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A Green EU flag in front of the Brandenburg Gate

Greens eye more influence over EU energy policy

Securing EU funding for gas infrastructure is getting harder, and the rise in popularity of the European Green Party will do little to reverse that.

2 days ago Policy & Regulation
A Naturgy gas-fired power plant

Spain continues clampdown on energy market abuse

The Spanish regulator has again fined energy companies for market rigging, this time invoking national legislation and levying fairly substantial fines.

4 days ago Policy & Regulation
Pipe-laying for the Nord Stream 2 project. (Gazprom)

EC presses on with overhaul of Energy Charter Treaty

The European Commission wants to push through changes to the Energy Charter Treaty, but it will need support from EU member states as well as non-EU countries to get its way.

17 May 2019 Policy & Regulation

France and Spain show strong appetite for US LNG

The two countries imported a total of 1.9 bcm of US gas as LNG in the first four months of 2019, according to preliminary data.

16 May 2019 LNG
A German wind farm

Obstacles to German onshore wind could aid gas

Slower growth in new onshore wind installations in Germany could mean gas will play a bigger role in the country’s energy transition than some had anticipated.

16 May 2019 Policy & Regulation
A German wind farm

Europe’s CO2 emissions drop in line with lower fossil fuel use

Europe’s emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels dropped last year as renewables and hydropower gained market share from coal and gas in some countries.

10 May 2019 Policy & Regulation
The Netherlands' Gate LNG terminal

Strong growth in Europe’s US LNG imports may not last

Exports of US LNG to Europe have been strong so far this year, but it remains doubtful that the trend will continue despite US vows to ease export restrictions.

3 May 2019 LNG
Spain's prime minister Padro Sanchez

Spanish energy transition retains political support

Spain looks set to carry on with its transition away from coal and nuclear regardless of whether Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez decides to form a coalition or govern alone.

2 May 2019 Policy & Regulation
Offshore work being carried out for Nord Stream 2.

All eyes on the ECT as Nord Stream 2 lawsuit looms

The Switzerland-based Nord Stream 2 holding company is expected to take legal action against the EU over its revised Gas Directive, which will be a big test for the Energy Charter Treaty and its interpretation.

26 April 2019 Policy & Regulation
Jaworzno coal power plant in Poland

Polish scheme ups support for gas in heating

A revamped subsidy scheme for CHP plants in Poland could open the door for a speedier transition to gas and renewable fuels in heating.

25 April 2019 Policy & Regulation
A coal power plant in Poland.

EU nations explore loopholes for coal-to-power

Some member states are looking to exploit gaps in the bloc’s revised electricity regulations that could enable them to subsidise coal-fired plants for many years to come.

18 April 2019 Policy & Regulation
EU commissioner for climate and energy Miguel Arias Cañete

Gas industry holds breath on EU tax revision

The European Commission seems likely to propose amendments to the EU Energy Tax Directive, which could bring both good and bad news for the gas industry.

11 April 2019 Policy & Regulation
The Zandvliet CCGT plant in Antwerp.

Belgian capacity market takes major step forward

Belgium’s parliament has approved a subsidy scheme that could shore up investor confidence in new gas-fired power plants, but final approval by the European Commission remains a hurdle.

9 April 2019 Policy & Regulation
Germany's Datteln coal power plant

Coal under pressure as EU carbon reforms bite

EU climate policies are beginning to squeeze out coal in Europe’s power mix but have yet to benefit gas-to-power on a large scale.

4 April 2019 Alternative Fuels
Austria's Haidach gas storage site

German transit tariffs threaten storage site

Germany’s plan to increase tariffs at its cross-border interconnection points risks disrupting gas trading in Central Europe and stranding the Haidach storage facility.

4 April 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
Fiddler's Ferry coal power station in the UK.

EU power reforms signal less coal and more competition

The EU’s comprehensive electricity market reform addresses many but not all of the barriers to a better-functioning energy market.

27 March 2019 Policy & Regulation
Harvesting corn for biogas in Germany.

EU nations show modest ambition on green gases

Member states have highlighted the potential for renewable gases in their 10-year energy and climate plans, but few have made ambitious commitments.

25 March 2019 Policy & Regulation
The Netherlands' Gate LNG terminal

EU nations see key role for gas amid growing imports

The 10-year energy plans submitted to the European Commission illustrate that many EU nations expect gas to play a key role in their energy mixes but that import dependence will grow.

20 March 2019 LNG
A public hearing of the European Parliament's energy committee on the revised gas directive.

Revised EU Gas Directive on track for adoption this spring

The revised directive looks likely to be adopted before the European elections in May, having been backed by a majority of MEPs in a committee vote on Monday.

19 March 2019 Policy & Regulation
A coal-fired power station in Germany.

Regulatory uncertainty clouds outlook for RWE’s power plants

The German company’s conventional power plant fleet is facing a challenging regulatory environment, but improved profit margins for gas-fired plants could boost earnings in the future.

15 March 2019 Policy & Regulation

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