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Electricity 05-07-2018

Brussels remains guarded over ‘capacity mechanisms’ for power plants

The European Commission is trying to limit the development of so-called capacity mechanisms, which some member states have put in place as a way of ensuring electricity supply in situations of peak demand. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 24-05-2018

EU paves way for final showdown on energy ‘governance’ bill

European Union legislators made progress Wednesday (23 May) on a draft EU law that sets a “trajectory” for the deployment of renewable energies in Europe and puts in place a “gap-filler” mechanism to ensure the bloc meets its 2030 energy and climate objectives.

EU’s energy project list denounced by unimpressed MEPs

A proposed list of priority energy projects drawn up by the European Commission is coming under intense scrutiny by MEPs, some of whom accuse the EU executive of focusing too heavily on fossil fuel projects. The most critical voices plan to launch a landmark objection to the list.
Electricity 06-12-2017

EU power generators pledge carbon neutrality ‘well before 2050’

Under new leadership since last year, industry association Eurelectic has committed to making European power generation carbon neutral well before 2050. But getting agreement within the group remains difficult.
Energy 06-12-2017

Can energy governance replace binding targets?

Lawmakers will vote on Thursday (7 December) on a new energy regime that is meant to ensure the European Union meets its Paris Agreement goals. But much disagreement remains.
Energy 06-12-2017

Italy-Israel gas pipeline moves a step closer to reality

Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy on Tuesday (5 December) signed a memorandum of understanding to build the world's longest underwater natural gas pipeline to supply Europe. 
Electricity 05-10-2017

Sefcovic: France and EU ‘on the same wavelength’ on the energy transition

Europe’s energy transition is irreversible and France is poised to become its leader, European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said at an event in Paris on Thursday (5 October).
Air Quality 19-09-2017

Britain to end love affair with coal and cash in on health savings

Britain has announced the phase-out of coal-fired power plants by 2025, ending its 250-year-long love affair with coal, in a move welcomed by health practitioners
Global Europe 02-06-2017

EU to work with Baltic states on decoupling from Russian power grid

The European Commission will work with the three Baltic states to link their electricity grids to the EU through Poland by 2025 and achieve energy independence from Russia, its energy commissioner said yesterday (1 June).
Energy 22-05-2017

EU energy ministers warned over dilution of energy savings ambition

The EU’s 28 energy ministers have underlined the “flexibility” necessary to achieve the bloc’s energy savings objectives for 2030, calling into question the European Commission's ambition to put "energy efficiency first", insiders have warned.
Energy 08-05-2017

Trillions of euros of energy efficiency investment up for grabs

European Union policymakers have made energy efficiency, particularly in buildings, central to their plans to create an Energy Union. But they must convince private investors to unlock trillions of euros of capital.
Energy 09-03-2017

Green future can’t happen without consumers

Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, a top European Commission official, declared that Europe’s transition to a green future will be impossible without the support of consumers, but admitted that the executive had been terrible at communicating its work, during a panel discussion held today (9 March).
Energy 28-02-2017

Brexit will spur Irish efforts to connect to EU energy market

Brexit will spur Irish efforts to diversify its energy supplies, which are dominated by UK imports, and connect its energy market to continental Europe, Ireland’s energy minister said yesterday (27 February).
Energy 27-02-2017

EU’s clean energy package gets national support

Negotiations for the third version of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package have officially begun.
Energy 17-02-2017

The Brief: Beware of white elephants

White elephants are not an endangered species. They are positively thriving and the EU needs to be careful its Energy Union plans aren't trampled by them.
Climate change 14-02-2017

Distrust of construction industry could put EU building renovations ‘at risk’

European Union plans to spur building renovation risk being hindered by distrust in the construction industry, a conference on the bloc’s flagship energy strategy heard last Wednesday (8 February) in Brussels.
Energy 02-02-2017

UN climate deal will stop EU ignoring energy efficiency, says Commission

New EU energy efficiency laws will not be dogged by the problems of the past because civil leaders and businesses have bought into the need to fight climate change, the European Commission’s Energy Union chief said yesterday (1 February).
Climate change 01-02-2017

Sluggish renewables investment poses challenge to EU energy plans

European investment in renewables has dropped by half since 2011 but the EU remains “well on track” to hit its 2020 target of boosting the sector by 20%, the European Commission said today (1 February) as it launched its second report on its Energy Union strategy.
Energy 22-12-2016

Commission and member states clash over capacity mechanisms

The European Commission fears that capacity mechanisms would just translate into subsidies for coal power plants. Therefore, installations exceeding emission limits should not take part in support schemes, according to a proposal under the Energy Union's Winter Package. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

Security 28-11-2016

Solana: Brexit could boost European defence

The European Union has spent two years preparing to unify its energy market. Former EU High Representative Javier Solana told EURACTIV Spain that the Energy Union has to be made a reality as quickly as possible, as well as increasing security cooperation.
Energy 28-11-2016

Commission sets up EU’s next energy efficiency battle

The European Commission will announce increased EU energy efficiency targets on Wednesday (30 November). But it will face resistance from member states opposed to binding, more ambitious rules, and from the European Parliament, which has demanded much higher goals.
Energy 09-11-2016

Energy Union: A total climate protection package?

The proposal to create an Energy Union is already two years old and remains one of the EU's most ambitious projects. But it risks falling behind expectations on climate policy, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 31-10-2016

Why Europe’s climate action has been put on hold

Angela Merkel’s absence from the COP 22 is symbolic of a European climate and energy policy beset by indecision and infighting. EURACTIV France reports.

EU ‘asleep at the wheel’ as China and US race ahead in renewables

The European Union, will in the next five years, fall behind the US and China in the deployment of renewables, according to the International Energy Agency.
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