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Denmark PM hosts round table on EU #EnergyUnion

Google-translated from Danish source, emphasis mine: Thursday, March 19, 2015 the Prime Minister hosted a round table discussion on energy with political leaders from a number of EU countries. It happened ahead of the EU summit Thursday where energy union is on the agenda. The aim was to bring political leaders and business leaders together…

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Energy interconnections in Europe. The role of Spain [speech Commissioner Canete]

EU Climate & Energy Commissioner Canete held a speech in Spain today. As the speech is only available in Spanish but many people may be interested to know what he said, I decided to Google-translate it for you. Energy interconnections in Europe. The role of Spain March 16, 2015 Miguel Arias Cañete – European Commissioner for…

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Leaked: draft EU Summit conclusions [#EUCO]

The European Energy Union is on the agenda of EU leaders when they meet for an EU Summit on 19-20 March. Last week I wasn’t very pleased with the draft conclusions (scroll down on Twitter for my comments). Good news The good news is: the latest draft guidelines for the European Council conclusions are already…

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President Juncker on the EU #EnergyUnion

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave a speech in Berlin on 2 March. This is what he said about the European Energy Union. I used Google translate and then made improvements; emphasis mine. “The Commission last Wednesday put its proposals regarding the Energy Union on the table and has done so for good reason. One…

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Leaked: EU’s pledge for global climate deal [#Paris2015]

On Wednesday 25 February, the European Commission will present its EU Energy Union package. The package consists of: EU Energy Union Framework Strategy EU Energy Union Roadmap Electricity interconnection communication Paris Protocol – a blueprint for tackling global climate change beyond 2020 The draft Paris Protocol, which includes EU’s climate pledge for the UN climate…

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Leaked: EU Commission #EnergyUnion paper

Yesterday, the College of EU Commissioners had its first ‘orientation debate’ about the European Energy Union. At the College meeting, an internal paper (dated 30 January) was discussed. The paper was leaked to me.¹ The discussion paper gives a good preview of what we can expect from the ‘Energy Union Framework Strategy’ which is scheduled…

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Germany means business with EU #EnergyUnion

“Now we’re talking!” is what I thought when reading Germany’s paper on the European Energy Union. The German non-paper was leaked to me and I was glad to read it. Because in contrast to the UK & Czech view of how an Energy Union should be governed – or rather: not governed at all – Germany wants…

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Europe serious about becoming world’s #1 in renewables

‘I want Europe’s Energy Union to become the world number one in renewable energies.‘ That was, on 15 July 2014, EU Commission President Juncker’s promise to the EU Parliament. But since then, the Commission became very quiet on the renewables front…  until today. Today Mr Canete, Europe’s Climate Action & Energy Commissioner, was speaking at…

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EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015

The dates are set for *the* European event on sustainable energy. The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will take place from 15 to 19 June 2015 in Brussels and across Europe. The European Commission invites you to be part of it: organise an Energy Day, apply to the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards or attend one…

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Business leaders urge EU Parliament for swift carbon market reform

The Latvian EU Presidency proposal for a carbon Market Stability Reserve is discussed by EU climate officials today (Tuesday 13 January 2015). Meanwhile the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group has written to MEPs, calling on them to reform the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to include a Market Stability Reserve by 2017…

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Leaked: UK & CZ on governance of EU energy & climate policy

Yesterday, the Guardian published an article about the UK lobbying to reduce EU powers to enforce EU energy and climate goals. The UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, replied to my tweets: @StollmeyerEU Guardian piece factually wrong. UK continues climate change leadership & push for tech neutrality including CCS —…

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EU Parliament on the European Energy Union

Energy security Today I tweeted the EU Parliament draft report on the European Energy Security Strategy: Draft EU Parliament report EU #EnergySecurity Strategy, calls for #EnergyUnion w focus on supply AND demand http://t.co/nEAxe16qom #EU2030 — StollmeyerAlice (@StollmeyerEU) January 5, 2015 This report is a reply to the EU Commission communication ‘European Energy Security Strategy‘ (28 May…

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Happy 2015!

Happy New Year! 2015 is a crucial year – let’s work hard to protect our beautiful Earth! #EU2030 #EnergyUnion #GreenGrowth #COP21 #Paris2015