Update on EU ETS reform

The long story of ETS reform continues to be complicated. Expectations for the second half of 2014 are: progress in the Co-Decision process on the draft Stability Reserve Mechanism; more clarity on the new linear factor for 2021-30 in light of the European Council’s (hoped for) endorsement in October of the EU -40% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for 2030.

European Commission updated state aid regime

09/04/2014 The European Commission adopted revised Guidelines on Energy and Environment Aid (EEAG), due to enter into force on 1 July 2014. The new guidelines pave the way for less distortive support measures and market integration of supported power generation: by extending balancing responsibility, moving from feed-in tariffs to less distortive schemes like feed-in premiums, and adopting competitive bidding...

ACER: Draft Network Code on Electricity Balancing Is Not Ambitious Enough

04/04/2014 Following the submission by ENTSO-E of the draft Network Code on Electricity Balancing at the end of December, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) published on 21 March its ‘reasoned opinion’ on the document. ACER notes that the network code will bring significant added value in supporting the creation of a European balancing market ...

Results of the European Council on 20-21 March 2014

The European Council meeting on 20-21 March had been scheduled to discuss growth and jobs, industrial competitiveness, and the Commission’s 2030 climate and energy proposals. The Council conclusions commit to taking a decision on the 2030 greenhouse gas target “no later than October 2014”...

EURELECTRIC Welcomes Go-Live of Day-Ahead Market Coupling in North-Western Europe

14/02/2014 Following the postponement of the initially planned go-live date in November 2013, day-ahead market coupling in the North-Western Europe (NWE) region was successfully launched last week. As a strong proponent of European market integration, EURELECTRIC welcomed the go-live as an important milestone towards building integrated spot markets ...

EU Nuclear Policy: Off-Site Emergency Preparedness and Nuclear Liability in the Spotlight

28/01/2014 While the Council and European Parliament are still formulating their positions on the Nuclear Safety Directive, the Commission is already assessing the need for new measures in the field of nuclear energy. On 20-21 January the Commission, together with the Brussels Nuclear Law Association and the European Economic and Social Committee, held a seminar on nuclear liability...

ČSZE organised the EURELECTRIC seminar on European energy policy

On 23 January, Prague welcomed Hans ten Berge, the Secretary General of EURELECTRIC, who gave a presentation on power for a competitive Europe. He compared the journey to achieve EU energy objectives, namely cost-effective decarbonisation by 2050, a competitive Europe underpinned by sustained economic growth, and energy innovation, to the start of a marathon.

Commission Publishes EU 2030 Package and ETS Reforms

On 22 January the European Commission published a major package of white papers on climate and energy, including proposals on 2030 climate targets and policies and on ETS reform. The proposals are only the first step in a long process towards the adoption of legislation, and underneath the strong headlines, many crucial details have not yet been resolved...