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Study charts six scenarios for fossil-free energy by 2050

Cutting energy use in buildings, ramping up renewable electricity and developing large-scale storage with hydrogen are clear options in bringing energy emissions down to zero by 2050, according to a new study published on Thursday (14 March).
Electricity 14-03-2019

EU under pressure to pull the plug on Greek coal aid

Campaigners have urged the European Commission to reject a proposed aid scheme for the Greek power sector, saying the draft plan will allow “backdoor subsidies” for a new coal-fired power plant in Greece, in violation of the EU’s recently-updated electricity market rules.

German industry eyes massive imports of ‘solar fuels’ from Australia

Huge amounts of synthetic fuels generated from renewable energies will be required to fully decarbonise the German economy, according to industry association BDI, which eyes yearly imports of 340 terawatt hours (TW/h) by 2050 – the equivalent of Germany’s entire power fleet.
Energy 27-02-2019

EU wary about one-size-fits-all target for ‘clean gas’

Setting a target for low-carbon gases such as hydrogen or biomethane is going to be tricky even though the idea is supported by industry, a senior EU official has said, warning against a one-size-fits-all approach.
Energy 22-02-2019

German farmers protest against green energy grid expansion

Germany's parliament is looking into a law meant to speed up electric grid expansion and move forward the country's energy transition. But German farmers are not happy and have called for more compensation from the federal government. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 15-02-2019

Gas must be ‘completely’ decarbonised by 2050, says UK think-tank

Britain must entirely get rid of fossil-based natural gas in the coming three decades if the country is to meet its long-term decarbonisation objectives, according to a think-tank close to the ruling Conservative party.
Energy 13-02-2019

Serbia snags piece of Turkish Stream pipeline pie

Serbia has been given the go-ahead to build a section of the Turkish Stream pipeline from the Bulgarian to the Hungarian border, so long as not only Russian gas is transmitted through the pipeline. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Energy 13-02-2019

EU strikes deal on rules to govern Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline

The European Union reached a deal on Tuesday (12 February) on new rules governing import gas pipelines including Russia’s planned Nord Stream 2, but added a special loophole to make sure the German-backed project can go ahead.
Electric vehicles 12-02-2019

Europe agrees sales targets for ‘clean’ buses in cities

European Union lawmakers struck an agreement on Monday (11 February) on green public procurement rules for new buses requiring that local authorities purchase a minimum share of clean vehicles running on gas or electricity by 2025 and 2030.

Cañete sees gas as ‘a bridge’ to reach EU’s clean energy goals

Natural gas will remain “an important component” of the EU’s energy mix for decades to come, but its role will evolve by the mid-century to become a “complement” to wind and solar power, the EU’s energy chief has said in comments that has ruffled feathers in the industry.
Energy 04-02-2019

Moscow warms to idea of Croatia’s LNG gateway as project stumbles on

Croatia’s plan to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the island of Krk has taken another turn, after Russia’s ambassador in Zagreb, Anvar Azimov, said Moscow has nothing against its construction, marking a reversal of Russia’s position. EURACTIV...
Energy 23-01-2019

EU continues to support France-Spain gas link, despite setback

The gas interconnector between France and Spain remains a project of common European interest eligible for EU funding, the European Commission has said, despite a decision by French and Spanish regulators who rejected a key section of the planned pipeline.
Electricity 08-11-2018

Row threatens to delay end to energy isolation of Crete, Cyprus

A long-awaited EU project that could put an end to the energy isolation of Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete is under threat due to a dispute between the parties involved. But the European Commission does not want to “point fingers” at anybody.
Energy 18-04-2018

Study for EU questions France-Spain gas pipe plan

A report prepared for the European Commission has questioned the economic viability of plans to build a gas pipeline connecting Spain and France, designed in part to help reduce Europe’s reliance on Russian piped gas, five sources told Reuters.
Energy 17-04-2018

Croatia to unveil results of LNG tender in late May

Croatia will reveal on 28 May the results of a tender to use the capacity of a planned liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal, according to the company in charge of the project. The results may well determine the viability of the project, which has been in the making for over a decade.
Energy 30-03-2018

Croatia’s gas import dreams continue to prove controversial

Croatia’s long-held plan to import liquified natural gas and become an EU energy hub has moved forward this year. But problems persist, even after a government-appointed committee said an LNG terminal would have no negative impact on the environment or economy of the island of Krk. EURACTIV reports from Croatia.
Electricity 21-02-2018

MEPs take big step towards energy market reform

MEPs have decided to impose strict rules on mechanisms often used as coal power subsidies and to support small-scale renewable energy producers. But the European Parliament now faces the fight of its life to convince member states of its ambitious position.
Energy 07-02-2018

EU bank approves largest ever energy loan, for TAP pipeline

The European Investment Bank on Tuesday (6 February) approved its largest ever single loan to an energy project: the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). The €1.5 billion grant will be used to bring gas from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.
Energy 25-01-2018

11 member states smash 2020 renewables targets early

Eleven EU countries have already met their 2020 renewable energy goals ahead of schedule while the bloc as a whole has reached 17%, just shy of the overall target with two years to go, according to new data from Eurostat.

EU’s energy project list denounced by unimpressed MEPs

A proposed list of priority energy projects drawn up by the European Commission is coming under intense scrutiny by MEPs, some of whom accuse the EU executive of focusing too heavily on fossil fuel projects. The most critical voices plan to launch a landmark objection to the list.
Electricity 22-01-2018

Malta’s sole power link to Europe feels the strain

Energy security is an increasingly hot topic in Malta. Imported electricity prices increased last year and Valetta had to rely more and more on the sole undersea cable that links it to the European grid via Sicily.
Electricity 05-07-2017

Commission funds France-Ireland power link that bypasses UK

The European Commission has allocated €4 million to a project that will link the French and Irish electricity grids via an undersea cable. Irish lawmakers have now touted the plan as an “obvious solution” to Ireland’s energy reliance on a post-Brexit United Kingdom.
Transport 23-06-2017

Commission to approve €2.7 billion funding for transport projects

The Commission proposed on Friday (23 June) to invest €2.7 billion in 152 transport projects ranging from a railway network upgrade in Poland to a road tunnel linking Slovenia and Austria.
Transport 27-07-2016

MEPs battle Commission over €1 billion transport and energy cuts

Members of the European Parliament have warned the Commission not to make more cuts to its €30 billion fund for building transport, energy and telecoms infrastructure.

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