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.

The COP 21 climate summit in Paris, 2015

Energy industry awaits EU’s revised climate strategy

The EU’s long-term energy and climate strategy is seen as outdated and will have to be revamped to match the ambitions of the 2015 Paris climate summit.

20 April 2018

Carbon dioxide emissions from transport keep rising

Greenhouse gas emissions in the European transport sector have increased substantially over the last 15 years, prompting many to call for more aggressive policies and reforms to tackle the problem.

18 April 2018
Wind turbines in Italy

Gas industry defends long-term role in EU energy mix

The European gas industry is defending its long-term role in the energy mix, flagging up both emissions reductions and security of electricity supply as key benefits.

13 April 2018
A UK offshore wind farm.

Russia-Ukraine spat may boost EU renewables drive

The gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine may help accelerate Europe’s renewable energy ambitions despite a recent decline in investment.

12 April 2018

EU GDP growth fails to reverse power demand decline

Electricity demand in Europe declined by more than 4% between 2010 and 2017 despite the EU28's GDP expanding by over 11%.

11 April 2018
An E.On gas-fired power plant in Gönyü, Hungary

EU demand growth boosts optimism on future of gas

Three consecutive years of gas demand growth have spurred renewed optimism that the fuel will play a key role in Europe’s decarbonisation.

9 April 2018
The Staudinger black coal power plant, in Grosskrotzenburg, near Frankfurt, Germany.

Russian coal strengthens foothold in EU

Russia has bolstered its position as the EU’s largest coal supplier, but uncertainties in the power sector could reduce the bloc’s imports of the fuel.

5 April 2018

Europe sees increase in gas demand and imports

European gas imports increased by 10% in 2017 as a result of rising demand and falling domestic production.

4 April 2018
Drax power station, UK

The policy patchwork jeopardising EU carbon reform

Stakeholders are calling on Brussels to increase its monitoring of national policies that could undermine reform of the EU ETS.

29 March 2018

European gas demand and CO2 emissions on the rise

Both gas consumption and carbon dioxide emissions rose in Europe in 2017, the IEA says.

28 March 2018
EWE storage facility, Germany

Cold snap reignites storage debate in Europe

The recent spells of cold weather across Europe have reignited the debate over economic incentives for gas storage providers and highlighted the threat of more storage closures.

26 March 2018
Electricity pylons in Europe

Brussels launches probe to address competition in power

The EU has stepped up efforts to tackle barriers to trade in power markets by launching an antitrust probe into a possible rules breach by a major grid operator in Germany.

22 March 2018
The ITRE meeting where MEPs backed a revised EU Gas Directive.

Brussels presses on with revised gas directive

Brussels is pushing ahead with legislation that could make Nord Stream 2 and other pipelines from third countries subject to EU energy law.

21 March 2018
Major grant recipients under the CEF

EC launches first CEF tender for 2018

The European Commission has called for projects to apply for funding under the Connecting Europe Facility.

21 March 2018
The Brigg gas-fired power station

Brexit casts shadow over ETS carbon price surge

EU carbon prices have moved up sharply in recent months, but uncertainties linked to the UK’s future participation in the ETS are looming.

15 March 2018

European gas stocks low as colder weather looms

The EU28's gas storage sites are only 25% full on average, and further cold weather is due next week.

14 March 2018
Electric power lines in Europe.

Coal use to persist in Southeastern Europe

Coal is expected to retain a significant share of Southeastern Europe’s energy mix for years to come, despite the region’s best efforts.

12 March 2018
Sections of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Revised EU Gas Directive faces legal hurdles

A proposal to extend the EU Gas Directive to cover pipelines from third countries has come under increasing scrutiny from legal experts and stakeholders.

9 March 2018
A Norwegian offshore oil and gas platform.

Uncertainties hang over Norway’s future gas output

Norway is expected to be a competitive supplier of gas to Europe for many years to come, but there are doubts over new discoveries and competition from LNG and Russian pipeline gas.

8 March 2018
Coal phase-out years and operational capacity

Spain and Eastern Europe drag heels on coal phase-out

A total of 7 GW of coal-fired capacity will close across Europe between 2017 and 2020, a new study says. But some countries have yet to commit to phasing out coal.

7 March 2018

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