Speak Up Energy

The newly-created European Nuclear Energy Forum met for the second time on 22-23 May and Italy’s new government announced it will end a two-decade old moratorium on new plant construction in what is widely perceived as a nuclear ‘renaissance’ in the EU. The EU needs “an open debate, without taboos, without too many preconceived ideas,… » read more

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Member states’ positions on proposals designed to cut EU CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 continue to diverge significantly as the EU enters into what could be one of the busiest and potentially divisive negotiation periods in its history. Environment ministers from the 27 EU member states met in Luxembourg yesterday (5 June) to debate… » read more

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Another big issue is the review clause that the European Commission will have to produce five years after the directive comes into force. Under the current draft, the review would address “the extent to which the unbundling requirements [of the directive] have been successful in ensuring full and effective independence of transmission system operators”. For… » read more

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A coolant leak at a nuclear power plant in Slovenia has been contained, but the incident has brought renewed attention to the debate over whether nuclear offers a safe low-carbon option in the fight against climate change.”Slovenian authorities have confirmed that there has been no discharge to the environment. The situation can be considered fully… » read more

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As EU finance ministers gathering in Luxembourg struggled to develop a sound reaction to rising petrol and fuel prices, angry fishermen from across Europe are taking their pleas to Brussels. At the Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) Council meeting on Tuesday 3 June, ministers debated the issues of petrol companies’ windfall profits and commodities futures… » read more

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The Commission says it is “open” to a discussion on how the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and EU state aid guidelines could be leveraged to fund the development of up to 15 carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration plants by 2020. But experts continue to diverge on the best way to raise the necessary cash.… » read more

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Environment ministers from the EU’s 27 member states are unlikely to reach an agreement on core criteria for the sustainability of biofuels, according to a document circulated by the Slovenian Presidency. “There remain important differences of opinion on certain issues,” the report said. The Slovenian Presidency has been pushing for a compromise around a two-stage… » read more

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The incoming French EU Presidency is confident that it will be able to shepherd a deal on the EU’s climate and energy package through to adoption before the end of the year. But the ‘weight’ of the legislative agenda is unprecedented, and member states’ views diverge on a number of key points. France, which will… » read more

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Strikes and protests have spread across Europe amid growing anger at record-high oil prices, with leaders from the 27 EU countries at odds over the best response to the crisis. Unhappy fishermen After three weeks of work stoppages and blockades staged by fishermen in France, the fishing industry in Spain, Italy and Portugal joined in… » read more

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