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UFE/Press review of 03/11/17

Cybersecurity on the front scene at the TTE Council in Luxembourg
During the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council held in Luxembourg on October 24th, ministers in charge of telecommunications and digital affairs debated about the implementation of the Digital Single Market, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. In particular, ministers set an adoption date of the three files in negotiations: the cross-borders parcel delivery regulation (by the end of 2017), the free-flow of data and the European electronic communication code (June 2018). The Council also discussed the cybersecurity package, presented last month by the Commission. An Action Plan to implement the Commission’s revised cyberstrategy should be agreed by December, in particular to accelerate the implementation of the NIS Directive. Lastly, Member States also discussed a voluntary cyber certification, a framework that the ENISA recommends to tackle on a sectorial basis.
Source: Council, November 24th, 2017 and Contexte, November 24th and 25th, 2017
France Stratégie published recommendations for a successful energy transition in the regions
The think-tank released the success factors of the regions most engaged in the energy transition, such as the “region tales” that “make things move ahead” thanks to unifying stories (example of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region affected by the mining crisis or Grenoble with hydroelectricity). Economic motivations play also an important role, especially in the city Lyon, which is currently developing its attractiveness to high-technologies companies thanks to smart city demonstrators’ projects. Lastly, strong public figures, good coordination among actors and Europe’s support can be key elements that help regions fully engage in the energy transition.
Source: AEF, November 2nd, 2017
“Grand Paris”: EDF engaged in the conception of “tomorrow’s smart and low carbon districts”
In an interview to the newspaper La Tribune published on November 1st, Catherine Lescure, Ile-de-France regional director, listed EDF and its subsidiaries’ actions in the construction of a Grand Paris “a better place to live”: “mainstreaming renewables in district heating, buildings automation and control systems, management of recharging points for electric vehicles linked to solar panels…”. More generally, EDF supports initiatives aiming at reducing the energy bill, such as buildings renovation with an objective of “23% reduction in the energy consumption over three years and 30% CO2 emissions avoided”, and supporting self-consumption for individual houses and districts. Some self-consumption initiatives are already in place, such as in Nanterre Coeur Université eco-district, the first electric and thermal smart grid in France!
Source: La Tribune, November 1st, 2017
Energy Union Governance: nine countries defend a more flexible approach to reach the renewables energy targets
According to a “non-paper” consulted by Contexte, nine European countries, including France and Germany, supported during October 27th COREPER meeting an approach aiming at leaving more flexibility to member states in the definition of their 2030 renewables objectives. Thus, this proposition gives member states the possibility to define voluntarily their renewable targets as well as the two benchmark levels in 2024 and 2027. Should the collective European objective of 27% renewable energy by 2030 be put at risk, the non-paper suggests defining “objective criteria” that the Commission could use to determine which member state should increase its contribution. The Regulation on the Energy Union Governance is on the agenda of the Council energy working party on November 6th and 7th.
Source: Context, October 30th, 2017
Sweden will build an electric batteries mega-factory
In the context of the deployment of electric vehicles, the Swedish start-up Northvolt announced on October 19th the implantation of an electric batteries factory in Skelleftea, a city located in the north of Sweden. The construction is to start in 2018 for a progressive operational launch by 2022. With a production estimated to 32 GWh per year by 2023, this factory project, the biggest in Europe, also encompasses the creation of an associated research centre. This project reflects Vice-President to the Union Energy M. Sefcovic’s will to launch an “Airbus of batteries” in Europe to face the Chinese and American competition in the lithium’s race. With an estimated cost of 4 billion euros, this super-factory could benefit from European funds, according to the newspaper La Croix.
Source: Connaissance des énergies, October 23rd, 2017 and La Croix, November 30th, 2017
Ahead of Brexit, the European Commission proposed safeguard measures for the EU-ETS
In order to anticipate the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS), the European Commission proposed on October 24th to the Climate Change Committee a draft regulation to amend the EU ETS registry. In particular, the Commission proposed safeguard measures to anticipate the end of the Union law application in the UK, especially regarding the end of obligations on installations and aviation operators under the EU-ETS. Thus, the Commission would like to mark and restrict the use of allowances issued by the United Kingdom as of January 1st, 2018, in order to distinguish them from other allowances. However, the Commission underlined that the proposed measures are without prejudice to any future agreement.
Source: European Commission, October 24th, 2017 and Enerpresse, October 26th, 2017
Institutional agenda
Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament, November 9th, 27th and 28th, Brussels:
- Shadow rapporteurs meeting on the promotion of renewable energy directive (9/11)
- Deadline for compromise amendments on the RED and EED draft reports (16/11)
- Vote on the RED and EED draft reports (28/11)
- Deadline for compromise amendments on Electricity Directive and Regulation, Risk-Preparedness and ACER (29/11)

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, November 20th and 21th, Brussels:
- Vote on the Electricity Directive and Regulation (21/11)

Energy Working Party, Council of the EU, November 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 20th, Brussels:
- Discussion on the Renewable Energy Directive(9/11)
- Discussion on the Electricity Directive (13/11)
- Discussion on the Electricity Regulation (14 and 16/11)
- Examination of mandate for second trilogue EPBD (20/11)

Environment Working Party, Council of the EU, November 10th, 16th, and 17th, in Brussels
Trilogue Council/European Parliament/European Commission, December 5th, Brussels:
- Examination of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
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