A consortium of infrastructure funds bought 61% of National Grid Gas Distribution in December. (National Grid) Investment & Finance

Funds invest billions in European grids

Funds and insurance companies continue to show an appetite for European gas and power grids, with billions of euros invested in 2016 alone.

OPAL receives gas from Nord Stream 1, the route of which bypasses Ukraine. (Gazprom) Competition Law

Gas industry awaits clarity on OPAL capacity use

The European Court of Justice is expected to clarify its interim measures on OPAL within the coming weeks, but a final verdict in the case could take up to two years.

Lithuania’s Independence FSRU gives it leverage in gas contract negotiations. (Höegh LNG)

Gazprom’s Lithuania return shows it pays to be cheap

Gazprom’s rising share of Lithuania’s gas market shows countries in the region may be struggling to find anyone to beat the Russians on price.

11 January 2017
Talks on Cyprus took place in Geneva ahead of an international conference. (UN Photo/Violaine Martin)

Perceived gas potential may help Cyprus talks

Hopes that Cyprus may soon benefit from gas revenues could help talks on the reunification of the island, but both gas development and a unification deal are far from certain.

10 January 2017
OPAL brings Russian gas from Nord Stream 1 to Germany and the Czech Republic, bypassing Ukraine. (PA)

Legal challenge marks setback for OPAL

The European Court of Justice’s temporary suspension of a decision allowing increased flows via OPAL has brought Gazprom’s future use of the pipeline into question.

9 January 2017

OPAL shipments increase despite Polish lawsuit

Volumes shipped to Europe from Russia through the OPAL pipeline spiralled over the holiday period despite the best efforts of Poland’s PGNiG to obstruct them.

3 January 2017
A German solar plant. The country has installed roughly 600% more solar capacity than Spain. (E.On)

The long road to an energy-only market

Creating an energy-only market across the EU with minimal subsidies seems a long way off, says Annika Hedberg of the European Policy Centre.

3 January 2017

EC opens call for third list of PCI projects

The European Commission has opened a call for gas and electricity projects to be shortlisted on the third list of Projects of Common Interest.

22 December 2016
A German oil and gas facility. The EU has sent a warning to the country over energy regulation. (Wintershall)

Energy regulators not independent enough – CEER

Europe’s national energy regulators lack independence because of interference from their respective governments, a new CEER report says.

22 December 2016

EC says fracking guidelines not satisfactorily applied

EU recommendations on fracking shale gas have not been applied satisfactorily across all EU member states, the European Commission has said.

21 December 2016

Europe provides €92 million for Romania-Moldova pipeline

The EU, EBRD and EIB will provide €92 million to finance a gas pipeline from Romania to Chisinau in Moldova.

20 December 2016

Brussels OKs German auction scheme for renewables

The European Commission has found changes to support for renewable energy in Germany to be in line with EU state aid rules.

20 December 2016

Brussels clears Network Reserve for German power

The European Commission has approved a German support scheme aimed at ensuring electricity capacity in the south of the country.

20 December 2016

Efficiency could cut Ukraine’s import dependence – Šefcovic

Improving energy efficiency in Ukraine would reduce the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels, Maroš Šefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president for Energy Union, has said.

20 December 2016

EU approves changes to Romanian renewables support

The European Commission has found amendments to Romania’s ‘green certificate’ system for supporting renewable energy to be in line with EU state aid rules.

19 December 2016

Brussels OKs UK support for Drax biomass conversion

The European Commission has ruled that UK support for converting a unit of the Drax power station from coal to biomass complies with EU state aid rules.

19 December 2016

Polish government supports PGNiG in OPAL case

PGNiG has gained the support of the Polish government in challenging the European Commission’s decision to allow Gazprom to increase gas exports via the OPAL pipeline.

19 December 2016

EU extends sanctions against Russia

The EU has prolonged economic sanctions against Russia for another six months until 31 July 2017, the Council of the EU has confirmed.

19 December 2016
MEP Giovanni La Via at a plenary session in the European Parliament last week. (EP)

EU ETS may be reformed more than expected

Members of the European Parliament are trying to push through more ambitious reforms of the EU’s ETS in a move to reduce the massive surplus of allowances.

19 December 2016

MEPs endorse key reforms to EU ETS

MEPs in the European Parliament’s environment committee on Thursday voted in favour of key reforms to the EU’s ETS starting in 2021.

15 December 2016
MEP Zdzislaw Krasnodebski, left, at the plenary session for the clean energy package. (EP)

EU parliament gives mixed reaction to power reforms

The European Commission’s recent proposal for power market reforms has received a mixed response from legislators in the European Parliament.

15 December 2016

Brussels OKs Danish support for energy-intensive users

The European Commission has approved Denmark’s plans to partially compensate energy-intensive users for payment of a levy to support renewable energy.

12 December 2016

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