Regulation & Policy

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

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

S.3. Energy Infrastructure

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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

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D.

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 ...

ENTSO-E publishes Summer Outlook 2018

S.2. Internal Energy Market

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
In its recently published Summer Outlook 2018, ENTSO-E expects Europe’s generation and consumption to be balanced even under severe conditions. In addition to available generation, ENTSO-E’s Summer Outlook points out the role of interconnections and considers demand-response in ensuring Europe’s security of supply. According to ENTSO-E, ...

Germany must collect unpaid network charges from large electricity users illegally exempted therefrom in 2012-2013

S.11. State Aid

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The EC found that the exemption for certain large electricity users in Germany from network charges in 2012-2013 violated EU State aid rules. In March 2013, following a number of complaints from consumer associations, energy companies and citizens, the EC opened an in-depth investigation into the ...

Energy Infrastructure Forum 2018 Takeaways

S.3. Energy Infrastructure

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Monday, May 28, 2018
On 24 and 25 May 2018, the EC hosted the 4th Energy Infrastructure Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark, gathering the representatives of EU Institutions, EU Member States, network operators and industry stakeholders. The Forum was set up in 2015 as part of the Energy Union strategy. ...

INEA awards €237 million to Horizon 2020 energy projects

S.6.1. Horizon 2020

D.6.1. Horizon 2020

Thursday, May 24, 2018
The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) signed the grants for 32 energy projects, which will be funded in twelve topics under the 2016-2017 Competitive Low-Carbon Energy call. Thirteen project proposals, which would aim at “establishing new knowledge in the area of renewable energy, wind energy ...

First parts of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” legislative Package adopted

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D.6.1. Horizon 2020

Monday, May 14, 2018
Following the approval by an extensive majority of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) by the EP on 17 April, the Council of the EU also approved the new legislation. With this approval, the EPBD becomes the first legislative act from the EC’s ...

Eurelectric calls for policy and regulatory control of blockchain

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D.6.1. Horizon 2020

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Eurelectric released a new White Paper calling for European electricity policymakers and regulators to oversee the development of blockchain technologies in the power sector. According to the organisation, “blockchain today represents an immature technology that is evolving quickly”. This development will require policy support and a ...