Maroš Šefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president for Energy Union, at the Winter Package launch. (EC) Market Legislation

Brussels launches reforms to power sector

The European Commission will launch a mega-package of proposed new laws on Wednesday in a move to reform the EU electricity market.

An MVM gas-fired power plant in Hungary. Renewables have been prioritised over conventional generation. (MVM) Environmental Policy

Lack of binding EU targets clouds energy transition

The EU’s legal framework for renewables beyond 2020 is hazy, leaving experts uncertain whether the 2030 energy and climate targets will be reached.

Commissioners Maroš Šefcovic (left) and Miguel Arias Cañete at the launch. (EC)

Winter package sends mixed signals on gas

The European Commission’s ‘Winter Package’ of legislation for the electricity market has advantages and disadvantages for the gas industry.

2 December 2016

EC adopts position limits under MiFID 2

The European Commission has adopted stricter position limits for commodity traders under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.

1 December 2016

Germany, Italy own half of EU gas import contracts

Germany and Italy account for more than half of the gas contracted by EU countries with non-EU suppliers.

30 November 2016

Gazprom adopts EU’s OPAL pipeline amendments

Gazprom has adopted amendments made by the European Commission to the agreement on the OPAL pipeline.

28 November 2016

Brussels clears Czech renewables subsidy scheme

The European Commission has retrospectively approved a support scheme for facilities producing renewable energy built in the Czech Republic between 2006 and 2012

28 November 2016

EU and Ukraine sign new energy partnership agreement

The EU signed a new memorandum of understanding with Ukraine on Thursday regarding a "strategic energy partnership" to strengthen cooperation in the energy sector.

25 November 2016

Novak and Šefcovic discuss OPAL pipeline at meeting

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefcovic discussed the EU’s recent OPAL decision at their meeting on Friday

25 November 2016

Russia’s Dvorkovich and EU’s Šefcovic meet to discuss energy

Russia's Arkady Dvorkovich will meet EU commissioner Maroš Šefcovic on Friday to discuss issues relating to European energy security and gas supply.

24 November 2016

Ukraine and EU to sign MOU on strategic energy partnership

Ukraine is set to sign a memorandum of understanding and a strategic partnership on energy with the EU at a summit in Brussels on Thursday.

24 November 2016
Miguel Arias Cañete speaking at the COP22 summit in Marrakesh earlier this month. (EC)

Brussels may challenge support for coal power

The European Commission is concerned that capacity mechanisms are subsidising coal-fired power and is considering imposing environmental standards for such schemes.

24 November 2016

MEPs approve Air Quality Directive

MEPs in the European Parliament endorsed a revised law on air quality in a plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

23 November 2016
European and Moroccan ministers signing the electricity trade agreement at the COP22 summit. (EC)

Morocco’s renewable expansion catches Europe’s eye

Morocco has signed a renewable energy agreement with four European nations, opening the door for exporting electricity from North Africa.

23 November 2016

ACER appoints former EU commissioner Piebalgs

The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators has appointed former EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs to its board of appeal.

22 November 2016

Westinghouse criticises EU after Paks 2 nuclear approval

Nuclear manufacturer Westinghouse has criticised the European Commission’s approval of the expansion of Hungary’s Paks 2 nuclear power plant.

21 November 2016

Worldwide CCS progress not enough – report

The Global CCS Institute expects more than 20 new CCS projects to be operational by the end of 2017, but more are needed to meet the Paris 'well-below 2C' target.

18 November 2016
Fessenheim nuclear plant, France. France’s capacity mechanism is due to become operational in 2017. (EDF)

Brussels sets the bar high for capacity markets

France’s capacity mechanism has received European Commission approval after becoming the first to open up to foreign participation.

17 November 2016

Gas and renewables set for strongest growth – IEA

The IEA predicts rapid growth in gas and renewables will be needed to meet the world’s growing energy demand and curb greenhouse gas emissions.

17 November 2016

Brussels OKs Greek support for renewables and cogeneration

The European Commission has approved Greece’s support scheme for renewable electricity and high-efficiency cogenration under EU state aid rule.

16 November 2016

Italy’s Snam Rete sees profits drop

Italian gas network operator Snam Rete saw its earnings before interest and taxes drop by 12% in the first nine months of 2016.

16 November 2016

EIB lends €105 mln to German gas-fired power plant

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide a €105 million loan towards financing a gas-fired power plant in the German city of Kiel.

14 November 2016

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