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  • ELECTRICIENS SANS FRONTIERES: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS PROMOTING ACCESS TO ELECTRICITY WORLDWIDE

    Connected to our computers and smartphones all day long and used to public lighting, we sometimes fail to imagine the situation of about 1.1bn people around the world who do not have access electricity. Committed to better apprehending this reality, the international solidarity NGO ‘Electriciens Sans Frontières’ (Electricians Without Borders) that UFE supports, released a web documentary #Electricityforgood. Around the daily life of Zacharie and his village, the interactive documentary will invite you to discover how an electrical outlet brings about a positive revolution.

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  • How will brexit impact the energy sector?

    Following last June 23rd, Europe does not have the same face anymore. Brexit has brought about significant uncertainties regarding the impact of a major European country leaving the European Union. Although it remains difficult to fully apprehend the consequences of the referendum, UFE has tentatively analyzed its possible repercussions on the energy sector…

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  • ACHIEVING THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY APPROACH IN EUROPE

    Energy efficiency is a key component to achieve the European energy transition. Beyond the climate and economic benefits it engenders, energy efficiency fosters the emergence of the new industrial sectors of tomorrow, thereby consolidating a Europe severally impacted by the economic crisis. Whilst the European Commission is expected to propose a new energy efficiency framework in October 2016, stakeholders from the energy sector, with the support of UFE, from the building and financing sectors gathered in Brussels on June 21rd in order to identify a common strategy for a “successful energy efficiency approach in Europe”…

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  • When the european power sector goes digital

    8 years after the adoption of the « 3x20 » package, the cost of low-carbon technologies has shrunk with unprecedented investment rates. But the investment spent and the shift from a variable-cost to a fixed-cost system have increased the final consumer’s bill, with consumers not having benefited from this transition yet. Building upon this paradoxical situation, the digital seems to be an unexpected ally. But in what terms? The European association of electricity actors, Eurelectric, addressed this now-unavoidable question for the evolution of the sector during its Annual Convention held on June 6th and 7th in Vilnius, Lithuania…

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  • DEMAND RESPONSE: A KEY CHALLENGE FOR THE RISE OF RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY

    Renewable energies can be classified in at least two categories: on the one hand, the “dispatchable” means of generation (biomass, methanation, geothermal energy, and hydroelectricity to some extent), which should be understood as means whose generation can be adjusted depending on the grid’s needs, and on the other hand the energy inherently trapped in systems (wind, PV, maritime energy), whose generation can be adjusted (we then talk about capping). In order to maintain the necessary balance between demand and supply of the electricity system at all time, having the right share of dispatchable energy is obviously crucial. This has been, and remains, largely debated between experts of the electricity system’s functioning.

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  • Europe needs capacity mechanisms!

    At UFE’s initiative, 7 large associations of the German, Belgian, British, Irish, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish power sector published today a Joint Statement calling for an updated EU energy market design that includes both an Energy-only market and capacity mechanisms.

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  • Happy Europe Day!

    The Schuman Declaration, presented by then-French Foreign minister Robert Schuman on May 9th, 1950, is considered as a stepping-stone of the European construction. From the European Coal and Steel Community, a “de facto solidarity” unifying several European countries after World War II, to the European Union gathering 28 Member States, the scope of Energy cooperation in Europe has drastically expanded. Celebrating Europe Day on this May 9, 2016 is thus a great opportunity to take stock of progress made in the creation of a European energy Union and assess the remaining key challenges for the future …

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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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  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY: CONSUME LESS OR CONSUME BETTER?

    Key component of the European energy policy, energy efficiency has still not been massively integrated into consumption habits. The explanation is both simple and complex: Europe keeps maintaining confusion between the real key objective in terms of fight against climate change – CO2 emission reduction – and the means to achieve it. Furthermore, the current context characterized by low cost of fossil energy does not really incentivize consumers to adapt their consumption behavior, thus exacerbating this confusion…

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