Energy Policy

Enel Russia completes transfer of Reftinskaya GRES to Kuzbassenergo

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Italy’s Enel announces on 1 October, the ownership of Reftinskaya GRES coal-fired power plant has been transferred from its subsidiary Enel Russia to Kuzbassenergo, owned by Siberian Generating Company. According to Enel, the transfer was...

EU Member States, corporates to help meet climate targets

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AMSTERDAM – The governments of the EU Member States need to be more specific about the detailed policy instruments they’re going to be pursuing to meet their climate targets, Wind Europe CEO Giles Dickson...

EU updates its energy efficiency policy

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The European Commission adopted on 25 September three recommendations to help EU states implement the Directive on Energy Efficiency, which is one of the flagship pieces in the Clean Energy for All Europeans package,...

MEDREG backs South Mediterranean energy regulatory reforms

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The future of energy cooperation in the Mediterranean was highlighted during a conference on MEDREG’s support to energy regulatory reforms in the Southern Mediterranean on 19 September 2019 in Brussels. The president of the Association...

EU to help modernise Czech Republic’s electricity system

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In an effort to increase energy security in the Czech Republic, the European Union is investing more than €46 million from the European Regional Development Fund to modernise and extend the electricity substation of...

BatteRIes Europe wants EV jumpstart, carbon cuts

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European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič on 25 June hailed the kick-off meeting of BatteRIes Europe as an umbrella for all batteries research and innovation and an important pillar of the...

Cañete, Altmaier to finalise German integrated energy and climate plan

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European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and Germany’s Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier on 24 June exchanged views on climate neutrality objectives and discussed growth opportunities arising from the...

Baltic States grid will link up with EU via Poland

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Strengthening the EU Energy Union, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and Latvian PM Krišjānis Kariņš signed on 20 June the political...

EU wants Member States to implement Paris agreement faster

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The Member States of the European Union needs to step up their efforts to meet the bloc’s climate objectives and implement the Paris Climate Agreement, according to report by the Commission published on 18...

EU and Japan to cooperate in clean energy transition and climate action

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At the G20 Energy and Environment Ministerial meeting, which took place in Karuizawa, the European Union and Japan agreed on 15 June to strengthen bilateral energy dialogue and cooperation on innovation for clean energy...

EU approves new stringent emission limits in Italian capacity mechanism

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The European Commission has approved the introduction of stringent CO2 emission limits in the Italian capacity mechanism, noting that the measure will contribute to ensuring security of supply and increase the level of environmental...

Cañete calls for establishing effective carbon markets

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International carbon markets and carbon pricing will play a major role in the fight against climate change and help advance ambitious climate action, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said, adding: “But we...

The challenge of being an ambassador to Ukraine

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Among the biggest challenges for foreign diplomats is an election year in Ukraine. The unpredictability that never wanes, even after the results are in, offers very fertile ground for developing professional skills of the...

Vella calls for the implementation of EU environmental laws

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Full implementation of EU environmental legislation could save the EU economy around €55 billion every year, EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said in Brussels, citing a recent Commission report. At the...

EIB loan to finance power cable between Crete and mainland Greece

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ATHENS - The Greek island of Crete took a step closer towards energy independence and cutting CO2 emissions on 9 May, following a deal between Greece’s Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO or ADMIE) and...

EU, France and Germany discuss energy innovation cooperation

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European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier, and French Economic Affairs and Finance Minister Bruno Lemaire met in Paris on 2 May to discuss cooperation in...

Baltic Pipe project deal to boost Central Europe’s energy security

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The European Commission has endorsed a €215 million Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) grant for the Baltic Pipe project that is expected to boost energy security of Poland but also the Baltics and Central Europe. The...

EU Energy Union tackles security and transition

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The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union, adopted on 9 April, shows that since the start of the Commission of President Jean-Claude Juncker, the energy union has strengthened energy security, including...

EU Parliament toughens CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans

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Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg adopted on 27 March plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and vans by 2030, already informally agreed with EU ministers. MEPs and EU ministers have agreed on...

MEPs adopt new rules making EU electricity market cleaner

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New rules making the EU's electricity market fit for the future and putting the consumer at the center of the energy transition were approved by the European Parliament on 26 March - an important...

European industries urge EU leaders to boost climate action

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Business, local governments, trade unions, and NGOs have urged EU leaders to rise up to the challenge of climate action and speed up Europe’s transition to a sustainable society. “Unprecedented citizen mobilisations are taking place...

Clean vehicle roadmap reaches EU Council Presidency

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A roadmap towards clean vehicles, which lays out actions that European Commission, the Member States and industry should take to realise a full shift to clean cars, has been handed over to the presidency...

Greece-Cyprus-Israel EastMed gas pipeline reaches Washington

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Greece, Cyprus, and Israel will reportedly sign an intergovernmental agreement for the EastMed gas pipeline in Tel Aviv on 20 March in the presence of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a sign...

EU urges China to peak its emissions before 2030

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The European Commission on 12 March urged China to peak its CO2 emissions before 2030. “China is at the same time the world’s largest emitter and investor in renewable energy. We call on China...

Energy labels to help EU consumers increase efficiency, save money

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Given the complexity of energy labels, the European Commission adopted on 11 March a new energy efficiency labels, making them more understandable for consumers and help them make better-informed purchasing choices. The new labels...

Pompeo spearheads US efforts to bring East Med gas to EU

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ATHENS – The United States is very supportive of plans to develop gas reserves in the East Mediterranean and export them to Europe, lessening the bloc’s reliance to Russia, a leading Israeli energy expert...

UK Government, offshore wind sector deal to boost capacity

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A partnership between the UK Government and the offshore wind industry announced on March 4 will mean that Britain will get 30% of its electricity from offshore wind by 2030. The new offshore Sector...

EU funding to support climate and environmental goals

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The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Development committees have adopted their joint position on the proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), supporting development, climate and environmental goals. The Parliament improved on the European...

Low-carbon benchmarks deal reached by EU Council and Parliament

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The European Parliament and the Member States reached a political agreement on February 25 on a new generation of low-carbon benchmarks needed to help boost investment in sustainable projects and assets. The European Parliament and...

Exxon potential gas find in East Med boosts EU pipeline hopes

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Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Italy are expected to sign an intergovernmental agreement for the EU-backed EastMed pipeline project in March to transport natural gas from Israel’s Leviathan field and Cypriot fields via Crete to...

EU Foreign Ministers call for strengthened climate fight

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The European Council on February 18 adopted conclusions on climate diplomacy after the EU's foreign affairs ministers welcomed the Commission’s strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral Europe. The ministers also called for urgent and...

German MEPs Brok and Keller reiterate opposition to Nord Stream-2

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STRASBOURG – Two members of the European Parliament on February 12 renewed their opposition to the Nord Stream-2 natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, reiterating earlier concerns that it would boost the European...

EU tougher regulations unlikely to stop Nord Stream-2

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EU ambassadors have reportedly agreed to toughen regulations on the Nord Stream-2 on February 8, but they have decided not to back plans that might halt the completion of the natural gas pipeline from...

EU and Norway focus on natural gas role in Europe’s energy transition

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Climate Action and Energy Miguel Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, and Norway’s Petroleum and Energy Minister Kjell Børge Freiberg discussed on February 5 the role of natural gas, and decarbonisation in the industry as well...

The future of Georgia’s energy policy

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In 2014, Georgia signed an Association Agreement with the EU to implement the bloc’s policies for sustainable energy development. By signing the Agreement and joining the Energy Community, Georgia took on the obligation to...

Poland mulls softening the rules around onshore wind

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The Polish government intends to soften restrictions affecting onshore wind farms to increase volumes of green electricity in an effort to lower energy prices and improve the quality of life of Polish citizens, the...

MEDREG accesses electricity investments in Mediterranean

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The Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) published on February 1 a report, which calls for a new approach toward the assessment of electricity infrastructure investments in the Mediterranean region. The report, entitled Regulatory options...