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The Altomonte CCGT facility in Italy.

Italy gets tough on coal-to-power subsidies

Italy’s revised capacity market will bar coal-fired power plants from auctions starting this year, while new or heavily refurbished gas-fired plants can bid for contracts with a duration of up to 15 years.

21 June 2019 Policy & Regulation

Gas may fill the gap as Europe’s coal and nuclear plants close

European gas-to-power production could receive a boost by the beginning of next decade from the closure of coal and nuclear power facilities.

20 June 2019 Policy & Regulation
Miguel Arias Canete, right, discussing energy in the EU

EU nations show little appetite for energy savings

The lack of progress being made towards energy savings targets is jeopardising the EU’s ambition to reduce both energy consumption and dependence on imported gas.

20 June 2019 Policy & Regulation
An offshore wind farm near Copenhagen.

Headwinds for EU renewables growth as subsidies fall

A recent report by the EU Court of Auditors – the guardian of the EU budget – has cast further doubts over the EU’s prospects for meeting its 2020 and 2030 renewable targets.

12 June 2019 Policy & Regulation
Decommissioning work at Germany's Biblis nuclear power plant.

EU power: from overcapacity to scarcity?

Europe has plenty of power generation capacity, but the phase-out of coal and nuclear plants could lead to electricity shortages by 2022.

7 June 2019 Policy & Regulation
Power lines in Lithuania

Lithuania state aid case casts doubt over power subsidies

The European Commission’s investigation into Lithuania’s strategic reserve may indicate that EU member states will find it harder to subsidise their power sectors in future.

3 June 2019 Policy & Regulation
The Baumgarten gas hub in Austria

Grid congestion persists on EU borders

Despite progress on market reforms, TSOs are still not offering enough capacity to meet demand on some European border points.

30 May 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
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.

23 May 2019 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.

21 May 2019 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

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