Regulation & Policy

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

EU leaders push for an international agreement with ambitious target of 60% reduction of GHG emissions by 2050

S.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

D.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The EC Communication on the Road to Paris has given a clear indication of the level of ambition of EU leaders for the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015. The Communication states that the EU’s aim is for the Conference to lead to a binding ...

Legislative reforms necessary for EFSI success

S.3. Energy Infrastructure

D.3.5. The European Fund for Strategic Investment

Monday, February 23, 2015
In order for the EFSI to succeed, legislative reforms in EU Member States are “urgently needed” claims the EIB President, Werner Hoyer. The EFSI aims at stimulating the EU’s economy by attracting private investment for “risky projects” by injecting public money into these projects. However, ...

Energy associations advocate for a market-based Energy Union focused on consumers

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Monday, February 23, 2015
Ahead of the publication of the Energy Union strategic framework paper, four energy associations (EPIA, EURELECTRIC, Eurogas and EWEA) jointly wrote a statement on the Energy Union in which they welcome the concept because it could enhance the consistency of the European energy policy and ...

EC opens investigation into UK subsidies for conversion of power plant

S.10.2. Competition Law

D.10.2. Competition Law

Thursday, February 19, 2015
The EC has started an in-depth investigation to assess whether the UK support for the transformation of the Lynemouth coal power plant into a biomass power plant is in line with EU state aid rules. In December 2014, the UK government announced that it would ...

Germany brings EC to court in EEG 2012 dispute

S.10.2. Competition Law

D.10.2. Competition Law

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The German government has decided to challenge the EC’s Decision of 25 November 2014 concerning the EEG 2012. At the time, the EC approved the quasi-totality of the Act, pointing out however that “a limited portion of the reductions exceed what is permitted under EU ...

Energy Union to rely on public money to attract private funding

S.1.3. EU Energy Union

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Monday, February 16, 2015
When presenting two new EIB instruments, “The Private Finance for Energy Efficiency” and “the Natural Capital Financing Facility”, Commissioner Arias Cañete announced that the financing method that will be used for the EFSI and for these instruments will also be applied in the Energy Union. The ...

72 organisations and companies advocate for early start of MSR

S.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

D.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

Monday, February 16, 2015
A group of more than 70 organisations and companies has addressed a letter to the MEPs, advocating for an early start of the MSR in 2017 as well as for an immediate transfer of the “900 million backloaded allowances” into this reserve. Starting the MSR ...

Electro-intensive industries off the hook for RES support

S.10.2. Competition Law

D.10.2. Competition Law

Friday, February 6, 2015
The EC considers that the granting by Romania of reductions in RES financing payments to certain energy-intensive users is in line with EU state aid rules. Indeed, such reductions appear necessary to guarantee the competitiveness of energy-intensive industries “without unduly distorting competition in the Single ...