It would be stating the obvious to say that the world is undergoing major transformations with the digital revolution and the energy transition. In our sector, consumption habits are changing ; generation means are evolving and the whole customer relation is being transformed. UFE’S annual conference will take place on December 5th, under the high-patronage of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic : do not miss three face-to-face discussions, with the best experts, on the key issues of innovation, decentralisation and cybersecurity !

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  • The Clean Energy Package : it is now or never !

    Ten months after the publication of the “Clean Energy Package”, discussions in the Parliament and the Council are in the full swing. The Parliament is about to vote its first draft report in the ITRE committee this week –on the Energy Performance in buildings Directive – while the Council already adopted its general approach on the energy efficiency proposals last June. The French Union of Electricity underlines today the core issues for the French electricity sector and calls for French institutions to take action : the future of the French electricity system is now to be decided !

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  • Ready for the Mobility Forum “Assises de la mobilité”

    Thirty-five years after the Framework Law on Internal Transports (LOTI), the “Assises de la Mobilité” started on September 18th under the patronage of Elisabeth Bornes, French Transport Minister. This important public forum, which will contribute “to preparing the framework for mobility policies”, should aim to underline the major challenges of tomorrow’s mobility and ensure that the law will be a complete success. Thus, it is crucial to anticipate not only the needs and requirements to be satisfied but also the technologies that will be available. Considering that transport infrastructures represent long-term investments, a law with too little imagination might come off the road.

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  • Time to go back to school, what is on the agenda ?

    After an intensive summer with the first steps of the new government, the General Policy statement of the Prime Minister, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot’s Climate Plan and the debates at the French Parliament, it is now time to go back to school ! What are the key energy and climate files in the coming months ? What are the key priorities for the electricity sector ?

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    UFE website is taking a summer break for the upcoming four weeks, but the preparation of the annual conference, on December 5th is still ongoing, so do not forget to register here !
    As a great leverage to value creation in a constantly evolving energy sector, innovation will be at the centre of this year’s conference : with big debates and face-to-face discussions, the day will be structured around key issues for the French and European electric system.

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  • “Europe on the move” : with electro-mobility, Europe can now move towards cleaner transport

    Though the transport sector, representing a quarter of European greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), was absent from the Clean Energy Package, it is now coming on the front scene with the legislative package “Europe on the move”. In this context, UFE recently joined the Platform for Electro-Mobility, gathering European organisations from across civil society, industries, and transport modes.

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  • « Plug and play » : insights on the electricity revolution

    Whilst the negotiations on the Clean Energy Package are in full swing in Brussels, the European electricity sector faces a revolution which reshuffles the cards for the energy transition. Smart grids boom, combined with the development of new digital and storage technologies, will address the growing need for flexibility in energy markets thus fostering integration of intermittent energy and further consumers involvement in the system. More surprisingly, these revolutions break existing silos between various sectors (transport, building) paving the way for new synergies on the whole value chain.
    Eurelectric’s annual convention held on 19-20 June in Estoril goes back on the huge potential of electrification in the digital age, but also the key conditions of a European success.

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  • The digital revolution : a game-changer for the power sector

    Whilst the French National Regulatory Authority (CRE) is about to publish the analysis undertaken by its Data Committee, UFE outlines the main issues of this announced and ongoing revolution for the power sector.
    With the development and roll-out of sensors, smart meters and connected devices, the amount of data related to energy will be tremendous, and particularly in the electricity sector.

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  • The organisation of the future electricity market at the heart of the Clean Energy Package

    Discussions on the “Clean Energy Package” are currently in full swing in Brussels and Strasbourg : in the European Parliament, the rapporteurs for the renewable nergy directive and for the regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union already released their first draft reports, and the remaining texts should follow in the coming weeks. This is the opportunity for UFE to re-examine the issues related to the Directive and the Regulation on the electricity market, for which Krisjanis Karins (PPE) is in charge of drafting the report on behalf of the ITRE Committee.

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  • Renewable energy : An ambitious, yet to be further improved European approach

    On November 30th 2016, the European Commission published its “Clean Energy Package”, a corpus of legislative proposals which aims at implementing the energy transition initiated at the European level, and making it an economic, social and industrial success. The Directive related to the promotion of renewable energy, currently under consideration in the Council and the European Parliament, is a cornerstone for this success : according to Maros Sefcovic, the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union, the EU should establish itself as a world leader in renewable energy by 2030 … While the European Parliament is finalising its proposals, UFE outlines two thorny issues in this draft Directive.

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