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UFE/Press review of 10/03/17

Consumers not likely to become market actors
Despite the various provisions of the Clean Energy package to incentivize consumers to become market stakeholders, the Centre on Regulation in Europe (Cerre) explains, in a study published on March 9th, that only medium-size consumers would be interested in becoming market players. If the emergence of aggregators and the roll out of smart meters increase chances for success, those signals would be too weak to trigger a broad dynamic including all consumers.
Contexte, March 10th 2017
New report on Cyber Security in the Energy Sector published
The European Commission’s Energy Expert Cyber Security Platform (EECSP) published on March 7th a report on cyber security in the energy sector. This report identifies four types of measures to improve cyber security and to better manage risks for energy infrastructure: management of risks and threats, cyberdefence, cyber resilience, and the capacity and competences needed to take action. The report also calls on the Commission to prepare a cyber response framework for the energy sector and encourage EU energy regions to cooperate and share information about cyber security risks. Finally, the report alarms on the new risks related to the development of digital technologies in the sector.
European Commission, March 3rd 2017
British emissions of CO2 dropped by 5.8% in 2016
In an analysis published on March 6th, the UK-based website Carbon Brief underlined that this drop can be mostly explained by the energy transition from coal to oil and gas. Indeed, coal emissions dropped by 52% compared to 2015, whereas emissions from oil and gas increased respectively by 1.6% and 12.5%. To incentivize the decrease in emissions, the British government implemented a CO2 tax, whose amount doubled in 2015 to 18£/ton. On March 8th, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, pointed out that he would maintain a carbon price signal beyond 2021, expiration date of the current tax.
Contexte and Enerpresse, March 7th 2017
German political parties agree to phase out nuclear power
With the support of 80% of its citizens, Germany started 15 years ago to phase out from nuclear power, which only accounts for 14% of its national production today. National political parties are not backing away from that commitment, and 7 months before the national election, no candidate stands up for maintaining nuclear power generation. Definitive phase out is planned for 2022, but much need to be done for phasing out from fossil fuels, which are responsible for significant greenhouse gas emissions.
Le Parisien, February 27th
European Parliament asks for more ambition to develop renewable energies
During exchanges of views on the renewable energy Directive organised by the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) on February 28th, the European Commission presented its impact assessment that identifies the 27%-target for renewable energy as optimal to reach the objective of emissions reduction. However, the socialist rapporteur José Blanco Lopez (ES) opposed this declaration as he called the objective not ambitious enough and claimed that it “was sending a wrong signal”. Shadow rapporteurs Sean Kelly (PPE, IE), Fredrick Federley (ADLE, SE) et Claude TURMES (The Greens, LU) also called for a more ambitious objective. Blanco Lopez, supported by Dario Tamburrano (ELDD, IT) also demanded national binding objectives to provide visibility for investors.
European Parliament and Contexte March 3rd

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