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.

By Andreas Walstad 20 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
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
EU Energy Policy

Mixed picture on PCI implementation – ACER

Only around one-third of projects earmarked by the EU as Projects of Common Interest have managed to stick to their original time schedules over the last couple of years.

12 July 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels OKs joint venture for German LNG terminal

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of joint control over a newly created joint venture by Netherlands-based Gasunie LNG and Vopak LNG and German company Oiltanking.

7 July 2017
The TCFD is a wing of the G20’s Financial Security Board. (FSB) EU Energy Policy

Pressure on for companies to report climate risks

Companies are facing increasing pressure to disclose how climate change will impact them in the future.

7 July 2017
An NGV filling station in Germany. The European Commission is hoping to boost the use of gas as a vehicle fuel. (Daimler) EU Energy Policy

Brussels highlights growth potential for NGVs

The European Commission sees growth potential for natural gas and advanced biofuels in road transport and will release proposals to encourage their use.

6 July 2017
Margrethe Vestager has said imposing a fine would not necessarily result in Gazprom changing its behaviour. (EC) EU Energy Policy

Settlement likely in Gazprom probe – OIES analysts

Brussels is likely to accept Gazprom’s commitments to resolve the antitrust case against the company despite some opposition, says the OIES.

4 July 2017
EU Energy Policy

ECJ to hear OPAL case on interim measures on Wednesday

The European Court of Justice will hold a public hearing regarding interim measures on the OPAL gas pipeline on Wednesday, the court has confirmed.

3 July 2017
Wind turbines in Ireland. On windy days the country could export power to the rest of Europe. (PA) EU Energy Policy

Ireland looks to France for security of supply

The proposed Celtic Interconnector could see Ireland import electricity from France, potentially reducing its reliance on gas.

3 July 2017
Langage gas power plant in the UK. The EIB will reduce lending to gas and other fossil fuels. (Centrica) EU Energy Policy

EIB signals slowdown in fossil fuel investments

It will be harder for gas and other fossil fuel projects to obtain cash from the European Investment Bank in the future.

29 June 2017
EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete (left) and Maltese Energy Minister Joe Mizzi at the summit. (European Council) EU Energy Policy

EU member states agree 30% energy efficiency goal

EU energy ministers have agreed a more ambitious energy efficiency target in the hope of reducing Europe’s dependence on imported gas.

27 June 2017
EU Energy Policy

EC will wait before giving verdict on US Russia sanctions – Šefčovič

The European Commission will not give its opinion on stricter US sanctions against Russia before the House of Representatives and the president have offered their verdicts.

23 June 2017
Marco Alverà (left), chief executive of Snam, is now president of GasNaturally. (Snam) EU Energy Policy

Snam increases its influence in Europe

The recent appointment of Marco Alverà as president of GasNaturally is a further step towards consolidating the role of Snam as a giant in the EU gas network.

23 June 2017
Grain LNG terminal. The UK’s carbon floor price has helped gas gain market share from coal. (Flickr/National Grid) EU Energy Policy

ETS price too low for LNG to crowd out coal in power

LNG import prices in Europe have dropped sharply but will still rely on a boost in carbon prices to compete with coal in power generation.

22 June 2017

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