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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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  • EUROPEAN CARBON MARKET : DO WE REALLY WANT TO REFORM IT ?

    While the world has a rendezvous in late November, at the COP21, to reach an agreement on climate change, the debate on the European carbon market - which is supposed to be the key instrument to boost investments in low-carbon technologies – begin this year 2015 with a disagreement on the essential question of the need to establish a market stability reserve, to improve the functioning of the ETS market…

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  • CARBON : A FAIR PRICE TO SAVE THE CLIMATE

    François Hollande clearly stated it last week : he wants to set up "innovative financing instruments, especially regarding carbon pricing, in the light of of the COP21 ". A salutary decision considering that the national law for energy transition doesn’t include, at this stage, any measure to ensure a strong CO2 price, to foster the adaptation of EU industries to low-carbon technologies. Nevertheless, if France wants to be exemplary in the fight against climate change, it must establish a consistent low carbon strategy, supported by an incentive CO2 price…

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  • ENERGY-CLIMATE : FRANCE ON TOP OF THE WORLD ENERGY PODIUM

    One reason, at least, to start 2015 with optimism : while Paris is hosting the COP21 at the end of this year, France won’t be ashamed of its energy performance. In fact, it appears in the third place of the ranking of "Global Energy Architecture Performance Index" (EAPI) *, conducted by the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Accenture

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  • ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE : 2015 WILL BE « CLIMATIC »

    While the international climate conference (COP20) was launched this week in Lima, France just completed its 3rd Environmental Conference. Beyond the will, clearly stated by the President of the Republic and the government, to obtain a "historic agreement" in Paris in 2015, what does this mean for the next COP21 ?

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