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UFE/Press review of 14/05/18

Belgium considers the implementation of a capacity remuneration mechanism from 2020
At the end of March 2018, the Belgian federal government adopted its “Energy Pact”, an action plan coordinated between the federal government and the three Belgian regions in order to implement the energy transition in the country. The document confirms that Belgium will phase-out of nuclear generation in 2025, as envisaged by a law voted in 2003. To compensate for the lack of future capacity, the federal government considers setting up a capacity remuneration mechanism from 2020 in order to support, in particular, gas-fired power plants. According to the Belgian transmission system operator Elia, “at least 3 600 MW” of new thermal capacities will have to be built to replace the two nuclear power plants of Doal and Tihange. This project is for the moment only a proposal of the Federal Minister of Energy, Marie-Christine Marghem, and must still be approved by the coalition by the end of May.
Source: Le Soir, April 25th, 2018 and Contexte, April 30th, 2018
The European Commission presented its proposal for the next EU budget
On May 2nd, the European Commission presented its proposal for the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2027. In order to reach EU climate and energy targets, the European Commission proposed to dedicate at least 25% of EU expenditures across all EU programmes to projects contributing to climate objectives. Moreover, the next multiannual financial framework will focus on research and innovation with the “Horizon Europe” programme (€97.9 billion) and digital and cybersecurity issues through the creation of a dedicated programme “Digital Europe Programme”. The European Commission also proposed creating new own resources, by calling in particular Member States to transfer a 20% share of the auctioning revenue of the EU-ETS to the EU budget. The European Commission wishes to close the budgetary negotiations before the end of its current mandate in May 2019.
Source: European Commission, May 2nd, 2018
Nicolas Hulot unveiled its plan for energy renovation of buildings
After 3 months of consultation, the French Minister of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, N. Hulot, presented on April 26th, the final version of the plan for the energy renovation of buildings. In order to “answer to the challenge of carbon neutrality and improve the purchasing power of French citizens”, the government proposed an action plan with 32 measures, including the reform of the Energy Transition Tax Credit (CITE) to be transformed into a bonus from 2019. Other measures also include the operational launch of the guarantee fund for the energy renovation, the reliability of the energy performance diagnostic (DPE), opposable from mid-2019, the strengthening of the RGE label (Recognized Guarantee for the Environment) and the creation of a national observatory for the energy renovation.
Source: French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and AEF, April 26th, 2018
Olivier Grabette named chairman of Think Smartgrids
Olivier Grabette, member of the Executive Board of the French TSO RTE, was named chairman of the association Think Smartgrids on April 20th. The association, which brings together all stakeholders in smart grids, aims to develop this sector in France. O. Grabette will implement the three axes of the 2018 action plan of Think Smartgrids: “the construction of an added value proposal for smart regions, the development of a smart grids strategy for electro-mobility and the implementation of the agreement signed last December between Think Smartgrids and SER (French renewables federation)”. He succeeds to P. Monloubou, who has now become the first vice-chairman.
Source: Actu-Environnement, April 27th, 2018$
Seven regions become the first showcases of the third industrial revolution
As part of the third industrial revolution project, initiative from the Upper France region (“Hauts de France”) known as “REV3”, seven territories were selected to become demonstrators. The objective is to “create a real mobilizing and accelerating network for energy, digital and economic transition in the region”. Among these initiatives, there is the urban community of Dunkirk, which aims to be “an ecological transformation laboratory” thanks to its expertise in the energy, storage, hydrogen, mobility and industrial ecology sectors. Another example is the urban community of Arras that will be the first to sign an energy transition contract.
Source: La Voix du Nord, April 25th, 2018
Operators from the energy sector call to maintain close EU-UK ties after the Brexit
In an open letter from April 20th addressed to Michel Barnier and David Davies, British State Secretary in charge of Brexit, 21 European energy companies and organisations, including EDF, RWE, E. ON and WindEurope, called on the Brexit negotiators to “develop a comprehensive Climate and Energy Chapter” in order to foresee the future EU-UK relationship in this sector. This agreement should give visibility to operators and investors in terms of trade policy, nuclear safety and potential participation of the UK to the EU-ETS system. They also asked to expand the commitment for the prioritisation of security and defence to the fight against climate change.
Source : Euractiv, April 24th, 2018
European Commission, May 16th, Brussels:
- Publication of the 3rd Mobility Package, including CO2 emissions standards for heavy vehicles.
Trilogue European Parliament / Council of the EU / European Commission, May 16th, 17th and 23rd, Brussels:
- 3rd trilogue on Energy Efficiency Directive (16/05) ;
- 3rd trilogue on Renewable Energy Directive (17/05) ;
- 3rd trilogue on Energy Union Governance Regulation (23/05).
Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues, Council of the EU, May 14th and 15th, Brussels:
- Examination of the ENISA regulation
Land Transport Working Party, Council of the EU, May 14th and 15th, Brussels
Environment Working Party, Council of the EU, May 14th, 18th and 22nd, Brussels:

- Discussion on the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy (14/05)
Energy Working Party, Council of the EU, May 15th, 22th and 28th, Brussels
Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks Working Party, Council of the EU, May 15th, 18th and 24th, Brussels
Consumer Protection and Information Working Party, Council of the EU, May 23rd, Brussels:

- Examination of the REFIT Directive from the “New Deal for Consumers” package
Budgets Committee (BUDG) of the European Parliament, May 16th and 17th, Brussels:
- Vote on the draft opinion on ENISA Regulation (16/05)
- Exchange of views on the MFF beyond 2020 and Own Resources
Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) of the European Parliament, May 16th and 17th, Brussels:
- Exchange of views with Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, also in charge of Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (17/05).
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, May 16th and 17th, Brussels:
- Report back on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations (Governance of the Energy Union) ;
- Consideration of draft report on emission performance standards ;
- Consideration of draft report on promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles
Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (ITRE), May 16th and 17th, Brussels
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament (IMCO), May 16th and 17th, Brussels:

- Consideration of amendments on the deployment of infrastructures for alternative fuels in the European Union: Time to act! (16/05) ;
- Consideration of compromise amendments on Free flow of non-personal data in the European Union (17/05) ;
- Vote on the draft opinion on ENISA regulation (17/05).
Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament (TRAN), May 14th and 15th, Brussels:
- Consideration of compromise on Eurovignettes Directive (14/05)
Journal de l’Environnement du 2/05/2018 et AEF du 8/05/2018 du 02/05/2018

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