Renewable energies

Energy 15-10-2021

Emerging renewable energy markets require well-designed auctions

Auctions are an essential part of the policy toolkit for promoting cost-efficient renewable energy development, but policymakers must be prepared to tailor design to local conditions and adjust for market-specific challenges, write Geoffrey Ho, Corinna Klessmann, and Fabian Wigand.

EU rules out banning gas boilers, aims for ‘gradual phase-out’ instead

The European Commission will not propose banning gas-fired home boilers “overnight”, a senior EU official has said, explaining that differences in energy mix between EU member states are just too big to apply a one-size-fits-all solution.
Energy 08-10-2021

Industry: Geothermal energy requires European policy solutions

Geothermal power is a reliable and renewable energy source that is local by its nature and offers baseload power generation. Alongside energy efficiency measures and other renewable heat sources, like heat pumps, it could be part of the solution to Europe's energy crisis, says Sanjeev Kumar.
Electricity 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.
Energy 04-10-2021

Energy price crunch risks derailing UN climate talks, Iberdrola warns

The current hike in energy prices is threatening to overshadow the COP26 climate summit this November as countries scramble to tackle the rising costs of electricity, oil and gas, warned a senior executive at Spanish power firm Iberdrola.
Energy 30-09-2021

More renewables best answer to energy price surge, Brussels insists

A faster rollout of renewable energies such as wind and solar is the best response to recent spikes in gas and power prices, an EU official said on Wednesday (29 September), repeating earlier statements by the European Commission.

Energy ministers to hold first exchange on EU’s 2030 climate laws

In their first meeting since the European Commission tabled an overhaul of climate legislation in July, EU energy ministers are due to discuss two major files that will drive Europe’s push towards clean energy, according to a room document seen by EURACTIV.
Energy 20-09-2021

Time for EU and UK to step up cooperation on offshore wind

With the COP26 coming up, now is the time for the EU to engage with the UK to set an ambitious political objective that would help accelerate progress in developing offshore wind in the North Seas, write Simon Skillings and...
Energy 15-09-2021

Renewable energy associations merge to develop solar PV sector in Portugal

Two Portuguese business associations – the Portuguese associations of Renewable Energies (APREN) and the Solar Photovoltaic Sector Companies (APESF) – announced their merger on Tuesday (14 September) to develop the solar photovoltaic sector in Portugal.
Climate change 02-09-2021

Critics say French state aid scheme will crush citizen energy projects

The European Commission has given the green light to a new French state aid scheme worth €5.7 billion aimed at supporting the production of electricity from small solar installations on buildings. But because the scheme cannot be coupled with other local and regional funding schemes, citizen solar panel projects will probably grind to a halt. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 01-09-2021

Google to invest in Germany on data centres, renewable energy

Google will invest in the expansion of its cloud data centres and renewable energy facilities, though critics continue to accuse it of showing a lack of ambition on innovative green technologies. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 26-08-2021

It’s crunch time for France’s tumultuous renewable energy debate

As the debate on renewable energies and nuclear rages across France, nuclear proponents, environmentalists, scientists and politicians will have to set aside their differences in order to advance the energy transition. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 18-08-2021

EU solar power generation hits record high

Solar power supply in the European Union during June and July rose to a record high in 2021, accounting for 10% of total electricity produced in the region, a report by independent climate think-tank Ember said on Wednesday (18 August).
Energy 13-08-2021

Spain says EU rejects its request to change power pricing mechanism

The European Commission has rejected a Spanish request to change the rules that underpin member states' electricity markets as power prices in the country hit record highs, Spain's Energy and Environment Minister Teresa Ribera said on Thursday (12 August).
Energy 20-07-2021

Europe’s hydrogen split: blue vs green and north vs south

The only element keeping blue hydrogen projects alive are subsidies and as green hydrogen declines in cost more government subsidies will be needed. This might be good for Shell and Exxon but is unlikely to be popular with voters, writes Mike Parr.

EU unveils plan to increase renewables share in energy mix to 40% by 2030

The European Union must increase the amount of renewable energy it uses and cut energy consumption by 2030 under proposals the bloc's executive Commission published on Wednesday (14 July) to help meet a more ambitious goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Europe’s ‘Fit for 55’ climate package: What to expect

On Wednesday (14 July), the European Commission is due to table a package of energy and climate laws aimed at reaching the EU's new, more ambitious climate goals. EURACTIV gives you the lowdown on the plan.

Glass packaging industry goes electric, adding to growing demand for renewable power

Unlike the steel and cement industry, the glass sector has a clear path towards decarbonising its processes: electrification. Yet renewable electricity is scarcer than the industry would like, raising concerns about its ability to meet EU climate goals.
Energy 08-07-2021

Why the European Green Deal needs a 45% renewables target by 2030

Looking at EU member states’ National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) for 2030, the European Union is far from harvesting its full solar potential, writes Aurélie Beauvais.

French gas storage mechanism seen paving way for 100% renewable gas

The European Commission's green light for a natural gas storage aid scheme in France was welcomed by infrastructure operator Storengy, which says it will allow the transition to 100% renewable gas. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 29-06-2021

Decarbonising natural gas requires regulatory reform

The EU’s upcoming hydrogen and gas market decarbonisation package needs to address an array of key questions, including redirecting subsidies away from fossil fuels towards cleaner and renewable gases, argue scholars from the Stockholm Environment Institute.
Energy 28-06-2021

Draft EU renewables law falls short on geothermal

A leaked version of the EU's revised renewable energy directive is falling short of the geothermal industry's expectations when it comes to boosting renewables in heating and cooling.
Electricity 24-06-2021

‘UK’s first’ grid-scale battery storage system comes online in Oxford

A 50MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system has come online in Cowley, on the outskirts of Oxford, in what is described as a UK first. EURACTIV's media partner, edie.net, reports.
Biomass 22-06-2021

How the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive risks destroying Europe’s forests

If the Europe Union doesn’t want an explosion in the amount of wood being harvested for “renewable heat”, it’s essential that the bugs in the Renewable Energy Directive are fixed, write Samuel Thomas, Dominic Scott and Dr Jan Rosenow.