Regulation & Policy

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

EU strikes deal on new RES Directive after trilogue on Energy Efficiency fails

S.4.1. The Renewable Energy Directive

D.4.1. The Renewable Energy Directive

Friday, June 15, 2018
In the early hours of 14 June, during the final trilogue on the RES Directive, the Council, the MEPs from the ITRE Committee, and the EC reached an important compromise and stroke a deal on a legally-binding EU-wide 32% RES target and a complete phase-out ...

Upcoming Austrian Council of the EU Presidency presents energy priorities for next six months

S.12. Winter Package

D.4.1. The Renewable Energy Directive

Friday, June 15, 2018
On 11 June, the delegation of the upcoming Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU presented its energy priorities and objectives to the Energy Ministers of the Members States. This will be the third time that Austria will be at the helm of the ...

EC approves acquisition of Uniper by Fortum

S.10.2. Competition Law

D.10.2. Competition Law

Friday, June 15, 2018
  The EC approved the acquisition of Uniper by Fortum, concluding that the transaction would not raise any competition concerns in the European Economic Area. The EC approved the deal without conditions after finding that the transaction is unlikely to obstruct (more…)

EC allocates €500 million for energy infrastructure projects under second 2018 CEF call

S.3.2. The Connecting Europe Facility

D.3.2. The Connecting Europe Facility

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The EC opened the year’s second Call for Proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), under which it will provide a total of €500 million in financial assistance to key EU energy infrastructure projects. The call is open for PCI projects, which (more…)

EASE releases study on storage demand

S.3.4. Energy Storage

D.3.4. Energy Storage

Monday, June 11, 2018
On 05 June 2018, the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) released a study to evaluate the energy storage capacity that would be needed for Europe to achieve its decarbonisation targets. The study is a simplified compilation of existing studies on energy storage demand ...

INEA awards €140 million to Horizon 2020 energy projects

S.6.1. Horizon 2020

D.6.1. Horizon 2020

Monday, June 11, 2018
The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) has selected 20 energy projects, which will be funded through six topics under the Low-Carbon Energy call. Altogether, 82 applications were evaluated in the call. The 20 selected projects are expected to be launched by the end of ...

EC proposes restructuring of energy funds and increased funding under new EU budget

S.3. Energy Infrastructure

D.6.1. Horizon 2020

Friday, June 8, 2018
Major changes to the current structure of EU financial instruments are being considered by the EC with the second set of legislative proposals for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) – the EU’s 2021-2027 budget. The EC aims to introduce three major proposals for the current ...

Brussels hosts European Sustainable Energy Week


D.6.1. Horizon 2020

Friday, June 8, 2018
Between 04-08 June 2018, Brussels hosted the annual EU Sustainable Energy Week (SEW).  The event, organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in close cooperation with the EC’s Directorate-General for Energy, was originally launched in 2006, and focuses on activities to ...