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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
Gas infrastructure in Romania.

Brussels ups pressure on Romania over export restrictions

The European Commission has given Romania two months to respond to its claims over restrictions on gas exports or it may refer the case to the European Court of Justice.

26 July 2019 Policy & Regulation
Andrea Leadsom, UK secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy

UK energy policy steps into the unknown after cabinet reshuffle

The appointment of Andrea Leadsom as the UK’s new energy minister will not impress climate campaigners and may test the country’s future energy relationship with the EU.

25 July 2019 Policy & Regulation
The Council of the EU meeting in 2017

Finnish EU presidency seeks support for 2050 climate vision

The Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU will make climate policy a priority during its six-month mandate, but it will face a challenge in getting all of the EU member states to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050.

24 July 2019 Policy & Regulation
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky casts his ballot

Zelensky unlikely to change Kiev’s gas transit stance after landslide win

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s party took around 43% of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary election, meaning his government is unlikely to change Kiev’s negotiating position in the upcoming gas transit talks with Russia.

23 July 2019 Policy & Regulation

Belgium considers its options ahead of nuclear phase-out

The closure of nuclear reactors in Belgium presents an opportunity for gas to increase its market share, although capacity payments will be needed to trigger new investments.

19 July 2019 Policy & Regulation
A Polish coal-fired power station

Poland eyes nuclear and renewables to shift away from coal

Poland has set out ambitious plans for investments in nuclear and renewables that could potentially limit the scope for gas to replace coal in its power sector.

18 July 2019 Policy & Regulation

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