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UFE/Press review of 24/10/16

26% of electricity consumption generated from renewable energy sources in Q2 2016
The French Transmission System Operator Réseau de transport d'électricité (RTE), the Syndicat des énergies renouvelables (SER), the French Distribution System Operator Enedis and the Association of the Distributors of Electricity in France (ADEef) elaborated an overview of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in France, according to which 26% of electricity consumption in Q2 2016 was generated from renewable energy. The report also underlines the strongest increase in renewable energy sources’ connection to the grid (728 MW) in the same period, accounting for a total of 44 760 MW at the end of June 2016. This represents 87% of the 2018 target of the Plurennial Programmatic Document for Investments (PPI). The result in terms of generation is partly due to rainfall conditions favorable to hydropower generation (19.2 TWh), which increased by 15.5% comparing to the same period last year, and to wind generation that reached 23TWh (+27% comparing to 2015).
Economie matin, 17/10/2016
The French government drops the carbon floor price
Although President Hollande announced last Spring the unilateral introduction of a carbon floor price in the electricity generation sector, Secretary of Budget Christian Eckert did not consider including such proposal in the draft budget bill necessary. He indeed stated it was “wise(r) to have these principles spread over time”, following several striking movements in coal power plants. Pascal Canfin, co-drafter of the report on the carbon price presented to Minister Royal last July, expressed his dismay: “It is very unlikely that the presidential promise will be kept on this issue. The whole structure of the report was to say: we have a low-carbon energy mix with few coal power plants subsisting, and by managing the social issue, we can contribute, by closing them down, to achieving the energy transition objectives. Yet, we are now sending an extremely negative message: two hours of strike by a branch of the trade union CGT is enough to drop a project”.
AEF, 21/10/2016
The Expert Group on electricity interconnection targets met for the first time
Launched last March 9th by the European Commission, the Expert group on electricity interconnection targets met for the first time in Brussels last October 18th. The Group aims to “provide the Commission with technical advice on how to break down the 15% electricity interconnection target by 2030 into regional, country and/or border interconnection targets”. The experts will notably have to assess the economic and social trends that influence energy systems in Europe and analyse the socio-economic impact of ongoing or recently completed projects.
European Commission and Contexte, 18/10/2016
The Environment Council confronted with divergences on climate effort sharing
During the Environment Council held on October 17th, Environment Ministers of the 28 Member states exchanged views on the Effort Sharing Decision for non-ETS sectors proposed by the European Commission last July 20th. Two issues emerged as points of divergence between the European states. On the one hand, several countries including Poland questioned the calculation of the starting point for the linear target trajectory, calling for taking into account the 2020 targets so as to reduce the effort to make. The European Commission indeed proposed determining the starting point from 2020 as the average emissions in 2016-2018.Member states also called for the reinforcement, or the creation of new flexibility mechanisms. French Minister Royal said she would want the Council to find an agreement by the end of the year.
Council of the European Union, 17/10/16 and Contexte, 18/10/2016

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