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Competition Law

Brussels gives green light to Equinor’s takeover of Danske Commodities

The European Commission has cleared Equinor Refining Norway’s acquisition of Danish independent energy trader Danske Commodities

10 December 2018
Competition Law

TenneT’s cross-border electricity commitments binding under EU law

The European Commission has made Dutch transmission system operator TenneT’s commitments to increase cross-border flows of electricity between Denmark and Germany legally binding

7 December 2018
Venue for the COP 24 climate conference in Katowice Environmental Policy

Rising emissions put oil and gas sector under scrutiny

Fresh data shows CO2 emissions are rising, and higher oil and gas use is partly to blame.

7 December 2018
E.On's trading floor in Dusseldorf Market Legislation

EU regulators begin clampdown on gas market abuse

Spain and France are stamping out anticompetitive behaviour in wholesale gas markets, and other national regulators may soon follow.

6 December 2018
Environmental Policy

Emissions rise on higher oil and gas use

Carbon emissions from advanced economies are set to rise in 2018 for the first time in five years, partly as a result of rising oil and gas use, according to the IEA.

5 December 2018
Environmental Policy

Hungary targets 20% share of renewables in total energy consumption by 2030

Hungary is working to increase the share of renewable energy in its total energy consumption to 20% by 2030.

4 December 2018
Environmental Policy

EU council formally adopts revised 2030 energy targets

The Council of the EU has formally adopted the revised 2030 targets for renewables and energy efficiency.

4 December 2018
Participants at the COP24 summit,  which started on Monday. Environmental Policy

Europe’s climate ambition jeopardised by innovation gap

Europe’s ambition to be carbon-neutral by 2050 is being jeopardised by a lack of spending on climate-friendly technologies.

3 December 2018
A nuclear power plant in Belgium Environmental Policy

EU states go their own way on nuclear

Some European countries are forging ahead with nuclear power even as others are trying to move away from it.

27 November 2018
Gas infrastructure belonging to Romanian state-owned Romgaz Investment & Finance

Self-serving Romania tests Brussels’ patience

Romania’s Transgaz has received an EU grant for its ambitious grid expansion. But while the EU give funds, the government takes special dividends.

23 November 2018
European Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier (left) hands the draft withdrawal agreement to EU Council President Donald Tusk. Competition Law

State aid poses challenge for post-Brexit energy market

A Europe-wide level playing field on state aid rules after Brexit seems a prerequisite for a well-functioning internal energy market, but can it be achieved?

23 November 2018
Investment & Finance

MEPs wants €7.68 bln for energy under CEF 2021-2027

The European Parliament's energy and transport committees have voted in favour of allocating €7.68 billion from the CEF fund to energy network projects.

22 November 2018
Energy Security

IEA forecasts lower EU gas demand as 2030 targets bite

The IEA predicts Europe's gas demand may fall to 408 bcm in 2040, which is lower than its forecast last year.

21 November 2018
The Drax coal and biomass power station in the UK Competition Law

Court ruling poses challenge for UK power sector

A ruling by the EU Court of Justice has cast doubt over the UK’s subsidy scheme for power plants.

19 November 2018
MEP Bas Eickhout Environmental Policy

EU parliament vote gives hope for gas in transport

A vote for tighter CO2 emissions targets in Strasbourg could give gas a greater role in powering heavy-duty vehicles.

16 November 2018
Environmental Policy

EU parliament backs tighter CO2 targets for trucks

The European Parliament backed stricter carbon dioxide emission reduction targets for new trucks and lorries in a plenary vote in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

15 November 2018
Competition Law

EU court ruling raises doubts over UK capacity market

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the European Commission's approval of the UK’s capacity market should have been based on a more thorough assessment and investigation

15 November 2018
Investment & Finance

Russia and Hungary driving CEE interconnections

EU-level plans to add interconnectors in the region are progressing slowly, while Gazprom and Hungary are both establishing an increasing presence.

15 November 2018
Country Profiles

LNG increases share in Polish gas imports

The share of LNG in Poland’s gas import portfolio is growing fast, and the trend is expected to continue.

14 November 2018
Environmental Policy

EU parliament formally approves new 2030 energy targets

The European Parliament has formally approved revised 2030 targets for energy efficiency and renewable generation

13 November 2018

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