A public hearing on the revised EU Gas Directive in ITRE. Competition Law

EU debate on gas pipeline directive heats up

The debate on whether to extend the EU Gas Directive to cover pipelines coming from third countries such as Russia has intensified.

By Andreas Walstad 23 February 2018
Environmental Policy

Gas stands to benefit in post-Fukushima EU

A nuclear phase-out in both Germany and France would have huge knock-on effects for gas, but the European Commission is unlikely to propose a common strategy for nuclear policy anytime soon as the Parliament remains deeply divided on the issue.

22 November 2011
Market Legislation

Member states to water down proposal on intergovernmental agreements

EU member states are seeking to water down a recent proposal by the European Commission that aims to introduce ex-ante legal checks on intergovernmental energy agreements between member states and third countries, a summary note circulated by the Polish EU Presidency has revealed.

21 November 2011
Market Legislation

CEE countries to endorse infrastructure action plan

This Wednesday a group of Central and Eastern European countries will agree on a list of strategic energy infrastructure projects in the electricity, gas and oil sectors.

21 November 2011
Environmental Policy

Gas-fired power to increase despite doubts over renewables target

Gas-fired power generation in Europe is likely to increase over the coming years regardless of whether the EU reaches the 20% renewables target by 2020 or not, experts say.

21 November 2011
Environmental Policy

Europe must show leadership on gas efficiency beyond Durban

Investment in low-carbon technologies including gas efficient power stations and smart grids will have positive knock on effects for the EU economy and pave the way for a global approach to a low-carb

18 November 2011
Market Legislation

EU eyes new legislation on energy efficiency

The European Union will agree on a new, ambitious directive for energy efficiency in 2012 as member states are failing to reach the 20% efficiency target for 2020 under current legislation.

17 November 2011
Environmental Policy

Is the EC’s Energy Roadmap 2050 achievable?

The EU Energy Roadmap 2050 is expected to set out goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050, but because it comes at an economically challenging time, are its goals really realistic?

16 November 2011
Market Legislation

EC to table state aid guidelines for new EU ETS

The European Commission is expected to propose, early next year, new state aid guidelines ahead of the entry into force, in 2013, of the amended EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), EU Vice-President Joaquín Almunia said in Berlin on Friday.

14 November 2011
Market Legislation

RES support: Industry voices

With national renewables support schemes set to undergo scrutiny checks in the light of the EU’s energy and climate goals up to 2020, market participants have been busy making their priorities known to Brussels.

14 November 2011
Market Legislation

Regulators consult on impact of diverging RES support schemes

The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) launched a consultation on Thursday looking into the worst case scenario of Europe failing to harmonise national support schemes for renewable energy.

14 November 2011
Market Legislation

Poles warn on energy tax reform

European Union member states are still hopelessly divided on key elements of the EU’s energy taxation directive, including minimum rates and the concept of using CO2 emissions and energy content as the basis for taxation levels, a note circulated this week by the Polish EU presidency reveals.

14 November 2011
Market Legislation

EU states fail to implement Third Package into national law

Eighteen EU member states – including the UK, the Netherlands and Spain – have so far failed to notify the European Commission that they have fully transposed the directives in the legally binding Third Energy Package into national law, the EC press office confirmed to Interfax on Thursday.

10 November 2011
Environmental Policy

EC backs down on tightening ETS cap

European Union Commissioner for Climate Issues Connie Hedegaard has downplayed the likelihood of tightening the cap on the bloc’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) or increasing the EU’s emissions reduction targets in the foreseeable future.

10 November 2011
Market Legislation

TSOs team up with NGOs for public acceptance

Some of Europe’s biggest electricity grid operators (TSOs) and leading environmental organisations are calling for new EU-wide renewable energy targets for 2030 and 2050.

10 November 2011
Environmental Policy

European Parliament earmarks money for shale gas, wind and solar

The European Parliament voted last week to allocate €200,000 ($274,180) to fund shale gas pilot projects. The extra money was part of a series of amendments to the European Council’s draft 2012 budget.

7 November 2011
Market Legislation

ENTSOG to begin work on network codes

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) expects to receive the green light from the European Commission this week to start working out EU-wide network codes for gas balancing, the organisation told a workshop in Brussels last week.

3 November 2011
Market Legislation

EC to push through transparency rules on IGAs by 2012

The European Commission aims to have put into force new rules that increase transparency on energy-related, intergovernmental agreements (IGA) between member states and third countries by the first half of next year.

3 November 2011
Market Legislation

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
Upstream

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
Market Legislation

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

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