About: energy prices

Electricity 12-11-2018

Think-tank: Artificially low electricity prices ‘not good for EDF’ nor consumers

Artificially low energy prices in France are one of the reasons why former state monopoly EDF loses money, says Thomas Pellerin-Carlin. Moreover, regulated prices are useless to protect vulnerable consumers from energy poverty and “almost never leads to low energy bills,” he argues.
Electricity 22-10-2018

EU negotiators agree ‘dynamic pricing’ of electricity

Energy companies with more than 200,000 clients will be obliged to provide households with at least one offer comprising dynamic price contracts, under an EU-level agreement reached behind closed doors last week, EURACTIV.com has learned.
Energy 21-08-2017

British MPs attack May for scrapping energy price cap promise

British lawmakers from across the political spectrum have called on UK Prime Minister Theresa May to fulfil an election pledge that would cap energy bills for 17 million people, after her government last month confirmed only 2.6 million would actually benefit.
Global Europe 15-05-2017

Saudi Arabia, Russia agree oil output cuts to push up prices

Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world's two top oil producers, agreed today (15 May) to extend oil output cuts for a further nine months until March 2018 to rein in a global crude glut, pushing up prices.
Energy 02-12-2016

Pipelines and LNG in Europe: Competitors or complementary projects?

The presence of alternative supplies – in the form of liquefied or pipeline gas fixing a price ceiling - and a well-functioning, competitive EU gas market, will hedge European consumers against high energy prices, writes Danila Bochkarev.
Energy 18-08-2016

Hungary plans further cuts to household energy prices

Hungary's government is looking for ways to continue a household energy price cut programme, Development Minister Miklós Seszták told the weekly Figyelő in an interview published today (18 August).
Energy 22-04-2016

An Energy Union for consumers: Better information and more choice

European energy companies must provide better information to consumers, helping them to understand what they are paying for and whether they getting value for money, writes Věra Jourová.
Energy 15-04-2016

Customers deserve to know why their energy costs are rising

Energy is a major EU economic policy. It fuels growth in living standards and is the backbone of a healthy economy. If Europe does not get its energy policy right, ultimately the economy as a whole suffers, writes Hans ten Berge.
Armenia 25-06-2015

Armenian electricity protests continue for sixth day

More than 9,000 demonstrators rallied in the Armenian capital yesterday (24 June) for a sixth consecutive day, defying police calls to abandon their protest against electricity price hikes and police violence.
Armenia 23-06-2015

Armenians protest electricity prices

Several thousand people protested in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Monday (22 June) against a recent decision to raise electricity prices. Media reported police violence and arrests.
Workers in Map Ta Phut, a petrochemical industrial hub in Thailand [©Solvay photolibrary]

Chemical industry guarded about its European future

The European chemical sector has issued a “very serious” warning about its slumping competitiveness, but refuses to be alarmist just yet, saying shareholders should not worry, that big industrial groups are now global, and less exposed to Europe.
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.
Germany's living costs are particularly high in a global comparison but in a European context they are just above average, a recent study finds. [Thorben Wenger/pixelio.de]

German living expenses rank high

In Germany, day-to-day goods are one-third more expensive than in the rest of the world. But German price levels rank near average in a European comparison, while living in Switzerland and Norway comes with the highest price-tag, a recent study says. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Trade & Society 26-02-2014

EU’s re-industrialisation dream ‘hostage’ of high energy prices

Business representatives were unimpressed by last week's meeting of EU industry ministers, who backed a “European industrial renaissance” without tackling the issue of high energy prices. Hopes are fading that the European Commission can match “nice words” with action, EURACTIV was told.

Eurozone joblessness at record high, inflation up

Eurozone unemployment is at a record high and consumer prices are being driven upward by volatile energy and food prices, data showed on Monday, underlining the fragility of the bloc's economic health.
Energy 23-05-2013

Wishful thinking will not make European energy affordable

As long as the European Union is unilaterally pursuing climate goals while other global actors are not following suit, it will suffer consequences in terms of competitiveness, writes Jacek Saryusz-Wolski. 
Energy 23-05-2013

Leaders hesitate between common EU response and ‘silver bullets’ on energy

Several EU leaders attending a summit in Brussels announced yesterday (22 May) they would prioritise ‘silver bullet’ solutions - such as the development of shale gas - to reduce energy prices. The European Commission, meanwhile, said simultaneous action was needed "on several fronts."

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