Category Archives: European power sector

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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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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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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RWE: First loss since 1949

Germany’s largest power company RWE posted its first loss since the establishment of the German Republic in 1949. €2.8 billion was lost in 2013, caused by massive write downs in assets of almost €5 billion.  Last week French power company … Continue reading

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Ministers mute on national RE targets

National renewable targets barely featured as EU environment ministers discussed climate and energy policy today, ahead of a similar meeting by the Union’s energy ministers tomorrow. At discussions of the European Commission’s (EC’s) Climate and Energy Package, there seemed to be … Continue reading

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