EU Energy Policy

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 Critics say the EU’s proposal will threaten security of power supplies, undermine the ETS and require more gas-import infrastructure to be built.
By Andreas Walstad 15 January 2018 0 29087
The Patnow coal power plant A coal-fired power plant in Poland. (Zepak)

Critics of Brussels’ proposed emissions performance standards (EPS) say the scheme will undermine the current emissions trading platform, threaten security of power supplies and require more infrastructure for importing gas. 

The EU’s proposal to phase out national subsidies for the dirtiest power plants could trigger a 40% rise in European power-related gas consumption from 2020-2040, according to research by economic consultancy Compass Lexecon.

“We understand the goal is to phase out coal to reach the objectives under the COP21 Paris agreement. However, an EPS coupled with capacity...