The annual Energy Infrastructure Forum takes place on 23-24 May in Copenhagen, Denmark. The forum was set up as part of the Energy Union strategy, and its aim is to remove technical and regulatory barriers to energy flowing freely across the EU, and discuss major issues relating to infrastructure and EU energy policy.
Dr Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency’s Executive Director, visited Beijing on 16 and 17 May where he met with senior government officials, gave a keynote speech and launched a major new report on China’s gas market.
The works of a new 130 km electricity line connecting the energy complex of Maritsa East and the city of Burgas on the territory of Bulgaria, supported by the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme, were started today. The new line will reinforce the Bulgarian electricity network and enhance the security of supply to households in the region.
Update: A revised version of the Fourth report on the State of the Energy Union and a corrigendum for the original version have been published.
A press release, a Q&A and the speeches by VP Sefcovic and Commissioner Arias Cañete at the State of the Energy Union press conference are also available.
In their Joint Statement of 25 July 2018 in Washington D.C., President Juncker and President Trump agreed to strengthen EU-U.S. strategic cooperation with respect to energy. They came in particular to an understanding on the benefits of expanded exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the EU gas market.
The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a Polish scheme to support high-efficiency cogeneration and reduced surcharges to finance the scheme for energy-intensive users. It also opened an investigation into reduced surcharges to finance Poland’s capacity mechanism.
The rules governing the EU’s internal gas market will in future also apply to pipelines to and from third countries. The Council today formally adopted an amendment to the so-called gas directive which aims at closing a legal gap in the EU’s regulatory framework and boosting competition in the gas market. This is the final step in the legislative process.