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The Commission should envisage greater powers for a new regulatory agency in its proposals on EU energy market liberalisation, according to MEPs in Parliament’s Industry (ITRE) Committee. Yesterday (28 May), MEPs voted by large majority in favour of three reports relating to the functioning of a more liberalised EU electricity and gas market. In his… » read more

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Small businesses will simply not invest in the energy-saving technologies that are essential to reaching the EU’s climate change objectives without a fine-tuning of state aid rules, according to UEAPME, the association of small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe. Speaking at a round table on the role of public support for environmental protection on Tuesday… » read more

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As the EU’s energy liberalisation drive heats up, European consumers may be wondering when and in what shape the EU’s new energy policy will begin to transform the way energy is produced and consumed, and if the change will mean lower prices or higher industry profits. On 6 May, Parliament’s Industry (ITRE) Committee voted in… » read more

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Internal Energy Market

European Parliament adopts opinion on the Commission’s Green Paper on a European Energy Policy, rejecting an immediate third liberalisation package, proposing binding targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy sources. Most importantly on this, the Parliament seems to disagree with the intention, already expressed by President Barroso and Commissioners… » read more

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Iñigo Sabater from the Commission’s DG Energy and Transport answers a question by independent energy journalist and blogger Willy De Backer: I was shocked, when I read the SET plan, to see how badly we are doing as compared to Japan and the US. But (…) the US and Japan have also had cheap oil… » read more

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Enel, the former Italian electricity monopolist, now has operations in eleven countries in Europe and the Americas. Andrea Valcalda, who is in charge of the company’s envirnonmental and innovation projects, strongly argues in favour of more environmental responsibility and more investment into advanced technologies from energy companies. Andrea Valcalda’s speech (3.5 MB mp3) valcalda.mp3 Andrea… » read more

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