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Energy Policy in the EU

Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

Consumer goods to get simpler EU energy labels
New energy efficiency labels for lighting, fridges, TV screens, dishwashers and washing machines, adopted Monday by the EU Commission, will enable consumers to better understand how much energy their appliances consume.

EU agrees new natural gas transit rules
New rules setting out a clear regulatory framework to operate gas pipelines inside the EU and from non-EU countries were provisionally agreed Tuesday between MEPs and the EU Member States.

New EU rules greenlight billions in subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear
Days after the international community failed to call for more climate action to limit global warming to 1.5°C at the UN climate conference in Poland, European governments pushed through legislation allowing EU countries to continue subsidising fossil fuels and nuclear power.

Legislators sign off on major reform of EU electricity market
EU legislators agreed Wednesday to new electricity market rules to better integrate renewable energy, help consumers switch energy providers and end state subsidies to the most polluting coal power plants.

Major reform of EU electricity market: consumer benefits
EU legislators have agreed to new electricity market rules which will apply for the coming decade and beyond.

Brussels seeks stronger global role for euro
The EU Commission put forward a number of initiatives Wednesday to boost the global role of the single currency, seeking to challenge the dollar's global dominance, particularly in the energy sector.

Court's decision makes a case for excluding dirty energy from capacity mechanisms subsidies
The General Court of the European Union has decided today to annul the European Commission's decision not to raise objections to the aid scheme establishing a 'capacity market' in the United Kingdom. The ruling puts into question many capacity mechanisms in place across Europe, including the Polish capacity market which is based on the UK model.

UK capacity market suspended after EU Court ruling
The capacity scheme to guarantee security of supply for the UK's electricity market is suspended following the EU's General Court ruling to annul a Commission decision not to raise objections to it.

Consumers to be helped by new labelling of the power supply of electric vehicles
ANEC welcomes adoption of the European Standard, EN 17186 'Identification of vehicles and infrastructures compatibility - Graphical expression for consumer information on Electric Vehicle power supply'.

Commission and Bill Gates launch EUR 100m clean energy investment fund
The EU and Breakthrough Energy signed an agreement Wednesday to set up an investment fund to help innovative European companies develop and bring new clean energy technologies to the market.

Brussels boost for European battery industry
The EU Commission claimed progress Monday in efforts to establish the EU as a lead player in battery innovation and manufacturing, as it struggles to catch up with China with plans for clean energy transition.

Strategic Action Plan for Batteries
The Strategic Action Plan for Batteries covered all the activities which can help Member States, regions and European industry establish competitive, innovative and sustainable battery manufacturing projects in the EU. These include measures on the access to raw materials, research and innovation, skills, the regulatory framework that will ensure that the batteries placed on the market are not only competitive, high quality and safe but also sustainable and recyclable. The Action Plan was built on discussions with key industrial stakeholders, interested Member States and the European Investment Bank.

European Battery Alliance - background guide
One year on from the launch of the European Battery Alliance (EBA), the Commission Action Plan is in place, the first pilot production facilities are being built and further projects are announced to establish the EU as the lead player in the strategic area of battery innovation and manufacturing.

Clearer fuel pump labels appear across Europe
A new harmonised set of fuel labels took off across Europe on 12 October, with the aim of giving drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles wherever they travel in the EU.

New EU fuel marking
A new harmonised set of fuel labels went live across Europe on 12 October, giving drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles wherever they travel in the EU.

European Battery Alliance
For Europe, battery production is a strategic imperative for clean energy transition and the competitiveness of its automotive sector. Moreover, the Commission's 'New Industrial Policy Strategy' goal is to make the EU the world leader in innovation, digitisation and decarbonisation.

EBRD bans new oil, but fails to align its gas criteria with Paris Agreement
On 25 September, the EBRD released the draft of its upcoming Energy Sector Strategy. The strategy will guide the Bank's operations in the sector for the next five years, and had not been updated since 2013, prior to the fundamental change in the energy and climate policy context brought on by the Paris Agreement.

EUR 58 billion in hidden subsidies for coal, gas and nuclear
As EU leaders discuss the future of the EU electricity market, new research reveals how much money goes to supporting coal, gas and nuclear in the form of so-called capacity mechanisms.

September switch-off for halogen light bulbs in EU
Energy intensive and inefficient halogen light bulbs can no longer be sold across the EU as of 1 September, helping consumers save on energy bills and helping the EU to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

New Ecodesign rules for light bulbs, applicable from September 2018
As of 1 September 2018 energy intensive and inefficient halogen light bulbs can no longer be sold across the European Union.

Russia loses WTO claims against EU energy policy
Russia lost most of its claims against EU energy policy measures at the World Trade Organisation Friday, over alleged incompatibility of the EU's third energy package with the multilateral trade rules.

Court upholds EC decision on state aid to UK's Hinkley nuclear plant
The EU's top Court upheld Thursday a Commission decision to approve aid provided by the UK in favour of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, dismissing an action brought by Austria.

Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan
The primary objective of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) initiative is to achieve an open and integrated regional electricity and gas market between EU countries in the Baltic Sea region, ending energy isolation. The initiative's members are the European Commission and Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland, and Sweden. Norway participates as an observer.

Baltic states sign energy synchronisation agreement with EU
The heads of state or government of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland signed a roadmap Thursday for synchronising the Baltic States' electricity grid with the continental European network by 2025.

Synchronisation of Baltic States' electricity networks with the continental European network (CEN)
On 28 June, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signed, jointly with leaders of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland a political Roadmap for synchronising the Baltic States' electricity grid with continental Europe.