New organic redox flow battery aims for €0.05/kWh/cycle by 2030

New organic redox flow battery aims for €0.05/kWh/cycle by 2030

“The project aims to demonstrate that organic flow batteries can be a sustainable alternative to vanadium batteries, a material included in the list of critical raw materials by the European Commission,” the scientists said.

Romania, Slovenia eyeing energy portfolio in new European Commission

Romania, Slovenia eyeing energy portfolio in new European Commission

The candidates for European energy commissioner are Kadri Simson from Estonia, Virginijus Sinkevicius, Linas Linkevicius or Saulius Skvernelis from Latvia, Luminita Odobescu from Romania, Krzysztof Szczerski from Poland, and Janez Lenarčič from Slovenia.

EU NECPs: Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Cyprus, others need to step up renewables ambition

EU NECPs: Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Cyprus, others need to step up renewables ambition

The European Commission has released an assessment of the EU member states’ first-ever draft integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs), urging them to step up ambition to implement the Paris Agreement and reach the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets.

EU Commission: Serbia makes limited progress on energy, climate change yet to receive adequate attention

EU Commission: Serbia makes limited progress on energy, climate change yet to receive adequate attention

Serbia made limited progress in the area of energy, while the policy areas of environment and climate change have yet to receive adequate attention, according to the European Commission’s latest annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the country, adopted today.

Greens land historic result in European elections in clear call for climate action

Greens land historic result in European elections in clear call for climate action

For his part, Bas Eickhout, Vice President of the Greens/EFA group and leading candidate for the European Green Party, noted that any new European Commission should take into account the Green Wave’s mandate to drive change in Europe, noting that the program of climate protection, social justice and defense of rule of law and democracy gave the Greens this important win.

European Commission publishes draft national energy and climate plans submitted by EU member states

European Commission publishes draft national energy and climate plans submitted by EU member states

The European Commission (EC) has published Draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) submitted by EU Member States, including those by Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Romania, and Slovenia.

Five EU countries call for 100% renewable energy by 2050

Five EU countries call for 100% renewable energy by 2050

The European Union’s 28 energy ministers had their first public debate on the European Commission’s 2050 climate plan on Monday (4 March) but five member states derided the lack of a 100% renewable energy scenario among the EU executive’s proposed options.

Energy Voice  -  EU Commission launches £8.5bn fund for clean energy tech

Energy Voice - EU Commission launches £8.5bn fund for clean energy tech

A new £8.5bn fund to develop clean energy technologies has been unveiled by the European Commission. The funding will be used to support a range of areas including carbon capture and storage, renewables and energy storage.

EU clears RWE takeover of EON electricity generation assets

EU clears RWE takeover of EON electricity generation assets

The European Commission's competition authorities said the proposed transaction, which will see RWE acquire a 16.67 percent minority share in EON along with the bulk of its nuclear and renewable generation assets, raised "no competition concerns".

WoodMac: Europe energy storage - 5 things to watch for in 2019

WoodMac: Europe energy storage - 5 things to watch for in 2019

There is a misalignment here between what the storage market needs – longer, bankable contracts, and what the European Commission believes will result in an efficiently operating market – short term contracts, closer to real time.

Cyprus completes draft NECP, Greece to focus on fighting energy poverty

Cyprus completes draft NECP, Greece to focus on fighting energy poverty

Cyprus completes draft NECP, Greece to focus on fighting energy poverty Photo: Pixabay Cyprus, one of seven EU member states that have failed to submit their draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP) until 2030 to the European Commission by the December 31, 2018 deadline, has completed the draft, according to Cypriot English-language news outlets.

Peterhead to Norway energy cable plans expected to be approved

Peterhead to Norway energy cable plans expected to be approved

“The cable proposed under this application would effectively connect the approved interconnector station to an offshore transmission cable – under consideration by Marine Scotland at the time of writing – which in turn would connect to similar infrastructure in Norway.” Councillors will also hear that the project need is derived from both European Commission and Scottish Government aims.

EU clears MET Renewables’ entry into NIS Energowind ownership

EU clears MET Renewables’ entry into NIS Energowind ownership

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control over Belgrade-based NIS Energowind, the developer of the Plandište wind farm, by MET Renewables, part of Swiss energy company MET Group, and O Zone, part of Russia’s Gazprom group, the commission said in a press release.

Romania’s draft plan envisages 27.9% target for renewables share in energy consumption in 2030

Romania’s draft plan envisages 27.9% target for renewables share in energy consumption in 2030

Romania’s draft National Energy and Climate Plan, to be sent to the European Commission, envisages a 27.9% share of renewable energy sources in energy consumption in 2030, compared to the EU’s 32% target, Romania-Insider.com has reported, citing Economica.net.

10 countries demand net-zero emission goal in new EU climate strategy

10 countries demand net-zero emission goal in new EU climate strategy

Ministers from ten EU countries have urged the European Commission to chart a “credible and detailed” path towards net-zero emissions in 2050, ahead of the launch of a landmark climate strategy next week.

Major Corporations Urge EU To Simplify Investing & Sourcing Renewable Energy

Major Corporations Urge EU To Simplify Investing & Sourcing Renewable Energy

More specifically, the group is calling on European policymakers to remove the regulatory and administrative barriers currently in place preventing corporate sourcing of renewable energy — a move required by the Renewable Energy Directive, recently-enacted by the European Commission, so that the early successes of corporate renewable energy procurement, concentrated primarily in the Nordics, the Netherlands, and the UK, can be replicated more broadly across the entire European Union.

Solar Wars Part VII: Attack of the tribunals

Solar Wars Part VII: Attack of the tribunals

Germany (and the European Commission (EC), which was allowed to make submissions) argued that Achmea extends to multilateral agreements to which EU Member States are party, such as the ECT, as well as BITs. Specifically, the EC argued that EU law forms part of the “relevant rules of international law applicable in the relations between the parties” which tribunals must take into account when interpreting a treaty pursuant to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT).

Greece had SEE’s highest Q2 wholesale electricity prices, Bulgaria lowest – EC quarterly report

Greece had SEE’s highest Q2 wholesale electricity prices, Bulgaria lowest – EC quarterly report

In the South-East European (SEE) region, wholesale baseload prices were the highest in Greece in Q2 2018, at EUR 56 per MWh, while the quarterly average price in Bulgaria had a discount of EUR 22 per MWh. Prices in Serbia and Croatia were by EUR 15 per MWh and EUR 13 per MWh, respectively, below the Greek contracts, the European Commission’s latest report on electricity markets shows.

European Commission unveils action plan to develop sustainable and circular bioeconomy

European Commission unveils action plan to develop sustainable and circular bioeconomy

The European Commission has put forward an action plan today to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy, as part of its drive to boost jobs, growth and investment in the EU.

Industry association expects major deployment surge as EU removes trade duties on solar panels from China

Industry association expects major deployment surge as EU removes trade duties on solar panels from China

Now that the EU’s trade measures on solar panels from China have expired, Brussels-based industry association SolarPower Europe expects a major solar deployment surge across the bloc, based on a 2017 study from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST).