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European Commission vice-president for energy union Maros Sefcovic

Major issues still unresolved in Russia-Ukraine transit talks

Despite some progress this week, a lot of work remains to be done if Russia and Ukraine are to agree on a new transit deal before the end of December.

2 days ago Policy & Regulation
European Commission President-elect Ursula con der Leyen

EU steps up efforts to revamp energy tax directive

An overhaul of the EU’s Energy Taxation Directive could bring benefits for gas and hydrogen in road and maritime transport, but getting member states to sign up for radical changes to the directive will not come easy.

4 days ago Policy & Regulation
The Datteln coal-fired power plant in Germany

Germany may see race to end coal before 2038 deadline

The economics suggest Germany’s coal phase-out could be completed well in advance of 2038, with the first auction for government compensation expected in June next year.

12 September 2019 Policy & Regulation
Kadri Simson

EU gives top energy job to Estonian amid supply security drive

The appointment of Kadri Simson to the post of energy commissioner shows that energy security and supply diversification will remain high on the EU’s political agenda.

10 September 2019 Policy & Regulation
The OPAL pipeline.

ECJ ruling on OPAL is welcome news for Kiev

The European Commission’s decision to allow Gazprom to export more gas on the pipeline has been overruled, giving Ukraine more bargaining power in transit negotiations with Russia.

10 September 2019 Policy & Regulation
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez addresses Spain's parliament.

Spain’s renewables auctions on hold as coalition plans falter

The delay to forming a new coalition government in Spain has put on hold Madrid’s plans to hold new auctions for renewable energy capacity.

9 September 2019 Policy & Regulation
Berlaymont building.

New EU commission to balance climate ambition and energy security

The EU’s new director general for energy has reiterated gas’s key role in the energy transition and restated that green gases will be supported by the incoming European Commission.

5 September 2019 Policy & Regulation
German energy traders

Engie becomes latest target in market abuse clampdown

The trading arm of the French energy firm has become the latest to be fined over alleged gas market manipulation as European regulators step up their efforts to combat price rigging.

5 September 2019 Policy & Regulation
A wind farm in Germany.

Germany’s onshore wind decline opens door for gas

The declining rate of expansion in German wind farms seen in H1 may signal opportunities for gas to expand its share of the energy mix.

4 September 2019 Policy & Regulation
Naftogaz infrastructure in Ukraine

Ukraine’s new government prepares for gas transit talks

Kiev’s new cabinet will seek to secure a long-term transit agreement between Naftogaz and Gazprom, but it is also preparing for a no-deal outcome.

3 September 2019 Policy & Regulation
M5S leader Luigi Di Maio

Leftist coalition in Italy signals boost in climate ambition

The newly formed coalition between M5S and the PD will likely seek to accelerate Italy’s renewable energy expansion, but gas will remain a key transition fuel.

30 August 2019 Policy & Regulation
Germany's Datteln coal-fired power plant

Europe sees steady decline in hard coal consumption

The fall seen in the past few years is partly the result of the expansion of renewables and a switch from coal to gas in power generation.

28 August 2019 Alternative Fuels
The Drax power station in the UK

Brexit fears jitter EU carbon market

Prices for EU carbon allowances have fallen in recent weeks over fears of a hard Brexit and a global recession, but further gains are possible even if the UK drops out of the ETS.

23 August 2019 Policy & Regulation
Nord Stream 2 pipes in Germany

Nord Stream 2 turns to ECJ despite WTO lessons

An annulment of the EU’s extended Gas Directive cannot be ruled out, but the Nord Stream 2 company may find it hard to convince the ECJ that the directive discriminates against the Gazprom-led project.

21 August 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
Peterhead gas-fired power plant in the UK

UK presses on with capacity auctions

The UK is planning to hold its next capacity auction for power generators in January 2020 in the hope that the suspension imposed by the EU Court of Justice will be lifted by then.

15 August 2019 Policy & Regulation
Clapham Junction station in darkness

UK blackout highlights role of interconnectors

The recent outage has flagged the growing need for electricity imports when shortages occur, but it also raises broader questions about the future of gas-fired power in Northwest Europe.

13 August 2019 Policy & Regulation
The headquarters of the European Investment Bank

EIB U-turn risks gas infrastructure investment

The EIB is taking steps to become a ‘climate bank’ – at the expense of gas projects. It intends to phase out loans to all fossil fuel developments from 2021.

8 August 2019 Policy & Regulation
The Drax power station in the UK

Capacity payments may do little to prevent UK coal exit

RWE is shutting the last of its coal-fired power plants in the UK, with closures at other plants looking likely ahead of the country’s 2025 deadline for phasing out coal.

2 August 2019 Policy & Regulation
A CCGT power station in Antwerp

EU-Belgium litigation highlights issue of regulator independence

The European Commission’s decision to take court action against the Belgian government illustrates that lack of independence is an ongoing issue for national regulators across Europe.

1 August 2019 Policy & Regulation
Krk island in Croatia

Krk LNG leaps forward after Brussels approves state aid

The Croatian FSRU project cleared what was probably its final major hurdle on Wednesday after the European Commission announced it had approved a national grant of €100 million.

31 July 2019 LNG

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