A coal-fired power plant in Germany. (E.On) EU Energy Policy

EU emission limits cloud outlook for coal plants

Stricter EU limits on airborne pollutants mean many of Europe’s coal-fired power plants face an uncertain future.

By Andreas Walstad 21 August 2017
European power lines. (European Parliament) EU Energy Policy

Better TSO coordination needed to boost power trading

Underused interconnector capacity in the European power market will need to be addressed if the region seeks a Single Energy Market.

18 August 2017
EU Energy Policy

EC clears Brookfield’s stake in UK power company

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of joint control over FHHGL by Canadian global asset manager Brookfield and French energy company Engie.

16 August 2017
EU Energy Policy

EU and Switzerland move closer to linking carbon markets

The European Commission has adopted two proposals to finalise an agreement with Switzerland on linking the EU’s ETS with the Swiss version of the scheme.

16 August 2017
The LNG terminal on Revithoussa Island, Greece. (EC) EU Energy Policy

Gas market upswing good news for Greek hub plans

Strong investor interest in its grid operator and rising demand are favourable signs for Greece's ambition of becoming a regional gas hub.

16 August 2017
Electricity pylons in Europe. Cross-border transmission capacity is often restricted.   (European Parliament) EU Energy Policy

Traders push power TSOs to boost cross-border capacity

Europe’s TSOs are holding back too much capacity at electricity interconnection points, critics say.

14 August 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels OKs Czech support scheme for alternative transport

The European Commission has found that Czech plans to support building a network of refuelling and recharging stations for low-emission vehicles is in line with EU state aid rules

11 August 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brexit to remove right to sue government if it misses green targets

UK citizens will lose the right to sue the government for failing to meet climate targets after the country leaves the EU.

11 August 2017
US President Donald Trump has approved stricter sanctions on Russia. (PA) EU Energy Policy

US sanctions bill on Russia rattles Brussels

A new law that could enforce stricter US sanctions against Russia has unsettled Brussels, which sees it as a threat to European energy security.

4 August 2017
The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Greece. The changes to BRUA may see Romania seek to connect to TAP. (TAP) EU Energy Policy

Shorter BRUA may hit supply diversity/Black Sea gas

Hungary’s proposal to stop the BRUA pipeline from extending into Austria could keep it from helping with supply diversity in the region.

31 July 2017
The Tesla Model X. The UK will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040. (Tesla) EU Energy Policy

Gas ruled out from powering UK’s new electric cars

The UK’s ban on new fossil fuel-powered cars from 2040 will increase power demand, but new generation will mainly come from renewables, analysts say.

27 July 2017
The landfall site for Nord Stream in Germany. (Nord Stream) EU Energy Policy

OPAL court decision tilts in Gazprom’s favour

Gazprom can ramp up exports on the OPAL pipeline until at least 2019, according to an interim ruling by the European Court of Justice.

24 July 2017
EU Energy Policy

Ofgem says National Grid published incorrect market data

Ofgem has concluded that National Grid Electricity Transmission published incorrect data that led to false or misleading signals regarding supply, demand or prices on the wholesale electricity market.

21 July 2017
A combined heat and power plant in Austria. (Siemens) EU Energy Policy

Power sector secures lion’s share of €4.3 bln EIB loan

The European Investment Bank approved €4.3 billion of loans for energy-related projects this week, with the majority going to the electricity sector.

20 July 2017
EU Energy Policy

EIB lends €4.3 bln to energy projects

The European Investment Bank has approved €4.3 billion in loans to finance energy projects in Europe and elsewhere.

18 July 2017
Pipeline construction in Europe. (Gasunie) EU Energy Policy

Eastring moves forward, but money remains an issue

The proposed interconnector is making slow progress, but questions over funding and a competing project mean it still has far to go, experts say.

18 July 2017
EU Energy Policy

EC clears Ineos acquisition of Forties pipeline system

The European Commission has approved Ineos’s acquisition of the UK’s Forties Pipeline System (FPS) and interests in the North and South Graben Area Export Lines (GAEL spurlines) from BP

17 July 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels warns Romania over power plant emissions

The European Commission has requested Romania reduce emissions from large combustion plants.

17 July 2017
Pavol Hamžík. (Ukrainian foreign ministry) EU Energy Policy

Slovakia supporting Ukraine despite risks – Hamžík

Slovakia’s ambassador-at-large for energy security explains his country’s reverse-flow support for Ukraine.

17 July 2017
EU Energy Policy

EU sends formal notice to Croatia over Third Energy Package

The European Commission has sent a letter of formal notice to Croatia with a request to ensure correct implementation of several gas and electricity directives.

14 July 2017
EU Energy Policy

UK lords launch new inquiry into Brexit and energy

The UK’s House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has launched a short inquiry into the implications of Brexit for UK energy security.

12 July 2017

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