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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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#OettiGate and #OettingAir: from free flight into free fall

This time, it only took 4.5 hours to claim he did nothing wrong. Just two weeks after global outrage over his racist, sexist and homophobic slur, German EU commissioner Oettinger is in the middle of new media storm for accepting a free trip on a private jet with an unregistered lobbyist nicknamed “Mr Russia”. While Twitter is running…

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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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Leaked: draft EU Renewable Energy Directive

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 (leaked draft here) Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (leaked draft here) Renewable Energy Directive Electricity Market Regulation (leaked draft here) Risk…

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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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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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#DieselGate: Germany still protecting its car industry instead of EU citizens

On Tuesday 7 June, EU Transport Ministers will debate the urgent need to close legal loopholes that allow car emissions defeat devices under certain circumstances. The debate follows up on revelations that certain carmakers have used defeat devices to cheat emission tests and that NOx emissions are much higher on the road than in laboratory tests. From…

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London & Paris call for stricter EU air pollution limits. Joint letter

On Monday 30 May, EU Ministers signed the so-called ‘Pact of Amsterdam‘, which sets out the principles of the Urban Agenda for the EU. Among the priority themes are energy, climate and air pollution. ‘The declaration comes just four days before national governments are set to water down proposed EU caps on air pollution at…

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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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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. 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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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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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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