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Energy Efficiency: European Commission Introduces Ambitious 2030 Target [VIDEO]

July 29, 2014 by Kasper Peters

2030 Efficiency Targets

On July 23, the European Commission adopted the Energy Efficiency Communication which introduced a new energy efficiency target of 30% for 2030. Energy efficiency is one of the key pillars of the European Union’s energy and climate strategy for 2030, on which European leaders aim to agree in October.[read more]

Crisis of EU Refining Industry: Threat to Our Energy Security? [VIDEO]

July 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Refining Crisis

Fabrizio Barbaso, Deputy Director General of DG Energy at the European Commission, meets with viEUws.eu leading energy journalist Hughes Belin for an exclusive interview on the European refining industry crisis and security of energy supply.[read more]

Top 5 EU Energy Issues: All You Need to Know for the Italian Presidency [VIDEO]

July 11, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Energy and the Italian Presidency

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Italian Presidency, including the security of supply as the crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: Security of Supply, 2030 Package, Ukraine, Internal Energy Market & State Aid [VIDEO]

June 5, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Issues Briefing

Hughes Belin, leading journalist at viEUws.eu, provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues, including the EU Summit on June 26 & 27, along with the commission’s plan to enhance the European Union’s security of supply in light of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.[read more]

German Lesson for Renewable Power Policies

May 19, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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German Renewables Policies

The EU Commission recently unveiled new regulations for the period 2014 to 2020 to gradually phase out support for renewable energy technologies. In a press release the commission stated the guidelines are intended to “promote a gradual move to market-based support for renewable energy.”[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day" "The E.U. Cannot Have its Cake and Eat it, Too"

May 4, 2014 by Jared Anderson

The E.U. and Energy Relations

 

Outgoing Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni sees the volatile standoff between Western powers and Russia over the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine as a new low point for European energy security. Italian oil and gas company Eni serves as a conduit for gas sourced from Gazprom and delivered to European customers.[read more]

New EU State Aid Guidelines for Energy and Renewables "Needed to Reach Climate Objectives," Claims Commission [VIDEO]

April 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU State Aid Guidelines

Jennifer Baker, leading journalist at viEUws.eu, is joined by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, spokeswoman of the European Commission, to discuss the new State Aid Guidelines on Energy & Environmental Aid that will provide new criteria for the support of energy and environmental projects.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Putin Says Russia Could 'Completely or Partially Cease Gas Deliveries'

April 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Russian and Gas Supplies

In a letter to leadership in European countries receiving Russian gas that first transits Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that unless immediate steps are taken to ensure Ukrainian national gas company Naftogaz pays in advance for supply, Gazprom could close the valves.[read more]

EU Climate Policy 'In Line' with 2050 Goal, but What Does that Mean?

April 3, 2014 by Oliver Geden

EU declarations on climate policy are usually carefully crafted to suggest political consensus. Thus, it came as a surprise that the European Council has been able to conclude in March that a final decision on the EU's energy and climate policy framework 2030 should be taken in October 2014.[read more]

How Can US Natural Gas Reduce Europe's Dependence on Russia?

March 31, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Russia's annexation of Crimea has drawn new attention to Europe's reliance on energy supplies from Russia. Lacking the means to force Russia's president to back down, US politicians and leading newspapers have latched onto the idea of exporting shale gas to reduce the EU's vulnerability.[read more]

EU Commission Expects Deal on 2030 Climate & Energy Package by Autumn, Says Director General for Energy [VIDEO]

March 21, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Climate & Energy Package

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist at viEUws.eu, is joined by Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy at the European Commission for an exclusive interview on the further steps to reach a deal on the 2030 climate and energy package.[read more]

EU Climate & Environment Briefing: All You Need to Know for March 2014 [VIDEO]

March 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Climate and the EU

Sonja van Renssen, leading journalist at viEUws.eu, provides an overview of the latest developments in the field of European Environment Policy. Topics discussed include the European Union summit, the start of the ETS backloading plan, and new reporting rules for companies.[read more]

16% of Natural Gas Consumed in Europe Flows Through Ukraine

March 15, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Ukraine and Natural Gas Flows

Europe, including all EU members plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, and the non-EU Balkan states, consumed 18.7 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas in 2013. Russia supplied 30% (5.7 Tcf) of this volume, with a significant amount flowing through Ukraine.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: 2030 Climate & Energy Framework, Energy Efficiency & Energy Prices [VIDEO]

February 6, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU and Frameworks for the Future

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues, including the 2030 Climate & Energy Framework (emission reduction and renewables target) and postponed measures on energy efficiency.[read more]

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Taking Stock of the EU's Proposed 2030 Climate Target

January 29, 2014 by Emil Dimantchev

EU Climate Targets

The 40% GHG target for 2030 featured in the EU Commission's white paper leads to an increase in the annual EU emission reductions, putting the EU on a linear track to an 80% emission reduction by 2050. However, it falls short of a "fair" contribution to the global 2°C target.[read more]