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.

By Andreas Walstad 23 March 2017
EU Energy Policy

EC – Regulatory barriers hinder gas trade in CEE

The European Commission is concerned about regulatory barriers hindering energy trade in Central and Eastern European (CEE) member states, which were identified by multilateral working groups reviewing key electricity, gas and oil infrastructure projects in the planned North-South energy corridor, EU sources told Energy Monitor.

26 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

Czech regulator consults EC on ownership unbundling exemption for pipeline

The Czech energy regulator, ERU, is consulting the European Commission about the possibility of exempting the Gazelle gas pipeline from ownership unbundling obligations, the Commission announced last week on its website.

26 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

EU study of shale gas

The European Commission has asked a private consultant to study whether EU environmental law would cover shale gas, Dow Jones reported last week.

26 September 2011
The European Parliament has pushed through a set of new rules to prevent anti-competitive behaviour on gas and power markets (PA) EU Energy Policy

New EU rules to prevent insider trading in gas markets

The European Parliament has pushed through a set of new rules to prevent anti-competitive behaviour on gas and power markets, but will it be enough to boot out the mistrust that still overshadows whol

26 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

EC promises two new energy policy papers for next year

The European Commission will issue two new communications next year, addressing obstacles to creating a single European energy market and examining ways to better co-ordinate national subsidy schemes for renewable energy production, Michael Kohler, head of cabinet of EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said Thursday.

23 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

Turkey-Cyprus dispute on the agenda

Turkey should be subjected to the same accession criteria as every other country if it wants to join the European Energy Community and, ultimately, the EU, Praxoulla Antoniadou Kyriacou, energy minister of the Republic of Cyprus, said this week.

22 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

Ukraine’s energy sector debate in the EU parliament

A high-level conference, titled “Ukraine 20 years on: challenges for the future”, organised by the European Policy Centre (EPC) with the support of Interfax Ukraine was held at the European Parliament on Wednesday.

22 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

Member states to co-ordinate on energy mix – gas energy concern about lack of long-term price sign

European Union energy ministers have agreed to establish a European co-ordination group for electricity to assess risks resulting both from the short-term management of national electricity systems and long-term decisions taken on the energy mix within member states, EU director general for energy Philip Lowe told Energy Monitor on Wednesday.

22 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

EC criticises member states for failing to match words with action

The European Commission’s Director General for Energy Philip Lowe criticised EU member states this week over contradictions between their ambitious policy statements and subsequent actions.

22 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

New transparency rules will not harm EU’s gas supplies

The new transparency rules which the EU plans to introduce into European wholesale energy markets will not make Europe less attractive for gas suppliers, Walter Boltz, vice-president of the European group of energy regulators, told a Vienna workshop on Wednesday.

15 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

ACER to monitor trade deals

New rules will ban the use of insider information and market manipulation practices. National penalties for breaches will have to reflect any damage to consumers.

15 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

New member states oppose planned infrastructure fund

A group of the EU’s newer member states has opposed the European Commission’s idea of setting up a separate infrastructure fund under the bloc’s next multiannual financial framework – an EU source said.

15 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

MEPs call for tighter oil and gas rig standards

Any development of new offshore oil and gas fields in Europe should be subject to the operator preparing a sound safety plan to deal with potential emergencies and having sufficient resources to fix possible damage to the environment, according to a non-binding resolution passed by the European Parliament on Tuesday.

15 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

EC to file for second international negotiating mandate in energy

The European Commission this year will apply for a mandate from member states to negotiate a political agreement between the European Union and Russia to facilitate the integration of Baltic States’ power systems in the European grid while preserving interoperability with Russia and Belarus, at least for the medium-term.

15 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

Europe says drilling companies must be financially liable

Development of new gas or oil fields in European seas should only be allowed if the company involved has prepared an adequate emergency plan and has sufficient funds to repair possible damage to the environment, according to a resolution passed by the European Parliament on Tuesday.

14 September 2011
EU flags fly at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, May 2001. (PA) EU Energy Policy

European Parliament discusses internal energy market at first autumn session

At the first autumn session following the summer break, the European Commission launched a series of energy debates to affect the EU natural gas industry.

6 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

Hopes high for new Iraqi oil and gas law

A new Iraqi oil and gas law could be in place by the end of the year, a source familiar with matter exclusively told Interfax.

1 August 2011
Juggling the EU's economic recovery against energy and climate change will prove no easy feat during Poland's tenure of the rotating EU presidency. (PA) EU Energy Policy

Polish EU presidency’s balancing act

During his tenure as President of the EU, Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk will attempt to balance European solidarity with his country’s own energy initiatives.

18 July 2011
The European Commission says that around $1.4 trillion is needed to achieve EU Energy Policy

European Parliament debates energy infrastructure priorities

With the European Parliament discussing energy infrastructures that are essential to achieve EU goals, it concluded that a fresh approach to energy is needed.

6 July 2011
The European gas industry must work harder to be heard. (PA) EU Energy Policy

Gas industry needs a voice

The gas industry in Europe is failing to effectively put its case across to politicians, policymakers and the general public, and has fallen well behind a more organised and publicity-savvy renewables

25 May 2011

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