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Poland's Patnow coal-fired power plant Energy Security

EU battle over coal capacity payments heats up

National capacity payments for coal-fired power plants could continue at least until 2035 if some EU member states get their way.

14 September 2018
Environmental Policy

EU carbon prices surge in volatile market

The price of EU carbon allowances cleared €25/t this week, but volatility remains high.

12 September 2018
MEP Miriam Dalli in the ENVI committee. Environmental Policy

MEPs bolster ambition on CO2 standards for cars

MEPs have put pressure on the EU to adopt more ambitious CO2 targets for cars and vans following a key vote in Strasbourg on Monday night.

11 September 2018
Germany's Datteln coal-fired power plant. Environmental Policy

Gas yet to receive boost from higher EU carbon prices

A surge in the price of EU carbon allowances has yet to significantly boost gas-fired power generation in continental Europe, partly because gas prices have also risen.

28 August 2018
Competition Law

Brussels gives green light to Jera’s acquisition of EDF’s LNG business

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of EDF’s LNG trading business by Jera Trading of Singapore

24 August 2018
A coal-fired power plant in Germany Environmental Policy

Ten-year high in EU carbon prices restores trust in ETS

Prices for EU carbon allowances hit their highest levels in 10 years this week and could trigger large-scale fuel switching from coal to gas earlier than expected.

23 August 2018
Environmental Policy

EU carbon prices extend gains amid bullish forecast

The Carbon Tracker Initiative has revised its forecast for EUA prices, saying they could now reach €25/t by the end of 2018 and average €35/t in 2019.

22 August 2018
The landing point  of Nord Stream 1  in Germany Competition Law

WTO ruling may favour Russia in OPAL probe

Moscow sees the WTO ruling against capacity restrictions on OPAL as a big win, as it could influence a final verdict by the ECJ expected early next year.

22 August 2018
Sections of pipe for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Italy Market Legislation

WTO ruling challenges EU priority gas projects

The WTO has called the EU’s priority gas projects into question after concluding the selection criteria discriminate against Russian gas.

17 August 2018
Investment & Finance

EIB offers €100 mln support to Germany-Norway power link

The EIB has signed a €100 million financing agreement with Dutch-owned TSO TenneT

14 August 2018
Competition Law

EC approves inclusion of CHP plant in Polish power certificate scheme

The European Commission has approved the inclusion of a new CHP plant in a Polish scheme to support high-efficiency cogeneration.

13 August 2018
A Vattenfall coal-fired power plant in Germany Environmental Policy

Higher fuel and carbon prices helping ‘green’ utilities

European utilities with high exposure to renewables and nuclear are gaining from the rise in power, gas and carbon prices.

13 August 2018
A field of wells in Romania Market Legislation

Domestic priorities trump export hopes in SE Europe

A proposed law on offshore production in Romania is the latest example of how countries in Southeast Europe self-sabotage their desire to become regional hubs.

10 August 2018
Fessenheim nuclear plant, France Country Profiles

France’s renewables plans may leave more room for gas

France’s nuclear phase-out may not be as ambitious as first planned, but the coming renewables boom and decline of coal could increase the operating hours of flexible CCGTs.

10 August 2018
Environmental Policy

Flexible gas could profit from German price spikes

Germany's shift to renewables could offer coal and gas a chance to profit in the near term.

8 August 2018
Market Legislation

Some EU nations lagging on gas balancing rules – ACER

Some EU member states need to take further steps to meet the deadline for implementation of the Network Code on Gas Balancing of Transmission Networks.

6 August 2018
The European Court of Justice building in Luxembourg Investment & Finance

Energy Charter Treaty faces test after court ruling

The European Commission has increased pressure on EU member states to terminate bilateral investment treaties, which could lead to weaker investor protection under the Energy Charter Treaty.

6 August 2018
Energy Security

Brussels OKs Greek capacity market

The European Commission has ruled that Greece’s planned market to remunerate flexible electricity generation capacity is in line with EU state aid rules

30 July 2018
Gas deliveries to the LNG terminal at Świnoujście, Poland Market Legislation

Brussels continues mission to boost US LNG imports

Brussels is laying the groundwork to offer more funding to LNG import projects – mainly for sourcing supplies from the United States.

30 July 2018
The Datteln coal-fired power plant in Germany. Energy Security

Heatwave power price surge raises supply questions

The ongoing heatwave in Europe is a reminder that supply shortages can happen during summer and that flexible generation is needed as a back-up.

26 July 2018

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