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France and Germany respond

France and Germany will this week respond to the Commission’s proposals for further EU energy market liberalisation. The alternative plan would keep oversight of energy production and transmission firmly within national boundaries in an effort to allow large energy firms to cling to their assets. France and Germany’s energy markets are controlled by a small… » read more

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Increasing the power of ACER

The Commission has also included calls to strengthen the powers and independence of existing national regulators, who will be mandated to cooperate with one another.ERGEG and CEER, however, argue that “improved regulatory arrangements at national level, although of significant importance, will not, in themselves be sufficient to accelerate the process leading towards a single European… » read more

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Energy market

The EU’s energy market is plagued by under-investment in cross-border power transmission capacity and a lack of coordination between national regulators and transmission system operators (TSOs), who manage the technical transfer of gas and electricity between member states, according to a Commission impact assessment. The Commission concluded that the problem “would be better addressed through… » read more

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Energy agencies

The Commission’s proposals to further liberalise the EU’s energy markets include plans to create a new European agency designed to oversee cross-border cooperation for gas and electricity transmission between member states. But regulators question whether the agency will have enough powers to effectively fulfill its mandate. The limited powers of a new Agency for the… » 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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In the Question and Answer session following the Speak Up Europe conference, Italy’s decision to phase out nuclear energy came under attack: What do we have as a consequence? We have no more research in progressing that technology (…). We have no more engineers (…), so progress to avoid the dangers that everybody knows has… » read more

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More inconvenient truths

Christian Egenhofer from Brussels think tank The Centre for European Policy Studies looks into what it will take to stabilise CO2 concentration in the Earth’s atmosphere at 550 ppm – a “modest scenario”, as he says, which would mean accepting a raise of around 35% from present CO2 levels and a “managable” level of climate… » read more

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Stephan Singer from the Brussels office of the World Wildlife Fund surprisingly backs European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in arguing that climate change protection is the most likely candidate for a European project that could actually create passion with citizens throughout the continent. Singer urges the EU to take radically decarbonize by bringing CO2… » read more

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Monica Frassoni, the Co-President of the Green Group in the European Parliament ,rides an attack against the term “low-carbon technologies” which, she says, mixes up a range of “virtuous and less virtuous” approaches, which are “not the same in terms of their capacity to tackle climate change”. She urges the Commission to give priority to… » read more

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