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UFE/Press review of 18/01/18

Launching of the first ecological transition contracts (CTE) in Arras
Sébastien Lecornu, State Secretary to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, launched the first ecological transition contracts (CTE) in Arras, on January 11th. In an interview to the Gazette des Communes, Sébastien Lecornu justified the choice of Arras by its “real willingness to be a pilot-area in the energy transition, in the framework of the regional dynamic REV3”. Corrèze, an area at the centre of France, will also be a test-region, as Mr. Lecornu explained that he “wanted all [pilot-areas] to be different. (…) The cities’ dynamic is not the same for mountains, littorals or outermost regions”. “If this works well […], up to 20 areas as soon as 2018” will also sign CTE. As a reminder, the CTE is a contract between the French state and the local authorities around a common project, committed to quantifiable results.
Source: Enerpresse, January 12th
The European Commission launched a public consultation on EU funds in the area of strategic infrastructures
In preparation of the post-2020 multiannual financial framework, the European Commission launched on January 10th a public consultation dedicated to EU funds in the area of transport and energy infrastructures, telecom networks but also for the digital, environment and climate sectors. This consultation aims to collect views of all interested stakeholders on EU funds in specific sectors, in order to assess what has been done and where the next challenges will be. The consultation is available online on the European Commission website, until March 8th.
Source: European Commission, January 10th
The European Commission launched the EU Clean Energy Industrial Competitiveness and Innovation Forum with a session dedicated to renewable energy
At the initiative of the European Commission, the first session of the EU Clean Energy Industrial Competitiveness and Innovation Forum took place in Brussels on January 9th, under the aegis of M-A. Canete, European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action. This first session, dedicated to the renewable energy industry, gathered more than 20 business and renewables associations’ representatives. The participants recalled the importance of a stable framework for investments, in order to reinforce the base of the European renewables industry, while supporting the idea of a single European common industry strategy. The next sessions of this Forum will be dedicated to batteries and building sectors, before the upcoming EU Industry Days on February 22nd and 23rd.
Source: DG Energy, January 11th
The state visit of President Macron to China, focused on the fight against climate change
During his official visit to China from January 7th to 10th, President Macron called for a strengthening of the French-Chinese leadership in the fight against climate change. For this purpose, he announced a “French-Chinese year of the energy transition” for 2018-2019, while proposing to China to reflect on the need to increase the commitments taken with the Paris Agreement, in the context of the upcoming COP24. President Macron also welcomed the decision to implement a Chinese carbon market. Moreover, this official visit led to the signatures of numerous contracts between French and Chinese companies, especially concerning a reprocessing-recycling plant for used fuel, energy services to some Chinese municipalities and the development of renewable energy.
Source: Enerpresse, January 11th and Press release from the French Presidency of the Republic, January 12th
Germany approves additional 1000km of networks
On December 22nd, the German Federal Network Authority (BnetzA) approved its development plan for the German electricity network for the 2017-2030 period, after a consultation process with TSOs, environment authorities and civil society. This network plan forecasts the installation of additional 1000km, in comparison to the previous plan, especially to reinforce existing connections and anticipate possible congestions. A development plan for the offshore network was also approved, in order to schedule connection of offshore wind installations in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
Source: Bundesnetzagentur, December 22nd and Contexte, January 3rd
The “energy cheque” comes into effect on January 1st, 2018
Sebastien Lecornu, State Secretary to the Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, specified the elements of the “energy cheque” that was officially launched on January 1st. This measure replaces the social energy tariffs and is directed towards low-income households (4 million French households). Its amount is set to €150 and can be used to pay energy bills or finance energy efficiency renovations, according to the criteria of the CITE (tax credit for the energy transition).
Source: AEF, January 5th
Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (ITRE), January 22nd and 23rd, Brussels :
- Exchange of views with Ms Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, as part of the

Structured Dialogue and presentation of Cybersecurity Act
- Exchange of views on the list of projects of common interest
- Feedback on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, January 24th and 25th , Brussels:
Energy Working Party, Council of the EU, January 25th and 30th, February 1st and 6th, Brussels
Environment Working Party, Council of the EU, January 19th, 22nd, 26th and 29th, Brussels
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