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Internal market for electricity [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal for a regulation on the internal market for electricity, as part of a comprehensive legislative package on the energy union. The proposed regulation is aimed at making the electricity market fit for more flexibility, decarbonisation and innovation, by providing for undistorted market signals. Continue reading

The Juncker Commission’s ten priorities: State of play at the start of 2017

Written by Étienne Bassot and Wolfgang Hiller, More than two years since Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took office on 1 November 2014, having presented the ten priority areas that would serve as his Commission’s guiding lines for the following five years, the European Commission is now approaching the midway point of its mandate. Building on the … Continue reading

EU energy policy [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, On 30 November, the European Commission unveiled its ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans‘ legislative package, which it hopes will mark a major step twards creating an Energy Union that ensures a functioning internal market in  gas and electricity, addresses security of supply issues, promotes renewable energy sources,  encourages  energy efficiency and … Continue reading

Energy poverty in the EU

Written by Dessislava Yougova Two important studies on energy poverty in the EU were published in 2015 (see below), testifying to the importance of the problem on a European scale. According to the European Commission, around 11% of the EU population may experience energy poverty (see press release ). Energy poverty means that households cannot heat their … Continue reading

The Commission’s Summer Energy Package

Written by Alex Wilson On 15 July 2015, the European Commission presented its Summer Energy Package, consisting of two legislative proposals (revised Directive on ETS allowances after 2020, amending Directive 2003/87/EC; new regulation on energy labelling, replacing Directive 2010/30/EU), alongside two non-legislative communications proposing a new deal for energy consumers and launching the public consultation … Continue reading

Energy Union [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski The European Commission launched a blueprint on 25 February for an Energy Union that would  ensure the free flow of gas and electricity across the European Union, diversify energy supply and move the bloc towards a low carbon economy in what is hoped to be a major shake-up aimed to create … Continue reading

Secure, clean and affordable energy for Europe

The EU is developing energy policies that aim to ensure security of supply, affordable energy for households and industry, and a reduction of carbon emissions in line with EU climate commitments. A new global energy landscape The global energy landscape keeps changing. Electricity from renewable sources has been gaining market share, but there are concerns … Continue reading

EU climate and energy policies post-2020: Energy security, competitiveness and decarbonisation

The European Commission recently presented its proposals for post-2020 climate and energy policies. It is now up to Parliament and Member States to reach an agreement. The current “20-20-20” targets focus on decarbonisation through the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the deployment of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures. The global context for … Continue reading

The tsunami in Japan, three years after

Three years after a tsunami hit the north-eastern coast of Japan, reconstruction is well behind schedule, while the nuclear accident in Fukushima remains a source of concern and reflexion and no one has been indicted for the consequences of the disaster. A triple disaster On 11 March 2011, the north-eastern coast of Japan was hit … Continue reading

EU 2030 climate and energy framework

The Commission adopted the Green paper “A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies” (procedure file in the EP Legislative Observatory) in March 2013. The key objectives are “reducing greenhouse gas emission, securing energy supply and supporting growth, competitiveness and jobs through a high technology, cost efficient approach”. It takes into account the longer-term perspectives to 2050 … Continue reading

What’s happening on energy in the EU?

The aims of the EU energy policy are set in article 194 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. They include reducing energy consumption, implementing the internal energy market, developing new and renewable forms of energy, promoting the interconnection of energy networks, improving technology, protecting consumers and reinforcing the external dimension. The … Continue reading

Is a nuclear deal with Iran on the cards?

Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani, has stated his intention to improve Iran’s ties with the West. This change in tone raised hopes for a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. The recent talks in Geneva were not a breakthrough, but they did restart the dialogue. Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani’s election in June 2013 has raised … Continue reading

Geopolitical and financial consequences of the shale revolution: Europe, Russia and Asia

Global gas demand As an effect of the ongoing financial and economic crisis, global gas demand (p.1) has decreased in the past years. At the same time, unconventional gas production, mainly in the US, has, together with an increased global capacity in liquefied natural gas (LNG) altered the supply side. These developments have an impact … Continue reading

Spatial planning for the ‘blue economy’: Maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management

The increasing use of seas and coasts for economic activities, the ‘blue economy,’ leads to growing and competing demands for maritime space. Allocation of space at sea helps to avoid conflicts between different uses (e.g. wind and wave energy, fishing, oil and gas exploitation, cables and pipelines, shipping, tourism, defence, environmental protection), which also often … Continue reading

IMF: energy subsidies are not the right answer!

A new IMF paper urges governments the world over to reform subsidies affecting products ranging from coal to gasoline. Energy subsidies in 2011 amounted to $1.9 trillion, the equivalent of about 2½ percent of world GDP, or 8 percent of all government revenues. What are energy subsidies? Energy subsidies are made up of both producer … Continue reading

Gas disputes in the eastern Mediterranean

Discoveries of gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean have brought both opportunities and challenges to the entire region. Although political uncertainty has clouded the whole picture, energy is emerging as the dominant issue for the future of the region. Mutually agreed criteria for the exploitation of these gas resources would foster stability in the region … Continue reading

Shale gas in Europe: prospects and risks

6 language versions available in pdf format Schiefergas in Europa: Möglichkeiten und Risiken El gas de esquisto en Europa: perspectivas y riesgos Gaz de schiste en Europe: risques et perspectives Il gas di scisto in Europa: le prospettive e i rischi Gaz łupkowy w Europie. Perspektywy i zagrożenia Shale gas in Europe: prospects and risks … Continue reading

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