Regulation & Policy

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

Commissioner Arias Cañete wants more flexible energy markets

S.3.3. Smart Grids

D.3.3. Smart Grids

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Commissioner for Energy and Climate Change, Miguel Arias Cañete wants energy markets to become more flexible, he explained at the annual CEER conference. This flexibility should consist first in demand-side flexibility “whereby consumers adjust their electricity consumption according to price signals”, which should be enabled ...

Roadmap to Paris UNFCCC debated in EP plenary

S.1.1. The 2030 Framework for Climate & Energy

D.1.1. The 2030 Framework for Climate & Energy

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
MEPs discussed the Roadmap to the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC to take place in Paris at the end of 2015. They mainly focused on (i) the need for increased financing for climate mitigation; (ii) the reform of the EU ETS which is ...

EC study stresses “genuine and urgent” need for CCS in Europe

S.7.2. Carbon Capture & Storage

D.7.2. Carbon Capture & Storage

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
In the new study “Support to the review of Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide (CCS Directive)” carried out by Triple E, Ricardo AEA and TNO at the request of the EC, the consultants conclude that “the overall need for CCS to ...

ITRE Committee discussed Energy Union

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Monday, January 26, 2015
The ITRE Committee discussed the creation of the Energy Union and exchanged views with the Vice-President for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič. The latter explained the five dimensions of the Energy Union: (i) security of supply based on solidarity and trust; (ii) a completed internal ...

EC publishes study on the impact of the energy label

S.8.2. The Ecodesign Directive

D.8.2. The Ecodesign Directive

Monday, January 26, 2015
The EC published a study done by London Economics and Ipsos on “the impact of the energy label – and potential changes to it - on consumer understanding and on purchase decisions”. The objective of this study was to assess how consumers understand energy labels ...

Publication of final report on “Employment and growth effects of sustainable energies in the European Union”

S.4.1. The Renewable Energy Directive

D.4.1. The Renewable Energy Directive

Thursday, January 22, 2015
The final report for the “Support Activities for RES modelling post 2020” project, which is being carried out by Fraunhofer, Ecofys, Energy Economics Group, Rütter Soceco and SEURECO and funded by the EC, envisages quantifying the advantages of RES. The report concludes that the positive ...

ITRE Committee fails to agree on EU ETS position

S.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

D.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

Thursday, January 22, 2015
The ITRE Committee at the EP was not able to agree (with 31 votes against, 28 for and seven abstentions) on an opinion concerning the MSR reform of the EU ETS. In its legislative Proposal, the EC had suggested that the MSR start in 2021, ...

CEER publishes memorandum on principles for regulatory performance assessments

S.2.1. Third Energy Package

D.2.1. Third Energy Package

Monday, January 19, 2015
Since most European NRAs have existed for over ten years and have reached a certain level of maturity, organisations such as the OECD find it is now an appropriate time to review their performance. CEER wants to contribute to such review by identifying in a ...