• Brexit : l’amour dure 47 ans

    Le 23 juin 2016, David Cameron, alors Premier ministre britannique, organisait un référendum dont le résultat acta la volonté du Royaume-Uni de sortir de l’Union européenne (UE). Il aura néanmoins fallu attendre un peu plus de trois ans et demi – plus exactement 1317 jours – pour que ce qui s’avèrera être bien plus qu’un simple pari politique perdu, se concrétise enfin. Pour autant, bien que le Brexit soit juridiquement devenu effectif le 31 janvier à 00h00 heure française, le feuilleton n’a pas encore trouvé son épilogue puisque subsiste l’épineuse question des relations futures entre les deux parties. L’UFE fait le point sur les discussions en cours et les conséquences qui pourraient en découler pour le secteur électrique.

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  • 2020 – Année cruciale pour redéfinir la stratégie climatique de l’Europe

    2020 sera une année chargée pour les acteurs du système énergétique européen. La Communication « Green Deal » de la Commission européenne, dont l’objectif est de transformer l’industrie européenne pour parvenir à une Europe climatiquement neutre d’ici à 2050, a été publiée juste avant la pause hivernale. Mais les détails pour y parvenir sont encore à définir. La Commission proposera dès mars 2020 une « loi climat » pour transformer l’engagement politique de neutralité carbone à l’horizon 2050, en texte législatif contraignant. Puis, en octobre 2020, un plan global établissant un nouvel objectif pour 2030 compris entre un minimum de 50% de réduction des gaz à effet de serre et un objectif de 55% sera proposé.

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  • Comment financer la neutralité carbone à l’horizon 2045 ? : la réponse d’Eurelectric

    Le 26 septembre dernier, Eurelectric, l’association professionnelle représentant l’industrie électrique à l’échelle européenne, réunissait plus de 130 participants autour d’experts des questions énergétiques et climatiques, d’économistes et autres développeurs de projets afin de présenter son rapport E-invest. Fruit d’une réflexion de plus d’un an, ce rapport entend dresser un diagnostic du cadre de marché et de régulation en vigueur, afin d’évaluer leur capacité à déclencher les investissements nécessaires pour atteindre la neutralité carbone du secteur électrique à l’horizon 2045.

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  • POWER the FUTURE : when the electricity industry propels us towards the future !

    To your agendas ! On December 3rd, the 10th Annual Conference of UFE will take place in Paris. In an environment marked by profound changes linked to the energy transition and the digital transformation of the economy, preparing for tomorrow’s growth is an absolute priority ! In France and Europe, industry has a major role to play in solving these major challenges. By combining scientific expertise, technological excellence and innovation capacity, the electricity sector makes an even more significant contribution as low-carbon and competitive electricity is at the heart of the territories and the development of key sectors of the economy.

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  • D-6 before the European elections !

    On May 26th, French people will be called upon to vote and elect their new Members of the European Parliament. While the abstention rate is often much higher in comparison with national elections, these elections are nevertheless fundamental. On one hand, in face of climate emergency, new MEPs will have a decisive role to play in meeting citizens’ high hopes and making the fight to tackle climate change a priority in Europe. On the other hand, behind the elections lies the challenge of the political personalities and nationalities who will occupy strategic positions and will therefore influence the direction the EU will take over the next five years. A few days before the elections, UFE takes a look of what is at stake in these elections.

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  • Ecological and digital transition : the challenge of jobs and skills

    On April 9th, UFE and its partners organised, under the High Patronage of Minister of Labour Muriel Pénicaud, and in the presence of Secretary of State for Ecological and Solidarity Transition Emmanuelle Wargon and Jean-Marie Marx, High Commissioner for Skills and Inclusion through Employment, a Conference on the occasion of the official signing of the Forward Studies Contract, EDEC for the electricity sector.

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  • No-deal Brexit : what are the challenges the electricity sector is facing ?

    Last Thursday, during the European Council, the 27 Member States agreed to give Prime Minister Theresa May the opportunity to postpone the Brexit date only until the 12th of April in order to give the British Parliament enough time to vote, for the third time, the withdrawal agreement. If the deal is approved, the EU will extend the Brexit deadline until 22 May. Yet, the odds for a no-deal scenario remains. In the light of the political uncertainty, France and the EU have prepared for such a scenario in the last few months to reduce as much as possible the incidence of what could be a chaotic exit for European firms as well as citizens.

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  • Tackling climate change : is it all about money ?

    On March 5th, the French President called, in an open letter, for the creation of a European Climate Bank after concluding that both the fight to tackle climate change and the energy transition were severely lacking funding. Therefore, Emmanuel Macron directly asked for the establishment of unprecedented financial instruments in order to live up to the environmental and climate challenges of our time. Acknowledging the dead end our continent is currently trapped in, he pointed out the necessity for France to significantly reduce its greenhouse emissions especially for the building and the mobility sectors. For them to be the most impactful, these funds will also have to be directed towards the most climate efficient actions ! In the same vein, various public figures recently mentioned the idea to set up a Marshall Plan for Climate as well as a European Climate Pact.

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  • Electric system : lasting lesson of balancing by Transmission System Operators

    Last January 10th, RTE, the French TSO, called on flexibility of industrial customers, through the interruptible load programme, in order to maintain the network frequency at 50Hz, a value on which all the electrical appliances are calibrated. However, there was no “black-out risk” on that day – a fear often transmitted but usually exaggerated… Let us try to have a clearer understanding !

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  • When the industry, the Government and social partners mobilize for excellency in the energy sector

    The French Government has just entrusted, in the Multiannual Energy framework 2023-2028, the new French Skills Agency with the task of opening a specific project on the ecological transition. This project will involve several stakeholders : the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry for the Economy and Finance as well as the Ministry of Labour, representatives of the National Industry Council (CNI), and social partners. The prospective impetus given will focus on jobs, skills and therefore training, which are major challenges for the "Nuclear" and "New Energy Systems Industries" sectors. With its partners in the electricity sector, UFE is invested in the Outlook Employment Contract, under the aegis of the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, which should be officially signed during this 1st quarter of 2019....

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