MEP José Blanco López has called for a higher target for renewables in the EU’s energy mix. (EP) EU Energy Policy

MEPs face long battle on renewables ambition

Efforts to raise the EU’s renewables target to 35% of energy consumption look set to face significant opposition.

By Andreas Walstad 25 May 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels OKs support for energy-intensive users in Latvia

The European Commission has approved Latvia’s plans to partially compensate energy-intensive users for charges incurred to support renewable energy.

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

Analysts question Franco-German energy alliance

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

24 May 2017
Nord Stream 2 pipes arriving in Kotka, Finland. (Nord Stream 2, Axel Schmidt) EU Energy Policy

Nord Stream 2 backers shun Russia-EU legal deal

The developers of Nord Stream 2 do not share the European Commission’s view that a separate legal framework is needed for Russian infrastructure.

23 May 2017
A PGNiG gas storage facility. The company has called on the European Commission to fine Gazprom. (PGNiG) EU Energy Policy

Poland sets the bar high in Gazprom probe

Poland's PGNiG has called for commitments that go far beyond the preliminary agreement between the European Commission and Gazprom in the antitrust probe.

19 May 2017
EU Energy Policy

Poland's PGNiG calls for Gazprom to be fined over market practices

Polish incumbent PGNiG has called on the European Commission to fine Gazprom over illegal practices on European gas markets.

18 May 2017
Jaroslav Neverovic (centre) at an ITRE committee meeting. (European Parliament) EU Energy Policy

Poland-Lithuania energy talks rise above politics

Energy relations between Poland and Lithuania should not be marred by political disputes, a former Lithuanian energy minister says.

17 May 2017
A solar power plant owned by RWE subsidiary Innogy. (Innogy) EU Energy Policy

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
EU Energy Policy

Poland awaits first LNG cargo from US

The first LNG cargo sold from the US to Poland is expected to arrive next month, marking a symbolic shift for a country largely dependent on Russia.

17 May 2017
Italy is trying to boost liquidity on its PSV hub by eliminating inefficiencies on the Swiss transport route. (Transitgas) EU Energy Policy

Italy reveals plans to boost hub liquidity

Italy is trying to boost liquidity on its PSV hub by eliminating inefficiencies on the Swiss transport route that brings in gas from markets in northwest Europe.

15 May 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels rules in favour of Portuguese hydro agreements

The European Commission has concluded that the extension of hydropower concessions granted by Portugal to state-owned Energias de Portugal does not involve state aid.

15 May 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels OKs French subsidy for Brittany power plant

The European Commission has conditionally approved French plans to give subsidies to Compagnie Electrique de Bretagne for the construction of a gas-fired power plant in Landivisiau, Brittany.

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

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
EU Energy Policy

Brussels clears Chinese stake in Greek power TSO

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of joint control over Greece’s IPTO by China’s State Grid International Development.

11 May 2017
Klaus-Dieter Borchardt has defended the European Commission’s proposal for capacity payments. (EC) EU Energy Policy

Brussels defends pushing coal out of capacity payouts

The European Commission has hit back against criticism its proposed emission standards for capacity mechanisms are discriminatory.

11 May 2017
EU Energy Policy

Belgian power exports increase sharply in 2016

Belgian electricity exports increased sharply last year as France shut down several of its nuclear power plants, data from Belgian TSO ELIA shows.

10 May 2017
Solar installations in Berlin. Large-scale storage could support renewable capacity. (Berliner Energieagentur) EU Energy Policy

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
Drax coal and biomass power station, UK. The country went without coal-generated power on 21 April. (Drax) EU Energy Policy

UK sees emissions drop faster than EU average

The UK’s carbon floor price is helping its switch from coal to gas for power generation, which saw it report below-average CO2 emissions in 2016.

8 May 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels OKs French renewables support schemes

The European Commission has approved schemes to support electricity from renewable sources in France with a combined budget of around €1.2 billion per year.

5 May 2017
Jerzy Buzek, centre, is rapporteur of the proposed ‘solidarity law’. (European Parliament) EU Energy Policy

‘Solidarity law’ signals Energy Union breakthrough

The EU’s solidarity principle, intended to provide mutual support in the event of a supply crisis, has received informal backing from key EU bodies.

3 May 2017
MEP Krišjanis Karinš is steering new legislation related to power reform through the European Parliament. (EP) EU Energy Policy

Gas companies lobby for capacity market reform

A number of gas companies have thrown their weight behind a proposal by the European Commission to exclude coal-fired power plants from capacity payments.

27 April 2017

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