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State of the Energy Union

State of the Energy Union | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The Commission adopted today the 2020 State of the Energy Union Report and its accompanying documents focused on different aspects of EU energy policy. This year's Report is the first one since the adoption of the European Green Deal, and looks at the Energy Union's contribution to Europe's long-term climate goals.

Individual assessments of the 27 National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) analyse the pathway and ambition of each Member State towards the current 2030 climate and energy targets. The overall assessment shows that the Member States are capable of meeting these targets and are mostly making good progress towards them. The Reports underline the contribution the energy sector can make to the EU's recovery from the economic crisis created by COVID-19. The Energy Union has so far proven to be robust in the face of the challenges placed on our energy systems and energy workers by the pandemic.
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Nord Stream 2 takes unusual legal step against the Commission – EURACTIV.com

Nord Stream 2 takes unusual legal step against the Commission – EURACTIV.com | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline company has taken an unusual legal step in its dispute with the European Commission by asking the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) to annul the amendments to the Gas Directive which the Gazprom-led project considers discriminatory.

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Renewables in the Energy Security Landscape in Poland and Ukraine

Renewables in the Energy Security Landscape in Poland and Ukraine | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
In a world where fossil fuels have been critical for everyday life, from industrial production to heating homes, energy suppliers wield undue power over countries that depend on them. Krzysztof Ksiezopolski investigates the looming energy policy dilemmas for Poland and Ukraine faced with an increasingly aggressive Russia, and shows how resilience offered by renewable systems is not only ecological but also a matter of economic and political independence.
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The #EnergyUnion – From vision to reality

The #EnergyUnion – From vision to reality | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union shows that the European Commission has fully delivered on its vision of an Energy Union strategy guaranteeing accessible, affordable, secure, competitive and sustainable energy for all Europeans. Europe is already a global leader in fighting climate change. European policies implemented over the last five years [...]
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EU, Baltics, Poland target Russia grid separation by 2025

EU, Baltics, Poland target Russia grid separation by 2025 | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The Baltic nations, Poland and the European Commission agreed Thursday (28 June) on a roadmap to synchronise the region’s electricity network with the rest of continental Europe’s by 2025 and end their reliance on the Russian grid.
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Governance of the EU 2030 targets: The jury is still out | E3G

Governance of the EU 2030 targets: The jury is still out | E3G | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
The EU's Energy Union Governance regulation is entering the second, and probably last, step of the legislative process that should lead to its adoption. The regulation oversees climate and energy planning and reporting after 2020 and set out rules for member state accountability.
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Energy Union vote opens EU Parliament rift

Energy Union vote opens EU Parliament rift | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
A partisan divide has emerged in the European Parliament over proposals to beef up the governance of the Energy Union, with conservative and centre-right lawmakers rejecting what they described as an “outdated”, “inflexible” approach supported by the Greens and left-wing parties.
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Germany expects tough EU talks on energy taxes to counter climate change – EURACTIV.com

Germany expects tough EU talks on energy taxes to counter climate change – EURACTIV.com | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Germany expects tough negotiations on the introduction of new energy taxes in the European Union, a senior official said on Thursday (19 September), as the bloc considers higher prices for carbon emissions as a way to achieve its climate protection targets.
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Work in progress: the integrated European electrical grid –

Work in progress: the integrated European electrical grid – | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Attention energy wonks, the EU’s revised electricity regulation is going to change the electricity grid as we know it. Not just physically, but in terms of market policy:  no forbearance with grid …
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Commission Européenne - COMMUNIQUES DE PRESSE - U.S. liquefied natural gas exports up by 272% as EU and U.S. host High-Level Business-to-Business Energy Forum

Today, top energy business executives from both sides of the Atlantic meet in Brussels to discuss further ways to enhance LNG trade, the role that competitively-priced U.S.-LNG can play on the EU market and the growing opportunities for using LNG in the transport sector. This High-Level Energy Forum, opened by EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, gives American and European businesses the opportunity to chart further actions to fully harvest commercial opportunities in the LNG trade. These will range from new infrastructure for upstream development, liquefaction and re-gasification to pipeline network distribution as well as new business models and financial instruments in a changing market. It also provides U.S. and European decision-makers from companies in the LNG sector with match-making and deal-making opportunities.

The gathering, which is a clear signal of the strengthened of EU-U.S. cooperation in the field of energy, provided a further occasion for EU Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete to meet with the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and discuss broader aspects of EU-US energy relations.
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EU energy statistics – latest data now available | European Commission

EU energy statistics – latest data now available | European Commission | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it

Did you know that renewables are currently the leading source of electricity generation in the EU? And that in the years 1995-2016, the amount of solar and wind energy capacity increased 100 times?
This information and much more is available in the latest EU energy statistical pocketbook (2018 version).

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Germany pours cold water on EU’s clean energy ambitions – EURACTIV.com

Germany pours cold water on EU’s clean energy ambitions – EURACTIV.com | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Voters across Europe have lost faith in politics partly because of “unachievable targets” on renewable energy, said German Energy Minister Peter Altmaier, who rejected calls from a group of other EU countries to boost the share of renewables to 33-35% of the bloc’s energy mix by 2030.
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Energy and environment in 2018: A preview

Energy and environment in 2018: A preview | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
2018 looks set to be a defining year for energy and environment policy in Europe, as important legislative files move towards becoming EU law.
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Can energy governance replace binding targets?

Can energy governance replace binding targets? | Energy Transition in Europe | www.energy-cities.eu | Scoop.it
Lawmakers will vote on Thursday (7 December) on a new energy regime that is meant to ensure the European Union meets its Paris Agreement goals. But much disagreement remains.
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