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Norwegian energy minister: We will drill until gas reserves run out

Norway will be on its last third of natural gas reserves by 2035, much of it in the Arctic, and almost all of it destined for the EU market, the … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

EU countries must power neighbours during shortages, under new rules

European Union countries will be obliged to help power households and social services such as healthcare in neighbouring member states in case of severe shortages, under legislation to be put … Continue reading

February 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Member states reassert sovereignty over energy mix ahead of EU summit

EXCLUSIVE / European Union governments have reasserted their authority over their national energy policies, before leaders meet to discuss the bloc’s plans for Energy Union on Thursday (19 March). A … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Renewable island director: We need the opposite of Energy Union

Decentralisation is the key to energy success and development, Søren Hermansen said in an exclusive interview with EurActiv. Instead of focusing on Putin’s gas, the EU should create its own independent … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Energy Union a green light for human rights abusers, warn NGOs

EXCLUSIVE: The European Union’s flagship energy project will prop up a rogue’s gallery of authoritarian governments responsible for a string of human rights abuses, while not improving gas supply security, civil … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Joint gas buying on EU leaders’ summit agenda

EXCLUSIVE: EU leaders will discuss how best to strengthen the bloc’s bargaining power, including the collective buying of gas, when they debate the European Commission communication on Energy Union. Chairing … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Solar could be cheaper than coal and gas by 2025, study says

EXCLUSIVE: Solar power will be cheaper than coal or gas by 2025 in sunnier regions of the EU, according to a study published the day before the European Commission launches … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Leak names ACER as Energy Union supervisor

The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) will be empowered to act as a pan-European supervisor, according to the latest draft of the EU’s plans for Energy Union. … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Energy Union targets renewables subsidies, boosts idle coal plants

The European Commission’s overhaul of the EU electricity market will target national public support for renewables, while encouraging governments to pay energy companies in other member states for idle power … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Special Report: An efficient Energy Union

Efficiency will be an important part of the EU’s Energy Union plan to strengthen the bloc’s resistance to shortages, but it faces competition from other policy streams for lawmakers’ attention. … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

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