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EU and UK flags outside the Houses of Parliament, Environmental Policy

EU carbon prices fall as Brexit looms

Prices for EU carbon allowances have traded lower recently, denting hopes that prices will rise to fuel-switching levels across Europe in the first half of the year.

15 February 2019
The European Parliament in Strasbourg Competition Law

Five takeaways from the revised EU Gas Directive

The EU’s revised Gas Directive is expected to be formally adopted this spring after breakthrough negotiations in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Here we examine some of the main takeaways from the latest draft.

14 February 2019
A train delivering pipeline for Nord Stream 2 Foreign Affairs

EU takes giant leap towards revised Gas Directive

The EU is getting closer to an agreement on a revised gas directive after Germany secured key concessions for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline at a meeting in Brussels on Friday.

11 February 2019
A cooling tower at a power station, West Burton, UK Market Legislation

Legal battle clouds future of UK power payments

The UK could be facing premature power plant closures unless the legal dispute over its subsidy scheme for generators is resolved.

7 February 2019
A coal-fired power plant in Germany Environmental Policy

Germany’s goodbye to coal leaves room for gas

A proposal to phase out Germany’s coal-fired power plants seems like an opportunity for gas to gain market share, but many questions remain over the timeframe.

31 January 2019
Pipeline welding in Spain. Investment & Finance

Portugal pushes support for rejected STEP pipeline

Portugal’s energy regulator has told ACER it should be allowed a say on the future of the STEP pipeline after France and Spain rejected the project.

25 January 2019
Dungeness nuclear power station in the UK. (PA) Country Profiles

UK energy at crossroads after Wylfa suspension

Uncertainty over nuclear power in the UK may have boosted the prospects for gas-to-power, but attracting new investment in gas-fired plants will not be straightforward.

24 January 2019
Investment & Finance

French and Spanish regulators turn down Midcat’s first phase

Energy regulators in Spain and France have ruled that building the first phase of the proposed Midcat pipeline cannot be justified from an economic perspective under the current proposal.

23 January 2019
Maroš Šefčovič at a press briefing following the talks on Monday. Energy Security

Clock is ticking for Ukraine-Russia transit deal

Time is running out for securing a new transit contract between Russia and Ukraine after 2019, with the negotiations being impeded by a sensitive geopolitical backdrop.

22 January 2019
The South Stream project was halted after the commission said its IGAs were incompatible with EU law. (Gazprom) Competition Law

Romania raises the stakes with revised EU Gas Directive

Romania is trying to push through changes to the directive that would give the European Commission more power to intervene in negotiations between EU states and third countries such as Russia.

21 January 2019
The Tihange nuclear power plant in Belgium. (Electrabel) Market Legislation

Belgium presses on with power subsidy regime

The scheme is intended to attract investment in gas-fired capacity to replace the country's ageing nuclear fleet.

17 January 2019
Market Legislation

Brussels set to re-open probe into UK capacity payments

The European Commission will soon launch an investigation into the treatment of demand-side response services within the UK capacity market.

16 January 2019
BayWa's Don Rodrigo solar plant in Spain. Market Legislation

Subsidies in Europe may fall faster for renewables than for gas

While renewable power generators in Europe may operate without subsidies in the coming years, gas- and coal-fired generators may be reliant on capacity payments for longer.

11 January 2019
The European Parliament building in Strasbourg. Market Legislation

Brussels to face key decisions on gas in 2019

The EU institutions are expected to make a number of key decisions this year that will have a major impact on the gas sector.

9 January 2019
Centrica's Brigg gas-fired power plant in the UK. (Centrica) Environmental Policy

EU carbon in 2019 – year of delivery for gas?

EU carbon prices surged in 2018, outperforming all other commodities, and the gas sector is hopeful the bull run will continue in 2019.

7 January 2019
Kozienice power plant in Poland. (Enea) Environmental Policy

EU agrees coal subsidy phase-out, but loopholes remain

A new EU regulation designed to phase out national subsidies for coal-fired power plants may benefit the gas industry even if loopholes remain.

3 January 2019
Work on the Turkish Stream pipeline Investment & Finance

Serbia’s non-EU status crucial for South Stream Lite

Routing the project through Serbia will allow Gazprom to avoid key EU rules for new pipelines, helping it to transport volumes from Turkish Stream further into Europe.

19 December 2018
EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager Competition Law

EU antitrust fine puts SE Europe gas market in spotlight

The decision to fine Bulgaria’s BEH over anticompetitive behaviour may help speed progress on market liberalisation in southeastern Europe.

19 December 2018
Energy trading at Vattenfall Market Legislation

ACER to get more power in regulating energy markets

The EU is giving the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators a bigger role in market oversight, but concerns over funding and staff shortages remain.

18 December 2018
Environmental Policy

EU reaches agreement on CO2 limits for cars

The Council of the EU and the European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement for new carbon dioxide limits for passenger cars and light vans for 2030

18 December 2018

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