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A Commission representative introduced the new package of measures to liberalise Europe’s energy markets as published 19 September 2007. Important issues in this package are: ownership unbundling, cooperation of transmission system operators, limitations to ownership of strategic assets by non-Eu state owned investment funds, agency for energy regulators. Trade unions pointed out their concern over… » read more

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Financial barriers, including high initial cost barriers and an inadequacy of traditional financing instruments, are a key element preventing private actors from engaging further towards making the residential building sector more energy efficient, according to a study from the International Energy Agency (IEA) published on 20 March.Existing buildings are responsible for over 40% of the… » read more

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Reason One: the variety of national regulation is an obstacle to the functioning of the internal market. For a new entrant into a national energy market, national regulation is a barrier. Norms, interpretative documents, jurisprudence, procedures must be known and understood. No wonder that companies prefer to buy a local company rather than establishing a… » read more

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The European Commission has adopted a third package of legislative proposals to ensure a real and effective choice of supplier and benefits to every single EU citizen. The Commission’s proposals put consumer choice, fairer prices, cleaner energy and security of supply at the centre of its approach. The package promotes sustainability by stimulating energy efficiency… » read more

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Barroso: “An open and fair internal energy market is essential to ensure that the EU can rise to the challenges of climate change, increased import dependence and global competitiveness. This is about getting a better deal for consumers and business and making sure that third country companies respect our rules”. Energy Commissioner Piebalgs: “We have… » read more

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To make the internal market work for all consumers whether large or small, and to help the EU achieve more secure, competitive and sustainable energy, the Commission is proposing a number of measures to complement the existing rules. Separation of production and supply from transmission networks: Network ownership and operation should be “unbundled”. This refers… » read more

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Even if upcoming negotiations on the 23 January ‘package’ go smoothly, there are growing concerns that EU, and even international, efforts will not be enough to address the potentially catastrophic consequences of a relentless rise in the Earth’s average atmospheric temperatures, which UN scientists agree is caused by human activitiy in industry, housing, transport and… » read more

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Customers will also benefit from a new Energy Customers’ Charter to be launched in 2008. This will include measures to address fuel poverty, information for customers to choose a supplier and supply options, actions to lower red tape when changing energy suppliers and to protect citizens from unfair selling practises. A separate information campaign will… » read more

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Embracing the targets?

In addition to economic concerns, the bloc’s 27 governments are set to give further backing to an ambitious climate change commitment: to reduce the EU’s CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 while upping the bloc’s use of rrenewable energy by 20% during the same period. Initially made in March 2007, the ’20-20-20′ commitments were translated… » read more

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In order to preserve the independence of the Agency, the following amendments would be highly beneficial:- The introduction of stronger requirement of expertise and independence As far as expertise is concerned, according to para.11.2 sub 5 of the DIA, “All the members of the administrative board shall be appointed on the basis of their experience… » read more

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