EU Energy Policy

Market Legislation

Energy companies may not escape MiFID 2

Energy companies will not necessarily be exempt from rules on position limits suggested under the European Commission’s second proposal for the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), as they could pose systemic risk to the sector, a senior representative for the European Commission told Interfax on Tuesday.

30 November 2011
Market Legislation

EC likely to withdraw infringement cases

Representatives of the European Commission see progress in transposing the EU’s Third Energy Package into national law at a gas infrastructure conference in Rome on Tuesday.

29 November 2011
Energy Security

Energy ministers hold first debate on infrastructure package

The European Infrastructure Package proposed by the European Commission is a good starting point to speed up the creation of pan-European energy corridors, EU energy ministers agreed on Thursday.

28 November 2011
Energy Security

Entso-E warns of supply risks this winter

European power markets will face a risk to security of supply if severe weather conditions occur this winter, following the shutdown of eight nuclear reactors in Germany, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (Entso-E) warned on Thursday.

28 November 2011
Market Legislation

EC keeps pressure on Russia to accept Third Energy Package

Russia’s apparent failure to comply with EU law on third party access to pipelines and separation of supply and transmission businesses is infuriating the Commission which says it will keep pressuri

28 November 2011
Market Legislation

EC takes Bulgaria, Romania to court over market failures

The European Commission has decided to refer Bulgaria and Romania to the European Court of Justice, as the two countries have failed to implement EU legislations on market transparency and third party

25 November 2011
Market Legislation

Ministers concerned about financial impact of proposed energy efficiency measures

The presidency will today present a progress report to energy ministers on talks over the draft energy-efficiency directive proposed by the Commission in June.

24 November 2011
Market Legislation

Ministers offer cautious support for enhanced co-ordination of external policies to secure supplies

EU energy ministers meeting in Brussels today will offer cautious support to a European Commission proposal to boost co-ordination of their countries’ external energy policies in order to secure the EU’s externals supplies, according to draft council conclusions circulated by the Polish EU presidency.

24 November 2011
Market Legislation

Gas industry debates EU transparency law

Senior industry figures gathered at the E-mart conference in Lyon are concerned about new EU regulations that will require much greater levels of transparency, but are their concerns justified?

24 November 2011
Market Legislation

Gas traders prepare for stricter EU regulation

Gas traders are bracing themselves for stricter market regulation under the European Commission’s proposal for a revised Directive and Regulation on Markets in Financial Instruments (MiFID).

23 November 2011
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

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