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EU Capacity Mechanisms May Be Badly Designed

The ECOreport reposts EU Competition Commissioner Margarethe Vestige’s interim report points to “room for improvement,” EU capacity mechanisms may be badly designed

Originally Posted on Energy Post

by Sonja van Renssen

EU member states are setting up capacity mechanisms that may be unnecessary, expensive and badly designed. This is the conclusion of the European Commission’s Competition Directorate in the interim report of its first ever “sector enquiry” into capacity mechanisms as a form of state aid for electricity producers. But the report shows that DG Competition has a different view than DG Energy about the future of the EU’s energy market design, writes Sonja van Jenssen from Brussels.

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Financing Renewables Can Be 3X As Expensive In Some Nations

The ECOreport reposts a European story about why financing renewables can be 3X as expensive in some nations

Originally Published on Energy Post

by Sonja van Renssen

Renewables had a good year in Europe in 2015. Wind grew by 12.8GW and solar PV by 8GW. The wind sector installed more than any other form of power generation (44% of the total) and called it a “record year” for investments (up 40% on 2014). The solar PV industry meanwhile, announced 15% growth after three consecutive years of decline.

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COP 21 Was Not “the End” For Fossil Fuels

The ECOreport reposts the story of an industry striving to catch up to a more sustainable world. COP 21 Was Not “the End” For Fossil Fuels. 

Originally Published on Energy Post

By Sonja van Renssen

“How enforceable is any international agreement?” asks Gary Guzy, a lawyer at Covington & Burling’s Washington office and a former General Counsel at the White House and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Governments are accountable through transparency.”

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A New Global Climate Agreement

Originally Published on Energy Post

by Sonja van Renssen

As we enter the second week of the world’s make-or-break UN climate conference, the elements of a new global climate agreement are falling into place. It will provide energy companies the world over with the certainty of a long-term climate goal and of a push from governments to make them pay for their greenhouse gas emissions. But it will also recognise that the world has changed since the Kyoto Protocol and that emerging economies like China have to do their share. Sonja van Renssen reports from Paris.

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EU’s first State of the Energy Union report

Originally Published on Energy Post

By Sonja van Renssen

The EU’s first State of the Energy Union report is determinedly optimistic on progress, but offers little new information and appears to take just a small step towards resolving the biggest challenge of all: uniting national interests around EU priorities. Published by the European Commission on 18 November, the report is accompanied by a whole suite of studies in areas from energy security to climate action. The package sets out achievements to date and legislative proposals to come in 2016.

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The Need To Define LNG’s Future

A rambling Energy Post interview the future CEO of E.ON’s spinoff “Uniper,” in which he talks about the market, emissions and the need to define LNG’s future

Originally Published on Energy Post

By Sonja van Renssen

The EU should define how much gas it wants by when, and recognise that Nord Stream 2 can provide additional security of supply, argues Klaus Schäfer, the incoming CEO of E.ON spin-off Uniper in this exclusive interview with Energy Post. Schäfer, who is currently Board member of the E.ON Group, says Europe is further away than ever from a single market for electricity and calls on policymakers to recognise that security of supply has a cost. He backs a reformed carbon market, but expresses doubts over the future of carbon capture and storage (CCS).

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Energy Companies Should Disrupt Their Own Business

Jean-Luc Dormoy, IT expert and innovator, tells Energy Post’s Sonja van Renssen that Energy companies should disrupt their own business before others do it

Originally Published on Energy Post

By Sonja van Renssen

Energy companies can turn the threat of new rivals into an opportunity by taking charge of their own disruption, believes energy and IT entrepreneur Jean-Luc Dormoy. With a background in software, artificial intelligence and energy, Dormoy sets out a model for disruptive innovation inspired by the likes of Google and Uber in this exclusive interview with Energy Post. Dormoy: “IT is changing almost all industries. But IT on its own is not enough. The energy infrastructure also has to change.”

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How RWE’s Innovation Hub Looks To The Future

A glimpse into the innovation department of one of Europe’s biggest utilities. Dr Inken Braunschmidt talks about sharing economy, digitisation, big data, and mega-cities. How RWE’s Innovation Hub Looks To The Future.

Originally Published on Energy Post

By Sonja van Renssen

Energy companies know all too well that the business model which has served them well for 100 years is not working any longer. That’s why a company like RWE has created an “Innovation Hub”, with the goal not simply of looking into a crystal ball but of developing new, real, sellable products that will contribute “significantly” to RWE’s turnover in ten years time.

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