Andreas Walstad

EU policy & regulation editor

Andreas Walstad has a wide knowledge of the European energy industry. As the London Bureau Chief at Montel he wrote and edited market commentaries and analytical features across the commodity sector, including gas, oil, coal, power and the carbon markets. This added to the experience he gained covering the European energy markets as an Associate Editor at Platts. Andreas specialises in the UK and northwest European gas markets.
A gas-fuelled HGV in the UK.

Progress must continue to tackle EU emissions

Key decisions must be taken at EU and national levels next year to clean up Europe’s energy and transport sector.

11 December 2018
E.On's trading floor in Dusseldorf

EU regulators begin clampdown on gas market abuse

Spain and France are stamping out anticompetitive behaviour in wholesale gas markets, and other national regulators may soon follow.

6 December 2018

Emissions rise on higher oil and gas use

Carbon emissions from advanced economies are set to rise in 2018 for the first time in five years, partly as a result of rising oil and gas use, according to the IEA.

5 December 2018
Participants at the COP24 summit,  which started on Monday.

Europe’s climate ambition jeopardised by innovation gap

Europe’s ambition to be carbon-neutral by 2050 is being jeopardised by a lack of spending on climate-friendly technologies.

3 December 2018
A nuclear power plant in Belgium

EU states go their own way on nuclear

Some European countries are forging ahead with nuclear power even as others are trying to move away from it.

27 November 2018
European Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier (left) hands the draft withdrawal agreement to EU Council President Donald Tusk.

State aid poses challenge for post-Brexit energy market

A Europe-wide level playing field on state aid rules after Brexit seems a prerequisite for a well-functioning internal energy market, but can it be achieved?

23 November 2018

IEA forecasts lower EU gas demand as 2030 targets bite

The IEA predicts Europe's gas demand may fall to 408 bcm in 2040, which is lower than its forecast last year.

21 November 2018
The Drax coal and biomass power station in the UK

Court ruling poses challenge for UK power sector

A ruling by the EU Court of Justice has cast doubt over the UK’s subsidy scheme for power plants.

19 November 2018
MEP Bas Eickhout

EU parliament vote gives hope for gas in transport

A vote for tighter CO2 emissions targets in Strasbourg could give gas a greater role in powering heavy-duty vehicles.

16 November 2018

LNG increases share in Polish gas imports

The share of LNG in Poland’s gas import portfolio is growing fast, and the trend is expected to continue.

14 November 2018
A tanker at Poland's LNG terminal

Poland secures US LNG in quest for diversification

Poland’s third long-term LNG agreement with the US speaks volumes about both politics and energy security.

12 November 2018

Spain sees gas-fired power drop in 9M 2018

The share of gas-fired power in Spain's power mix fell in the first nine months of 2018 from a year earlier, while hydro gained market share.

7 November 2018
A section of pipeline to Świnoujście in Poland

Central Europe’s gas hubs challenged despite progress

EU cash has helped gas projects get off the ground in Central Europe, but more collaboration is needed to increase interconnectivity and trade in the region.

6 November 2018
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Brussels  last week.

EU carbon prices slide further on Brexit fears

Prices for carbon allowances have tumbled further as a result of Brexit risks and weak economic data from the eurozone.

1 November 2018

Gas and coal lose EU power market share in Q2

Power produced from gas and coal fell on an annual basis in Q2 2018, while renewable energy increased its share of the mix.

31 October 2018
The headquarters building of the EIB.

Gas industry can bank on EIB loans in the future

The European Investment Bank will continue to lend to gas infrastructure projects even though it is increasing its financing for renewables.

29 October 2018
Drax power station in the UK.

EU funds may boost CCS, but more is needed

The European Court of Auditors has concluded that more funding is needed to get carbon-capture technologies off the ground, but cash alone will not do the job.

25 October 2018

EU gas imports from Russia increase in Q2

Europe imported more gas from Russia in Q2 2018 on an annual basis, despite lower consumption overall.

24 October 2018
UK PM Theresa May arriving for a summit in Brussels.

EU gas sector calls for safeguards under no-deal Brexit

Europe’s energy industry is calling on Brexit negotiators to urgently safeguard common interests in gas and power markets before the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

18 October 2018

European storage at around 84% full

European gas stock levels are slightly lower than they were at this point last year after several months of storage injections.

17 October 2018

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