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Datteln 4 coal power plant

Germany’s lignite phase-out begins to take shape

Germany has provided more clarity on the phase-out of its lignite power plants by unveiling a timetable for decommissioning, but the level of ambition is falling short of expectations.

Yesterday Policy & Regulation
Brigg gas-fired power station, UK

EU carbon under pressure as UK auctions resume

The optimism in the EU carbon market seen in 2018 and early 2019 has given way in the face of coal-to-gas fuel switching, the comeback of UK capacity auctions and a continuing weak outlook for gas prices.

3 days ago Supply & Demand
Kozienice Power Plant, Poland

EU transition fund puts further pressure on coal

The EU’s Just Transition Fund aims to speed up the bloc’s energy transition – in particular via coal-decommissioning – by supporting the regions hardest hit by the change.

3 days ago Policy & Regulation
A wind farm in Spain.

Spain set to boost climate ambition with ‘green’ coalition

An accelerated phase-out of coal and nuclear will boost the share of gas in Spain’s power mix by 2025, although competition from renewables will be fierce.

4 days ago Policy & Regulation
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the European Parliament.

EU enters key year for ambitious climate policy

The EU institutions pressed through a number of law changes to energy and climate policies in 2019, but plenty of work remains to accelerate the bloc’s climate ambitions.

9 January 2020 Policy & Regulation
CGI image of Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, UK

EU green investment rules a challenge for nuclear

The new standards seem set to make it increasingly challenging to finance new nuclear developments, handing gas and renewables a competitive advantage.

9 January 2020 Policy & Regulation
Naftogaz Executive Director Yuriy Vitrenko (left) and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller.

Gazprom eyes EU market share after Ukraine deal

The 11th-hour agreement on transit via the Ukrainian route may open the door for Gazprom to increase its market share in the EU despite the current LNG glut.

7 January 2020 Pipelines, Storage & Power
Officials at teh COP 25 climate change conference in Madrid last week

COP talks fail, but carbon linking set to continue

Many countries will plough ahead with their own plans for multilateral carbon markets after UN talks on a set of overarching rules failed yet again.

19 December 2019 Policy & Regulation
Frans Timmermans and Ursula von der Leyen at the European Parliament

Realpolitik beats path for gas in EU green deal

The European Commission’s ambition to increase 2030 CO2 reduction targets will be welcomed by the gas and nuclear industries, but support from member states will not come easy.

19 December 2019 Policy & Regulation
Power generation investment in EU countries in 2018

Gas eyes role in EU green investment standards

A preliminary EU agreement has opened the way for gas projects to be classified as green investments, which would be a boost for investor confidence in the sector.

12 December 2019 Policy & Regulation
EC President Ursula von der Leyen

EU climate roadmap signals boost for renewables and gas

The European Commission's plans to revamp its climate policy framework look set to boost renewables and perhaps allow gas to defend its market share over the next decade.

11 December 2019 Policy & Regulation

Poland sees higher price in power auction

The closing price in Poland’s most-recent capacity payment auction came out higher than it has done in previous years.

11 December 2019 Supply & Demand
A coal power plant in Poland.

Poland set to boost gas-fired generation in 2024

The results of Friday’s power market auction show gas is making progress in Poland’s power sector, but its share will remain small compared with that of hard coal and lignite.

9 December 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power

Romania’s power generation in figures

With the expected decommissioning of the country’s coal plants, gas-fired generation seems likely to make gains in the Romanian energy mix in the coming years.

9 December 2019 Supply & Demand
Staudinger coal power plant near Frankfurt

EU BREF regulation adds to grim outlook for coal

Tougher EU regulations on airborne emissions will exacerbate the impact of higher CO2 prices and may lead to more closures of coal-fired power plants across Europe.

5 December 2019 Policy & Regulation
The new Romanian prime minister Ludovic Orban during a session in parliament in Bucharest

Romania shifts to gas amid surge in CO2 price

Gas-fired power is likely to make significant gains in Romania’s energy mix in the coming years, particularly if the regulatory burden on domestic gas production is lifted.

5 December 2019 Supply & Demand
A wind farm offshore UK/

EU regulations lag power-to-gas ambitions

Support for emerging power-to-gas technologies is missing from current EU legislation, but there are signs the regulatory framework is changing.

28 November 2019 Policy & Regulation
Minskaya compressor station on Yamal-Europe pipeline

Yamal expiry shows Poland’s push to lower prices

Poland is likely to continue importing gas from Russia from 2023, but new supply sources look set to force Gazprom to lower its prices.

28 November 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
A gas-metering station on the Russian-Ukrainian border

Latest twist offers hope in Russia-Ukraine talks

Recent signals from Kiev offer a glimmer of hope that Russia and Ukraine might find a compromise for gas transits through the Ukrainian route this winter.

28 November 2019 Pipelines, Storage & Power
EC President Jean-Claude Juncker with President-elect Ursula von der Leyen

MEPs up pressure to phase out EU grants for gas

Conventional gas projects may struggle to get EU funding under the next Connecting Europe Facility period because of mounting pressure from the European Parliament to reform the EU’s priority list.

21 November 2019 Policy & Regulation

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