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EU Presidency urged for higher #CleanEnergyEU ambition

Open letter from Members of the S&D group to the Maltese Presidency RE: Role of citizens and cooperatives in the Clean Energy Package. The recast of the Renewables Directive sets the level of energy from renewable sources in the EU at 27% in 2030. The S&D group will push for at least 40% by 2030…

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EU #EnergyUnion – just another old boys’ club?

The more successful the global energy transition gets, the more bashing by the old-skool energy utilities. Or, as I like to call them, the fossils. In every sense of the word. The so-called Magritte Group (named after the surrealist painter) at a visit to the European Parliament on 22 November proved to still be fossils….

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Leaked: draft EU Energy Efficiency & Buildings directives

On Wednesday 30 November the European Commission will present the next Energy Union Package. (On Twitter a.k.a. #EnergyUnionPackage.) The package will consist of nine (possibly ten) elements: Governance of the Energy Union Regulation Energy Efficiency Directive Energy Performance of Buildings Directive Renewable Energy Directive (leaked draft here) Electricity Market Regulation (leaked draft here) Risk Preparedness…

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MEP Claude Turmes slams #CleanEnergyEU package

The long awaited and much anticipated Energy Union “Jumbo Package” – a package of 8 new and reviewed EU energy draft legislation; on Twitter a.k.a. #CleanEnergyEU (official hashtag), #EnergyUnionPackage, and #WinterPackage – is currently in so-called Inter Service Consultation within the European Commission. The package is scheduled to be adopted, presented and published on Wednesday…

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How the EU pretends to be implementing the Paris Agreement

EU Commission uses outdated climate targets in new report* On 8 November 2016, the European Commission informed the European Parliament and the Council of the EU about the progress of the EU towards the ‘at least -40% domestic greenhouse gas emissions versus 1990’ target as agreed in EU’s 2030 Climate & Energy Policy Framework. The…

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Winter is here. On Paris and politics after Trump.

This is not the type of blog I usually write. But today is different. Winter is here. How does Twitter react to Donald Trump winning the US election 2016? Have a look at my personal impression of Twitter reactions. It may give you some hope – and perhaps even a brief smile. Will the outcome…

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Leaked: 5 EU countries are trying to delay simpler energy label

On Tuesday 11 October, EU Member States’ delegates will meet with EU Commission and EU Parliament delegates to discuss the roll-out of clearer energy labels that would help consumers save money. It could be the last time they meet (it’s their third so-called informal trialogue) if they reach a final deal on the issue. Right now, the…

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EU energy diplomacy: 1st ever EU – Algeria Business Forum on Energy

On 23-24 May, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete was in Algiers to strengthen the EU’s energy cooperation with Algeria. Together with the Algeria’s energy Minister Mr Salah Khebri, he opened the very first EU-Algeria Business Forum dedicated to energy. The Forum, a concrete follow-up of the EU-Algeria Political Dialogue on Energy…

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EU Energy Council 6 June 2016: agenda & documents

The EU Ministers for Energy will meet on Monday 6 June 2016. Update 2 June: The meeting page now indicates the agenda highlights: ‘Security of energy supply The Council will try to  reach a general approach on a draft decision that sets up aninformation exchange mechanism on energy agreements between member states and non-EU countries….

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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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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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