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Market Legislation

All eyes on EU as carbon prices tumble

With carbon allowances trading at record-low levels, market participants are waiting for a decision by EU Council and Parliament on whether to give the Commission the go-ahead to set-aside allowances.

30 March 2012
Market Legislation

EC urges fast-track selection of infrastructure projects

EU member states should come up with draft regional lists of key Pan-European energy infrastructure projects by the end of this year, a senior European Commission official said on Wednesday.

29 March 2012
Environmental Policy

Energy efficiency directive to strengthen EU’s geopolitical standing

Niki Tzavela is a member of the European Parliament for Greece and is on the parliamentary committee for Industry, Research and Energy. Andreas Walstad asked her about the challenges ahead for a common EU energy policy.

28 March 2012
Environmental Policy

Energy efficiency directive to strengthen EU’s geopolitical standing

Niki Tzavela is a member of the European Parliament for Greece and is on the parliamentary committee for Industry, Research and Energy. Interfax asked her about the challenges ahead for a common EU energy policy.

28 March 2012
Environmental Policy

EU calls for global cooperation on nuclear safety

The European Commission has called on the international community to strengthen safety measures at nuclear power plants and for cross-border cooperation in the wake of the Fukushima accident in Japan.

27 March 2012
Environmental Policy

Renewables action casts further doubt over targets

The failure of three member states to notify the Commission that they have incorporated the EU directive on renewable energy into national law has cast further doubt over the EU’s binding renewables targets for 2020.

27 March 2012
Market Legislation

Renewables communication sparks market-functioning debate

The drafting of a European Commission communication on a binding renewable energy target for 2030 has provoked an intense internal debate on the possible dangers prolonging EU target-driven national renewable subsidy schemes could pose to a competitive internal energy market, a Commission source has said.

26 March 2012
Market Legislation

Commission insists on Hungarian TSO’s ownership unbundling

The European Commission will reject a possible Hungarian application to exempt its new gas transmission system operator from ownership unbundling provisions in the Third Energy Market Liberalisation Package, an EU source has told Energy Monitor.

26 March 2012
Environmental Policy

CCS uncertainty jeopardises EU climate targets

The EU’s ambitious climate targets for beyond 2020 are only achievable with carbon capture and storage technology, but there is growing scepticism it will be commercially viable on a large scale.

23 March 2012
Market Legislation

TSOs, EC discuss harmonisation of phase-shifter use

More EU-level harmonisation is needed for the use of phase shifting transformers (PSTs) that transmission system operators (TSOs) install on their power grid in order to control unscheduled electricity flows – mainly from renewables – at their borders, Tahir Kapetanovic, an expert at Austrian Power Grid said on Monday.

22 March 2012
Market Legislation

EP keeps up pressure for setting aside excess ETS allowances

The European Commission needs to be bold enough to table a formal proposal for setting aside excess emissions credits in the next phase of the EU’s carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS), Matthias Groote, president of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee told a conference on Tuesday.

22 March 2012
Environmental Policy

Poland’s veto on climate goals is reality check for EU

Poland’s rejection of the EU’s ambitious emission reduction targets beyond 2020 proves just how hard it will be to achieve the vision of a decarbonised European economy by 2050.

21 March 2012
Energy Security

IGA debate intensifies as plenary vote nears

The EU debate on intergovernmental agreements in energy is gaining momentum with a final decision on the draft legislation expected this summer.

20 March 2012
Environmental Policy

EC consulting on electricity and gas grid code priorities

The European Commission has launched consultations on the annual priority lists for the development of electricity and gas network codes and guidelines for 2013 and beyond, according to the Commission’s website.

15 March 2012
Environmental Policy

Presidency fights to keep CO2 in EU minimum energy tax

The Danish presidency of the EU Council circulated a compromise proposal last week among member states to keep the carbon dioxide element of the new EU-level minimum tax on fuels.

15 March 2012
Market Legislation

ENTSOG submits first Network code

The European Network of Transmission Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) submitted its first Network Code to the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) at an event in Brussels this week.

13 March 2012
Environmental Policy

Climate debate overshadowed by Polish refusal to raise targets

The debate on Friday among EU environment ministers on Europe’s climate strategy up to 2020 and beyond was overshadowed by Poland’s continued refusal to accept a more ambitious climate policy and threat to veto the conclusions on the road map to a low-carbon economy by 2050.

9 March 2012
Upstream

EU-Algeria talks ongoing - Oettinger

The European Union is preparing a strategic oil and gas agreement with Algeria, following the December 2011 memorandum on the development of solar power in North Africa, EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said in Brussels.

8 March 2012
Environmental Policy

European Commission and Parliament resist changes to energy savings obligation scheme

The European Commission is ready to defend key measures in the draft Energy Efficiency Directive, including an obligation for energy utilities to decrease their sales volumes to end-users by 1.5% a year up to 2020, Marie Donnelly, director for energy efficiency and renewables at the Commission's energy directorate, told a conference in Brussels on

8 March 2012
Upstream

Entso-e calls for faster project permitting in new package

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (Entso-e) has said there is strong evidence supporting for speeding up national project permitting procedures in the new 10-year electricity network development package which it released on Thursday.

5 March 2012

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