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Majority of EU Countries Use RES Tendering Schemes; Some in SEE Have No PlansPhoto: Ana V. Vršnak

Majority of EU Countries Use RES Tendering Schemes; Some in SEE Have No Plans

June 22, 2018 | Ana Vučina Vršnak
Electricity | RES and EE | Energy policy

A new report by the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) finds that tendering procedures – rather than administratively-set support levels – have been implemented, or are about to be implemented, for renewable support schemes in many EU member states. Specifically, the report shows that by the end of 2017, 18 out of 29 countries had either introduced tendering schemes (13 countries) or...


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China and Its Energy Investment in Germany: Cause for Concern or Unfounded Fear?Photo: Roman Peklaj

China and Its Energy Investment in Germany: Cause for Concern or Unfounded Fear?

June 21, 2018 | Ana Vučina Vršnak
Energy policy | Economy

Although direct foreign investment is usually welcome, an increasing number of Chinese investments in Germany has recently caused considerable uneasiness in Europe’s biggest economy. There is a growing concern that China is systematically eyeing key German technologies in order to step up its own development. For instance, Chinese players have channelled 21% of all their targeted investment in...


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BiH to Prepare Better Conditions for Electric Car ImportsPhoto: Pixabay

BiH to Prepare Better Conditions for Electric Car Imports

June 21, 2018 | Peter Palčec
Electricity | RES and EE | Transport | Energy policy

Mirko Šarović, the Minister of Economic Relations and Foreign Trade in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), held a meeting with representatives of the Federation of BiH’s Chamber of Commerce to discuss the possibilities for a reduction in taxes and the creation of better regulatory frameworks for the import of new, and especially electrically-powered, cars, reported Energetika.ba. ...


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Policy Guidelines for National Energy and Climate Plans in EnCPhoto: www.pixabay.com

Policy Guidelines for National Energy and Climate Plans in EnC

June 21, 2018 | Peter Palčec
Energy policy

The Energy Community Secretariat (EnC) has published policy guidelines aimed at assisting the contracting parties in the process of developing integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). The NECPs provide a streamlined framework for the contracting parties to plan their climate and energy objectives, targets and policies in an integrated manner, announced the EnC on its website....


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EU Decision-makers Agree on 32.5% Energy Efficiency TargetPhoto: Roman Peklaj

EU Decision-makers Agree on 32.5% Energy Efficiency Target

June 20, 2018 | Tanja Srnovršnik Volarič
RES and EE | Energy policy

EU decision-makers reached an agreement on Tuesday evening on an energy efficiency target of 32.5% for the EU for 2030 with an upwards revision clause by 2023, said the European Commission in a statement....


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Slovenian Petrol to Exceed EUR 5bn Sales Revenue by 2022Photo: Petrol

Slovenian Petrol to Exceed EUR 5bn Sales Revenue by 2022

June 20, 2018 | Andreja Šalamun
Oil and oil derivates | Energy policy | Economy

The supervisory board of the Slovenian Petrol Group has discussed and approved a document titled ‘The Strategy of the Petrol Group for the period 2018 – 2022’. In accordance with the strategy, sales revenue will exceed EUR 5 billion by 2022, EBITDA is expected to amount to EUR 233 million and net profit to EUR 116 million, up 17%, 37%, and 33%, respectively, compared to the 2018 plan. The...


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BP: Coal Consumption Up for First Time in 4 YearsPhoto: Valerija Hozjan Kovač

BP: Coal Consumption Up for First Time in 4 Years

June 20, 2018 | Peter Palčec
Electricity | Natural gas | Oil and oil derivates | RES and EE | Coal | Energy policy | CO2 emissions | Economy

Renewables grew strongly in 2017 by 17%, with wind and solar leading the way. Coal consumption was also up, growing for the first time since 2013, states the 2018 edition of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy. ...


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Minister Antić Opens Gas Pipeline Network in Serbia’s TopolaPhoto: Energetika.NET

Minister Antić Opens Gas Pipeline Network in Serbia’s Topola

June 20, 2018 | Peter Palčec
Natural gas | Energy policy | Economy

Serbia’s Minister of Energy and Mining, Alexander Antić, has officially put into operation the natural gas pipeline network in Serbia’s Topola municipality, states an announcement on the ministry’s website....


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Renewable Energy Producers to Become More Active on Bulgarian IBEX as of 1 JulyPhoto: ACER

Renewable Energy Producers to Become More Active on Bulgarian IBEX as of 1 July

June 19, 2018 | Tanja S. Volarič, Budapest
Electricity | RES and EE

As of 1 July all independent power producers with an installed capacity of over 4 MW in Bulgaria will have to sell their electricity output on the IBEX power exchange. Thus, renewable energy producers will become more active on the exchange, said Konstantin Konstantinov, CEO of IBEX, on Thursday at the ETCSEE 2018 conference in Budapest, Hungary....


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Croatian Končar Signs Joint Venture Agreement with China XD ElectricPhoto: www.pixabay.com

Croatian Končar Signs Joint Venture Agreement with China XD Electric

June 19, 2018 | Peter Palčec
Electricity | Economy

The Croatian company Končar and China XD Electric have signed a joint venture shareholders’ agreement for the production of high voltage SF6 gas insulated switchgear (GIS) from 170 to 420 kV, states a press release on Končar’s website. ...


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