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  • December 5th, 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE UFE - ELECTRICITY: WELCOME TO TOMMOROW’S WORLD!

    UFE website is taking a summer break for the upcoming four weeks, but the preparation of the annual conference, on December 5th is still ongoing, so do not forget to register here!
    As a great leverage to value creation in a constantly evolving energy sector, innovation will be at the centre of this year’s conference: with big debates and face-to-face discussions, the day will be structured around key issues for the French and European electric system.

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  • “Europe on the move”: with electro-mobility, Europe can now move towards cleaner transport

    Though the transport sector, representing a quarter of European greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), was absent from the Clean Energy Package, it is now coming on the front scene with the legislative package “Europe on the move”. In this context, UFE recently joined the Platform for Electro-Mobility, gathering European organisations from across civil society, industries, and transport modes.

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  • « Plug and play »: insights on the electricity revolution

    Whilst the negotiations on the Clean Energy Package are in full swing in Brussels, the European electricity sector faces a revolution which reshuffles the cards for the energy transition. Smart grids boom, combined with the development of new digital and storage technologies, will address the growing need for flexibility in energy markets thus fostering integration of intermittent energy and further consumers involvement in the system. More surprisingly, these revolutions break existing silos between various sectors (transport, building) paving the way for new synergies on the whole value chain.
    Eurelectric’s annual convention held on 19-20 June in Estoril goes back on the huge potential of electrification in the digital age, but also the key conditions of a European success.

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  • The digital revolution: a game-changer for the power sector

    Whilst the French National Regulatory Authority (CRE) is about to publish the analysis undertaken by its Data Committee, UFE outlines the main issues of this announced and ongoing revolution for the power sector.
    With the development and roll-out of sensors, smart meters and connected devices, the amount of data related to energy will be tremendous, and particularly in the electricity sector.

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  • The organisation of the future electricity market at the heart of the Clean Energy Package

    Discussions on the “Clean Energy Package” are currently in full swing in Brussels and Strasbourg: in the European Parliament, the rapporteurs for the renewable nergy directive and for the regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union already released their first draft reports, and the remaining texts should follow in the coming weeks. This is the opportunity for UFE to re-examine the issues related to the Directive and the Regulation on the electricity market, for which Krisjanis Karins (PPE) is in charge of drafting the report on behalf of the ITRE Committee.

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  • The organisation of the future electricity market at the heart of the Clean Energy Package

    Discussions on the “Clean Energy Package” are currently in full swing in Brussels and Strasbourg: in the European Parliament, the rapporteurs for the renewable nergy directive and for the regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union already released their first draft reports, and the remaining texts should follow in the coming weeks. This is the opportunity for UFE to re-examine the issues related to the Directive and the Regulation on the electricity market, for which Krisjanis Karins (PPE) is in charge of drafting the report on behalf of the ITRE Committee.

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  • AND NOW … « EN MARCHE » TOWARDS UFE’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE!

    Substantial changes are currently taking place: France has a new government and is about to elect a new Parliament, while, at the European level, a regulatory framework on the ever-evolving electricity market is at the heart of the parlementary debate. In this context, UFE will organise one of the landmark events in the sector: its annual symposium on December 5th in Paris.

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  • Renewable energy: An ambitious, yet to be further improved European approach

    On November 30th 2016, the European Commission published its “Clean Energy Package”, a corpus of legislative proposals which aims at implementing the energy transition initiated at the European level, and making it an economic, social and industrial success. The Directive related to the promotion of renewable energy, currently under consideration in the Council and the European Parliament, is a cornerstone for this success: according to Maros Sefcovic, the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union, the EU should establish itself as a world leader in renewable energy by 2030 … While the European Parliament is finalising its proposals, UFE outlines two thorny issues in this draft Directive.

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  • Clean energy package: energy efficiency must be at the service of the climate objective

    If the European Commission intends to make the European Union a leader in fighting against climate change, its proposals on energy efficiency underline that the Commission did not choose the most efficient way to achieve this ambition. By considering energy efficiency as an objective per se, it introduces additional constraints in the energy system that will bring extra costs for our still-recovering economy.

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  • Presidential campaign: what about promoting our assets?

    During the presidential campaign, the story seems to repeat itself: every candidate commits to improve the economic and social functioning of the country, but strangely, things that have been functioning correctly and represent asset to be strengthened are largely absent from the debates. In the energy sector, debates focus primarily on the opposition between renewable and nuclear energy, even though complementary between them is the actual issue.. This is all the more important as electricity stands as sector of excellence that could play a key role in supporting the French economy. The development of our territories together with France’s the position on the European and global scenes are at stake, so let us be proud of our assets for once!

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