Energy liberalisation

Electricity 25-09-2018

Energy Web Foundation: Blockchain essential for EV growth, community solar

Distributed energy solutions such as solar PV, batteries, and smart controls are getting cheaper by the day and will soon outperform traditional energy sources such as coal, gas, and nuclear power, says Hervé Touati. In any case, Blockchain-type solutions will be needed for the mass deployment of electric vehicles, he warns.
Energy 15-05-2018

Academic: ‘Huge progress’ in EU gas markets but supply still an issue

The integration of European gas markets has made strides over the last fifteen years, bolstering energy security in Eastern EU countries as a result, says Jonathan Stern. But the collapse of Dutch production means Russia will probably remain at the centre of the game for years to come, he cautions.
Electricity 26-03-2018

Karins MEP: ‘Small-scale electricity producers don’t need special protection’

Unregulated electricity prices – and equal access to the grid for both large and small producers – are the only way to ensure higher share of renewables in the long run, says Latvian MEP Krišjānis Kariņš.
Energy 11-12-2017

Grid operators boss: ‘Time for energy utilities to re-invent their model’

Digital technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence bring “total revolution” in the electricity industry, allowing energy communities to proliferate, says Laurent Schmitt. Utilities should not resist the change but embrace it to become “community enablers”, he told EURACTIV in an interview.
Electricity 04-12-2017

ENTSO-E chief: Power grids have to remain ‘neutral’ from commercial activity

As private energy companies increasingly get involved in local electricity distribution networks, European regulators will have to do their job and ensure that grid operators are properly isolated from commercial activity, argues Laurent Schmitt.
Electricity 15-11-2017

Think tank: Coal crisis, not climate policy, is forcing Polish energy overhaul

The unfolding crisis in the coal sector is leaving Poland with a looming power generation gap which is forcing decision-makers to reconsider the country’s energy mix. But politicians have until now delayed hard decisions and a transparent debate about it, says Joanna Maćkowiak Pandera.
Electricity 04-10-2017

EU power utility boss: ‘Coal is finished, the hard question now is gas’

Apart from Poland, there are no plans to build new coal-fired power plants in Europe, says Francesco Starace. The hard question today is instead who will build a new gas power plant. “And many companies are not doing that either,” he told EURACTIV in an interview.
Electricity 21-06-2017

IEA chief economist: ‘1970s’ power grids need urgent rethink

Electric vehicles could revolutionise Europe’s electricity system, but an outmoded network regulation could hamper progress, according to Laszlo Varro, chief economist at the International Energy Agency.

Paper boss: EU’s Circular Economy Package could have been more ambitious

The European Commission’s Circular Economy Package could have been more ambitious, the director-general of the Confederation of European Paper Industries said in an interview about recycling, Brussels red tape and the shift to a low-carbon economy.
Energy 09-12-2016

Polish power rep: Commission’s vision of the electricity market is ‘slightly utopian’

Current market failures are well identified in the Winter Package. However, we feel that some of the proposals do not match the reality, Maciej Burny told EURACTIV Slovakia.
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.
Energy 12-04-2016

Julian Popov: The future of gas in Europe is uncertain

Gas demand in Europe will most likely continue to decline. This is the reason why the competition for additional gas import infrastructure is so fierce and politicised - there is simply no need for more, Julian Popov told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay [© Jean-Michel Byl - Solvay photolibrary]

Solvay CEO: ‘We badly need a European energy policy’

Lack of access to affordable energy is the key driver behind the slow erosion of competitiveness in the European chemical sector, warns Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, who urges policymakers to reach agreement on a genuine European energy policy.
Energy 15-02-2010

Analyst: EU countries ‘still reluctant’ on energy liberalisation

Günther Oettinger, the EU's new energy commissioner, faces an uphill battle against national interests in opening up electricity and gas markets, warns Georg Zachmann, energy expert at think-tank Bruegel. In an interview with EURACTIV, he says member states risk dragging their feet in implementing EU rules.
Central Europe 13-10-2009

Regulator: Energy poverty ‘very important’ to Eastern Europe

The severe turmoil that some countries experienced during the financial crisis has slowed down liberalisation of energy markets in East European, says Gabor Szorenyi, chairman of the energy regulators regional association for central and Eastern Europe. But the road to liberalisation must continue, he adds, despite legitimate concerns regarding energy poverty in those countries.
Energy 22-04-2009

Researcher: Climate change ‘forcing energy market re-think’

The notion that market forces can address long-term societal issues has become "completely out of date" in view of the need to tackle global warming, according to David Buchan, a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. In an interview with EURACTIV, he suggests that the British 'laissez-faire' approach to energy may have been short-sighted.
Energy 23-02-2009

ERGEG: EU regulation at a turning point

European energy market integration is happening, albeit slowly, Lord John Mogg, president of the European Energy Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG), argued in an interview with EURACTIV Czech Republic.
Energy 06-06-2008

‘Poweo’ CEO: ‘France will eventually back down on unbundling’

Despite its current opposition to the idea, the French government will eventually support 'ownership unbundling' in a "diplomatic manoeuvre" designed to protect price regulation, argues Charles Beigbéder, the CEO of Poweo, a firm competing on the French energy market, in an interview with EURACTIV France.
Energy 06-05-2008

Vidal Quadras: ‘National’ aspect to dictate EU energy vote

A compromise deal is taking shape in Brussels that could see France and Germany win a six-year delay in opening their energy markets to full competition, according to Alejo Vidal-Quadras, one of the leading MEPs on the dossier.
Energy 06-03-2008

French grid chief denounces EU ‘ideology’

Dominique Maillard, head of the French electricity network operator RTE, explains why he believes splitting up energy firms is unnecessary in France. He spoke to EURACTIV.fr just days after German energy giant E.ON stunned Europe by offering to sell off its electricity transmission network.
Energy 09-10-2007

French energy regulator: ‘Commission cannot be judge and party’

Commenting on the European Commission's third energy package, Philippe de Ladoucette, president of the 'Commission de régulation de l'énergie', the French energy regulator, says that he is in favour of an EU agency for cooperation between European energy regulators. He spoke to EURACTIV France in an interview.
Energy 29-05-2007

Interview: European ‘energy champions’ needed

Speaking to EURACTIV.fr, MEP Anne Laperrouze (ALDE/UDF) highlights the problems posed by the liberalisation of energy markets, and insists that the Union must maintain European 'energy champions'.
Energy 17-01-2007

Andris Piebalgs: The Commission’s energy package

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs says that new energy and climate-change proposals should lead to higher prices for consumers. But paying 5% more now will avoid much steeper price hikes in the future, he argues.
Competition 22-03-2006

Interview – EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes on energy

Well-functioning and transparent energy markets are the best way to diversify EU energy supplies, Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes told EURACTIV on the eve of a Spring European Summit dominated by energy issues – and controversial mergers.

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