merits of nuclear power as a low-carbon source of electricity, policymakers in Brussels are now looking to leverage the non-stop generation of atomic energy to ramp up the production of low-carbon hydrogen.
25-11-2021

Next German government aims for coal exit in 2030

The new German government has agreed to pull forward the country's coal exit, "ideally" to 2030 from 2038, and rapidly speed up the rollout of renewables, reported CLEW.

Five EU countries form anti-nuclear alliance at COP26

In face of a French-led push to revive nuclear power in Europe, a group of five EU countries led by Germany have banded together to urge the European Commission to keep nuclear out of the EU's green finance taxonomy.
Energy 11-11-2021

Wind power proponents target biodiversity NGO in Germany

Conflicts between nature conservationists and renewable energy supporters have slowed down the expansion of wind power in Germany over the past years, reports Clean Energy Wire (CLEW). The recent flare-up comes as coalition negotiations are ongoing.
Energy 05-11-2021

EU’s buildings directive should give EV owners the right to a smart plug

Smart EV charging receives little attention in the debate around the energy performance of buildings. However, with a ‘right to plug’, buildings can spearhead the transition towards clean mobility, write Luka De Bruyckere and Jaap Burger.
Energy 04-11-2021

Global energy crunch shows need for renewables and green savings

Now is no time to go easy on fossil fuels. It is the moment to deploy more clean sources of energy and to consume less of it, writes Harry Verhaar.
Climate change 28-10-2021

EU climate and infrastructure agency eyes end of fossil fuel projects

The director of CINEA, a recently-established EU agency managing €55 billion in EU funding for clean energy and transport, told EURACTIV about the challenge of ending fossil fuel projects entirely, saying coal and natural gas assets “are not simply going to go away” and need to be managed during the transition.
26-10-2021

Nine EU countries reject Franco-Spanish push for electricity reforms

Nine EU states, including Germany, on Monday (25 October) rejected a French-led bid to reform Europe's wholesale energy markets as prices soar.
Climate change 22-10-2021

Eastern countries win carbon market ‘study’ at EU summit

The European Commission was instructed to “study” trading behaviour on the EU carbon market and crack down on potential abuse on energy markets after hours of tense debate at a summit on Thursday (21 October) where EU leaders haggled over rising energy prices.
Climate change 18-10-2021

Germany slashes green electricity levy by almost 43%, with abolishment in sight

Germany will lower its infamous renewable electricity surcharge to the lowest point ever in 2022 amid signs that the next government may be preparing to abolish the tax entirely.

Special Edition: EU capitals get ready for heated energy talks

EURACTIV’s partners across Europe analysed the mood in the bloc’s capitals as Europe could be heading into a harsh winter for its energy-poor population that many see as the make-or-break moment for the European Commission’s European Green Deal.
13-10-2021

Intellectuals urge Germany to keep nuclear plants online

“Dear Germany, please keep your nuclear reactors online,” 25 leading foreign and domestic writers, journalists, and intellectuals wrote in a joint letter, warning that dropping nuclear power would only increase Germany's carbon emissions.

10 EU countries back nuclear power in EU green finance taxonomy

“Nuclear power must be part of the solution” to the climate crisis and the rise in energy prices, according to a group of 10 EU countries led by France and Poland who signed a joint opinion article published across major European newspapers on Monday (11 October).

Germany’s SPD pushes for inclusion of gas in EU green finance taxonomy

The role of gas in the energy transition should be reflected in the EU’s green finance taxonomy, according to the economy and energy spokesperson of Germany's social democratic SPD party, which is expected to lead the next German government coalition.
08-10-2021

Spanish electricity windfall tax requires a re-think

The 'windfall charge' imposed on Spain’s four largest electricity companies risks having far more negative consequences than the infamous 2013 law that retroactively changed the country's green energy subsidies, argues Christopher Jones.

Spanish energy tax threatens EU’s green hydrogen plans, industry warns

As energy prices soar across Europe, the chairman of electricity giant Iberdrola warned of short-sighted measures in Spain that are threatening the expansion of renewable electricity needed for the production of green hydrogen.

EU climate chief hints that ETS will be left out of ‘toolbox’ to tackle rising energy prices

“Playing around with the emissions trading scheme” would only have a “very small” impact on the current energy price crunch, EU climate chief Frans Timmermans said on Wednesday (6 October) as he walked into a meeting of EU environment ministers in Luxembourg.
Energy 06-10-2021

The only quick-fix to Europe’s energy price crisis is saving energy

Faced with rising energy prices, the only thing Europe can quickly do to prevent a potentially difficult winter is to actively promote energy conservation in both the residential and industrial sectors, write Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann.
05-10-2021

France, Spain urge pan-European response to energy price surge

France and Spain on Monday (4 October) called for a coordinated European response to the surge in global energy prices to protect Europe's poorest citizens, the competitiveness of its businesses and its 2050 plan to cut greenhouse emissions.
23-09-2021

Why Europe is facing an energy price surge

Prices for gas and electricity are soaring in Europe as winter approaches, forcing governments to react. Here is what's behind the price increase: