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.

Email: andreas.walstad@interfax.co.uk

Spanish gas demand grows by 8.4% in Q1

Gas consumption by homes, businesses and SMEs rose by 600 GWh, mainly because of colder weather.

26 April 2017
Spring Farm biogas plant, UK. Germany, Italy and the UK produce more than 77% of the EU’s biogas. (Future Biogas)

Brussels hopeful on biogas despite slow progress

The EU wants biogas to contribute to energy security and climate targets in Europe, but the industry has a long way to go to unleash its full potential.

24 April 2017
A German gas compressor station. TSOs have said transmission tariffs are a problem for trade. (Wintershall)

Transmission tariffs remain obstacle to gas trade

A survey has found barriers to trade persist across European gas hubs, with expensive transmission tariffs being the most common obstacle.

20 April 2017

EU countries see rise in gas demand

Gas consumption increased in 23 EU countries and Switzerland in 2016 compared with 2015 levels.

19 April 2017
Hassi Mouinas gas drilling, Algeria. Investing in rewneables could free up more gas for export to Europe. (Statoil)

EU wants role in Algeria’s energy transformation

EU investment in Algeria could be key to freeing up more gas for export, but a more stable regulatory framework may be needed first.

13 April 2017

EU power sector emissions fall by 4%

Greenhouse gas emissions from the European power sector fell by 4% in 2016 compared with the previous year, with emissions from coal-fired power plants dropping by 11%.

12 April 2017
Manzanillo terminal. Under the current agreement, LNG re-exports to Europe are not possible. (Samsung C&T)

EU ups pressure on Mexico for energy liberalisation

The EU wants Mexico to further liberalise its energy sector as a precondition to signing a new free-trade agreement.

10 April 2017
Datteln coal-fired power plant in Germany. Future investment in coal-fired power in the country is uncertain. (E.On)

Eurelectric’s coal pledge sparks controversy

A pledge by European power companies not to build new coal-fired plants after 2020 comes as a surprise, but its real impact seems hard to measure without further details.

6 April 2017

Renewables progress hits fossil fuel use

The expansion of renewable energy sources over the last decade prompted an 11% cut in fossil fuel use across Europe in 2015.

5 April 2017
Pipeline sections for Nord Stream 2. The EU may strike a standalone agreement on the pipeline. (Nord Stream 2)

Brussels wants legal agreement for Russian projects

The EU aims to strike a separate agreement with Russia on energy infrastructure after ruling the TEP cannot be applied to Nord Stream 2.

3 April 2017
Ana Stanic addresses delegates at the Interfax conference in Brussels on Wednesday. (Interfax)

Gas producers may gain from Brexit

Experts debated the impact of Brexit on Europe’s energy industry at an event hosted by Interfax Global Energy in Brussels on Wednesday.

30 March 2017

Global wind power grows by 20% in 2015

A total of 64 GW of wind power was installed worldwide in 2015, around 20% more than the year before.

29 March 2017
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

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