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Energy 30-05-2022

“New tech inside“: Europe needs to embrace ground-breaking geothermal technologies

The new REPowerEU Plan presented last week by the European Commission is the latest proposal of measures that would speed up the transformation of Europe’s energy landscape. 
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EU Security of Supply – The energy Europe needs is around us. Let’s use it.

In addition to energy savings, import diversification and renewables, Europe should also look inwards to secure its energy supply.
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Heat Pumps to REPowerEU: The need for a European industrial heat pump policy

REPowerEU must be a win for energy security, the climate and European competitiveness. With the right focus, the May package can propel a wave of sustainable heat pumps “made in Europe”.
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Biofuels 27-04-2022

EU energy security should not undermine climate change efforts, but enhance them

Anyone that expected a regulatory thunderstorm during 2021 and 2022 in order to achieve climate neutrality in Europe will not be disappointed. The Fit-for-55 package has proven a very complex mechanism that should put the EU at the forefront of climate mitigation efforts.
Energy 01-03-2022

EU ministers brace for future without Russian energy

The European Union is considering measures to bolster its energy security as increasingly harsh sanctions against Russia and the escalating violence in Ukraine have raised concerns about the security of supply of Russian energy commodities for the next winter.
Energy 28-02-2022

Germany considers keeping nuclear power plants online

Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, the German government is examining every option to keep the country warm and reduce its energy dependence on Russia. Keeping nuclear power plants online is being examined, but may be unlikely.
Energy 16-02-2022

Think-tank: Bulgaria will be a net importer of electricity after 2030

Bulgaria is likely to become a net importer of electricity after 2030, accounting for about 15% of its needs, said Martin Vladimirov, Director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), a European...
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Power is still an important resource

The European power system is facing a serious adequacy challenge. This issue cannot be marginalised if constant access to electricity is to remain guaranteed.  Member States are closing power plants… The European power sector is changing very fast. The energy...
Energy 28-01-2022

EU, US pledge cooperation on energy security amid Russia threat

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and US President Joe Biden pledged on Friday (28 January) to cooperate on guaranteeing Europe’s and Ukraine’s energy security amid a standoff triggered by Russia amassing troops at Ukraine's border.

Europe needs a strategy for seasonal energy balancing

As the role of gas in the energy system evolves, the approach to meeting winter peak demand must also keep up, writes Nikos Tsafos. More fundamentally, someone needs to be responsible for supply security, he argues.
Energy 28-08-2019

Ahead of heating season, EU gas tanks are full

With gas prices at a ten-year low, storage tanks are far fuller than average for this time of year. This may have political implications as lawmakers think about security of supply.
Energy 23-05-2019

The US isn’t protecting oil supplies from the Middle East, it wants to control prices as foreign policy

America’s extensive use of military and economic coercion in the Middle East and other oil-producing countries around the world reflects the US’s new position as an exporter of oil and liquefied natural gas, argues Robin Mills. Robin Mills is the...
Energy 15-04-2019

Poland wins €215m EU grant for gas link to Norway

The European Commission today officially signed a €214.9 million grant for works on a new Baltic gas pipeline project aimed at connecting Poland and Denmark with Norway.
Europe's East 15-02-2019

Ukraine’s elections highlight deep divides over natural gas

The direction of Ukraine’s energy policies is of great interest to observers in Brussels and the European capitals, as a stable and prosperous Ukraine would increase overall European energy security, writes Robert Rapier.
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The benefits of Capacity Mechanisms

Understanding the benefits of capacity mechanisms for social welfare

A growing number of EU Member States have set up Capacity Mechanisms in recent years, as a way of ensuring the investments that are necessary for long term security of supply.
Electricity 12-07-2018

Energy and cyber security: The other capacity gap

Europe’s energy companies have made real progress on cyber security in many ways. But actions speak louder than words, and cyber security needs to be a core component of any utility’s strategy, argues Michael John.
Energy 16-04-2018

Forget the skills gap, in energy cyber security, it’s a chasm

There are frighteningly few cyber security experts with the right skills in the electricity industry, warns Michael John. While there is room for hope in the longer-term, he outlines what can be done now to plug the gaps.
Energy 12-09-2017

EU closer to ‘genuine Energy Union’ as MEPs support gas supply solidarity

European lawmakers approved on Tuesday (12 September) a new security of gas regulation, which includes a solidarity principle in case of supply disruptions and will make it more difficult for other countries to 'blackmail' the EU's members.
Energy 01-09-2017

Finland doubles down on nuclear power as coal heads out the door

Finland is set to embrace a decarbonised future by increasing carbon taxes and introducing laws in 2018 that will begin to phase out the use of coal, with more nuclear capacity waiting to offer an alternative fuel source.
Energy 18-08-2017

Croatia starts preliminary work on Adriatic LNG terminal

Croatia has started preliminary underwater works in the northern Adriatic, the first concrete step in building a long-delayed liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal that is part of EU efforts to boost energy security and reduce dependence on Russian gas.

US sanctions against Moscow change Europe’s energy dependency

The growth of shale gas extraction is positioning the United States to be a bigger natural gas exporter, potentially challenging Russia's hold on the European market.
Electricity 01-08-2017

Undersea power cable soldiers on despite WWII bombs

A large-scale energy interconnector project linking the United Kingdom to mainland Europe is pressing on, despite the discovery of wartime bombs and mines in the cable’s path.
Energy 20-07-2017

Bulgaria warns EU is becoming over-dependent on gas transited via Turkey

The European Commission is expected to approve the second thread of the Turkish Stream pipeline stretching to Bulgaria's Black Sea shore, according to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borrisov who warned that the EU is becoming over-dependent on gas transited via Turkey.
Energy 11-07-2017

Turkey voices energy ambitions at World Petroleum Congress

Turkey, a country poor in energy resources, has voiced its ambitions to leverage its geographic position by becoming an even more important crossroads of supply routes and a giant energy hub, saying this would “improve” the EU’s energy security.