Energy Archives

  • Capacity markets for electricity

    Electricity 10-09-2018

    As the EU’s power market reform enters the home straight, takes a look at so-called “capacity mechanisms” for back-up electricity and whether they help or hinder the EU’s twin objectives of supply security and decarbonisation.

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  • Electricity market reform: A European tour

    Electricity 05-07-2018

    The European Commission wants to reform “capacity mechanisms” put in place across EU member states to remunerate power plants that remain on standby in case of a demand peak, arguing they distort the market. But views differ on their value amid wide-ranging national disparities.

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  • Europe’s e-mobility gamechangers

    Electric vehicles 22-05-2018

    The European Union is starting to think in earnest about how to reduce the impact of transportation on the environment. But are plans to tackle a sector whose emissions continue to grow too strict or not ambitious enough?

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  • European gas markets


    At the turn of the century, the European Union launched a vigorous liberalisation agenda in a bid to open up its national gas markets – aiming for lower prices, a greater range of suppliers and energy security. EURACTIV takes stock of progress made and the challenges lying ahead.

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  • Energy transition: Ambitious enough?


    Europe needs to decarbonise its economy in order to meet its Paris Agreement obligations, but how ambitious are its plans for an energy transition?

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  • Europe’s mayors: Speeding up the energy transition

    Climate change 20-02-2018

    While the EU hammers out its continent-wide energy and climate policy for the next decade, steps are being taken at local level to fight climate change and make a low-carbon European economy a reality.

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  • European forests and climate change

    Agrifood 29-01-2018

    Forests are Europe’s biggest carbon sinks and forestry the sector with the greatest potential to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the quantities needed to meet the bloc’s objectives under the Paris Agreement.

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  • Electricity networks: Connecting the dots

    Electricity 04-12-2017

    The growing electrification of the economy, driven by renewables, requires additional power networks to cope with the expected surge in demand for electric vehicles and consumer-centred services. EURACTIV explores the implications in this Special Report.

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  • Renewable gas


    Gas is not often mentioned in the same bracket as renewable energy but that could all change, as energy providers look to address the issue of surplus renewable power and storage problems.

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  • Lighting


    The European Union took a bold step when it imposed a ban on incandescent light bulbs in 2008. Almost ten years on, takes stock of progress made and sets sights on the next frontier – Human Centric Lighting.

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  • Energy performance of buildings


    Lawmakers in the European Parliament's industry committee are voting this week on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). takes a closer look at the latest changes made to the bill before it clears this major political hurdle.

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  • Expo 2017 Astana

    Central Asia 30-08-2017 reports from the International Exposition in Astana, Kazakhstan. Highlighting the theme "Future Energy," the expo aims to foster a global debate on "how to ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2 emissions".

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