Regulation & Policy

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

First energy infrastructure projects to receive CEF 2014 funding revealed

S.3.2. The Connecting Europe Facility

D.3.2. The Connecting Europe Facility

Thursday, May 7, 2015
The EC announced in October 2014 that it would invest €647 million in 34 energy infrastructure projects under the CEF 2014 call for proposals. The first 15 of those projects have now been announced and consist in 10 electricity projects, four gas projects and one ...

Informal agreement on MSR

S.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

D.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
After less than one week of second round trialogue negotiations between the Council of the EU, the EP and the EC on the MSR for the EU ETS, (see news of 30 April 2015: “Council wants MSR to start in 2019”), the Institutions have already ...

EU and Algeria sign energy partnership

S.9.1. Security of Energy Supply

D.9.1. Security of Energy Supply

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, met with Yousef Yousfi, Minister for Energy and Mines of Algeria, to start a political dialogue on energy.The issues at stake are a cooperation on natural gas, RES, energy efficiency, energy market integration and ...

Russian ships accused of sabotaging the Nordbalt Link

S.9.1. Security of Energy Supply

D.9.1. Security of Energy Supply

Monday, May 4, 2015
A spokesperson for the Foreign Minister of Sweden and former EU Commissioner for Environment Margot Wallstörm stated on 02 May 2015 that Russian naval ships were trying to sabotage the construction of the Nordbalt cable that will link Sweden to Lithuania. According to Sweden’s Foreign ...

EP wants technology neutral Energy Union

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Monday, May 4, 2015
The ITRE Committee published its draft Report on the Energy Union, with Marek Jozef Grobarcsyk, the Polish MEP from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, as the rapporteur. The draft Report reflects the Opinion of the EP on the EC’s Energy Union Communication as published ...

SETIS publishes new Capacities Mapping Report

S.6.3. Energy Technologies & Innovation Communication

D.6.3. Energy Technologies & Innovation Communication

Monday, May 4, 2015
SETIS published a Report from the JRC’s Institute Energy and Transport entitled “Capacity Mapping: R&D investment in SET-Plan technologies”. The Report assesses R&D investments in low-carbon technologies in the EU in the reference year 2011, so as to provide a benchmark for future investments in ...

EC launches sector inquiry on capacity mechanisms

S.2.1. Third Energy Package

D.2.1. Third Energy Package

Thursday, April 30, 2015
The EC launched a sector inquiry into 11 EU Member States, which currently already have, or are planning to put in place, a capacity mechanism. To assess whether such capacity mechanisms distort competition in the Internal Market, DG COMP will be sending out targeted questionnaires ...

Council wants MSR to start in 2019

S.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

D.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

Thursday, April 30, 2015
After the ENVI Committee of the EP agreed on its negotiation position concerning the MSR for the EU ETS on 24 February 2015 (see news of 24 February 2014: “MSR for EU ETS to start at the end of 2018”), deciding on a 31 December ...