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  • CO2 pricing, the cornerstone of the fight against climate change, still missing from the COP21

    Notwithstanding the numerous diplomatic efforts deployed by the French negotiators, the dynamic of the COP21 seems to lose momentum at Le Bourget. Indeed, the fight against climate change generates substantial redistribution inequalities : the consequences of the reduction of CO2 emissions vary greatly depending on the economies. Thus, the likeliness of having the present States negotiating differs depending on the impact of climate change on their economy, their historical responsibility in emitting CO2, their financial dispositions, and the efforts of other countries. However, reconciling these geopolitical challenges is crucial in order to set binding emissions reduction targets at a global level.

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  • COP21 : When the power Sector commits for climate

    Global energy needs are growing steadily. How can they be met whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions ? Does protecting the planet rhyme with giving up on economic growth ? How can young generations address these issues ? In order to understand their expectations and provide answers to their queries, the power industry will welcome them at a debate-conference in Paris this forthcoming November 23rd, only a few days ahead of the COP21…

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  • THE FRENCH ELECTRICITY SECTOR COMMITS WITH THE EP FOR LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS

    The reform, and reorganization of European energy policies, is one of the top5 priorities of the European Commission. The focus is right and timely, as the Energy Transition is a great opportunity for European industries to stand out, through the emergence of new sectors, supporting the EU low carbon strategy. However, to achieve this transition and enable both the financing and outbreak of necessary investments and innovations, the European Union needs a long term framework bringing confidence, and visibility to the investors and project promoters.

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  • UFE-BDEW’s STUDY : A quantitative contribution to the european debate ON electricity security of supply, in the medium-term

    The study, conducted by the UFE and his German counterpart BDEW, is now online at www.ufe-electricite.fr. As the result of a whole year of joint work, the study provides a substantial contribution to the current European Commission’s consultation on the future electricity market-design. Built on statistical models, this Franco-German study shows how the current energy market would be much more efficient, if completed by a capacity mechanism, to trigger the investments needed to ensure the security of supply in the medium / long term ...

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  • ETS MARKET STABILITY RESERVE : A SMALL STEP FORWARD …

    Last Thursday during the Business & Climate Summit held in UNESCO, enterprises gathered to recall, among others, the importance of a strong carbon price. But on the European side, the reform is far from being achieved. After tough negotiations, the European Council, European Parliament and European Commission finally agreed on a first step to strengthen the ETS market, through the implementation of a market stability reserve (MSR). This agreement was long expected by industrials of the sector, but remains nevertheless quite disappointing. Indeed, it leaves behind several ambitious parameters, essential to the full success of this reform, and providing an ambiguous signal only few months ahead of COP21...

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  • CERA WEEK HOUSTON 2015 : 5 DAYS TO UNDERSTAND GLOBAL ENERGY ISSUES

    Last week was held in Houston, the 34th CERA WEEK, the largest global gathering of energy actors. 38 plenary sessions and 84 workshops have been organized with 2,800 participants, including representatives of governments, administrations, energy companies, equipment suppliers, banks and consulting firms, to discuss an unequivocally issue : "Turning Point : Energy’s New World"...

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  • SECURITY OF ELECTRICITY SUPPLY, MORE AND MORE A EUROPEAN CHALLENGE

    Establishing a capacity obligation in France, the NOME law set security of supply as a national priority. By launching, on the 15th of April, a public consultation on the “participation of European capacities to the French system, and the characteristics of a hypothetic European mechanism” under the mandate of Ségolène Royal, RTE shows that the issue of security of supply has now become European.

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  • LONDON FORUM : THE PROSUMERS AT THE HEART OF ENERGY UNION

    The last 12th and 13th of March was held the "Citizen Energy Forum", created in 2007 by the European Commission and better known as "London Forum". As every year, the goal was to push the thinking on issues related to energy consumers. Due to the European elections and the nomination of a new European Commission, the last Forum took place 15 months ago. So, its recommendations, which have always a decisive impact on the evolution of European legislation regarding retail markets and consumer rights, were eagerly awaited by industry professionals. The watchword of 2015 was : strengthening the role and involvement of consumers in the use and management of their energy needs

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  • CLIMATE : THE IMPORTANCE OF CARBON-FREE ELECTRICITY

    Beyond alarmist conclusions of the IPCC’s recent reports, the Panel has also put forward several recommendations that should help in the fight against the effects of climate change and slow down the process. Among them, developing a carbon-free electricity mix is the prerequisite of any consistent climate strategy …

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