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UFE/Press review of 14/03/18

Report from the French energy regulatory authority (CRE): competition intensifies on the energy market
According to the 2017 report of the French energy regulatory authority (CRE) on the opening of the energy retail market, the development of sites with market offerings continues to progress at a sustained pace in electricity at the end of the 4th quarter in 2017. It increased by 6.8%, i.e. 373.000 additional customers that switched to market offerings. In total, 5.883.000 sites are now in market offerings (18%), almost all of which have chosen an alternative supplier.
Source: Press release, CRE, March 8th, 2018
Elysée wishes to address the fight against climate change in the constitution
The French Prime Minister, E. Philippe, began a series of meetings with the presidents of parliamentary groups to present the content of the institutional reform project. As a promise of the candidate Macron during his campaign, this reform aims to modernize the French institutions in order to make them more effective. The key measures on the upcoming reform were unveiled by President Macron during a speech before the Parliament convened in congress in July 2017. One of those measures is to include the fight against climate change in the article 34 of the Constitution. “It would be for Emmanuel Macron a way to be part of history” supported Pascal Canfin. The presentation of the text in the Council of Ministers will take place mid-April and it will be debated at the National Assembly and the Senate respectively in May and June 2018.
Source: Le Monde, March 6th, 2018
The UK Prime Minister wishes to study the possibilities to stay in the energy internal market
During her speech on March 2nd on the future of the EU-UK trade relation, the UK Prime Minister, T. May, declared she wants to “secure broad energy co-operation with the EU”. In this framework, she mentioned “protecting the single electricity market across Ireland and Northern Ireland”, while stressing that she wants to “explore options for the UK’s continued participation in the EU’s internal energy market”. Finally, she reiterated her will to work on a close cooperation with the EU on Euratom. The negotiations on the future trade agreement will start during spring.
Source: Contexte, March 5th, 2018
14 member states call for a Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) coherent with European climate objectives
At the occasion of the Environment Council on March 5th, 14 member states, including Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Nordic countries, published a joint statement supporting the proposal to dedicate 20% of the budget to investments in climate research, innovation and sustainable infrastructures. Calling to “set the right example” with public funding, the 14 member states recalled that the next MFF should bring a high level of coherence between European funding and achievement of climate targets in the medium and long-term. Moreover, the signatories want the remaining 80% of the EU budget to avoid any detrimental impact on climate. The European Commission will publish its proposal for the next MFF on May 2nd.
Source: Joint Statement by 14 member states, March 5th, 2018
France opens the discussion on a regional carbon price floor
At a conference on March 5th, B. Poirson, State Secretary to the Minister for an Ecological and Inclusive Transition, called to “discuss openly about a carbon floor price”. In the presence of German, British, Dutch, Finnish and Swedish representatives, B. Poirson called on voluntary member states to work on the feasibility of a carbon price floor at the regional level, while focusing on the social issues. This price floor could be set between 25 and 30 euros per tonne of CO2, in order to offset the low carbon price on the EU-ETS market. The issues of competitiveness and extension of the EU-ETS system to heating and transport sectors were also debated. Discussions should go on in the coming months among the voluntary member states, ahead of the COP24 that will be held in Katowice, Poland from December 3rd to 14th, 2018.
Source: Contexte, March 6th, 2018
Actualité économique et industrielle
ENEDIS launches its first smart grid connections offers to promote the development of renewable energy
On February 23rd, the French DSO ENEDIS presented two new offers to reduce cost and grid connection time for renewable energy. Producers subscribing to those offers will have to bring flexibility by limiting their productions in case of supply peak or falling demand. “By 2030, thanks to these new solutions, Enedis will be able to connect to the existing network 720 MW of additional renewable energy” pointed out the system operator.

Source: Actu-Environnement, February 26th, 2018
Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks, Council of the EU, March 16th, Brussels
- Examination of the directive on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles

Energy Working Party, Council of the EU, March 22nd and 26th, Brussels
Environment Working Party, Council of the EU, March 19th, 20th and 26th, Brussels
Trilogue European Parliament/Council of EU/European Commission, March 20th and 27th, Brussels

- Trilogue on the Energy efficiency directive (20/03)
- Trilogue on the Renewables directive (27/03)

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, March 19th and 20th, Brussels

Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament (TRAN), March 19th and 20th, Brussels:
- Presentation by the Commission of CEF midterm evaluation

Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (ITRE), March 21st, Brussels
- Vote on the implementation of the Ecodesign Directive (21/03)
- Exchange of views on ENISA and Cybersecurity Act (21/03)
- Feedback from ongoing negotiations (21/03)

Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament (IMCO), March 21st and 22nd, Brussels:
- Discussion on the draft report on free-flow of non-personal data in the European Union (21/03)
- Discussion on the draft report on ENISA and the Cybersecurity Act (21/03)
- Exchange of views with Vice President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness - as part of the structured dialogue (22/03)
Le Figaro du 06/03/2018

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