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1st results of EU’s post-2020 Renewable Energy Directive consultation

As part of the European Energy Union project, the EU Commission held a public consultation on a new Renewable Energy Directive for the period after 2020 (from 18 November 2015 to 10 February 2016). The first results are now in. The Commission received 614 replies to the consultation: 18% of submissions come from industry associations 15% were…

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Wanted: an adequate EU renewable energy target for 2030

The European Commission may not realise and/or not be ready to admit this, but the Paris Agreement means that the EU commits to net zero GHG emissions by 2050 (and net zero CO2 emissions by 2040). Fair share of #DeliveringOnParis for #EU means net zero CO2 by ~ 2040 (even faster than #0by2050 !) #ParisAgreement…

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EU Energy Council 6 June 2016: agenda & documents

The EU Ministers for Energy will meet on Monday 6 June 2016. While the meeting page currently (9 May) contains no agenda or documents*, the EU Council Presidency indicated what will be its provisional agenda: Non-legislative activities (poss.) Approval of the list of “A” items New Electricity Market Design (policy debate) Communication from the Commission…

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On EU’s #PowerProbe & a legal challenge to UK #CapacityMarkets

On Wednesday 13 April the European Commission presented an interim report on its sector inquiry on electricity capacity mechanisms. (On Twitter a.k.a. the #PowerProbe on #CapacityMarkets.) A public consultation on the Power Probe (the interim report and the annexed staff working document) starts as of today; the deadline for comments is 6 July 2016. The Power Probe…

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Leaked: draft EU #EnergyUnion strategy for LNG & Gas Storage

On Tuesday 16 February (rescheduled; was Wednesday 10 February) the European Commission will present the so-called Energy Union ‘Winter Package’. The package will consist of five elements: Revised Security of Gas Supply Regulation Proposal for a revised decision on Intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy Strategy for Liquefied Natural Gas & Storage Strategy for heating…

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Leaked: draft EU #EnergyUnion decision on Intergovernmental Agreements

On Tuesday 16 February (rescheduled; was Wednesday 10 February) the European Commission will present the so-called Energy Union ‘Winter Package’. The package will consist of five elements: Revised Security of Gas Supply Regulation Proposal for a revised decision on Intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy Strategy for Liquefied Natural Gas & Storage Strategy for heating…

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Leaked: draft EU #EnergyUnion regulation on Security of Gas Supply

On Tuesday 16 February (rescheduled; was Wednesday 10 February) the European Commission will present the so-called Energy Union ‘Winter Package’. The package will consist of five elements: Revised Security of Gas Supply Regulation Proposal for a revised decision on Intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy Strategy for Liquefied Natural Gas & Storage Strategy for…

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Leaked: draft EU #EnergyUnion Communication on Heating & Cooling

On Tuesday 16 February (rescheduled; was Wednesday 10 February) the European Commission will present the so-called Energy Union ‘Winter Package’. The package will consist of five elements: Revised Security of Gas Supply Regulation Proposal for a revised decision on Intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy Strategy for Liquefied Natural Gas & Storage Strategy for heating…

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Happy 2016!

Happy New Year! 2016 is a crucial year – let’s work hard to protect our beautiful Earth! #EnergyUnion #EU2030 #EUETS #GreenGrowth #ParisAgreement   PS: you can leave your email address below to be notified of my new blogs.

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First results of the Electricity #MarketDesign consultation

As part of the European Energy Union project, the EU Commission held a public consultation on a new electricity market design (15 July 2015 to 9 October 2015). The first results are now in. The Commission received 320 replies to the consultation. 49 % of submissions come from national or EU-wide industry associations 26% of…

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Leaked: draft ‘State of the EU #EnergyUnion’

On Wednesday 18 November the European Commission will present the first so-called ‘State of the Energy Union‘. A draft of this document was leaked to me last week (28 October 2015). The draft has 14 pages (plus cover page). Its structure: Introduction (p 1) Decarbonisation of the economy – addressing climate change (p 1) Progress made…

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EU Environment Council 26 October: EU ETS & fossil fuel subsidies

EU Ministers for Environment and Climate will meet on Monday 26 October 2015. Update 20 October: the meeting page now has agenda highlights & background brief (pdf). Added to the agenda: ‘The ministers will also address the issue of emissions from cars and manipulation of emission control systems in cars relating to the air quality in…

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For energy geeks: world’s first offshore interconnection that is using national grid connections to offshore wind-farms

(from a press release) European Commission confirms eligibility of revised technical concept for new Danish-German offshore interconnector Energinet.dk and 50Hertz plan to establish a 400 MW offshore interconnection between national power grids  25 September 2015. Fredericia, Berlin. The European Commission has now granted the revised technical layout for the world’s first offshore interconnection that is…

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Draft Energy Council conclusions on EU #EnergyUnion governance

Update 8 November: the EU Council Presidency invites the Permanent Representatives Committee ‘to confirm the agreement on these conclusions [dated 6 November; AS] with a view to their adoption by the TTE (Energy) Council on 26 November 2015.’ Highlights at first glance: Footnote 2, page 9 recalls the the EU objective for 2050: ‘RECALLS the EU objective,…

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Leaked: draft EU #EnergyUnion communication on energy labelling

As announced in the Energy Union Strategy Framework, the EU Commission ‘will review all relevant energy efficiency legislation and will propose revisions, where needed, to underpin the [at least 27% energy savings by] 2030 target.’ Part of this task is to review the current energy labelling directive. The draft document was prepared in 2014 and has been…

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Leaked: discussion paper on #EnergyUnion governance

At the European Council in October 2014, the 28 Heads of State and Government agreed on a new EU climate and energy framework until 2030. The decision provides for a binding EU climate target of at least 40% of domestic greenhouse gas reduction (compared to 1990), an EU-wide target for at least 27% share of…

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Germany wants ‘reliable governance’ of EU #EnergyUnion delivered soon

Google-translated (with my own improvements; emphasis mine) from German government press release (24 June 2015). Federal Minister Gabriel and EU Commission Vice-President Šefčovič discussed the European Energy Union The Federal Minister of Economy and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel today in Berlin has met the Vice-President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic. Subject of the conversation were the European Energy…

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Leaked: draft EU Communication on New Electricity Market Design

As announced in the Energy Union Strategy Framework, the EU Commission is preparing ‘an ambitious legislative proposal to redesign the electricity market and linking wholesale and retail.’ The idea is that this ‘will increase security of supply and ensure that the electricity market will be better adapted to the energy transition which will bring in…

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Leaked: EU #EnergyUnion country fiche for Belgium

EU Commission Vice-President Sefcovic is touring Europe to promote and discuss the European Energy Union. ‘The Energy Union Tour will feed into the first State of the Energy Union report, which the Commission will present to the European Parliament and Council in the autumn of this year. It will become an important instrument to monitor…

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Leaked: draft EU Communication on New Retail Energy Markets

As announced in the Energy Union Strategy Framework, the EU Commission is preparing ‘an ambitious legislative proposal to redesign the electricity market and linking wholesale and retail.’ The idea is that this ‘will increase security of supply and ensure that the electricity market will be better adapted to the energy transition which will bring in…

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Powerplays in the EU Commission

Google-translated (which needed many own improvements) from German source (15 May 2015). Kindergarten in the EU Commission In theory, seven Vice-Presidents and a new structure should bring more momentum to the work of the Commission. Instead, the Vice-Presidents and Commissioners block each other. What can better glue a shattered relationship than a good meal? In…

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“I believe in the EU #EnergyUnion” – interview with EU Climate & Energy Commissioner Canete

Google-translated from Polish source (3 May 2015): ‘The common market will benefit – says Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy. Q: Poland […] continues to invest in the construction of new coal-fired power plants based on coal and lignite. But is this reasonable in the context of the direction of decarbonisation, where Europe…

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#Russia denies #Greece rumours on advance payment for #TurkishStream

For what Russia’s words are worth these days: reacting to rumours in Der Spiegel (17 April 2015), Putin’s spokesperson today (18 April 2015) denies there is a deal with Greece on advance payment of up to 5 billion euros for a possible gas pipeline project called Turkish Stream. Background: Turkish Stream is qualified by the European…

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Consumers & clean energy investment key to EU #EnergyUnion

On 8 June, EU Energy Ministers will discuss the European Energy Union. To prepare their meeting, several rounds of drafting the conclusions are taking place. The first draft conclusions were circulated to the delegations on 10 April. The draft is on the ‘Implementation of the Energy Union: empowering consumers and attracting investments in the energy…

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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