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Energy Policy in the EU

Latest news on the energy policy of the European Union.

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative
The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative. It will be a public private partnership with industry in the lead. The Commission will fund EUR 470 million from the EU's FP7research programme and at least a matching amount will come from private industry. This memo gives some detail about the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen proposal.

EU energy policy - questions & answers
The European Commission on 19 September adopted a third package of legislative proposals to ensure a real and effective choice of energy supplier and benefits to every single EU citizen. The Commission's proposals put consumer choice, fairer prices, cleaner energy and security of supply at the centre of its approach.

European Energy Consumers' Charter: Q&A on the opening of the EU energy markets
Four days after the full opening of the EU energy markets on 1 July 2007, the European Commission launched a process that will eventually lead to the adoption of an Energy Consumers Charter. Consumers’ rights in the energy sector will thus be compiled in a single document at EU level for the first time. The Charter will aim to inform EU citizens about their rights relating to electricity and gas.

EU coal industry
European Commission website, where the Commission outlines EU activities in the key areas of: Observing coal market activity; Ensuring research into new technologies, especially cleaner power from coal; Implementing coal-related legislation in the areas of State Aid and Environmental Conservation.

EU excise duties on commercial diesel – Frequently Asked Questions
The new proposal is based on the fact that existing tax differentials on diesel used by trucks ("commercial gas oil") create distortions of competition within the liberalised Internal Market of the haulage sector. In addition, they lead to "fuel tourism", where truck drivers alter their routes in order to benefit from low tax rates applied in certain Member States, thereby having a negative impact on the environment. In consequence, the Commission’s proposal aims at narrowing these differentials while reducing environmental damages.

Brussels European Council 8/9 March 2007 Presidency Conclusions
Brussels European Council 8/9 March 2007 Presidency Conclusions

Energy sector inquiry - final report
The main objective of the European Commission energy inquiry was to gather information to identify possible distortions of competition in the EU and its main results were published on 10 January 2007.

Search for energy companies in Europe
Energy companies in Europe

Energy Policy in the European Union
We take energy for granted. Fuel shortages and power cuts are rare but timely reminders that we rely on energy for transport, for heating our homes in winter, cooling them in summer and running our factories, farms and offices. But many energy resources are finite. In addition, energy use is often a source of pollution. Environmental sustainability and the need to maximise security of supply and remain internationally competitive as the price of scarce conventional fuels rises means using less fossil fuel, using it more intelligently and developing alternatives.

EU Tenders - Energy and Related Services
Today's EU tenders covering Energy and Related Services business sectors from 'Tenders Electronic Daily' (TED)

Trans-European Energy Networks
The Trans European Energy Networks - TEN-Energy - are integral to the European Union’s overall energy policy objectives, increasing competitiveness in the electricity and gas markets, reinforcing security of supply, and protecting the environment.

EU energy policies
European Commission Energy website covering coal, oil, gas, electricity and nuclear energy, as well as issues such as new and renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.

2nd Annual European Energy Policy Conference 2006
Aimed at all stakeholders in the energy debate, the 2nd Annual European Energy Policy Conference is part of a 5-year commitment to the development of debate and critical discussion on the issues surrounding the energy industry, energy policy, sustainability and relations with the wider stakeholder constituency.

Electricity and the EU
Recent European Union legislation means that, from July 2007 at the latest, all consumers will be free to shop around for gas and electricity supplies. At the same time, the European Union is working to ensure that infrastructure, such as electricity and gas transmission networks, is improved, to transport energy as efficiently as possible to where it is needed. Regulators have been established in each EU country to ensure that suppliers and network companies operate correctly and provide the services promised to their customers. The European Commission is monitoring closely the market identifying obstacles and shortcomings.

CADDET - energy technologies research
The CADDET (centre for the analysis and dissemination of demonstrated energy technologies) initiative has launched a new web service comprising a one-stop-shop to information on sustainable energy technologies and projects. CADDET brings together the countries participating in the International Energy Agency (all 15 EU Member States, two acceding countries, and others), and the European Commission. Its aim is to provide the latest information on innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that have been applied in a commercial environment, and ultimately to promote their widespread uptake by the market. The new site allows users to search products, specifying individual technologies, countries or market sectors.

EU policies on new and renewable energies
New and Renewable Energies - European Commission web site. The development of renewable energy - particularly energy from wind, water, solar power and biomass - is a central aim of the European Commission's energy policy.

Concentrating Solar Power
Main New and Renewable Energies projects supported by the European Commission