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  • The French electricity sector united to help victims in Mozambique

    Another natural disaster has struck, this time in Mozambique, causing hundreds of deaths and leaving behind poor population without water or electricity. Once again, the NGO Electriciens sans frontières has answered the call by not only relying on the work of volunteers but also its French electricity sector partners.

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  • Ecological and digital transition: the challenge of jobs and skills

    On April 9th, UFE and its partners organised, under the High Patronage of Minister of Labour Muriel Pénicaud, and in the presence of Secretary of State for Ecological and Solidarity Transition Emmanuelle Wargon and Jean-Marie Marx, High Commissioner for Skills and Inclusion through Employment, a Conference on the occasion of the official signing of the Forward Studies Contract, EDEC for the electricity sector.

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  • No-deal Brexit: what are the challenges the electricity sector is facing?

    Last Thursday, during the European Council, the 27 Member States agreed to give Prime Minister Theresa May the opportunity to postpone the Brexit date only until the 12th of April in order to give the British Parliament enough time to vote, for the third time, the withdrawal agreement. If the deal is approved, the EU will extend the Brexit deadline until 22 May. Yet, the odds for a no-deal scenario remains. In the light of the political uncertainty, France and the EU have prepared for such a scenario in the last few months to reduce as much as possible the incidence of what could be a chaotic exit for European firms as well as citizens.

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  • Tackling climate change: is it all about money?

    On March 5th, the French President called, in an open letter, for the creation of a European Climate Bank after concluding that both the fight to tackle climate change and the energy transition were severely lacking funding. Therefore, Emmanuel Macron directly asked for the establishment of unprecedented financial instruments in order to live up to the environmental and climate challenges of our time. Acknowledging the dead end our continent is currently trapped in, he pointed out the necessity for France to significantly reduce its greenhouse emissions especially for the building and the mobility sectors. For them to be the most impactful, these funds will also have to be directed towards the most climate efficient actions ! In the same vein, various public figures recently mentioned the idea to set up a Marshall Plan for Climate as well as a European Climate Pact.

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  • Electric system: lasting lesson of balancing by Transmission System Operators

    Last January 10th, RTE, the French TSO, called on flexibility of industrial customers, through the interruptible load programme, in order to maintain the network frequency at 50Hz, a value on which all the electrical appliances are calibrated. However, there was no “black-out risk” on that day – a fear often transmitted but usually exaggerated… Let us try to have a clearer understanding!

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  • When the industry, the Government and social partners mobilize for excellency in the energy sector

    The French Government has just entrusted, in the Multiannual Energy framework 2023-2028, the new French Skills Agency with the task of opening a specific project on the ecological transition. This project will involve several stakeholders: the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry for the Economy and Finance as well as the Ministry of Labour, representatives of the National Industry Council (CNI), and social partners. The prospective impetus given will focus on jobs, skills and therefore training, which are major challenges for the "Nuclear" and "New Energy Systems Industries" sectors. With its partners in the electricity sector, UFE is invested in the Outlook Employment Contract, under the aegis of the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, which should be officially signed during this 1st quarter of 2019....

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  • Networks and renewable energy: UFE at the service of the community

    In accordance with the ESSOC bill, the French government presented to the Higher Energy Council (CSE) on January 22nd one ruling act and two decrees to simplify and accelerate the entry into force of the Regional Plans for Connecting Renewable Energy to the Network (S3REnR). UFE has held several consultations on this much-awaited topic, making it possible to find consensual positions and express proposals for improvement on the three texts, all of which were widely adopted by the CSE.

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  • 2019, year of many changes for Europe

    On December 18th, European legislators found a political agreement on the “Market Design” Directive and Regulation. This agreement marks the end of a particularly intensive year for the European energy agenda, and more broadly of more than three legislative years on the famous Clean Energy Package, which aimed to reform in depth the European energy sector. While Romania just took the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on January 1st, 2019 will be a key year for the European Union, with the election of a new European Parliament and the establishment of new European Commission. The European Union will have to deal with the tensions in the different Member States, reform itself and set its ambition, especially on climate, in the long-term. For this beginning of the year, UFE looks back at the agreement found on the future electricity market design and the major European challenges for 2019.

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  • FOR CHRISTMAS, ACT ECOLOGICALLY!

    It is the last month of the year. With cold weather settling in, let us all remember that we have a responsibility to limit our energy consumption. This is also very much linked to the discussions on purchasing power that have been at the core of the debates in France of the past few weeks! Indeed, reducing one’s energy consumption is not only necessary to fight climate change and improve French energy independency, but it also reduces the energy bill for consumers! Some energy efficiency measures require significant investments (insulating walls, changing heating systems) and can actually reduce energy saving. However, thanks to eco-actions, energy bills can be reduced easily as they only require changing your habits.

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  • Cooperate to succeed: the annual conference of UFE at the heart of the current debates

    Energy is at the core of the latest news: Emmanuel Macron presented the French Multiannual Energy Framework (PPE) and the National Low Carbon Strategy (SNBC), the European Commission unveiled its long-term climate strategy "A Clean Planet for All" ahead of COP24, and protest movements emerge against the increase in ecological taxation and electricity prices. UFE’s annual conference was particularly timely to illustrate how cooperation and partnerships should help solving the equation between climate, security of supply, purchasing power and employment.
    Let us look back at the highlights of this special day.

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