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Energy 23-08-2021

A carbon neutral Europe? Not without the Balkans!

Increasing their share of renewable energy is crucial to the Western Balkans, but this must be done using the right technology for the region and with support from the European Union, argue Viola von Cramon-Taubadel and Thomas Waitz.
Energy 10-06-2021

Official: Western Balkan countries are ‘milking coal power plants until the bitter end’

Disparities between the EU and Western Balkan countries on energy are only getting bigger, with many of them still addicted to highly-polluting coal power stations that provide cheap electricity as well as revenues to governments and the local population. “They’re milking them until the bitter end,” says Janez Kopac.
Energy 11-12-2019

Coal pollution in the Western Balkans is a European problem

16 coal plants in the Western Balkans pollute as much as the entire EU fleet of 250 units, causing sickness and deaths across the continent. It’s high time to take action, write Viola von Cramon and Petros Kokkalis.
Economy & Jobs 07-11-2019

Selling electricity to neighbours: Technically feasible, but not in practice

An EU-funded Interreg project promoting microgrids technology has managed to help consumers produce renewable electricity on their own. But the ultimate objective to  enable reselling the power to their neighbour has been hindered by regulatory obstacles.
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 22-12-2017

People power? EU gets low marks on ‘energy communities’

When the European Commission tabled its Winter Package of clean energy laws in November 2016, there was a smell of revolution in the air, with Brussels pitching a future where citizens would be empowered to generate their own electricity, consume it locally and sell it back to the grid.
Climate change 14-06-2017

Energy Community members rally at Vienna meeting

Energy Community member states concurred at the Clean Energy for a Sustainable Future forum that there is no question whether they should choose between clean energy and economic growth. EURACTV.rs reports.
Donald Tusk [L] will have to work hand in hand with Jean-Claude Juncker [Commission]
EU Priorities 2020 10-09-2014

Poland hopes Tusk will create an EU Energy Union

SPECIAL REPORT: In his capacity of Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk has spearheaded the idea of an EU energy Union, and leading Polish politicians expect him to continue to do so as Council President, when he will take up the job from Herman Van Rompuy on 1 December.

Europeans test energy cooperatives to boost independence

EU officials look at Belgium as an example for cooperative energy projects, as the 28-country bloc looks to de-carbonise and gain more energy independence.
Energy 21-02-2014

EU, Georgia launch talks on energy ties

The European Commission launched negotiations on Thursday to strengthen energy links with Georgia as part of efforts to bind the former Soviet state closer to the European Union and weaken its bonds with Russia.
Energy 04-12-2013

Russia leverages its gas, cash supremacy in Ukraine

Ukraine’s struggling gas company Naftogaz said yesterday (3 December) that it had agreed with Russia’s Gazprom to defer payments for gas deliveries to spring next year, the Russian agency RIA Novosti reported. Ukraine, a country on the brink of default, remains highly dependent on Russian gas, experts told EURACTIV.
Trade & Society 25-10-2013

EU candidates table list of energy infrastructure needs

Meeting in Belgrade yesterday (24 October), the energy ministers of the Energy Community, an organisation of countries seeking closer EU integration or membership, adopted a list of 35 energy projects of regional importance, mirroring a recent EU effort which identified 248 projects of common importance for the Union. EURACTIV Serbia contributed to this article.
Energy 19-04-2013

Think tank: EU, Ukraine speak different languages on energy

Representatives of a Ukrainian think tank deplored the lack of understanding between Kyiv and Brussels on energy issues and called for a permanent expert panel to be created to improve communication.
Energy 13-09-2012

Russia to Moldova: Choose cheap gas or EU integration

Russia told impoverished Moldova yesterday (12 September) to choose between low-priced gas from Russia and its pledge to adopt European energy liberalisation measures opposed by Moscow, which is girding for a conflict with Europe over natural gas.
EU Priorities 2020 24-01-2011

Buzek: Freezing the EU budget is ‘very dangerous’

Freezing the European Union's budget as demanded by some countries would be "very dangerous" as the EU needs greater investments to overcome the economic crisis, said European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Med & South 27-09-2010

EU insists on ‘unbundling’ Ukraine’s Naftogaz

The European Commission said on Friday (24 September) it expected Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz to separate its gas transit pipelines from other businesses.