EU Energy Policy

Russia-Ukraine spat may boost EU renewables drive

The gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine may help accelerate Europe’s renewable energy ambitions despite a recent decline in investment The gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine may help accelerate Europe’s renewable energy ambitions despite a recent decline in investment.
By Andreas Walstad 12 April 2018 0 30419
A UK offshore wind farm. A wind farm off the UK coast. (Alan O’Neill/Statoil)

The Stockholm arbitration dispute between Russia and Ukraine has raised new concerns over Europe’s dependence on imported gas and may help boost Brussels’ ambitions for renewables despite a recent decline in investment.

EU Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete highlighted the “geopolitical uncertainty [and] challenges” concerning gas imports at a conference in Brussels on Thursday. 

“We have […] learned our lessons from 2009 and 2014,” Cañete said, referring to disputes between Kiev and Moscow over gas supply,...