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.

Dominique Ristori, EU director general for energy, attended a discussion on cyberattack risks last week. (EC)

EU increasingly worried about energy cyberattacks

The European Commission is trying to step up its efforts to prevent cyberattacks in the energy sector, which it says are a growing concern.

28 March 2017
An E.On coal power plant in Germany. Energy efficency could see gas lose market share to coal. (E.On)

Gas industry cautions against EU efficiency reforms

The gas industry is lobbying against stricter EU targets for energy efficiency, which it says could favour coal over gas in the energy mix.

23 March 2017

Turkey’s gas consumption continues to fall

Gas consumption in Turkey has been falling over the last couple of years after a sustained period of growth.

22 March 2017
Construction of the OPAL pipeline. The European Commission recently allowed Gazprom to increase its flows on the line. (Wingas)

Gazprom switches strategy to settle antitrust case

Gazprom’s proposed remedies to settle the EU’s antitrust case signal the Russian company is changing to a strategy based on volume, not price.

20 March 2017
EMIR is one of several financial regulations drawn up in response to the financial crisis. (European Commission)

Energy industry holds breath ahead of EMIR review

Firms hope the review of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation will leave the hedging exemption for mandatory clearing untouched.

16 March 2017

Gas-fired power leaps up 50% in Germany in 2016

Gas-fired power plants in Germany generated 45.2 TWh of electricity in 2016, up by 50% on the previous year.

15 March 2017
European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager has said she is happy with Gazprom’s pledges. (EC)

Gazprom antitrust probe drawing to a close

Energy relations between the EU and Russia may thaw in the near future as the end of a five-year investigation into Gazprom is in sight.

14 March 2017
PGNiG’s underground gas storage facility in Kosakowo, northern Poland. (PGNiG)

Polish storage obligation unsettles market players

Market players in Poland are trying to come to terms with a new storage obligation that will apply from October.

9 March 2017

Ukrainian storage withstands cold winter

Ukraine has enough gas in storage to get it through the heating season despite a cold winter, according to state-owned Naftogaz Ukrainy.

8 March 2017
Polish MEP Zdzislaw Krasnodebski, rapporteur of the new IGA regulations. (EP)

IGA transparency law nears completion

EU laws to enhance the transparency of intergovernmental agreements in energy have taken a leap forwards following last week’s key vote.

6 March 2017
EU Commissioner for Climate and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete at the summit on Tuesday. (EU)

EU ministers back key reforms to ETS

Efforts to reform the EU’s Emissions Trading System have made progress, with European environment ministers backing key reforms to address the surplus of allowances.

1 March 2017

German gas consumption still on the rise

Gas consumption for power and heat production in Germany continued to grow on an annual basis in late 2016, according to the German Association of Energy and Water Industries.

1 March 2017
Orense wind farm. Significant investment is needed in the European renewable power sector (Iberdrola)

Europe’s power sector needs huge investment boost

The European power sector will need heavy investment if it is to reach EU energy and climate targets, a study commissioned by the European Parliament has found.

28 February 2017
Pipeline production for Nord Stream 2. The project has come under EU scrutiny. (Nord Stream 2)

Nord Stream 2 is a worry for EU priority projects

Nord Stream 2 could jeopardise investment in EU Projects of Common Interest because of Gazprom’s growing market dominance, critics have said.

23 February 2017

Projects chosen for EU funding under CEF second call

The EU has selected 18 gas and power infrastructure projects to receive funding under its second call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility in 2016.

22 February 2017
A coal power plant in Germany. The energy industry has applauded proposals to reform the EU ETS. (E.On)

EU ETS vote spurs optimism despite setbacks

The energy industry has broadly welcomed MEPs’ vote to reform the EU Emissions Trading System, even though the changes fall short of expectations.

20 February 2017

Ukraine imported 8% more gas from EU in 2016

Ukraine imported 11.1 billion cubic metres of gas from European suppliers in 2016, 8% more than in 2015.

15 February 2017
E.On solar generation in Pellworm, Germany. The cost of solar PV has been falling. (E.On)

Renewables subsidies may dwindle from 2020

Europe’s need to subsidise renewables may gradually start to dwindle from 2020 partly due to lower costs for mature technologies, an EU-funded study has found.

14 February 2017
The first pipes for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline arrive in Rügen, Germany, October 2016. (Nord Stream)

EU import dependence here to stay – IEA

Energy efficiency drives and the expansion of renewables will do little to reduce Europe’s reliance on imported gas, experts say.

9 February 2017

Gas takes biggest share in UK capacity auction

Gas-fired power generators won 40% of the awarded capacity in the UK’s early capacity auction for delivery in 2017/2018.

8 February 2017

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