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Policy & Regulation
The Datteln 4 coal power plant, Germany

Counting the cost of Europe’s capacity payments

European countries are increasingly paying out subsidies to conventional power plants, including in nations where supply shortages do not look likely to be an issue in the short or medium term.

Yesterday Policy & Regulation
Protests at the EAGC conference

Gas industry at crossroads as protests escalate

Gas conferences in Europe are increasingly being targeted by activists, showing the industry must do better to communicate its climate objectives.

6 days ago Policy & Regulation
Saudi Arabian carbon capture and enhanced oil errecovery project

Coal faces crunch from spread of carbon pricing

Saudi Arabia’s plans to introduce a carbon market show carbon pricing is on a roll around the world, a trend that may threaten coal in the medium term and gas in the longer term.

6 days ago Policy & Regulation
A MOU signing ceremony for Northern Lights.

Next five years crucial for CCS development

Higher carbon prices and policy support may boost the prospects for the commercialisation of carbon capture and storage over the coming years.

6 November 2019 Policy & Regulation
The Barcelona LNG terminal.

Spain plans to create virtual LNG hub from 2020

The country will launch the new hub in in January in a move to tackle congestion at some LNG terminals and under-utilisation at others.

4 November 2019 LNG
A pipelaying vessel in the Baltic Sea.

Danish approval does not solve all worries for Nord Stream 2

The pipeline now looks set to be completed in H1 2020, but it is not clear how much gas will start flowing before the ECJ rules on Gazprom’s call to annul the revised EU Gas Directive.

31 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
UK Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom walking to 10 Downing Street

UK subsidy scheme approval is good news for gas

The European Commission's state-aid approval for the British capacity mechanism is a relief for the gas-to-power industry and signals continuing EU support for such measures.

31 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
Trilateral gas talk meeting on Ukraine transit

Stockholm verdict blocks progress on Ukraine-Russia transit talks

A long-term deal between Russia and Ukraine on gas transit now seems to hinge on an out-of-court settlement for the $2.56 billion penalty against Gazprom ordered by a Stockholm tribunal last year.

29 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
Cranes lifting pipes

EU includes 32 gas projects in draft priority list

The number of gas projects classed as PCIs by the EU looks set to fall as the shift in funding from gas to electricity continues.

24 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president-elect

Carbon border tax could mean end to free EUAs

The combination of a carbon border tax and the end of free allocation of EUAs for European industries would be a supportive policy for renewables and gas.

24 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
A meeting on Ukraine-Russia gas transit in September 2019.

Swaps remain option to settle Ukraine transit dispute

Naftogaz Ukrainy and Gazprom may resort to a gas swap deal to ensure transit of Russian gas via Ukraine this winter.

24 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
HQ of the European Investment Bank.

EU divided on future EIB lending to gas projects

Member states will try for a third time in November to reach consensus on the European Investment Bank's contentious new energy lending policy.

17 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
EC VP for energy union Maros Sefcovic with Ukraine energy minister Oleksiy Orzhel

Europe’s gas importers brace for winter of uncertainty

Europe has plenty of gas in storage, but a cold spell coupled with disruptions to Russian supplies transiting Ukraine could lead to winter shortages, particularly in southeastern Europe.

16 October 2019 Supply & Demand
The chair of Poland's Law and Justice Party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski

Revised law may boost Polish coal production

The amendment would allow for the development of new coal mines without regional or local approval, possibly setting back Poland's switch to renewables and gas.

15 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
The Port of Gothenburg in Sweden

Sweden’s LNG rejection signals protectionist energy policy

Sweden has refused to open up its gas market to increased competition through LNG supplies in an apparent contradiction of EU gas market objectives.

11 October 2019 LNG
The Castelnou Energia gas-fired power plant in Spain

Spanish energy reform puts role of gas at risk

The proposed cuts to fixed revenues from transmission and distribution tariffs may hamper investments in gas networks and renewable gases.

10 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
RWE trading floor in Germany

Europe’s gas markets continue steps towards maturity

Gas markets in Europe are becoming more competitive and resilient to supply shocks, but the vast regional differences will not be easily ironed out.

10 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
A cooling tower at the EDF power station in West Burton in the UK

EU carbon prices see sell-off on economic woes

EU carbon allowances have traded lower recently, with fears over a global recession and a hard Brexit weighing on prices.

7 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
Kadri Simson

Simson dodges questions on EU gas security

The candidate to be the new EU energy commissioner stressed the European Commission’s intention to support renewable gases but avoided questions on Russian gas dependence during Thursday’s hearing with MEPs.

3 October 2019 Policy & Regulation
Eemshaven coal power station in the Netherlands

RWE carbon pledge confirms power shake-up

The announcement that the company wants to be climate-neutral in 20 years may be dismissed as a gimmick by some, but it signals Europe’s energy transition is well under way.

3 October 2019 Policy & Regulation

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