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Von Der Leyen: Carbon Border Tax Remains Option to Address Unfair CompetitionPhoto: Pixabay

Von Der Leyen: Carbon Border Tax Remains Option to Address Unfair Competition

January 23, 2020 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Energy policy | CO2 emissions

The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, warned EU trade partners at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that a carbon border tax remains a viable option if it turns out that the planned transition to carbon neutrality puts the EU at a disadvantage. “There is no point in only reducing greenhouse gas emissions at home if we increase the import of CO2 from abroad,”...


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Eurelectric: ENTSOs' TYNDP at Odds With EU’s Climate Neutrality GoalPhoto: Roman Peklaj

Eurelectric: ENTSOs' TYNDP at Odds With EU’s Climate Neutrality Goal

January 23, 2020 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Electricity | Natural gas | Energy policy

The draft joint Scenario Report for the Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) 2020, prepared by the European networks of TSOs for electricity and gas - ENTSO-E and ENTSOG - is not in line with the European Commission’s long-term strategy, stressed Eurelectric in its response to the scenario report. Among two major problems in the proposed TYNDP it mentioned the low electrification rate and...


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Romanian Regulator Cuts Regulated Profit Margins for Gas DistributorsPhoto: Andreja Krašna

Romanian Regulator Cuts Regulated Profit Margins for Gas Distributors

January 23, 2020 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Natural gas | Energy policy

Romania’s energy market regulator, ANRE, has cut the regulated rate of return (RRR) for the natural gas distribution activity by more than 1.2 percentage points, to 5.66%. The new rate will come into effect as of 30 April 2020, reported Economica.net....


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Romanian Energy-intensive Companies to Receive EUR 331m State AidPhoto: © European Communities, 2009

Romanian Energy-intensive Companies to Receive EUR 331m State Aid

January 23, 2020 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Electricity | Energy policy | CO2 emissions | Economy

About 170 industrial companies in Romania will receive State aid for energy totalling EUR 331 million over the next three years, under an emergency ordinance (OUG 81/2019) passed by the Romanian government at the end of last year, which creates a legal framework to compensate companies’ expenses for CO2 certificates, reported Romania-insider.com....


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Nada Drobne Popović Appointed For Full Term as Head of Slovenia’s PetrolPhoto: VZMD

Nada Drobne Popović Appointed For Full Term as Head of Slovenia’s Petrol

January 22, 2020 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Oil and oil derivates | Economy

The supervisory board of the Slovenian energy company, Petrol, appointed Nada Drobne Popović as the president of the management board of the company on Tuesday. Drobne Popović took over the temporary management of Petrol in October last year, when the then management resigned with president Tomaž Berločnik at the helm....


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Secretariat to Open Call for Candidate PECI Projects in Early February 2020Photo: www.pixabay.com

Secretariat to Open Call for Candidate PECI Projects in Early February 2020

January 22, 2020 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Electricity | Natural gas | Energy policy | New technologies

The Energy Community Secretariat commenced the third selection procedure for Projects of Energy Community Interest and Projects of Mutual Interest (PECI/PMI) in January 2020. The launch of the project submission process will be announced on the Energy Community website in early February 2020, noted the Secretariat on Tuesday....


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Slovenian Finance Ministry: Financing the EU Green Deal Will Be a Hot TopicPhoto: Gualberto107/FreeDigitalPhotos

Slovenian Finance Ministry: Financing the EU Green Deal Will Be a Hot Topic

January 22, 2020 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Energy policy | Economy

The EU ministers of finance expressed their support for the European Green Deal on Tuesday in Brussels, however, the ministerial debate indicated that the issue of financing would be a hot topic. “Given that only EUR 7.5 billion will be earmarked in addition to the EU budget already foreseen for the next seven-year financial period, the ministerial debate has already shown some member states'...


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Study: Growing Demand for EVs and Reluctant Attitude Towards Autonomous VehiclesPhoto: MZOE

Study: Growing Demand for EVs and Reluctant Attitude Towards Autonomous Vehicles

January 22, 2020 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Transport | New technologies

Electric vehicle (EV) demand is growing in the European Union (EU) due to “supportive environmental policies, big-brand bets, and shifting consumer attitudes”, according to the latest Deloitte Automotive Consumer Study conducted in Europe....


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Albania Launches New Auction for 140 MW Solar ParkPhoto: Energetika.NET

Albania Launches New Auction for 140 MW Solar Park

January 21, 2020 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Electricity | RES and EE | Energy policy

The Albanian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy has announced the launch of an international competition on Monday for investors interested in the Divjaka photovoltaic park project, which will have an installed capacity of 140 MW, reported Monitor.al....


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Slovenian Chemistry Institute to Participate in Development of New Na-ion BatteriesPhoto: Kemijski inštitut

Slovenian Chemistry Institute to Participate in Development of New Na-ion Batteries

January 21, 2020 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Electricity | RES and EE | New technologies

The Slovenian National Institute of Chemistry has acquired a new European project in which it will participate as a partner in the development of new Na-ion batteries. The aim of the European project called NAIMA (‘Na Ion materials as essential components to manufacture robust battery cells for non-automotive applications’) is to develop a new generation of highly-competitive and safe Na-ion...


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