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.

Nord Stream 2 pipe segments in Finland.

MEPs challenge extension of EU gas laws

MEPs have voiced their disquiet over the proposed extension of the EU Gas Directive to pipelines from third countries.

19 January 2018
MEPS at a press conference

European Parliament backs tougher climate targets

MEPs have backed more ambitious energy and climate targets but will need support from EU countries if they are to be adopted.

18 January 2018

Norway boosts gas sales in 2017

Norway produced more gas than expected in 2017 as a result of high demand from Europe.

17 January 2018
The Patnow coal power plant

EU CO2 plans could lift gas-for-power demand

Critics say the EU’s proposal will threaten security of power supplies, undermine the ETS and require more gas-import infrastructure to be built.

15 January 2018
The GreenStream receiving terminal in Sicily.

Gas industry warns against extending EU market rules

Brussels’ attempt to extend its legal framework to cover pipelines from third countries is facing opposition from the gas industry.

12 January 2018

Ukraine increases imports from Europe in 2017

Ukrainian imports of European gas increased by more than 3.5 bcm on an annual basis in 2017, preliminary data shows.

10 January 2018
Datteln coal plant.

EU presses on with coal plant subsidy phase-out

The EU wants to prevent coal-fired power plants from receiving capacity payments, but the new rules will not affect existing plants anytime soon.

8 January 2018
A woman wearing a breathing mask at an air quality protest in Brussels.

EU adopts key reforms, but plenty of work remains

The EU institutions managed to press through key reforms to European energy markets in 2017, but much work remains to be done to fulfil the vision of an Energy Union.

21 December 2017

Sharp increase in Dutch imports of Russian gas

Imports of Russian gas by the Netherlands almost doubled between 2014 and 2016, data from the IEA shows.

20 December 2017
A gas-fired power plant in Ireland.

Brexit progress is good news for Ireland’s power market

The reformed single electricity market between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland may benefit from the UK’s pledge to avoid a hard border.

18 December 2017
Cabling for the BritNed interconnector.

EC priority list confirms switch from gas to power

The European Commission’s new priority list for energy projects confirms a gradual switch from gas to power and has also found room for carbon capture.

14 December 2017

Norway’s gas production to decline after 2020 – IEA

The IEA expects Norway’s gas production to gradually decline after 2020, leaving more room for Europe to import LNG from the US and elsewhere.

13 December 2017
solar panels in germany

EU Council meeting to address energy governance

Energy ministers from the 28 EU member states are meeting in Brussels next week with the aim of agreeing on centralised governance of energy and climate targets.

12 December 2017
An ITRE roundtable on energy efficiency, March 2017.

MEPs back stricter monitoring of energy governance

The European Parliament hopes EU countries will raise their ambitions for renewables and energy efficiency targets.

7 December 2017

Europe continues to close thermal capacity – ENTSO-E

The decommissioning of Europe’s thermal power plants throughout 2017 has been only partly offset by new and inflexible renewable generation.

6 December 2017
staudinger coal power plant, germany

EU’s green policies fail to phase out coal

The share of coal in the EU’s electricity mix has declined only slightly over the past 15 years despite efforts to decarbonise, research shows.

5 December 2017
A factory producing pipelines for Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream debate shifts focus to legal framework

The debate about Nord Stream 2 appears to have shifted from whether the pipeline should be built to how it should be operated.

30 November 2017

UK power prices to drop in line with gas – Moody’s

UK wholesale power prices are expected to drop in line with lower gas prices, higher imports and reduced electricity demand, Moody's says.

29 November 2017
Gas ipelines at the russia-ukraine border

Ukraine eyes $3 bln for Russian gas transit in 2017

Naftogaz will earn around $3 billion for transiting Russian gas to European customers in 2017, but future revenues hinge on a new agreement with Gazprom.

28 November 2017
pipes for nord stream 2 arrive in germany

Extension of EU Gas Directive raises questions

An extension of the EU Gas Directive could make offshore pipelines from third countries subject to EU law, but it is uncertain how this would work in practice.

24 November 2017

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