Category Archives: EU climate and Energy 2030

The best of times, the worst of times – A Tale of two Reports

The two most authoritative accounts of the global power markets, including the role of renewables, were recently published: World Energy Outlook 2014 from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and REthinking Energy from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).     … Continue reading

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EU’s Energy Policy: confusion is now complete

Before his nomination, European Commission (EC) president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker said he wanted “to reform and reorganise Europe’s energy policy into a new European Energy Union”. He added: “I am neither in favour of nuclear, nor in favour of fracking, because … Continue reading

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EU 2030 triple-target “could save 21 billion”

Germany, Denmark and Portugal renewed calls for the EU to adopt binding 2030 targets for renewables, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions at a crucial Heads of State meeting next week as a new study claimed an ambitious triple-goal … Continue reading

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Not too fast, Germany…

A new, revised German renewables support framework will just have taken effect when the wind energy sector gathers at the Wind Energy Hamburg expo later this month. Once again, the German government has adjusted its main renewable energy policy instrument … Continue reading

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28 shades of black

“Any customer can have a car painted any colour he wants, so long as it is black,” Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, said in 1909, referring to his Model T. The EU seems to be adopting a … Continue reading

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Moving closer to an EU energy union

“People only accept change in necessity and see necessity only in crisis.” These were the words of Jean Monnet, chief architect of European integration. Thirty-five years after his death, this guiding principle still applies to European policymaking. In the light … Continue reading

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European Court of Justice rules against free trade in renewable energy.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today confirmed that EU states are not obliged to make national renewable energy support schemes available to production abroad – a judgment with big implications for the region’s renewable energy sectors. The ECJ’s ruling goes against … Continue reading

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More balance needed

At noon on 11 May, nearly 75% of Germany’s electricity supply was supplied by renewables – 67% came from PV and wind power alone. More impressively, in the first quarter of 2014, 27% (40.2 TWh) of the electricity supply came … Continue reading

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EU policymaking by diktat

Let’s say you want to end most of the renewable energy subsidies in Europe and dramatically change the rest. Let’s say that you want to do it fast. Let’s say you want to make it legally binding. Let’s say that … Continue reading

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Markets of make-believe

The EU Heads of State have given themselves about half a year to agree on a EU climate and energy policy framework for 2030. The governments should use some of the time they have granted themselves to provide the public … Continue reading

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