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UFE/Press review of 19/05/17

UFE welcomes the election of President Emmanuel Macron
In a press release published on May 8th, the day after the election of President Emmanuel Macron, the French Union of Electricity (UFE) congratulated the new President of the French Republic. UFE notable acknowledged its “boldness, its dynamism, its European commitment as well as its desire to gather beyond political division”.The trade association also expressed its will to be “a source of proposals for the future government” for the “energy and environmental transition” to be “pragmatic, efficient and balanced, in technologic, social and economic terms”. Moreover, Emmanuel Macron’s commitment in favour of the European Union brings “hope for a substantial dialogue on electricity market issues, deeply destabilised today” UFE outlined.
UFE, May 8th 2017
Three newly released support schemes for renewable energy
On May 10th, three new support schemes for renewable energy have been published in the French Official Journal. The first is open to new wind farms limited to 6 wind turbines and to 3MW-capacity at most, and proposes an additional payment for a 20-year period. The second applies to on-site solar panels with a capacity inferior to 100KW and also provides an additional payment for 20 years. Finally, the last order defines the double support mechanism for anaerobic digestion sites from waste water.
AFP, May 10th 2017
Mid-term review of the Digital Single Market
In its mid-term review on the Digital Single Market published on May 10th, the European Commission presented an assessment of the measures carried out since May 2015 and displayed a roadmap for future measures. In this roadmap, the European Commission announced three legislative initiatives. First, following the public consultation “Building a European Data Economy”, the European Commission is considering proposing “a proportionate legislative action” by autumn 2017 in order to remove unjustified data localisation restrictions in Member-States. Second, the European Commission aims at reviewing its European cybersecurity strategy, as well as the mandate of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) by September 2017. Finally, the European Commission is preparing a legislative initiative to address unfair contractual clauses and trading practices with online platforms, its publication is expected by the end of 2017.
European Commission, May 10th 2017
Chatam House warns on Brexit damages for the British energy sector
In a report published on May 10th, the British think tank Chatam House advised the United Kingdom to stay within the European energy market and in the European Union Emissions Trading System if there were no agreement by the end of the 2-year negotiation. The 27 Member States as well as the European Commission firmly stood for a sequential approach in the negotiation, explaining that a trade agreement should be negotiated afterwards. The think tank also warns against the “significant impact” that Euratom exit by 2 years from now could have on the British nuclear industry. Finally, the report raises the issue of the £ 2.5 billion “hole” the European Investment Bank lends yearly to revive the British economy.
Contexte May 12th 2017
The ITRE and ENVI Parliamentary Committees released a first draft report on the governance of the Energy Union
Member sof the European Parliament Claude TURMES (LU, Greens) and Michèle RIVASI (FR, Greens), respectively ITRE and ENVI rapporteurs for the Regulation on the governance of the Energy Union, published on May 17th a first draft report on the Commission’s proposal. If it underlines that “governance is not about imposing new obligations to Member States”, the report proposes national, increased and binding objectives (45% of renewable energy in final energy consumption and 40% of energy efficiency). These two rapporteurs did not include amendments to prevent the overlaps with the EU ETS.
Euractiv, May 17th 2017
Towards a “Clean Energy for EU islands” initiatives
The European Commission signed on May 5th a public statement with 14 Member States – including France – in favour of accelerating the energy transition on Europe’s more than 2700 islands. The European Commission underlines that this issue is key to reduce the high dependency on energy imports and to develop innovative solutions for local grids. First, the European Commission aims at identifying common problems faced by islands and best practices from pilot projects. On the other hand, the European Commission is considering easier access to energy technology and sources of funding in these territories.
European Commission, May 5th 2017

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