The Poolbeg CCGT gas-fired power plant in Ringsend, Dublin. EU Energy Policy

All eyes on carbon as gas wins EU power market share

Gas has gained market share in European power generation, but carbon prices will likely need to rise if the trend is to continue.

By Andreas Walstad 19 October 2017
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
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
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
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
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

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