Regulation & Policy

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

EU reaches final deal on Clean Energy Package

S.12. Winter Package

D.2.4. Energy Market Design

Friday, December 21, 2018
The sixth trilogue concluded in the early hours of 19 December when EU negotiators reached a final political agreement on the Electricity Directive and Regulation. The deal wraps up a lengthy process of over two years since the EC proposed the “Clean Energy for All ...

EU temporarily suspends UK carbon permit processes ahead of Brexit

S.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

D.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

Friday, December 21, 2018
The EC has temporarily suspended emissions trading system processes for Britain due to the lack of clarity as to the country’s relationship with the EU after Brexit. As from 01 January next year, Britain will be unable to auction carbon permits, allocate them to operators ...

Is it time to rethink capacity market design?

S.11. State Aid

D.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

Monday, December 17, 2018
In the past few weeks, capacity mechanisms have been one of the most widely debated issues both in European political energy circles and even among policy-makers in North America. On 15 November 2018, the European General Court (EGC) issued a landmark ruling leading to the ...

EU negotiators reach agreement on sixth file of the Clean Energy Package

S.12. Winter Package

D.2.3. Regional Initiatives

Friday, December 14, 2018
During the fourth trilogue held on 11 December, EU negotiators reached an agreement on the proposed recast of the Regulation establishing a European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). The newly agreed Regulation aims to strengthen ACER’s powers and add competences in ...

EC accepts TenneT commitments to address antitrust concerns

S.10.2. Competition Law

D.10.2. Competition Law

Friday, December 7, 2018
On 19 March 2018, the EC launched a formal investigation to assess whether TenneT, the largest of the four German transmission system operators, infringed EU antitrust rules (abuse of dominant position – Article 102 TFEU) by systematically limiting southern capacity at the electricity interconnector between ...

The new EC Climate Strategy – a rocky road to climate neutrality

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.10.2. Competition Law

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
On 28 November, the EC published its European strategic long-term vision ‘A Clean Planet for All’, in which it calls for a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. The strategy highlights eight scenarios for the future of the EU and aims to show “how Europe can lead ...

ENTSO-E publishes Winter Outlook 2018-2019

S.2.2. The Internal Energy Market

D.2.2. The Internal Energy Market

Thursday, November 29, 2018
ENTSO-E published its “Winter Outlook 2017-2018”, which finds that European electricity supply for the upcoming months is secure under normal conditions. In case of a cold spell, however, the situation will need monitoring across areas including Belgium, France, Northern–Italy, Central–Northern Italy and Slovenia, especially during ...

EC approves French State subsidies for small-scale solar

S.11. State Aid

D.2.2. The Internal Energy Market

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
The EC approved a state aid measure to support innovative installations for electricity production from solar energy in France. The €600 million scheme will be financed from the French State budget and is earmarked to provide support for the deployment of 350 MW of new, ...