Regulation & Policy

For ease of reference, S.and D. correspond to the Sections and Dossiers of the Quarterly

EC seeks clean energy infrastructure projects to be awarded €750 million worth of CEF funding

S.3.2. The Connecting Europe Facility

D.3.2. The Connecting Europe Facility

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The EC launched a call for proposals under which €750 million will be granted in funding to key clean energy infrastructure projects across the EU. The funding is part of the first 2019 Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Energy call, which runs until 13 June 2019. ...

Europe reserves 35% of research budget for clean technologies

S.6.4. Horizon Europe

D.6.4. Horizon Europe

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
EU representatives struck an agreement on 19 March to set aside at least 35% of research funding for clean energy technologies within the Horizon Europe program for research and innovation. This comes in spite of reservations on the part of some Member States with regard ...

EP votes to increase emissions reduction target to 55% by 2030

S.4. Renewable Energy

D.6.4. Horizon Europe

Friday, March 15, 2019
On 14 March, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of a non-binding resolution to increase the EU’s 2030 emission reduction target to 55% compared with 1990 levels and in favour of a net-zero carbon 2050 target. The EU’s current aim is for a 40% ...

EC launches in-depth investigation into proposed E.ON acquisition of Innogy

S.10.2. Competition Law

D.10.2. Competition Law

Friday, March 8, 2019
The EC launched an in-depth investigation into E.ON’s proposed acquisition of Innogy from RWE (see news of February 21, 2019: “RWE to win EU regulatory approval to buy E.ON and Innogy’s renewables businesses”) due to concerns that the acquisition could decrease competition and lead to ...

EP and Council negotiators reach provisional trilogue agreement on CEF2

S.3.2. The Connecting Europe Facility

D.3.2. The Connecting Europe Facility

Friday, March 8, 2019
On 07 March, during a late night trilogue session, negotiators from the EP, the Council, and the EC reached a provisional agreement on the Connecting Europe Facility for the 2021-2027 period. According to the EC, the new CEF (CEF2) will make “energy systems better interconnected, ...

Tempus Energy files legal challenge to enforce capacity market shutdown

S.11. State Aid

D.3.2. The Connecting Europe Facility

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Tempus Energy filed a legal claim with the High Court in the United Kingdom in an attempt to enforce a shutdown of the capacity market after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the scheme had not been adequately assessed under EU State Aid ...

ACER extends agreement deadline for common method for single intraday coupling scheduled exchanges

S.2.1. Third Energy Package

D.2.7. EU Network Codes

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
ACER adopted a Decision granting a one-month extension to reach an agreement on the amended proposal presented by TSOs for a common methodology for calculating scheduled exchanges from single intraday coupling. TSOs were required to develop a common methodology in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) ...

Lawsuit filed before European Court of Justice against inclusion of forest biomass in Renewable Energy Directive II

S.4.1. The Renewable Energy Directive

D.4.1. The Renewable Energy Directive

Monday, March 4, 2019
On 04 March, a consortium of individuals and NGOs from Estonia, France, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, and the US filed a lawsuit before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg against the EU’s inclusion of forest biomass in the Renewable Energy Directive (RES Directive II). ...