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#EnergyUnion – EU invests further €800 million in priority energy infrastructure

#EnergyUnion – EU invests further €800 million in priority energy infrastructure

| January 25, 2019

Member states have voted on a Commission proposal to invest almost €800 million in key European energy infrastructure projects with major cross-border benefits. The EU funding comes from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the European support programme for trans-European infrastructure. Priority is given to projects that increase competitiveness, enhance the EU’s security of energy supply through the […]

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#Norway – After #COP24 real work starts

#Norway – After #COP24 real work starts

| December 20, 2018

UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) participants in Katowice, Poland, have concluded the three-year international negotiations by agreeing on a joint rule book to implement the Paris agreement that will take effect in 2024. The agreements reached will apply equally both to developed and developing countries in assessing and reporting greenhouse gas emissions, global performance assessment […]

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#StateAid – Commission approves €200 million in public support for #RenewableEnergy for self-suppliers of electricity in France

#StateAid – Commission approves €200 million in public support for #RenewableEnergy for self-suppliers of electricity in France

| October 23, 2018

The European Commission has approved under EU state-aid rules a measure to support electricity production from renewable sources for self-consumption in France until 2020. The measure will further the EU’s energy and climate objectives without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This scheme will stimulate […]

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Phasing out #Coal in Europe: Easier said than done

Phasing out #Coal in Europe: Easier said than done

| August 30, 2018

By this December, Germany’s last two hard coal mines – Prosper-Haniel and Ibbenbüren – will shut down for good. On the surface, this seems like an encouraging sign for Germany’s much-touted transition to a lower-carbon economy (the Energiewende) especially when combined with the news that German renewable energy outweighed coal for the first time this […]

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State aid: Commission approves French support for tidal energy demonstration plant #RazBlanchard

State aid: Commission approves French support for tidal energy demonstration plant #RazBlanchard

| July 31, 2018

The European Commission has found a French project promoting electricity generation from tidal energy to be in line with EU state aid rules. The measure will contribute further the EU’s energy and climate goals without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Tidal energy is one of […]

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European solidarity on Energy: Better integration of Iberian Peninsula into #EUEnergyMarket

European solidarity on Energy: Better integration of Iberian Peninsula into #EUEnergyMarket

| July 31, 2018

In the presence of the European Commission, Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa, President of France Emmanuel Macron, and the President of the government of Spain Pedro Sanchez have met in Lisbon to strengthen their regional co-operation in the framework of the Energy Union. Leaders will take stock of the important progress achieved in better integrating […]

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#EnergyEfficiency – New EU rules for buildings and homes

#EnergyEfficiency – New EU rules for buildings and homes

| July 18, 2018

From 1 January 2021 all new buildings in the EU should use little or no energy for heating, cooling or hot water. The EU rules concerning this obligation also introduce an energy certification for buildings so that owners or tenants can compare and assess the energy performance. These rules are part of the EU’s push […]

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