Energy

Commission slams Spain over buildings’ energy efficiency

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The Commission decided on 24 November to refer Spain to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for failure to fully comply with the Directive on the energy performance of buildings. Buildings are responsible for around...

Commission to request ECJ fines Poland over lack of environmental legislation complience

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The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), asking for financial penalties to be imposed for two failures to transpose EU legislation into national law. Poland has...

Commission warns Slovenia over eco-legislation transposition

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EU ecodesign rules provide for the least-efficient devices to be progressively banned from the EU market and replaced by products with equal or better functionalities and better environmental performance. Republic of Slovenia failed to inform...

Commission slams France and Czech Republic over renewable energy

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The EU's key objective in environment policy is the increase of renewable energy share to 20% by 2020 in the overall energy consumption. However, the effectiveness depends to a large extent on the commitment...

First results positive from Commission nuclear stress tests

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Following the nuclear accident in Fukushima, the EU reacted swiftly and agreed on voluntary tests for all of its 143 nuclear power plants based on a set of common criteria. In its Communication published...

EIB to support Spanish electricity grid build-up

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted Iberdrola a loan of €200 million for investments in modernisation and enhancement of its electricity distribution grid. The agreement was signed on 24 November by EIB Vice-President...

Serbia launches gas-storage facility and eyes role as hub

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On 21 November, Serbia launched its first natural gas underground storage facility in the northern town of Banatski Dvor to help cut reliance on gas deliveries that arrive via Ukraine and boost the country’s...

Commissioner reinforces rules on monitoring greenhouse-gas emissions

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The European Commission proposed legislation to significantly enhance the monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in particular to meet new requirements arising from the package of EU climate and energy laws for...

Vassilev: ‘Energy and economic co-operation key to Black Sea region growth’ [INTERVIEW]

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All countries in the Black Sea region need state and private investments in energy infrastructure to solve a number of problems such as the need to increase energy production in response to growing energy...

EMAS honours six eco-management leaders

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The European Commission has announced this year's six winners of the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Awards on a ceremony in Krakow on 17 November. The winning organisations demonstrated excellence in respecting and...

Ukraine pressure: Nord Stream line two speeds up

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The second line of the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany is going faster than planned, Nord Stream’s Deputy Communications Director Jens D. Müller told New Europe on 16 November. “In general,...

Seeming green

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COPENHAGEN – When Denmark’s new government ministers presented themselves to Queen Margrethe II last month, the incoming development minister established his green credentials by rolling up to the palace in a tiny, three-wheeled, electric-powered...

Bulgaria-Azerbaijan ties grow stronger through gas supply

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Azerbaijan will be able to meet Bulgaria's needs for gas, President Ilham Aliyev told a news briefing with his Bulgarian counterpart, Georgi Parvanov. The two leaders gave a press conference following talks in Baku yesterday...

Gazprom to be competitor to European energy suppliers

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Striving to become a competitor to European energy suppliers, Gazprom is seeking greater exposure to the final consumer and has already built up a substantial energy distribution business in the United Kingdom. The Russian gas...

EIB brings wind of change for LEAF

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to support production of Nissan’s first electric car to be built in Europe and its first European production of electric vehicle batteries with €220 million. The 100%...

Commission provides support for Swedish wave energy

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The European Commission has authorised Swedish plans to grant around € 15 million to Seabased Industry AB in order to develop a wave energy production demonstration plant. This will further the development of energy production from...

Nord Stream strengthens EU-Russia bond

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On 8 November, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev inaugurated the 1,224-kilometre Nord Stream pipeline that will supply the European Union with Russian gas bypassing existing transit countries. The pipeline took 19...

Doubts cast on implementation of TAPI pipeline

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The construction of the  TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) pipeline remains perhaps the most problematic of all projects for the delivery of hydrocarbons from the Caspian region and Central Asia to international markets. Afghanistan and Pakistan, between which...

Romania addresses car-pollution tax

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Following the European Court of Justice (ECJ) demanding that the car-pollution tax in Romania should be cut to one third of its present value in order to be in line with EU law, Romanian...

Nabucco awaits Azeri decision to start ‘open season’ process

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The 'open season' process, which involves putting the capacity of the Nabucco gas pipeline on sale, will not start until the consortium receives a firm commitment from Azerbaijan that it will supply the project...

California to adopt EU-style cap-and-trade

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California is breaking new ground in the fight against global warming. Always a leading state with its progressive thinking and action, the state is yet taking another market leading leap becoming the first jurisdiction...

Commission to extend liability of offshore operators

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The European Commission is to extend the liability scope for offshore oil and gas rigs from 22km to 370km under new proposals adopted today (27 October). Under new proposals aimed at preventing environmental disasters along...

Oettinger welcomes Turkey and Azerbaijan gas deal

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Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger has welcomed the signing of and agreement between Turkey and Azerbaijan for the transit and sale of gas. Oettinger emphasised the importance of the deal for the EU, as the gas...

Commission to protect Mediterranean from oil and gas exploration

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The European Commission has taken a step towards better protection for the Mediterranean Sea, proposing for the EU to accede to a Protocol of the Barcelona Convention that protects the Mediterranean against pollution from...

EIB funds offshore transmission link

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a licence granted to Blue Transmission Walney 1 Limited and funded approximately half the cost of buying a transmission link to connect offshore wind farms in the...

EIB to finance green energy in Poland

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided two loans with the total value of some €128 million to Tauron Polska Energia company for overhauling of the electricity generation in South of Poland. The €76m...

Trans-Caspian: A stumbling project

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  Recent developments over the implementation of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline have once more revealed contradictions among the five littoral states. On the one side there are Iran, Russia and Kazakhstan, who believe that the decision...

Brent oil prices ‘dancing to Libyan tune’

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 There has been no justification for the oil prices of the past five years, which have been moving up and down based on speculation more than fundamentals that were exaggerated by both sides, so...

Azerbaijan to decide on pipeline project soon

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  Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR President Rovnaq Abdullayev said  that the route for the transportation of natural gas from Azerbaijan to Europe should be selected by late October or November. Groups managing Nabucco, the...

Ashgabat says co-operation with EU to continue

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  Co-operation with Europe on energy matters will continue despite Russian reservations, Turkmenistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.  "Co-operation with our European partners is developing in a businesslike and constructive way and it will...

Russo-China talks on Altai gas project collapse

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  Negotiations aimed at sending Russian gas to China through a $40-billion project including a pipeline to be built through Russia's Central Asian Altai region or the so-called western route failed on 14 October because...

Gazprom, EdF, GDF Suez discuss French power plans

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  Russian gas monopoly Gazprom's Deputy Chief Executive Alexander Medvedev said his company has discussed with Electricite de France (EdF) and GDF Suez the possibility of exploring energy projects. "This topic has been discussed with our...

India, France highlight nuclear safety plans to Italy

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  On 20 October, Visiting French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and his Indian counterpart, SM Krishna agreed to strengthen their co-operation in the nuclear energy sector and said the safety of power plants was the...

TNK-BP’s Barsky to leave company

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  Anglo-Russian venture TNK-BP's Deputy CEO Maxim Barsky is leaving after less than two years in the role after losing shareholder support, news agencies quoted sources as saying on 21 October. TNK-BP appointed Barsky in...

Wintershall starts gas work in North Sea

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On 17 October, German energy company Wintershall said it started natural gas production off the British coast in the North Sea. The Wingate platform in the British offshore concession 44/24b will initially produce 1.5...

Russia expects Shtokman tax breaks soon

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  Russia's Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky expects the government to announce tax breaks that would facilitate development of the giant Shtokman gas field by Russian gas monopoly Gazprom, France's Total and Norway's Statoil in...

Turkey asks Iran for more gas

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  Turkey has asked Iran to increase its natural gas exports to its northwestern neighbour, Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Javad Oji said, according to reports. Iran’s current gas exports to Turkey stand at 24 million...