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Energy 21-12-2018

Juncker attends closure of Germany’s last black coal mine

Germany will close its last black coal mine on Friday (21 December), a milestone marking the end of a 200-year-old industry that once fuelled the country's economic growth but lost the battle against cheaper foreign competitors.
Electricity 19-12-2018

EU forges deal on coal phase-out, with special Polish clause

European Union legislators reached agreement in the early hours of Wednesday (19 December) over a proposed reform of electricity market rules that includes a 2025 cut-off date for coal subsidies, and a special clause for Poland.
Electricity 17-12-2018

Energy markets will deliver the flexible, decarbonised power system needed, not capacity markets

Energy only markets will enable the integration of the European electricity market and development of the flexible resources needed to support a decarbonised future. Philip Baker and Michael Hogan offer a critique to RTE’s Impact Assessment of the French Capacity Market.
Electricity 17-12-2018

EU weighs ‘derogation’ for Poland in bid to phase out coal

Greens have lashed out at the European Commission for trying to pass an exemption from draft electricity market rules that would allow poorer countries like Poland to continue subsidising coal because their GDP is lower than the EU’s average.
Energy 14-12-2018

Activist: Poland’s ‘just transition’ declaration is just posturing

The just transition declaration adopted at the COP24 in Poland sounds good but it is not connected to any kind of climate ambition or specific energy projects involving local communities, Alexandru Mustata told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Electricity 06-12-2018

Polish coal aid sinks EU power market reform bid

Poland’s determination to continue providing financial assistance to coal power plants beyond 2030 has sunk an attempt to reform Europe’s electricity market, negotiators have said.
Energy 03-12-2018

To beat back climate change, the EU must help China – and itself

In the fight against climate change, the EU must tackle two gigantic tasks: slash its own emissions, and help China do the same, writes Bernard Durand.
Climate change 29-11-2018

What a difference a week might make for Europe’s climate ambition

Progress in the Long Term Strategy for 2050 and at the climate conference in Katowice will be for nothing if European ministers allow disputes over the size of the next EU budget to roadblock important moves towards funding a zero-emissions energy transformation, write Raphael Hanoteaux and Markus Trilling.
Energy 28-11-2018

Germany heads to COP24 without coal-exit plan

Germany is likely to show up empty-handed to the COP24 summit in Poland in December as the country’s coal exit commission has decided to extend its work beyond the original end-of-2018 deadline. EURACTIV's media partner, Clean Energy Wire, reports.
Energy 19-11-2018

Greece’s energy future on the line

Lignite has been the driving force of the Greek economy for the last six decades and the government intends to keep it that way, even though this most polluting of fuels is now becoming uncompetitive, writes Nikos Mantzaris.
Energy 15-11-2018

German coal commission pressed to deliver as country fails to cut emissions

A new government report detailing Germany’s failure to cut emissions increases pressure on the country’s coal commission to agree on a speedy phase-out plan. Its members enter a critical stage this week as they focus on tangible proposals. EURACTIV’s media partner Clean Energy Wire reports.
Electricity 12-11-2018

Electricity market must serve higher climate ambition

As negotiations on the EU’s new electricity market enter their crucial trialogue phase, the bloc faces a litmus test for the credibility of its climate ambition. With only two trialogues left, the fate of coal subsidies is still not sealed while COP24 is approaching, writes Joanna Flisowska.
Air Quality 30-10-2018

German coal plant exposed as Europe’s single worst air polluter

The Niederaussem coal plant and mine, operated by RWE, was singled out as Europe’s largest hotspot for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) pollution, according to a groundbreaking analysis of new satellite imagery. London’s polluted air, caused mainly by transport emissions, comes second.
Climate change 26-10-2018

Germany’s coal commission agrees first post-coal strategy steps

Members of Germany's coal exit commission unanimously adopted on Wednesday (25 October) the first major policy recommendations for those lignite mining regions affected by a future coal power phase-out. EURACTIV's media partner Clean Energy Wire reports.
Climate change 08-10-2018

The good, the bad and the ugly: The IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5°C

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows keeping global warming below 1.5°C is necessary, feasible and beneficial. Rich countries must now commit to ensure their economies reach net zero emissions before 2050, writes Nick Mabey.
Climate change 01-10-2018

European public banks continue financing coal bonanza

The EIB and EBRD have been channelling billions of euros in public money to fossil fuels dependent companies, hampering the international community's efforts to tackle climate change, writes Anna Roggenbuck.
Electricity 21-09-2018

Spain drops opposition to EU limits on coal power

The Spanish government has begun winding down state aid for coal power, saying it now sides with a European Commission plan to prohibit so-called capacity payments for plants emitting more than 550g of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour.

German coal commission member: If we don’t come up with a roadmap, it’ll be a disaster

Ahead of Germany’s coal commission meeting on Tuesday (18 September), one of its members explained to EURACTIV what is behind the meaning of ‘structural economic change’, which the newly appointed institution has to deal with. 
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Electricity 14-09-2018

PKEE: Polish capacity market is designed for low-carbon electricity

The capacity market in Poland has a so-called “green bonus”, which allows a two-year extension of the multiannual capacity contracts provided that a 450 kg CO2/MWh emission performance standard is met, says Maciej Burny.
Electricity 14-09-2018

Mega infrastructure projects win over clean energy in Visegrad Four

In the Visegrad countries, decision makers prefer their historical favourites – coal and nuclear – to renewable sources and energy efficiency. As the Global Climate Action Summit resumes in San Francisco, it’s important to realise that corporate leadership can also shape the outlook for clean energy in Eastern Europe, writes Ada Ámon.
Electricity 13-09-2018

Greenpeace study throws light on Europe’s ‘hidden energy subsidies’

Figures compiled by the environmental pressure group Greenpeace highlight the lack of transparency about the amount of cash disbursed by national governments to support back-up power plants – mainly fossil fuels and nuclear.
Electricity 13-09-2018

Capacity mechanisms reform – key issues to watch

The European Commission wants to limit state aid for power plants that EU countries remunerate to remain on stand-by in case of demand peak. As negotiations on the EU’s new electricity market enter the home straight, EURACTIV lists the main issues to watch out for in the debate.
Electricity 06-09-2018

EU admits ‘mistake’ in state aid decision for German coal plants

The EU’s decisions to approve state support for emergency power plants in France, Germany, Poland, Italy and Greece will all have to be revisited in light of the ongoing reform of electricity market rules, the European Commission said on Tuesday (4 September), saying it won’t make an exception for Germany.
Climate change 05-09-2018

Socially just energy transition for coal workers no pie in the sky, study finds

As the UN's climate chief called for more "urgency" from negotiators at the ongoing Bangkok climate talks, a new international report found that a socially just transition is already feasible for coal workers and communities, while a global decline in coal production is expected.