Spring Farm biogas plant, UK. Germany, Italy and the UK produce more than 77% of the EU’s biogas. (Future Biogas) EU Energy Policy

Brussels hopeful on biogas despite slow progress

The EU wants biogas to contribute to energy security and climate targets in Europe, but the industry has a long way to go to unleash its full potential.

By Andreas Walstad 24 April 2017
EU Energy Policy

Commission to weigh in the European CRM debate

The European Commission will act next year to prevent any setback to the creation of the EU internal energy market caused by the diverging capacity remuneration mechanisms (CRMs) that some member states are planning to introduce in their electricity markets, a senior Commission official said Monday.

31 October 2011
EU Energy Policy

EC expected to impose new rules on offshore oil and gas drilling

The European Commission is expected to propose on 27 October new rules to establish minimum standards for the authorisation and oversight of offshore oil and gas activities across the EU.

27 October 2011
EU Energy Policy

EDF may be forced to return $1.7bn to state

French state-owned energy company Electricite de France (EDF) may be obliged to pay back €1.2 billion ($1.7 billion) of state aid it received in 1997 from the French government following an opinion issued last week by a key adviser to the EU’s highest court.

24 October 2011
EU Energy Policy

CEE countries back Poland’s shale gas aspirations

Hungary and Slovakia have both expressed their support to Poland’s plans to utilise the country’s substantial shale gas reserves, stating that it could become a significant source of gas in the medium term for Central European countries which are heavily dependent on Russian gas imports.

17 October 2011
EU Energy Policy

Commission explores new ways of project financing via CEF regulation

In a bid to offer an alternative to traditional grant funding, the European Commission will propose on 19 October to use more innovative financial instruments, such as loan guarantees and European project bonds, via the new infrastructure fund which it proposes to set up under the bloc’s next long-term budget.

13 October 2011
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CEE countries oppose new infrastructure fund

A group of central European countries on Tuesday expressed concerns to the European Commission about plans to concentrate money envisaged for key European infrastructure developments in a new fund - the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) - as part of reforms to the bloc’s spending programme after 2013.

13 October 2011
EU Energy Policy

Wholesale energy market rules formally adopted

EU environment ministers on Monday formally adopted new EU wholesale gas and power trading rules intended to prevent market abuse and increase transparency, the EU Council announced in a statement.

13 October 2011
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EC to question Statoil’s pricing strategy

The European Commission will question Statoil’s “value over volume” gas pricing strategy as it may not be compatible with a new set of rules to prevent market abuse, an official told Interfax on Monday.

11 October 2011
EU Energy Policy

Binding national energy-saving targets back on the table

The European Union’s proposed Energy Efficiency Directive should set binding national energy saving targets in order to fulfil the Union’s goal of a 20% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020, according to Claude Turmes, the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) leading the debate on the draft directive which was tabled in June.

10 October 2011
EU Energy Policy

EU funding under new cohesion policy to be more conditional from 2013

The possibility that the EU would suspend cohesion policy payments if a state presents a macroeconomic imbalance or excessive deficit will be a “measure of last resort,” said EU Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Thursday.

10 October 2011
EU Energy Policy

EIB to finance innovative interconnector project

The European Investment Bank (EIB) decided on 6 October to provide a €350 million ($474 million) loan for building the planned France-Spain power system interconnection, the first trans-European direct current link using innovative converter technology, the bank announced in a statement.

10 October 2011
EU Energy Policy

Commission to propose selection criteria for priority projects

The European Commission will propose a list of criteria on 19 October that strategic trans-European energy infrastructure projects for the electricity, gas and oil markets will have to meet to gain additional funding and support.

6 October 2011
Members of the EU Parliament had conflicting views on a study on shale gas. (PA) EU Energy Policy

Shale gas debate divides European Parliament

A debate on shale gas drilling in the European Parliament this week showed the deep divide between EU member states over the practice.

6 October 2011
Günther Oettinger, the EU Commissioner for Energy, said the completion of internal gas and electricity markets was one of the key priorities for the EU. (PA) EU Energy Policy

EC, stakeholders debate market liberalisation

At a September conference in Brussels, the debate focused on the obstacles to liberalisation in the gas and electricity markets.

4 October 2011
EU Energy Policy

EC to introduce three-year cap on infrastructure permitting

In a bid to speed up approval of permits for common interest energy infrastructure projects, the European Commission (EC) in October will propose new rules to streamline national procedures and impose time limits on decision-making authorities.

30 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

Oettinger doubts feasibility of 2014 internal market completion date

The European Commission (EC) will take legal action against 18 EU countries for failing to transform the EU's third energy package into national legislation, EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger said in late September.

30 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

EU draft regulation to speed up cross-border infrastructure projects

In a bid to speed up the development of energy infrastructure throughout the EU, the European Commission intends to task the Transmission System Operator organisations for electricity and gas (ENTSOE and ENTSOG) to quickly work out the basis for harmonised cost-benefit analyses that could help decide how to share out the costs of projects that bene

29 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

Hungarian government’s policy risks EU funds for strategic interconnector

Plans by the Hungarian government to reduce the capacity of a strategic gas pipeline to be constructed between Slovakia and Hungary may put EU funds earmarked for the project at risk, a well-placed EU source has told Energy Monitor.

29 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

EC launches infringement proceeding against member states

The European Commission has decided to launch infringement proceedings against member states that have not yet transformed national laws to comply with the third energy package which aims to bolster competition and security of supply on energy markets, Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy, said in a speech on Thursday.

29 September 2011
EU Energy Policy

EC inspects E.On, Gazprom over anti-competitive behaviour

German gas company E.On Ruhrgas and utility RWE on Wednesday confirmed they had received unannounced visits from representatives of the European Commission on the back of suspected anti-competitive behaviour.

28 September 2011

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