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  • The electricity grid at the heart of the energy transition

    The energy transition brings many changes to the electricity system, both as challenges and opportunities, , such as the emergence of new generation means more dependent on weather conditions and more decentralised, or new consumption habits that enhance flexibility and adapt to new uses such as electric vehicles or connected devices. Between production and consumption, the grid is at the heart of the electric system, with system operators further innovating to lead the energy transition. Let us have a glimpse into the future …

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  • Electricity Industry Observatory: tutorial about the energy bill

    To celebrate the redesign of the Electricity Industry Observatory (Observatoire de l’Industrie Electrique (OIE) in French)‘s website on Wednesday February 2nd, UFE invited several eminent officials of the energy sector to discuss the impact of the energy transition on energy bill for consumers. The great amount of attendants and the high-level debates illustrate the keen interest for this issue, and remind, if need be, the importance of conducting energy policy in the most efficient way.

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  • Initial thoughts on the Clean Energy Package

    Following the Paris agreement, the European Commission aims at positioning the European Union as a leader in the energy transition thanks to the Clean Energy Package. UFE has examined carefully those proposals, now at the negotiating table between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. During informal dinner discussions, which took place at the European Energy Forum on Tuesday 14th in Strasbourg, UFE shared its initial thoughts on this matter, which will undoubtedly mobilise industrial partners, civil society and institutional stakeholders throughout the whole year, but will also bring structural change in the power sector once voted.

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  • Clean Energy Package : the European Parliament in the spotlight !

    Following the release of the Clean Energy Package on Novembre 30th by the European Commission, it is now up to the European Parliament to take over several legislative proposals structurally important for the energy sector. Jerzy Buzek, chair of the ITRE Committee and major figure of the European Parliament on energy-related issues, expressed his ambition to achieve the Parliament’s legislative work as soon as possible, by the end of 2017. This seems to be an ambitious schedule, especially in the light of the density and complexity of the texts to be examined, and considering how far the Parliament is from having strong and stable political coalitions.

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  • Electricity, a new ambition for France

    The world is experiencing such a deep and vast transformation period, that one can easily talk about “a revolution”. UFE published its “Ambition for France” to remind that electricity is at the heart of this revolution and represents a key asset for France.

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  • What to expect for the electricity industry in 2017?

    Such exercise in the first days of the year is never an easy task. Obviously, one cannot anticipate the “surprises” that will come up, but it is still possible to identify some of the major economic trends and debates that will shape 2017 for the electricity actors.

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  • For Christmas, let us be eco-friendly!

    Decreasing our energy consumption matters for several reasons: it contributes to fighting against climate change, improving France’s energy independence and lower the energy bill at the individual level! Some energy efficiency measures require important investments (wall insulation, change of heating systems, etc.) that may hold back the development of energy efficiency. Yet, there are several ways to make savings on our energy bills only by changing some of our habits: let us be eco-friendly!

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  • « Clean Energy Package », the Energy Union leaves mixed feelings

    We were informed that 2016 would be “the year of delivery for the Energy Union”. Named “A Clean Energy for All Europeans”, this set of legislative proposal pursues three ambitions: to make Europe a global industrial leader of the energy transition, to honour the European 2030 energy and climate objectives as well as the Paris Agreement, and to adapt the market design to the new energy system, whilst promoting renewables and prosumers. Though ambitious, this legislative package has not fully lived up to its promises yet…

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  • Carbon market, can Europe be lagging behind?

    Whereas COP22 closed last November 18th without major announcements, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament will closely look at the reform of the European Emission Trading System (EU ETS) on December 8th: a market weakened by a significant surplus of allowances, and which has already been subject to prior improvements. Yet, the ETS remains the tool supposed to encourage CO2 emissions reduction at the European level whilst triggering investments and innovation in clean technologies. At a time when the carbon price is, and has been for the past few years, ridiculously low, some voices are calling for the end of the ETS. The electricity sector cannot support such a step back in Europe’s climate action, and calls instead for giving the ETS a last chance.

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