|Energy in Europe|
The European Sustainable Energy Week has grown into one of the most dynamic and extensive awareness-raising initiatives with events coordinated across Europe. The message this time was that sustainable energy is not only affordable, but will be an important economic asset to Europe. With energy costs on everyone’s minds, the Week highlighted the financial implications and opportunities of the energy transition.
Gas will probably be an important resource in a low-carbon Europe, so the agreement on the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline is good news for Europe’s gas market. Opening up a new corridor in the south east, it reinforces the case for investment in internal gas networks in southern and eastern Europe.
Europe’s electricity and gas networks and security of supply received another boost with the recent breakthrough on funding for the Connecting Europe Facility.
This autumn will be a busy one for the Commission. It will finalize guidance on capacity markets and support to renewables. Later in the year it will make proposals for energy and climate policies after 2020.
In the meantime, we wish our readers a very enjoyable summer.
Director-General for Energy
|Press room – Highlight of the month|
EU Commission welcomed decision on gas pipeline: Door opener for direct link to Caspian Sea
The European Commission welcomed the final selection of the pipeline delivering Azeri gas to Europe. The Consortium of the Shah Deniz II gas field, who holds the license for exploiting the 16 bcm/year gas reserves, has chosen the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to bring the gas from the Turkish border via Greece and Albania to Italy. With the new pipeline TANAP being built in Turkey, a new gas infrastructure will directly link the Caspian Sea to Europe.Read more: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-623_en.htm?locale=en
Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger visited the United States
From 15 July until 18 July Commissioner Oettinger visited the United States. Among the highlights of his visit were meetings with Ambassador Carlos Pascual, special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs at the US State Department, US Trade Representative Michael Froman and Tommy Beaudreau, the first director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is responsible for overseeing the development of the US’s offshore resources. At the Centre for Strategic and International Studies the Commissioner delivered a speech on the transatlantic energy revolution.
A visit to a site for exploration and production of shale gas in the vicinity of Fort Worth (Texas) and a meeting with Texas state and municipal regulators on fracking concluded the trip.
Read more: Regulators in
the EU and US Call upon International Oil and Gas Companies to Raise
Global Safety Standards:
Watch the Commissioner's
speech on the CSIS website:
|Featured posts from our social media / Audiovisual Corner|
Günther Oettinger @GOettingerEU
16 July 2013
"EU-US #TTIP We've a real opportunity to take the joint lead in setting rules & standards for the global energy market"
Read the full speech: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-13-642_en.htm
On 27 June 2013, Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, participated in the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2013 in Brussels. On this occasion, he gave an opening speech and highlighted the needs as regards energetic investments. He also stressed the importance of security supply and of a European approach towards storage and transport infrastructure.
Watch the opening speech: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?sitelang=en&ref=I079988
|Event in the spotlight|
Energy Infrastructure Conference
Portugal, 22-23 July 2013
Portugal was in the past a virtual energy island. Moves to integrate with Spain are vital to forging new links in Europe. The Commission welcomes and supports the creation of an Iberian energy market; and ultimately a South-Western Electricity Market, with France.
The key to regional energy trade is infrastructure. And the key to infrastructure is investment. And the key to investment is finding the right balance between market pull, and policy push.
TNCEIP Summer 2013 meeting on Critical Interdependencies
The 10th meeting of the Thematic Network on Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection (TNCEIP) took place on 18-19 of June discussed mainly the dependencies and interdependencies within the energy sector but also in relation to other critical services, such as telecommunications, water supply, technology and equipment. The operators presented their procedures to analyse the dependencies on which their systems rely for a safe, steady supply; they also outlined the broader initiatives (e.g. at State level) in order to assess the risks in the very complex mesh of critical supplies. The collaboration between energy operators, other private companies and the public administration is crucial for establishing a solid case of interdependencies in both normal and alert conditions. It is worth mentioning the high level of awareness on these issues and, consequently, the taking of contingency measures for emergency situations across the EU countries.
For further details on TNCEIP activities go to: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/infrastructure/critical_en.htm
|Question from a Member of the European Parliament|
06342 "Public consultation on energy by the Commission", ddl 16/07
Catherine Grèze (The Greens - European Free Alliance)
In a public consultation on energy launched by the Commission, which ended on 20 March 2013, the development of unconventional fossil fuels is taken for granted since it is proposing to accompany it with suitable health, climate and environmental guarantees and the utmost legal certainty and predictability.
Is the Commission aware of the incompatibility between the exploitation of shale gas and EU energy and climate objectives? How does the Commission plan to deal with the reticence of the European public with regard to unconventional energy when drawing up a new EU energy policy?
The Commission does not consider that the possible exploitation of shale gas in the EU would be necessarily incompatible with EU energy and climate objectives. It included in its Work Programme for 2013 an initiative (subject to an impact assessment) for an 'Environmental, climate and energy assessment framework to enable safe and secure unconventional hydrocarbon extraction'. It aims at investigating how possibilities to diversify our energy supply and to improve our competitiveness can be utilised while ensuring that unconventional hydrocarbon developments, notably shale gas, are carried out with proper climate and environmental safeguards in place and under maximum legal clarity and predictability for citizens, competent authorities and operators. This exercise has been preceded by a public consultation the outcome of which is being considered in the preparation of the above mentioned initiative. In addition, the Commission adopted on 27 March 2013 a Green Paper on "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies", which launched a public consultation allowing stakeholders to express their views on important aspects of EU climate and energy policy.
|Figure of the month|
The new publication "Statistical Pocketbook 2013" provides an overview of the most relevant annual energy- related statistics for the European Union as a whole and for each of its Member States http://ec.europa.eu/energy/observatory/statistics/statistics_en.htm
Commission Guidance on Generation Adequacy and Renewables Support
Call For Tenders
Support in the
preparatory work for ecodesign and energy labelling measures from
consumers and environmental NGOs.
Deadline 19 August
25-26 September 2013
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