Press review

UFE/Press review of 22/09/17

Nicolas Hulot presented its « Climate Solidarity Package »
In an interview to the French newspaper Libération on September 18th, the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Nicolas Hulot, unveiled first details about its “four key measures to avoid penalising” modest households. He declared that the government “chose to transfer part of the taxation on labour to fossil fuels, in order to contribute to the reduction of fossil fuels consumption”. The first measure is a car conversion premium that will be “generalised in 2018 to all French owners of petrol cars from before 1997 or diesel cars from before 2001” to buy a low-emission new or second-hand car (Crit’air 0, 1 or 2). For low-income households, and especially people below the tax threshold, this premium will be doubled (2000 euros). Moreover, this premium will be up to 2500 euros for people buying an electric vehicle. The second measure is the generalisation of the « energy check » everywhere in France: starting from 2019, low-income households will receive an automatic contribution of 200 euros per year on average. Concerning the tax credit for energy transition (CITE), Nicolas Hulot proposed that “starting from 2019, this tax credit will take the form of a bonus to be paid once the works have been achieved”. Finally, regarding the energy efficiency certificates (CEE), a financial assistance “up to 3000 euros for low-income households” is foreseen, in order to support the change of an oil boiler for renewable energy sources.
Source: Libération, September 18th, 2017
The Estonian presidency published its compromise proposal on the electricity market design
On September 15th, the Estonian presidency sent to the Member States a first compromise proposal on the electricity market design, ahead of the informal Energy Council that took place in Tallinn on September 20th and 21st. The presidency proposed to introduce a 10-years derogation to the ban of regulated prices. Moreover, the proposal calls for capacity mechanisms to remain temporary and maintains the 550g/CO2 emission performance standard for power plants participating in capacity mechanisms, while authorising plants emitting more than the 550g threshold if they run for a certain number of hours each year. This proposal will be discussed by Member States during the next months, before a foreseeable vote on a general approach during the Energy Council of ministers scheduled for December 18th.
Source : Contexte, September 18th and 19th
Trilogues’ negotiations on the EU ETS reform back on tracks
While the trilogues’ discussion on the EU-ETS reform were at a standstill since April 2017, the outcome of the September 13th meeting showed some progress. The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union found an agreement to increase the intake rate of the market stability reserve to 24% for the 2019-2023 period. Moreover, the two legislators want to allow Member States with ambitious climate policies to reduce the number of allowances in circulation on their territory. The next trilogue is scheduled for October 12th.
Source : Contexte, September 15th
M. Sefcovic wants to develop an « Airbus for batteries »
In an interview dated from September 18th to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Vice-President for the Energy Union, M. SEFCOVIC, proposed to create an alliance of European batteries manufacturers. While China and the United States are leaders in the batteries’ sector, this initiative aims to stimulate European innovation on alternative mobility. This “Airbus for batteries” also aims to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles in Europe, in which batteries play a key role and constitute a technology “too important to be imported” according to M. Sefcovic. Two billions euros could be mobilised to support “research, infrastructures and the market” according to the German newspaper.
Source : Süddeutsche Zeitung, September 18th and Enerpresse, September 19th
The French Energy Regulatory Authority (CRE) will consult all the stakeholders to set the self-consumption tariffs
What tariffs for self-consumption? This is precisely the topic of the consultation launched by the CRE, during a first exchange forum on September 12th. Five thematic workshops will be dedicated to individual and collective self-consumption tariffs, the reflection on support mechanisms, the definition of a framework for supply and another for connection and metering contracts. Jean-François Carenco, new President of the CRE, declared that after this consultation, “the CRE will publish recommendations and open a public consultation”. The tariff publication is scheduled for January 2018.
Source : L’Usine Nouvelle, September 13th
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, September 28th, in Brussels:
- Discussion on the draft for opinion on the electricity market regulation
- Update about the ongoing trilogue on the EU-ETS

Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament, October 2nd, Brussels:
- Exchange of view on the European industrial strategy

Energy Working Party, Council of the EU, September 28th and October 3rd, 5th in Brussels:
- Examination of the draft project relative to the Energy Union Governance (September 28th)

Environment Working Party, Council of the EU, October 2nd, 3rd and 5th in Brussels

Trilogue Council/European Parliament/European Commission, October 12th, Brussels:
- Examination of the EU-ETS reform
Présidence estonienne du 19/09 et EDSO du 18/09 du 18/09/2017

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