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.

Visit by Maros Sefcovic to Russia

Russia and Ukraine prepare for transit talks in September

A planned meeting between Russian and Ukrainian representatives in Brussels in mid-September may be the last chance for the European Commission to broker a long-term transit deal before the current agreement expires.

Yesterday Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Swinoujscie LNG terminal in Poland

PGNiG positions itself as LNG trader after US deals

The Polish company has signed major new supply agreements for US and Qatari LNG cargoes that may enable it to start re-exporting the fuel after 2023.

2 days ago Europe & Russia / LNG
An offshore wind farm near Copenhagen.

Headwinds for EU renewables growth as subsidies fall

A recent report by the EU Court of Auditors – the guardian of the EU budget – has cast further doubts over the EU’s prospects for meeting its 2020 and 2030 renewable targets.

3 days ago Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Decommissioning work at Germany's Biblis nuclear power plant.

EU power: from overcapacity to scarcity?

Europe has plenty of power generation capacity, but the phase-out of coal and nuclear plants could lead to electricity shortages by 2022.

7 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

Renewables investment fall leaves EU short of targets

Many EU countries risk missing their 2020 renewables targets because of a slowdown in investment since 2014, EU auditors have warned.

6 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

Maghreb-Europe leads North African pipeline export decline

North African gas exports to Europe fell by 9% last week, led by large declines on the Maghreb-Europe route.

4 June 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
Power lines in Lithuania

Lithuania state aid case casts doubt over power subsidies

The European Commission’s investigation into Lithuania’s strategic reserve may indicate that EU member states will find it harder to subsidise their power sectors in future.

3 June 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

European storage sees improved margins from TTF spread

The price difference between summer and winter gas prices on the TTF has widened substantially in recent months, providing economic support for storage injections.

31 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Baumgarten gas hub in Austria

Grid congestion persists on EU borders

Despite progress on market reforms, TSOs are still not offering enough capacity to meet demand on some European border points.

30 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power

Europe’s long goodbye to coal

Several countries in Western Europe have pledged to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2030, but the fuel will retain a foothold in Germany and Eastern Europe.

30 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels

TTF gas prices slide but Ukraine transit deal remains a risk

TTF gas prices have declined in recent weeks, but concerns are growing that Russia and Ukraine may not reach a transit agreement before the end of the year.

23 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power
A Green EU flag in front of the Brandenburg Gate

Greens eye more influence over EU energy policy

Securing EU funding for gas infrastructure is getting harder, and the rise in popularity of the European Green Party will do little to reverse that.

23 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A Naturgy gas-fired power plant

Spain continues clampdown on energy market abuse

The Spanish regulator has again fined energy companies for market rigging, this time invoking national legislation and levying fairly substantial fines.

21 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
Pipe-laying for the Nord Stream 2 project. (Gazprom)

EC presses on with overhaul of Energy Charter Treaty

The European Commission wants to push through changes to the Energy Charter Treaty, but it will need support from EU member states as well as non-EU countries to get its way.

17 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

France and Spain show strong appetite for US LNG

The two countries imported a total of 1.9 bcm of US gas as LNG in the first four months of 2019, according to preliminary data.

16 May 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
A German wind farm

Obstacles to German onshore wind could aid gas

Slower growth in new onshore wind installations in Germany could mean gas will play a bigger role in the country’s energy transition than some had anticipated.

16 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation
A German wind farm

Europe’s CO2 emissions drop in line with lower fossil fuel use

Europe’s emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels dropped last year as renewables and hydropower gained market share from coal and gas in some countries.

10 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

North Africa-Europe gas flows up in Week 18

Flows of North African pipeline gas to Europe rose last week, led by an increase in exports to Italy from Algeria and Libya.

7 May 2019 Middle East & Africa / Pipelines, Storage & Power
The Netherlands' Gate LNG terminal

Strong growth in Europe’s US LNG imports may not last

Exports of US LNG to Europe have been strong so far this year, but it remains doubtful that the trend will continue despite US vows to ease export restrictions.

3 May 2019 Europe & Russia / LNG
Spain's prime minister Padro Sanchez

Spanish energy transition retains political support

Spain looks set to carry on with its transition away from coal and nuclear regardless of whether Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez decides to form a coalition or govern alone.

2 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation

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