Press review

Press review of 12/07/2016 to 18/07/2016

The european commission published the first results of the consultation on security of electricity supply
The European Commission published, according to Contexte from July 11th, the first results of its public consultation on the review of the Directive on security of electricity supply. Amongst the seventy-five contributions submitted, the majority of the stakeholders are in favor of introducing emergency or risk preparedness, based on common models. A significant number of contributions also stressed the necessity to ensure sufficient flexibility, underlining the necessity to have national plans taking fully into account national specificities and needs. The Commission further explained that additional measures should be taken in order to address common scarcity situations. These first results will be used for the forthcoming legislative proposal that will be published by the end of the year.
Contexte, July 11, 2016
RTE foresees a decrease of french electricity consumption of 8twh by 2021
French transmission system operator RTE published on July 13th its forecast of the balance between electricity demand and supply for France, in which it anticipates a decrease in national electricity consumption from 479 TWh in 2015 to 471 TWh in 2021. This decrease is to be explained, according to RTE, by the “rising influence of energy efficiency”. In France, peak consumption should follow a similar, downward path. In terms of energy sources, solar PV and wind will continue increasing, with higher targets by 2018 and 2023.
RTE July 13th, 2016
Ademe published a cost-efficiency assessment methodology for territorial climate-air-energy plans
The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe) published last June a guide for local and territorial authorities, proposing a cost-efficiency assessment methodology aiming to prioritize measures adopted under the Territorial Climate-Air-Energy Plans (PCAET) based on their greenhouse gas emissions. Such assessment “consists in calculating, for each program or measure, its abatement cost, i.e. the relation between the cost (€) and its emission reduction potential (ton of CO2 avoided)”, Ademe explained.
Ademe and Contexte, July 11th, 2016
The Canfin-Grandjean-Mestrallet commission presented its report to Ségolène Royal
In their final report “Aligning carbon pricing with the Paris Agreement” presented to Minister Royal on July 11th, P. Canfin, A. Grandjean and G. Mestrallet called for a national carbon tax on electricity production that would only target coal plants and exempt – at least in the short term – gas. Minister Royal indeed underlined she would not propose a tax applying to all power generation means in a uniformed way. The Ministries of Environment, Finance and Economy are now analyzing the technical components of the measure proposed, and should present their first conclusions by the end of July. Regarding the French proposal of a carbon price corridor at the EU level, the report suggests introducing a reserve price for auctioning, with a floor price set between 20 and 30€/tCO2, to be annually increased by 5 to 10%.
Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Seas, July 11th, 2016

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