Regulation & Policy

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

ITRE Committee agrees on reserving funds for energy efficiency

S.3. Energy Infrastructure

D.3.5. The European Fund for Strategic Investment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
In stark contrast to general expectations (see news from 9 April 2015 “EFSI not to reserve a fixed amount for energy efficiency”), the ITRE Committee has voted in favour of reserving a €5 billion fixed sum from the EFSI for energy efficiency. This comes as ...

DG CLIMA consults on GHG emissions

S.1.1. The 2030 Framework for Climate & Energy

D.1.1. The 2030 Framework for Climate & Energy

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
From 26 March to 18 June 2015, interested parties will have the opportunity to answer two public consultations launched by DG CLIMA: One on a legislative Proposal on EU Member States’ efforts to reduce their GHG emissions to meet the EU’s 2030 GHG target, the ...

EFSI not to reserve a fixed amount for energy efficiency

S.3. Energy Infrastructure

D.3.5. The European Fund for Strategic Investment

Thursday, April 9, 2015
The legislative proposal for the EFSI is currently under debate at the EP. When providing its Opinion on the Proposal, the ITRE Committee could also express its views on one provision in particular, namely article five - “Requirements for use of the EU guarantee”. Indeed, ...

Innovative energy storage technology under development in Ireland

S.3.4. Energy Storage

D.3.4. Energy Storage

Thursday, April 9, 2015
A new energy storage facility has been confirmed to be developed in Rhode, County Offaly of Ireland, with an operating capacity of 20 MW. The foundations of the facility are currently under construction and it is due to come into operation by 2017. The outcome ...

TSOs unite to buy primary reserve

S.2.3. Regional Initiatives

D.2.3. Regional Initiatives

Thursday, April 9, 2015
The Dutch and German TSO, TenneT, announced that it will buy primary reserve capacity with five other TSOs from Austria, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. Austrian Power Grid (APG), Swissgrid, 50Hertz Transmission, Amprion, TenneT (Germany), TransnetBW and TenneT (Netherlands) will create together the largest common ...

EU Energy Ministers urged to support NSCOGI

S.1. Energy Strategies

D.1.3. EU Energy Union

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Twenty-four energy associations and companies sent a letter to EU Energy Ministers ahead of their 16 April 2015 Informal Energy Meeting in Riga, Latvia, urging them to endorse the NSCOGI project. The project was only barely referenced in the EC’s Communication on the Energy Union ...

EC investigates capacity markets

S.10.2. Competition Law

D.10.2. Competition Law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The EC has decided to investigate whether single capacity markets in single EU Member States are affecting competition in the EU Internal Market by representing illegal state aid for utilities. Certain EU Member States, like the UK, have implemented capacity mechanisms under which  utilities are ...

EU-Iceland agreement signed over second phase of the Kyoto Protocol

S.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

D.7.1. The European Emissions Trading System

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The EU has signed an agreement with Iceland concerning their joint fulfillment of the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol. Under this agreement, Iceland will join the EU and EU Member States in reducing their GHG emissions by 20% for the 2013-2020 period. The agreement ...