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  • Setting a sufficient carbon price is the challenge of cop21 success

    With this sentence, President of France François Hollande opened the discussion on climate at the 4th Environment conference, held on April 25th in Paris. On this occasion, he noted that “the reform of [the emission trading] scheme is essential” because it “poorly functions” and, in particular, because “prices are too low and too volatile”. UFE strongly shares this perspective and has always called for progress to be achieved in this direction…

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  • EUROPEAN ELECTRICITY MARKET : MYTHS AND REALITIES

    There seem to be numerous misconceptions as soon as the European electricity market is at stake ! Though only few European citizens know what the electricity bill really covers, many have a biased view on the very functioning of the European electricity market, of its consequences on the bill or of the sector’s companies. Hence the interesting note published by Eurelectric on April 15th on the ‘Myths and Realities of the European Electricity Retail Market’ …

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  • THE WORRYING TREND OF ELECTRICITY PRICES IN EUROPE

    As is the case every year, EURELECTRIC released its report on the factors explaining the evolution of electricity prices for the end user : ‘Making sense of your electricity bill’. Focusing on 2014, the analysis clearly confirms the trend observed already in 2013 : the recent price rises are linked to the increasing shares of « policy costs » and « taxes »…

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  • UFE commits and reacts to the European Commission inquiry on the French capacity mechanism

    Following the launching of an in-depth investigation by DG COMP specifically targeting the French capacity mechanism, UFE submitted a response, stressing that all the actors it represents are convinced of the need for a capacity obligation mechanism to ensure the security of supply of French consumers and ultimately Europe. As such, UFE considers that, should changes to the French capacity obligation mechanisms be considered, the implementation of the mechanism as from 2017 is crucial.

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  • 2016, A STRATEGIC YEAR FOR THE EUROPEAN POLICY ON RENEWABLE ENERGIES

    Following the Energy Efficiency Directive last month, it is now time for the Directive defining the EU’s post- 2020 renewable energy policy to be subject to a public consultation. UFE just submitted its contribution, which was an opportunity to stress, once more, the necessity to coordinate energy and climate policies around the core objective of decarbonisation, and for underlining the major role that RES play in the fight against climate change…

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  • ACHIEVING THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY GOAL IN EUROPE

    The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) is a paramount instrument for achieving the energy consumption reduction goal set by the European Council in October 2014. It is a key tool of the 2030 climate and energy package. Yet, the European energy efficiency policy as it is today remains unsuccessful. The public consultation launched by the European Commission for the review of the EED, which closed on January 29th and to which UFE replied, represents a unique opportunity to improve it and introduce a coherent/consistent energy efficiency policy that integrates two criteria fundamental for its management and implementation, ie climate and economic efficiency…

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  • EU PRESIDENCY : THE NETHERLANDS COMMITS TO A FORWARD-LOOKING ENERGY AND CLIMATE POLICY

    Since January 1st, 2016, the Netherlands has taken over the Presidency of the European Union. Alongside with the EU’s migration, monetary and economic policy, the implementation of a “forward-looking policy on climate and energy” is one of the four priorities of the Dutch Presidency. With a privileged facilitating role for the next 6 months, the government of the Netherlands will support and push forward the introduction of key proposals for the future of the European energy policy and the competitiveness of the power sector. Here are the next steps to follow closely...

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  • CO2 pricing, the cornerstone of the fight against climate change, still missing from the COP21

    Notwithstanding the numerous diplomatic efforts deployed by the French negotiators, the dynamic of the COP21 seems to lose momentum at Le Bourget. Indeed, the fight against climate change generates substantial redistribution inequalities : the consequences of the reduction of CO2 emissions vary greatly depending on the economies. Thus, the likeliness of having the present States negotiating differs depending on the impact of climate change on their economy, their historical responsibility in emitting CO2, their financial dispositions, and the efforts of other countries. However, reconciling these geopolitical challenges is crucial in order to set binding emissions reduction targets at a global level.

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  • COP21 : When the power Sector commits for climate

    Global energy needs are growing steadily. How can they be met whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions ? Does protecting the planet rhyme with giving up on economic growth ? How can young generations address these issues ? In order to understand their expectations and provide answers to their queries, the power industry will welcome them at a debate-conference in Paris this forthcoming November 23rd, only a few days ahead of the COP21…

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  • THE FRENCH ELECTRICITY SECTOR COMMITS WITH THE EP FOR LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS

    The reform, and reorganization of European energy policies, is one of the top5 priorities of the European Commission. The focus is right and timely, as the Energy Transition is a great opportunity for European industries to stand out, through the emergence of new sectors, supporting the EU low carbon strategy. However, to achieve this transition and enable both the financing and outbreak of necessary investments and innovations, the European Union needs a long term framework bringing confidence, and visibility to the investors and project promoters.

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