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.

By Andreas Walstad 27 June 2017
The Datteln 4 coal-fired power plant in Germany. (E.On) EU Energy Policy

Picking winners and losers in EU electricity

Industry is speaking out against proposed regulations that would effectively squeeze coal out of capacity mechanisms, calling for such decisions to be left to the markets.

21 April 2017
A German gas compressor station. TSOs have said transmission tariffs are a problem for trade. (Wintershall) EU Energy Policy

Transmission tariffs remain obstacle to gas trade

A survey has found barriers to trade persist across European gas hubs, with expensive transmission tariffs being the most common obstacle.

20 April 2017
EU Energy Policy

EU countries see rise in gas demand

Gas consumption increased in 23 EU countries and Switzerland in 2016 compared with 2015 levels.

19 April 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels signs nuclear safety project with Iran

The European Commission has signed an agreement on the first project for nuclear safety co-operation with Iran.

18 April 2017
Hassi Mouinas gas drilling, Algeria. Investing in rewneables could free up more gas for export to Europe. (Statoil) EU Energy Policy

EU wants role in Algeria’s energy transformation

EU investment in Algeria could be key to freeing up more gas for export, but a more stable regulatory framework may be needed first.

13 April 2017
EU Energy Policy

EU power sector emissions fall by 4%

Greenhouse gas emissions from the European power sector fell by 4% in 2016 compared with the previous year, with emissions from coal-fired power plants dropping by 11%.

12 April 2017
Manzanillo terminal. Under the current agreement, LNG re-exports to Europe are not possible. (Samsung C&T) EU Energy Policy

EU ups pressure on Mexico for energy liberalisation

The EU wants Mexico to further liberalise its energy sector as a precondition to signing a new free-trade agreement.

10 April 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels opens investigation into German capacity reserve

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether German plans to set up an electricity capacity reserve comply with EU state aid rules

7 April 2017
Datteln coal-fired power plant in Germany. Future investment in coal-fired power in the country is uncertain. (E.On) EU Energy Policy

Eurelectric’s coal pledge sparks controversy

A pledge by European power companies not to build new coal-fired plants after 2020 comes as a surprise, but its real impact seems hard to measure without further details.

6 April 2017
The GreenStream receiving terminal in Sicily.  Snam and Eni, are pushing the development of Italy as a gas hub. (Eni) EU Energy Policy

Italy’s new role as a Mediterranean transit hub

Making Italy into a gas hub could increase liquidity in Europe, eventually leading to lower prices and more flexibility, analysts say.

5 April 2017
EU Energy Policy

Renewables progress hits fossil fuel use

The expansion of renewable energy sources over the last decade prompted an 11% cut in fossil fuel use across Europe in 2015.

5 April 2017
EU Energy Policy

Brussels OKs Finnish compensation for ETS costs

The European Commission has approved a €149 million Finnish support scheme for energy-intensive companies, it said on Tuesday.

4 April 2017
EU Energy Policy

Latvia market liberalisation law takes effect

The amendments to energy laws designed to liberalise Latvia’s gas market took effect on Monday.

3 April 2017
Pipeline sections for Nord Stream 2. The EU may strike a standalone agreement on the pipeline. (Nord Stream 2) EU Energy Policy

Brussels wants legal agreement for Russian projects

The EU aims to strike a separate agreement with Russia on energy infrastructure after ruling the TEP cannot be applied to Nord Stream 2.

3 April 2017
EU Energy Policy

EC confirms TEP will not apply to Nord Stream 2

The European Commission has confirmed that Third Energy Package rules will not apply to Nord Stream 2, but that it will seek to negotiate a legal mandate with Russia concerning energy infrastructure.

31 March 2017
A flare from the Corrib field. Production is expected to fall from 2021. (Shell E&P Ireland) EU Energy Policy

Post-Brexit Ireland in dire need of investors

Ireland’s policymakers must put clear policies in place that appeal to reluctant investors if they want to guarantee energy security in the country.

31 March 2017
EU Energy Policy

Naftogaz appeals against OPAL decision to ECJ

Naftogaz Ukrainy has filed a separate appeal to the General Court of the European Court of Justice against the European Commission’s decision to allow Gazprom to increase flows on the OPAL pipeline.

30 March 2017
Ana Stanic addresses delegates at the Interfax conference in Brussels on Wednesday. (Interfax) EU Energy Policy

Gas producers may gain from Brexit

Experts debated the impact of Brexit on Europe’s energy industry at an event hosted by Interfax Global Energy in Brussels on Wednesday.

30 March 2017
Dominique Ristori, EU director general for energy, attended a discussion on cyberattack risks last week. (EC) EU Energy Policy

EU increasingly worried about energy cyberattacks

The European Commission is trying to step up its efforts to prevent cyberattacks in the energy sector, which it says are a growing concern.

28 March 2017
An E.On coal power plant in Germany. Energy efficency could see gas lose market share to coal. (E.On) EU Energy Policy

Gas industry cautions against EU efficiency reforms

The gas industry is lobbying against stricter EU targets for energy efficiency, which it says could favour coal over gas in the energy mix.

23 March 2017

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