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UFE - Press review of 24/05/19

439 MW of additional renewable electricity in the first quarter of 2019
This was indicated in the press release published on Tuesday 21 May by RTE, the Renewable Energies Syndicat (SER), Enedis, the Association of electricity retailers in France (ADEeF) and the ORE agency. The wind farm increased by 243 MW and the solar farm by 157 MW. Both now account for 46.6% of renewable electricity capacity. This first quarter of 2019, renewables covered 20.1% of French electricity consumption, a 15% decrease compared to the same period in 2018.
Enerpresse, May 23th, 2019
Energy efficiency certificates: the 533 TWH target in 2019 should cost between 3 and 3,5 billion euros.
The head of the DGEC's Climate and Energy Efficiency Department, Olivier David, presented details of the cost of the Energy Efficiency Certificates (CEE) System in 2019: "with around 200 TWhc of CEEs acquired on the market between 6 and 7 euros per MWhc, 50 TWh of programmes at 5 euros, and the rest produced internally at 6 euros, we reach an overall cost of 3 to 3.5 billion euros". He also confirmed the extension of the 4th period of auction while recalling that its volume was "currently in consultation".
Contexte, May 22nd, 2019
The Energy Charter Treaty will be reformed
On 14 May, the European Commission asked the Council of Ministers for authorisation to negotiate the reform of the Energy Charter Treaty, in which 52 Member States are members, as well as Euratom and the EU. As a reminder, this treaty provides a framework for cooperation between the parties in the energy sector. The European executive wishes to reform the investment protection clauses dating from 1998, in order to strengthen the legal security of investors but also to insert provisions on sustainable development, state aid law or the granting of most-favoured-nation treatment.
Enerpresse, May 22nd, 2019
The implementation of the long-term strategy for 2050 requires the revision of the trajectory of the European carbon market for 2030
The report on the state of the carbon market in 2019 was presented on May 7th by several think tanks (ERCST, Wegener Centre, ICIS, I4CE and Ecoact). They point out the need to revise upwards the ETS market objectives to an annual reduction factor of between 2.57 and 2.83% (currently 2.2%) and the need to finance low-emission technologies.
AEF, May 11th, 2019
8 Member States call for June European Council to be a turning point in the fight against climate change
Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia and Cyprus have asked the European Summit to be held on June 20th and 21st to adopt a common and ambitious position before the UN climate summit in New York in September. However, the deadline for presenting long-term plans in line with the objectives of COP21 is only set at the end of 2020. It is therefore more likely that Member States will rather on the EU's strategic programme, Brexit and the issue of appointments to high level positions in the Union. The climate issue should formally return on top of the agenda during the Finnish Presidency to take over in July.
Euractiv, May 21st, 2019
The European Parliament holds only political group meetings in June

Working Party on Environment, June 7th and 17th, 2019

Working Party on Energy, June 11th, in Brussel

COREPER I, June 5th and 12th, in Brussels
- Adoption of the trilogue agreement on the Clean Vehicle Directive
- Adoption of the trilogue agreement on persistent organic pollutants

COREPER II, June 5th and 11th, in Brussels
- International Platform on Sustainable Finance: Union position on the opening of the negotiation – approval
- Long term strategy

Transport Council, June 6th and 7th, in Brussels
- Eurovignette
- Permit-granting measures for the trans-European transport network (TEN-T)
- Seasonal time changes

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