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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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  • 2016, the "delivery year" of the Energy Union

    The European Commission finally released this 18th of November, its first report on the « State of the Energy Union ». This report, published along with several other technical documents and guidelines for Member States national plans, aimed at giving concrete substance to the bold project carried out by Vice-President Maros Sefcovic: unite each Member State’s interests around a unique, ambitious, and consistent European Energy Strategy. Even though this long-standing desire struggles to find its model, the message of the European Commission has been well heard: the EU is moving forward, and 2016 will be the first “Delivery Year” of the future Energy Union.

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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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  • ENERGY MARKET DESIGN: ENTERING A NEW WORLD, FACING NEW CHALLENGES!

    Ongoing ambitious energy transitions in most of European Member States are questioning the current electricity market design. At the time of closing its public consultation on “A new Energy Market Design”, the European Commission has a unique opportunity to meet this challenge and lead the way into a secure, affordable and climate-friendly electricity in a forward-looking and global approach.

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  • ETS MARKET STABILITY RESERVE: A SMALL STEP FORWARD …

    Last Thursday during the Business & Climate Summit held in UNESCO, enterprises gathered to recall, among others, the importance of a strong carbon price. But on the European side, the reform is far from being achieved. After tough negotiations, the European Council, European Parliament and European Commission finally agreed on a first step to strengthen the ETS market, through the implementation of a market stability reserve (MSR). This agreement was long expected by industrials of the sector, but remains nevertheless quite disappointing. Indeed, it leaves behind several ambitious parameters, essential to the full success of this reform, and providing an ambiguous signal only few months ahead of COP21...

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