9% of the EU population said in a 2016 survey that they could not afford to heat their home sufficiently. After peaking in 2012 (11%), this share has fallen continuously.
The FIESTA project set out to tackle both heating and cooling efficiency in households by setting up Energy Helpdesks at local level to deliver behavioural tips, low-cost measures, and investment support to families in Southern Europe. Full article…
Investment to help diversify Republic of Moldova’s electricity supply.
The companies Eni, Eni Gas & Power France and UPRIGAZ applied to the French Conseil d’État (Council of State) for annulment of a French decree which, according to them, infringes the EU regulation on security of gas supply.
The European Parliament has reached a preliminary agreement with the Council on a revised Directive for Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD).
“With this agreement, we are taking an important step in ensuring that our buildings contribute to a decarbonised and energy efficient economy – to the benefit of both the climate and the wallets of European citizens and businesses”, said Bendt Bendtsen MEP, Rapporteur of the revision. Full article…
A political agreement on new rules for improving the energy performance of buildings was reached today between negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission. The Commission’s proposal forms part of the implementation of the Juncker Commission priorities – in particular “a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy“. Today’s agreement signals the closure of the first of 8 legislative proposals part of the Clean Energy for All Europeanspackage brought forward by the European Commisison on 30 November 2016. It also shows that the work towards the completion of the Energy Union is on the way and that the work initiated by the Juncker Commission is being delivered. Full article…
On 19 December, the Estonian presidency reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a revised directive on the energy performance of buildings. The outcome of the trilogue will be presented to EU ambassadors today, with the final analysis and approval of the agreement expected to take place at the beginning of next year.
EU energy ministers met on Monday (18 December) in an attempt to find a common position on three crucial energy laws, ahead of fierce negotiations with the European Parliament expected early next year. Here is how EURACTIV reported on the latest developments.
The European Commission has endorsed under EU State aid rules German plans to progressively apply renewable energy surcharges to certain self-suppliers of electricity. The surcharge reform will contribute to lower electricity bills for consumers, in a sustainable way for existing self-suppliers. Full article…
Update: the outcome of the meeting has been published. A items are also available and cover issues related to energy, climate, environment, trade and transport policy.
Ministers discussed four legislative files under the clean energy package: the Regulation on governance of the Energy Union, Directive on the promotion of energy from renewable sources, directive on common rules for the internal market in electricity and the Regulation on the internal electricity market. They agreed on a general approach for each of the files. Under AOB, the agenda included information from the Commission on external energy relations and information from the Bulgarian delegation on the work programme of the incoming Presidency.
On 18 December, the Council agreed its negotiating position(general approach) on a regulation establishing the framework for an internal electricity market across the EU.
On 18 December, the Council reached a general approach (negotiating position) on a directive setting out common rules to ensure that the internal electricity market in the EU is competitive, consumer-centred, flexible and non-discriminatory.