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.

By The Wildcat 23 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
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
EU Energy Policy

Brussels OKs Danish support for coal-to-biomass conversion

The European Commission has approved Denmark’s DKK 422 million support package to convert DONG Energy’s coal-fired power plant in Kalundborg to use biomass.

22 June 2017
Pipes for Nord Stream 2. A US bill for new Russian sanctions has angered some EU members. (Nord Stream 2) EU Energy Policy

US sanctions bill stirs controversy in Europe

A draft bill passed by the US Senate potentially giving the green light for tighter sanctions on Russia has angered some EU member states.

19 June 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels clears Cargill-Macquarie petroleum deal

The European Commission has approved Macquarie's acquisition of sole control over the petroleum trading and marketing business of Cargill.

16 June 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels OKs Chrysaor's acquisition of Shell North Sea assets

The European Commission has approved Chrysaor Holdings' acquisition of sole control over Shell’s northern North Sea petroleum business.

16 June 2017
The Council of the EU will vote on whether to allow negotiations. (Council of the EU) EU Energy Policy

EU-Russia energy deal hinges on political will

A separate EU-Russia agreement for energy infrastructure could bring benefits, but it would need political support from both sides to come to fruition.

16 June 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brexit negotiations to start on Monday

Article 50 discussions on the UK's exit from the EU will start on Monday, the European Commission has said.

16 June 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels sets new timeline for ITER fusion project

The European Commission has adopted a communication presenting a revised schedule and budget estimates for European participation in the ITER fusion project.

15 June 2017
Gas pipelines in Germany. A report by Moody’s has said renewables could make gas grids obsolete. (E.On) EU Energy Policy

Moody’s highlights uncertainty in Europe’s gas grids

There is a risk European gas grids will become obsolete in the switch from fossil fuels to renewables, Moody’s warns.

15 June 2017
EU Energy Policy

EU to invest $126 mln in Polish gas grid

The EU will invest €112.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund to help build a gas pipeline between Lwówek and Odolanów in Poland’s Wielkopolska region.

14 June 2017
EU Energy Policy

EU seeks mandate to negotiate legal framework for Nord Stream 2

The European Commission has requested a mandate from the Council of the EU to negotiate the key principles with Russia for the operation of the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project

9 June 2017
Romanian gas wells. The country has considerable gas and coal reserves. (Petrom) EU Energy Policy

Brussels pressures Romania to integrate gas market

The European Commission has challenged Romania’s grid operator Transgaz over underinvestment in infrastructure that it says may prevent exports to neighbouring countries.

9 June 2017
A combined-cycle thermo-solar power plant. Gas should benefit from carbon pricing. (Dana Smillie, World Bank) EU Energy Policy

G20 to debate carbon pricing and subsidy phase-out

The upcoming G20 meeting will provide an opportunity for discussions on a global carbon price, but progress may take time.

31 May 2017
Romania could be a reliable source of supply to the rest of Europe in the case of emergencies. (Romgaz) EU Energy Policy

Romania’s gas reforms worry Brussels

Romania’s proposed regulations to restrict gas exports in times of crisis are setting it against the EU’s plans for energy security.

31 May 2017
MEP José Blanco López has called for a higher target for renewables in the EU’s energy mix. (EP) EU Energy Policy

MEPs face long battle on renewables ambition

Efforts to raise the EU’s renewables target to 35% of energy consumption look set to face significant opposition.

25 May 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels OKs support for energy-intensive users in Latvia

The European Commission has approved Latvia’s plans to partially compensate energy-intensive users for charges incurred to support renewable energy.

24 May 2017
Innogy’s Eschweiler wind farm. The company manages renewables services that were split off from RWE. (Innogy) EU Energy Policy

Analysts question Franco-German energy alliance

A possible alliance between French and German energy companies has left analysts scratching their heads.

24 May 2017
Nord Stream 2 pipes arriving in Kotka, Finland. (Nord Stream 2, Axel Schmidt) EU Energy Policy

Nord Stream 2 backers shun Russia-EU legal deal

The developers of Nord Stream 2 do not share the European Commission’s view that a separate legal framework is needed for Russian infrastructure.

23 May 2017
A PGNiG gas storage facility. The company has called on the European Commission to fine Gazprom. (PGNiG) EU Energy Policy

Poland sets the bar high in Gazprom probe

Poland's PGNiG has called for commitments that go far beyond the preliminary agreement between the European Commission and Gazprom in the antitrust probe.

19 May 2017

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