Energy Policy

Global energy is shifting from West to East, and Europe needs to pay attention

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The oil and gas industry is entering its newest period of rapid change and uncertainty. This week crude posted the biggest monthly loss since July 2016 amid a surprise jump in U.S. crude inventories....

Mercedes Benz reaches automotive PPA with Polish wind farm

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Mercedes Benz has announced Europe’s first automotive Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with a Polish wind farm, WindEurope said on August 1, adding that it is also the first such deal signed in Poland. “This is...

EU backs Croatian energy modernisation

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €130 million loan agreement, alongside the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), to support Croatia's energy company Hrvatska Elektroprivreda make its systems more modern, efficient...

Europe will not bow to US threats, say Germany’s Maas

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Europe will not bow to threats from the United States in a trade dispute and wants to resolve it via negotiations, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday before European Commission talks with...

EU, Russia, Ukraine establish trilateral gas talks

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Following the trilateral ministerial talks with Russia and Ukraine in Berlin on the long-term transit of gas to Europe on July 17, European Commission Vice President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said the...

EU Commission: Volkswagen yet to convince on car emissions

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The European Commission and national consumer authorities in the EU criticized Volkswagen on Tuesday for failing to guarantee that repairs after the Dieselgate scandal would not affect cars’ performance. The EU Commission published today the conclusions on the...

Eager to avoid a trade war, EU-China deepen strategic ties

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As Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald J Trump met in Helsinki with the latter noting that China would be also on the agenda, the European Union and China held their 20th...

A torrent of accusations and acrimony mark first day of NATO summit

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A  heated verbal exchange broke out between Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu and Germany’s Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen over a decision by the Turkish government to purchase Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft...

15 Swedish private companies account for 8 % of Sweden’s decrease in GHG emissions since...

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15 companies in the Swedish climate business network Haga Initiative have contributed with a decrease of emissions equivalent to approximately eight percent of Sweden’s total decrease between 2010 and 2017. Nine of the member companies have...

Boosting solidarity, EU inks Baltic electricity synchronization roadmap

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The European Union signed the Political Roadmap on the Electricity Synchronisation at a special ceremony in Brussels on June 28, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas,...

EU to invest in renewable energy projects in France and Germany

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Franco-German regional bank SaarLB have signed a €70 million guarantee agreement, the European Commission said on June 25, noting that this deal will enable SaarLB to grant additional...

EU-made batteries crucial for integration of renewables in Europe

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One critical and strategic component in Europe's e-mobility value chain, which is still weak, is batteries, European Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said in Munich on June 21. Šefčovič was attending Intersolar...

EU probes Qatar Petroleum gas flow restrictions in Europe

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The European Commission said on June 21 that the EC has opened a formal investigation to assess whether supply agreements between Qatar Petroleum companies exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) and European importers have hindered...

EU, Canada and China join forces against climate change

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Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and China's Special Representative on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua are convening for a major international two-day climate meeting...

EU agrees on new rules for improving Energy Union governance

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Early on the morning of June 20, negotiators from the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council reached an ambitious political agreement on the governance of the Energy Union, a day after reaching a...

EU invests in greener and more secure electricity in Madeira

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The European Commission said on June 19 that €45 million from the Cohesion Fund is invested to upscale the production of electricity from water and wind on the Atlantic island of Madeira, an autonomous...

EU approves the acquisition of Uniper by Fortum

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The European Commission said on June 18 that it had unconditionally approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Uniper by Fortum. Both companies are active in the energy sector. According to the Commission, the...

Cyprus’ Minister highlights East Med role in EU energy security

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LAGONISSI, Greece – Cyprus plans to forge ahead with the country’s energy plans to explore for hydrocarbons in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and export the gas to Europe despite the position of Turkey,...

EU agrees on further renewable energy development

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Negotiators from the European Commission, the Parliament and the Council reached a late on June 14 for an ambitious political agreement on increasing renewable energy use in Europe. “Renewables are good for Europe, and today,...

Reducing reliance on Russia, Turkey opens TANAP to carry Caspian gas to Europe

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In a key step towards completing the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) that will reduce the EU’s reliance on Russian gas supplies, Turkey and Azerbaijan have officially opened the Trans Anatolian Pipeline or TANAP, which...

EU Energy Ministers agree position to update ACER role

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Meeting in Luxembourg on June 11, Europe’s energy ministers agreed on a text for a general approach on the proposal for a revision of the regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council...

EU measures on emissions, climate and energy could save lives

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The European Commission's new Clean Air Outlook report shows that the number of premature deaths due to air pollution in 2030 could be reduced by more than half, if the Member States fully apply the bloc's policies...

EU Budget to boost energy-transport links, climate objectives

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As part of the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission proposed on June 6 to renew the Connecting Europe Facility, supporting investments in the European infrastructure networks for transport with €30.6 billion...

Commission proposes funding increase to support environment, climate action

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The European Commission said on June 1 that for the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission would propose increasing its funding by almost 60% for LIFE, the EU programme for the environment and...

Putin in Austria for first foreign trip since reelection

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Nearly three months since securing a fourth term in office that will see him remain in power until at least 2024, Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun signalling his willingness to repair ties with the...

Greek energy sector to grow in 2020-2030

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It is clear that the period between 2020-2030 will see increased development in Greece, with the energy sector contributing decisively to this process. The energy industry in Greece has significant growth potential in terms of...

Trade and Iran nuclear deal highlight EU-China strategic dialogue

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The EU-China Strategic Dialogue in Brussels last week showed that both parties share views on multiple economic and security issues as international security, energy, and climate change were among the topics discussed by the...

EU, Czech Republic discuss low-carbon energy transition

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The European Commission plans to help all EU Member States in their transition to a low-carbon economy, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said at a meeting with Czech Republic...

Šefčovič urges EU to move fast in global battery production race

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Battery production is a strategic imperative and the European Union has to move fast to remain competitive in this global market, European Commission Vice-President responsible for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, said in his speech...

Commission says German exemption for large electricity users violates EU regulations

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The EU’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager said on May 28 that the European Commission has concluded that the decision to exempt certain large German electricity users, who had an annual consumption of more than 10-gigawatts...

Blue-Green Summit Profile with the Tea Party’s Debbie Dooley

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Debates between policymakers and experts about better approaches to environmental protection and bio-diversity preservation highlighted the EU's Green Week. New Europe’s Violetta Rusheva talked to Debbie Dooley, one of the co-founders of the Tea...

A balanced energy market

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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is committed to boosting Europe’s energy security and fighting climate change through increased investment in renewables, UAE Minister of Energy and Industry Suhail Al Mazrouei, who...

EU accepts Gazprom’s post-market test antitrust commitments

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The European Commission announced on May 24 that it has adopted a decision imposing a set of obligations on Russian energy giant Gazprom that address the Commission's competition concerns and enable the free flow of gas...

EU urges Russia, Ukraine to resume trilateral gas talks

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European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič said on May 23 that the time has come for another round of trilateral talks with Russia and Ukraine to find a “Constructive and stable co-operation between Russia...

EU to invest €100 million for energy efficient homes in Germany

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €100 million long-term loan with Vivawest, a German real estate company, to build 900 energy efficient homes in North Rhine-Westphalia, the European Commission said on May...

EU takes action to protect citizens from air pollution

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In an effort to improve the air quality for Europeans, the Commission adopted a Communication on May 17 entitled ‘A Europe that protects: Clean air for all’, which outlines measures available to help the...

Schwarzenegger, Šefčovič lead R20 efforts to implement Paris Agreement

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European Commission's Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič joined forces at the R20 Austrian World Summit in Vienna with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor-turned-former-California governor, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and politician Elisabeth Köstinger to discuss...