Regulation & Policy

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

EP adopts final four files in “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package

S.12. Clean Energy for All Europeans

D.2.4. Energy Market Design

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
With large majorities, the EP adopted the last four files of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package. The MEPs approved the proposed Directive on common rules for the internal market in electricity with 551 votes for, 72 against and 37 abstentions; the Regulation on ...

ACER clarifies application of REMIT

S.2. Internal Energy Market

D.2.5. Regulation on Energy Market Integrity and Transparency

Friday, March 22, 2019
ACER published a guidance note to clarify the application of REMIT (EU Regulation on Wholesale Market Integrity and Transparency) within the context of the trading behaviours associated with layering and spoofing (Article 5). Layering and spoofing refers to the “issuing by a market participant of ...

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 ...