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WEC: High Market Design Concerns in EuropePhoto: Roman Peklaj

WEC: High Market Design Concerns in Europe

February 22, 2019 | Tanja Srnovršnik
Electricity | Natural gas | RES and EE | Energy policy | New technologies

Concerns about market design remain high in Europe despite the progress of new EU energy market regulations being processed in the European Parliament. “This highlights the persistence of uncertainties regarding the financing of future energy investments, electricity prices and increasing commodity price volatility,” according to the new World Energy Issues Monitor published by the World...


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Cost for Renewable Energy Investors Higher in the Energy Community than the EUPhoto: Ana V. Vršnak

Cost for Renewable Energy Investors Higher in the Energy Community than the EU

February 22, 2019 | Peter Palčec
RES and EE | Energy policy | Economy

The regular exchange of views on energy, environment and climate between parliamentarians of the Energy Community (EnC) contracting parties and the European Parliament took place on Tuesday in Brussels. The Plenum noted that the cost of capital for renewable energy investors in the Energy Community is higher compared to that of most EU member states. It called upon the European Commission to put...


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Conversion to Gas of Romanian Craiova II TPP Worth EUR 180mPhoto: Roman Peklaj

Conversion to Gas of Romanian Craiova II TPP Worth EUR 180m

February 22, 2019 | Peter Palčec
Natural gas | Energy policy | Economy

Romania’s Energy Minister, Anton Anton, travelled yesterday to Craiova to prepare the promotion of an innovative project in the field of natural gas accumulation in Romania, which includes conversion of the coal-fired power plant in Craiova into using natural gas instead of coal, and the use of Romania’s wind energy surplus for the storage and extraction of natural gas from the Gherceşti...


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Russia and Serbia to Continue Co-operation on Gas Infrastructure ProjectPhoto: www.pixabay.com

Russia and Serbia to Continue Co-operation on Gas Infrastructure Project

February 22, 2019 | Peter Palčec
Natural gas | Economy

A delegation from Russian Gazprom headed by Alexey Miller, chairman of the company’s management committee, paid a working visit to Serbia to attend a meeting with Serbia’s President, Aleksandar Vučić, during which the two sides discussed co-operation-related issues, placing special emphasis on implementation of the gas infrastructure construction project in Serbia, states a press release...


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Montenegro To Exceed Its Set RES Target By 2020Photo: arhiv Dovolj za vse

Montenegro To Exceed Its Set RES Target By 2020

February 22, 2019 | Peter Palčec
RES and EE | Energy policy

“Montenegro will exceed the ambitiously set national target of renewable energy sources in final consumption by 2020,” stated Montenegro’s Prime Minister, Duško Marković, at the opening of the Western Balkans Energy Ministerial, states a press release from the Montenegrin government....


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Western Balkans to Receive Additional Financial Support for Energy EfficiencyPhoto: © European Communities, 2009

Western Balkans to Receive Additional Financial Support for Energy Efficiency

February 21, 2019 | Peter Palčec
RES and EE | Energy policy

The Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, will be in Podgorica in Montenegro on 21 and 22 February for the Western Balkans Ministerial on Clean Energy Transition and for an official bilateral visit. According to a press release from the European Commission, Hahn will announce significant additional financial support from the EU in the area of...


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Core Construction Works on Greece-Bulgaria Pipeline to Start in Mid-2019Photo: Plinovodi

Core Construction Works on Greece-Bulgaria Pipeline to Start in Mid-2019

February 21, 2019 | Peter Palčec
Natural gas | Energy policy

Bulgaria’s Minister of Energy, Temenuzhka Petkova, said that the construction of the Greece-Bulgaria interconnector, a key element of the Southern Gas Corridor, and a joint initiative between Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary for the construction of BRUA gas pipeline, is of great geostrategic significance for the diversification of gas supply. Speaking at the fifth meeting of the...


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Solar Technologies Need to be Carefully Implemented in AlbaniaPhoto: Gorenje Solar

Solar Technologies Need to be Carefully Implemented in Albania

February 21, 2019 | Peter Palčec
Electricity | RES and EE | Energy policy

The Albanian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy held a meeting on Tuesday with the state-owned power distribution system operator (DSO), OSHEE, the Albanian electricity TSO, OST, and KESH, the Albanian power utility, to discuss the incorporation of photovoltaic technology for self-consumption into the Albanian power system, states a press release from OSHEE. Since the adoption of the Law on the...


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EnC Issues Opinions Against Kosovo Regarding Emissions Control LegislationPhoto: Ana Vučina Vršnak

EnC Issues Opinions Against Kosovo Regarding Emissions Control Legislation

February 21, 2019 | Peter Palčec
Electricity | Energy policy | CO2 emissions

The Energy Community Secretariat (EnC) brought the dispute settlement procedures against Kosovo and Moldova for the lack of transposition and implementation of legislation related to the emissions of large combustion plants one step further on 19 February 2019, explained the EnC in a press release....


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Energy Poverty is Greatest in the South and East of EuropePhoto: © European Communities, 2009

Energy Poverty is Greatest in the South and East of Europe

February 21, 2019 | Peter Palčec
Electricity | RES and EE | Energy policy | Economy | Heating

A new study from the coalition of the European Right for Energy reveals that energy poverty is particularly prevalent in the south and east of Europe - the worst being in Bulgaria, while Slovenia ranks in the upper half of EU countries with a higher level of energy poverty....


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