Pipeline production for Nord Stream 2. The project has come under EU scrutiny. (Nord Stream 2) Investment & Finance

Nord Stream 2 is a worry for EU priority projects

Nord Stream 2 could jeopardise investment in EU Projects of Common Interest because of Gazprom’s growing market dominance, critics have said.

A coal power plant in Germany. The energy industry has applauded proposals to reform the EU ETS. (E.On) Environmental Policy

EU ETS vote spurs optimism despite setbacks

The energy industry has broadly welcomed MEPs’ vote to reform the EU Emissions Trading System, even though the changes fall short of expectations.

EU’s Šefcovic heads to Azerbaijan to discuss Trans-Adriatic Pipeline

Maroš Šefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president for Energy Union, will meet officials in Baku, Azerbaijan on Thursday to discuss progress on the Southern Gas Corridor.

23 February 2017

Projects chosen for EU funding under CEF second call

The EU has selected 18 gas and power infrastructure projects to receive funding under its second call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility in 2016.

22 February 2017

EU countries back €444 mln in grants for energy projects

EU member states backed a proposal by the European Commission on Friday to invest €444 million in selected energy infrastructure projects.

17 February 2017
MEP Ian Duncan has said the Council of the EU must accept reforms to the Emissions Trading System. (EP)

MEPs reject key elements of ETS reforms

Reform of the EU Emissions Trading System saw only modest support after the European Parliament rejected some of the key proposals on Wednesday.

16 February 2017

Brussels OKs German infrastructure plan for electric vehicles

The European Commission has ruled that a German scheme to roll out a network of infrastructure for charging electric vehicles across the country is in line with EU state aid rules.

14 February 2017
E.On solar generation in Pellworm, Germany. The cost of solar PV has been falling. (E.On)

Renewables subsidies may dwindle from 2020

Europe’s need to subsidise renewables may gradually start to dwindle from 2020 partly due to lower costs for mature technologies, an EU-funded study has found.

14 February 2017

Brussels clears French solar and hydropower schemes

The European Commission has given the go-ahead for three French schemes aimed at supporting solar and hydropower energy producers, it said on Friday.

13 February 2017
The first pipes for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline arrive in Rügen, Germany, October 2016. (Nord Stream)

EU import dependence here to stay – IEA

Energy efficiency drives and the expansion of renewables will do little to reduce Europe’s reliance on imported gas, experts say.

9 February 2017
Fabio Marchetti, the head of Eni’s EU Public Affairs Office, at a 2016 climate event in the European Parliament. (EP)

EU remains hopeful on East Med gas

Brussels is observing developments in the Eastern Mediterranean with a watchful eye, hoping the vast gas resources in the region will contribute to European supply security.

6 February 2017

EU and Mexico agree to speed up trade talks

The EU and Mexico will hold two additional rounds of talks before the summer as part of an accelerated negotiation schedule for a new free-trade agreement.

2 February 2017

Šefcovic kicks off Energy Union tour in Rotterdam and Breda

Maroš Šefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president for Energy Union, will start his 2017 Energy Union tour with a visit to the Dutch cities of Breda and Rotterdam on Friday.

2 February 2017
Solar installations in Berlin, Germany. The price of solar panels has fallen sharply since 2009. (Berliner Energieagentur)

Europe sees sharp decline in renewables investment

European investment in the renewables sector has more than halved since 2011, according to the European Commission’s second State of the Energy Union report.

2 February 2017

Replacing Poland’s ageing coal plants

Replacing Poland’s ageing coal-fired power plants with modern versions could help the country to substantially reduce CO2 emissions, says the IEA.

1 February 2017
Malta’s Konrad Mizzi (second left) said his country would work hard on the proposal. (EU2017MT)

Maltese presidency to press on with EU solidarity law

Malta has picked up the torch from Slovakia on the EU’s security of supply regulation as it takes over the presidency of the EU council.

30 January 2017
Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, director of the commission’s Directorate General for Energy. (Stephan Röhl)

EU debate over future role of gas heats up

The debate over Europe’s Clean Energy Package is intensifying, with the European Commission reiterating its hopes for gas’s role in the energy mix.

26 January 2017

Gazprom asks ECJ to join OPAL proceedings as ‘interested party’

Gazprom Export has filed a request with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to join proceedings launched by Poland’s PGNiG against the European Commission as an "interested party".

23 January 2017
A gas trading floor in Germany. There is still uncertainty surrounding the EU’s MiFID 2 regulations. (VNG)

MEPs press for stricter position limits under MiFID 2

MEPs are lobbying for tougher energy trading limits as part of the new Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, which could cause delays.

23 January 2017
UK Prime Minister Theresa May with European Council President Donald Tusk. (PA)

Brexit: build bridges, not borders

The energy industry should lead by example and help maintain strong bonds between the UK and the EU in spite of a hard Brexit.

20 January 2017
UK Prime Minister Theresa May announcing a ‘hard Brexit’ on Tuesday. (PA)

EU energy sector digests May’s ‘hard Brexit’ pledge

Brussels is trying to come to terms with UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s pledge to leave the single market and the impact this will have on EU energy and climate policy.

19 January 2017
A consortium of infrastructure funds bought 61% of National Grid Gas Distribution in December. (National Grid)

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.

16 January 2017

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