The COP 21 climate summit in Paris, 2015 Environmental Policy

Energy industry awaits EU’s revised climate strategy

The EU’s long-term energy and climate strategy is seen as outdated and will have to be revamped to match the ambitions of the 2015 Paris climate summit.

By Andreas Walstad 20 April 2018
Competition Law

EC to investigate state aid for indebted Romanian utility

The European Commission has opened an investigation to decide whether public support measures introduced in Romania are in line with EU state aid rules.

13 March 2018
Electric power lines in Europe. Environmental Policy

Coal use to persist in Southeastern Europe

Coal is expected to retain a significant share of Southeastern Europe’s energy mix for years to come, despite the region’s best efforts.

12 March 2018
Foreign Affairs

Mogherini urges Gazprom to comply with contractual obligations

Gazprom should fully comply with its gas contract obligations, Federica Mogherini, the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, has said.

12 March 2018
Sections of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Competition Law

Revised EU Gas Directive faces legal hurdles

A proposal to extend the EU Gas Directive to cover pipelines from third countries has come under increasing scrutiny from legal experts and stakeholders.

9 March 2018
Competition Law

EC clears Brookfield’s $4.6 bln acquisition of Westinghouse

The European Commission has cleared Canadian asset manager Brookfield’s $4.6 billion acquisition of nuclear giant Westinghouse.

6 March 2018
Maros Sefcovic, EU commission vice president for energy union. Foreign Affairs

All eyes on Brussels as Ukraine-Russia gas spat intensifies

The European Commission may again be faced with the daunting task of brokering a deal in the Ukraine-Russia gas dispute after Gazprom confirmed it wants to terminate the transit agreement with Kiev.

5 March 2018
Environmental Policy

Renewables boom could reduce gas-for-power demand

A report by the International Renewable Energy Association suggests gas-for-power demand could fall as a result of growth in renewables.

28 February 2018
Environmental Policy

EU Council formally approves reform of Emissions Trading System

The Council of the EU on Tuesday formally approved reform of the EU’s Emissions Trading System beyond 2020.

27 February 2018
A public hearing on the revised EU Gas Directive in ITRE. Competition Law

EU debate on gas pipeline directive heats up

The debate on whether to extend the EU Gas Directive to cover pipelines coming from third countries such as Russia has intensified.

23 February 2018
A cooling tower at the EDF power station in West Burton, UK. Market Legislation

EU vote marks new dawn for power markets

The European Parliament’s energy committee has supported key power sector reforms paving the way for a shake-up of market rules beyond 2020.

22 February 2018
Market Legislation

MEPs back key reforms of EU power sector

MEPs have backed key reforms to the European internal electricity market, paving the way for negotiations to start with the Council of the EU.

21 February 2018
Market Legislation

ACER records increase in REMIT cases under review

The number of suspected market abuse cases under review by Europe’s Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators is rising.

21 February 2018
Pylons in Europe. Market Legislation

EU power struggle over capacity allocation continues

Policymakers, power firms and TSOs are at loggerheads over the future methodology for allocating cross-border transmission capacity – seen as key to boosting power trading across Europe.

19 February 2018
Environmental Policy

EC approves Belgian power certificate schemes

The EU has ruled that the certificate schemes for renewable electricity and cogeneration in Belgium are in line with state aid rules.

16 February 2018
a CCGT power plant in Spain. Environmental Policy

Surge in EUA prices is good news for gas

The recent bull-run in carbon prices has restored confidence in the EU ETS and may help gas win further market share over coal in power generation.

15 February 2018
The Polskie LNG terminal in Poland. Energy Security

Hungary makes preparations for LNG imports

The Poland-Slovakia interconnector will give Hungary direct access to an LNG terminal in 2021, while a planned FSRU in Croatia could do so even sooner.

14 February 2018
Environmental Policy

EU moves further off 2020 energy savings target

Energy consumption in the EU28 countries rose in 2016, taking the bloc further away from its 2020 energy efficiency target.

14 February 2018
Orense wind farm, Spain. Country Profiles

Spain’s renewables regime clouds outlook for investors

A lack of clarity on government policy risks turning investors away from Spain’s power sector, analysts say.

13 February 2018
Margrethe Vestager, EU commissioner for competition. Environmental Policy

Brussels presses on with energy market reforms

EU lawmakers have made landmark decisions this week that could have a long-lasting impact on the European energy sector.

9 February 2018
Competition Law

European Commission clears acquisition of Lucid II by US firms

The European Commission has cleared the joint control over Lucid Energy Group II by Goldman Sachs and private equity firm Riverstone.

8 February 2018

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