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.


Southern Corridor TSOs expect gas demand growth

The TSOs of the nine countries Europe's Southern Corridor Region expect a moderate increase in gas demand as gas-for-power takes hold.

20 September 2017
Lippendorf coal power station in Germany. Coal-to-gas switching is seen by many as vital for the EU to meet its emission targets. (Vattenfall)

Europe far off 2030 emissions target – Court of Auditors

Europe must overcome a number of obstacles to reach its climate targets for 2030 and 2050, according to the EU’s budgetary control watchdog.

19 September 2017
The UK’s coal- and biomass-fired Drax power station. (Drax)

EU closes in on ETS reform, but Brexit remains a risk

Progress is being made towards reforming the EU Emissions Trading System, but Brexit poses a risk to future trust in the scheme.

15 September 2017
Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the parliament. (European Parliament)

EU braces for first winter of gas ‘solidarity law’

New rules obliging EU countries to share gas in emergency situations will apply from this winter following a vote in the European Parliament.

13 September 2017

Russia increases gas flows through Ukraine

Gazprom plans to up flows via Ukraine in response to maintenance on Nord Stream, but Naftogaz says significant order fluctuations are not covered by the contract between the companies.

13 September 2017
E.On’s Irsching gas-fired power plant. Operators are benefiting from a surge in prices. (E.On)

German power price surge spells good news for CCGT

German power prices have been beating expectations in recent weeks, but this spike is not expected to last.

11 September 2017
The Lippendorf coal-fired power plant in Germany. Carbon prices are not high enough for coal-to-gas switching. (Vattenfall)

Bull run in EU carbon prices takes market by surprise

The prospect of an early agreement on ETS reform following statements by Germany and France caused allowance prices to climb this week.

8 September 2017
The DNV report predicts an increase in LNG-fuelled shipping. (Kimm Saatvedt, Palookaville)

Outlook bright for gas, bleaker for oil – DNV GL

A new energy outlook by Norway’s DNV GL is bullish on future gas demand growth, but the report looks relatively cautious next to other industry forecasts.

5 September 2017
Section of pipeline to Swinoujscie, Poland. Future projects may struggle to find funding.  (Gaz-System)

Gas sector awaits EU review of energy finance

The gas industry is holding its breath ahead of the European Commission’s review of sustainable finance in energy.

31 August 2017
Stavangerfjord LNG-fuelled ferry. (Kimm Saatvedt, Palookaville)

Shipowners will choose scrubbers over LNG – report

Shipowners installing scrubbers to comply with stricter sulphur limits will restrict the need to switch to LNG-fuelled ships, according to IHS Markit.

29 August 2017
A wind farm in Golice, Poland. (EC)

Polish law change marks new setback for renewables

Poland is reducing subsidies for existing wind farm operators, threatening the country’s renewables growth potential.

24 August 2017

Southern Europe expects higher gas-for-power demand

Gas-for-power demand in southern Europe is expected to increase over the coming years as coal is displaced from the power mix.

23 August 2017
A coal-fired power plant in Germany. (E.On)

EU emission limits cloud outlook for coal plants

Stricter EU limits on airborne pollutants mean many of Europe’s coal-fired power plants face an uncertain future.

21 August 2017
Lower spot gas prices and a recent rebound in electricity prices helped RWE boost profit margins. (RWE)

Utilities take stock as German election looms

Whichever party takes office in Berlin in the autumn will face pressing challenges to overcome security of supply concerns in the wake of Germany’s nuclear phase-out.

16 August 2017
Electricity pylons in Europe. Cross-border transmission capacity is often restricted.   (European Parliament)

Traders push power TSOs to boost cross-border capacity

Europe’s TSOs are holding back too much capacity at electricity interconnection points, critics say.

14 August 2017
A cooling tower at a coal-fired power station. (EDF)

European utilities burn more gas and coal in H1

Lower hydro levels across much of Europe have triggered an increase in the demand for gas for power generation.

10 August 2017

Italy’s conventional power capacity down 27%

The availability of installed conventional power capacity in Italy has dropped by around 27% over the last five years.

9 August 2017
US President Donald Trump has approved stricter sanctions on Russia. (PA)

US sanctions bill on Russia rattles Brussels

A new law that could enforce stricter US sanctions against Russia has unsettled Brussels, which sees it as a threat to European energy security.

4 August 2017

New underground storage capacity falling – Cedigaz

Only 25 bcm of UGS capacity is under construction worldwide, down from 36 bcm last year and continuing a downward trend.

26 July 2017
The landfall site for Nord Stream in Germany. (Nord Stream)

OPAL court decision tilts in Gazprom’s favour

Gazprom can ramp up exports on the OPAL pipeline until at least 2019, according to an interim ruling by the European Court of Justice.

24 July 2017

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