Annemarie Botzki

Western Europe editor

After completing a Masters degree in Politics and Government in the European Union from the London School of Economics, Annemarie has worked as a freelance journalist covering EU energy, foreign and security policy. Whilst completing an undergraduate degree in Social Science from Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, she worked in the German Parliament and the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The LNG terminal on Revithoussa Island, Greece. (EC)

Gas market upswing good news for Greek hub plans

Strong investor interest in its grid operator and rising demand are favourable signs for Greece's ambition of becoming a regional gas hub.

16 August 2017
A combined heat and power plant. (Siemens)

Germany lacks strategy for heating sector transition

Berlin is dragging its feet in planning the decarbonisation of Germany’s heating sector, putting the country’s climate targets at risk.

11 August 2017
A truck being refuelled with LNG at Pontadera, Italy. (Blue Corridors)

Range extenders offer chance for gas in transport

CNG-powered range extenders could offer gas a slice in the future of the transport sector.

2 August 2017
The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Greece. The changes to BRUA may see Romania seek to connect to TAP. (TAP)

Shorter BRUA may hit supply diversity/Black Sea gas

Hungary’s proposal to stop the BRUA pipeline from extending into Austria could keep it from helping with supply diversity in the region.

31 July 2017
The Fessenheim nuclear plant, France. The government plans to reduce nuclear’s share of the country’s energy mix. (EDF)

French energy policy offers chance for gas

Plans to phase out coal and nuclear in France’s power supply could offer gas a chance to gain market share.

19 July 2017
World leaders at the G20 summit in Germany. (PA)

G20 nations offer gas a boost in Hamburg

Heads of state at the G20 summit in Germany have said gas is essential in the transition to renewable energy.

10 July 2017
The TCFD is a wing of the G20’s Financial Security Board. (FSB)

Pressure on for companies to report climate risks

Companies are facing increasing pressure to disclose how climate change will impact them in the future.

7 July 2017
A Naftogaz gas processing division in Yablunivka. (Naftogaz)

Gazprom appeals against interim Ukraine decision

Gazprom is appealing against a decision by the Stockholm arbitration court in its dispute with Naftogaz Ukrainy.

3 July 2017
The Troll B platform. Norway has seen record drilling activity this year. (Statoil)

Norwegian Arctic exploration faces challenges

Norway is getting ready for the 24th licensing round on its continental shelf, but an ongoing environmental dispute could cause complications.

28 June 2017
LNG bunkering in Rostock, Germany. The fuel could help reduce martime GHG emissions. (Gazprom)

IMO to debate climate deal for shipping

The International Maritime Organization will begin discussions this week on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry.

21 June 2017
The new Sungrow floating solar power plant in China. Floating projects are gaining in popularity. (Sungrow)

Floating renewables becoming commercially viable

Floating wind and solar projects are reaching commercial scale worldwide with the launch of facilities in Europe, India and elsewhere.

14 June 2017
Pipeline laying in the United States. Experts say relaxing regulations will cause serious safety concerns. (FERC)

Trump deregulation could put pipeline safety at risk

The proposed bonfire of red tape in Washington could cause serious safety problems where gas pipelines are concerned, experts say.

8 June 2017
A combined-cycle thermo-solar power plant. Gas should benefit from carbon pricing. (Dana Smillie, World Bank)

G20 to debate carbon pricing and subsidy phase-out

The upcoming G20 meeting will provide an opportunity for discussions on a global carbon price, but progress may take time.

31 May 2017
Innogy’s Eschweiler wind farm. The company manages renewables services that were split off from RWE. (Innogy)

Analysts question Franco-German energy alliance

A possible alliance between French and German energy companies has left analysts scratching their heads.

24 May 2017
A solar power plant owned by RWE subsidiary Innogy. (Innogy)

European utilities face increased regulatory pressure

RWE used its Q1 earnings call to highlight how price caps and stricter EU rules on emissions are contributing to a tough business climate.

17 May 2017
Patnow coal plant, Poland. Warsaw hopes to help the country’s coal plants. (Zepak)

Warsaw vs Brussels in capacity market debate

Poland is pushing ahead with plans to support its coal power plants with a capacity market, but these will bring it into conflict with proposed EU law.

15 May 2017
Solar installations in Berlin. Large-scale storage could support renewable capacity. (Berliner Energieagentur)

Germany takes lead in Euro battery charge

Germany is leading the way on installing large-scale battery projects as it works to store energy from its renewable capacity.

9 May 2017
US President Donald Trump signs an executive order rescinding a clean water initiative. (PA)

Trump’s climate stance opens door for competitors

Although the US may not live up to its commitments on climate change, other countries and companies are nevertheless making progress.

25 April 2017
The Sabine Pass LNG plant in the United States. Just 9% of US LNG cargoes were shipped to Europe in 2016.

Little US LNG landing in Europe

US LNG is proving far more popular outside Europe, which favoured oil-indexed cargoes and Russian pipeline supplies in 2016.

10 April 2017
A truck loading LNG at the Zeebrugge terminal in Belgium. (Fluxys Belgium)

Zeebrugge LNG finds small-scale success

Belgium’s small-scale truck loading and bunkering operations could be the way ahead for Europe’s LNG terminals, which are largely lying idle.

5 April 2017

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