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UFE/Press review of 29/06/18

“A place in the sun”: Sébastien Lecornu unveiled its plan to accelerate the development of solar energy
On June 28th, the government presented its plan “Place in the sun”, consisting of several measures to accelerate the development of photovoltaic energy in France. This plan is the result of a consultation of several months with stakeholders under the aegis of Sébastien Lecornu, State Secretary to Nicolas Hulot. This plan brings to 32% the renewable energy share by 2030 against 22% today. Stating that the cost of solar installations to produce electricity is now “one of the most competitive”, the ministry believes that “the future is solar”. Additional aid will be granted to support this sector such as the simplification of administrative procedures, the exploitation of available land reserves from large retailers and the army to install photovoltaic panels. Moreover, classified buildings will also be used, through tiles on the roofs.
Source: La Tribune, June 28th, 2018
PPA: SNCF and Airports of Paris want to purchase directly renewable electricity
In recent years, solar electricity prices felt significantly while wholesale price is rising. “The latest call for tenders from the Energy Regulatory Commission is around 60 €/MWh while the wholesale price is 45€/MWh. We foresee a curve crossing between 2022 and 2025” says the president of SNFC Energie, Olivier Menuet. Thus, since June, the group is looking for solar or wind producers able to provide “up to 20% of [its] traction energy at a fixed price for 10 to 20 years”. A month earlier, Airports of Paris also published a notice for “the electricity supply of three platforms of the group in the Paris area” for long term contracts (Power Purchase Agreement, PPA). “The top management of companies does not know PPAs. The teams that set up those projects will look for a competitive price to convince the management that it is a win-win bet” commented Jean-Pierre Riche, CEO of Orygeen. For E-cube, PPA contracts “brings a security and financial stability to all parties: producers, developers and companies exposed to volatile electricity prices”.
PPA: SNCF and Airports of Paris want to purchase directly renewable electricity
Emmanuel Macron confirms the launch of six offshore wind parks
On the occasion of a trip to Brittany on June 20th, the French President E. Macron confirmed the launch of six offshore wind parks with a reduction of the financial support from the State “up to 15 billion euros over 20 years”. The financial support schemes were renegotiated and go from 200€ to 150€/MWh. The amendment that allowed to frame this negotiation was voted on the same day at the French Assembly, under the ESSOC bill. The manufacture of wind turbines will start for two projects by the end of this year.
Source: AEF, June 20th, 2018
Member States are divided on the ambition level to reduce CO2 emissions in the car sector
The last Environment Council, held under the Bulgarian Presidency on June 25th, debated about the regulation on CO2 emissions standards for light-duty vehicles. Member States appeared to be divided between, on the one hand, Central European countries that defend a limited constraint level on car industry and, on the other hand, countries calling for an increased contribution of this sector to the European climate ambition. The European Commission called Member States to adopt a general approach by October in order to find an agreement before the next European elections, in May 2019.
Source: AEF, June 25th, 2018
Focus on electricity during the presentation of the energy part of the next Connecting Europe Facility in ITRE Committee
On June 18th, D. RISTORI, Director-General of DG Energy, presented to the MEPs of the ITRE Committee the main headlines of the energy part of the program “Connecting Europe Facility”. Due to its initial success, this program is renewed in the next multiannual EU budget for the period 2021-2027 and will dedicate 80 to 90% of its budget to electricity interconnexions and renewable energy cross-border projects according to D. Ristori. He also called to focus on electrification through the development of charging points, renewable energy projects and the digitalisation of electricity grids. Members of the ITRE Committee will adopt their report on this program during this fall.
Source: European Parliament, June 18th, 2018
European co-legislators found an agreement during trilogues on the energy efficiency directive and Energy Union governance
On June 19th, the co-legislators found a provisional agreement during ultimate trilogue negotiations on the energy efficiency directive and the Energy Union governance regulation. On the energy efficiency directive, the compromise states an indicative target of 32.5% at European level, with a revision clause in 2023, complemented by an annual energy savings target of 0.8%. The provisional agreement on the Governance regulation maintained the three intermediary targets (18% by 2022, 43% in 2025 and 665% by 2027) to reach the European renewable energy target of 32%. Member States and the European Commission will also have to present long-term decarbonisation strategies by 2050 setting out an evaluation of carbon budget to meet the commitments taken in the Paris agreement. Like the provisional agreement on the renewable energy directive, these agreements will have to be formally ratified by the European Parliament and the Council.
Source: Contexte, June 22nd, 2018
INSTITUTIONAL AGENDA
Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues, Council of the EU, July 4th, Brussels:
Presentation of the Cyber-related financial instruments under the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.

Consumer Protection and Information Working Party, Council of the EU, July 4th and 5th, Brussels:
Discussion on the REFIT Directive and the Collective Redress Directive of the New Deal for Consumers package.

Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks Working Party, Council of the EU, July 4th, Brussels

Energy Working Party, Council of the EU, July 5th, 10th and 17th, Brussels
Examination of EP amendments on the directive on electricity (5/07).

Environment Working Party, Council of the EU, July 6th, Brussels:
Discussion on the LIFE program.

Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament (TRAN), July 9th and 10th, Brussels:
Exchange of views with EIB Vice-President, Mr Hudák, on transport funding;
Consideration of amendments on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles (CVD);
Adoption of draft opinion on CO2 Standards and Clean Vehicles Directive;
Presentation of Austrian Presidency priorities by Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Mr Norbert Hofer;
Presentation by the Commission on next CEF;


Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament, July 9th and 10th, Brussels:
Vote on the provisional agreement on Governance of the Energy Union Regulation and Renewables Directive;


Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (ITRE), July 9th and 10th, Brussels:
Reporting back on the first trilogue on the Market Design directive and regulation;
Exchange of views with Ms Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition;
Vote on the provisional agreement on Governance of the Energy Union Regulation, Renewables Directive and Energy Efficiency Directive;
Vote on the draft report of the ENISA regulation;
Vote on the draft opinion on the CO2 standards;
Vote on the draft opinion on the deployment of infrastructures for alternative fuels;
Consideration and adoption of draft opinion on COP24;
Presentation of the Austrian presidency program:
Heinz Faßmann, Austrian Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research (research, nuclear issues, energy), and Margaret Schramböck, Austrian Federal Minister for Economic and Digital Affairs (industry, digital agenda);
Norbert Hofer, Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology (ICT, space);
First exchange of views on Horizon Europe program.

Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (JURI), July 9th and 10th, Brussels:
Exchange of views on the draft opinion “Autonomous driving in European Transport”;
Exchange of views on the draft opinion “A comprehensive European industrial policy on artificial intelligence and robotics”.

Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament (IMCO), July 11th and 12th, Brussels:
Presentation of the Council Presidency’s program with Margarete Schrambpck, Austrian Federal Minister of Economy;
Hearing on the REFIT directive of the “New Deal for Consumers” package;
Consideration of draft opinion on the PSI directive;
Vote on the provisional agreement on the free-flow of non-personal data.
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