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SEE EU recovery plans lack climate-related measures – think tank

Date: 17.06.2021 Author: Peter Palčec
SEE EU recovery plans lack climate-related measures – think tankPhoto: Roman Peklaj

The recovery plans of most EU member states in southeast Europe (SEE) are lacking long-term climate related measures, with Croatia being the exception, according to a study conducted by the German

Romanian companies make strong business case for gas and solar

Date: 17.06.2021 Author: Tanja Srnovršnik
Romanian companies make strong business case for gas and solarPhoto: Roman Peklaj

Two important energy players in Romania, Oltenia Energy Complex (OEC) and OMV Petrom, believe a coal-to-gas switch in power production combined with new solar capacity is the best business model for

EU should rely on gas rules to ramp up hydrogen – advisor

Date: 16.06.2021 Author: Tanja Srnovršnik
EU should rely on gas rules to ramp up hydrogen – advisorPhoto: Roman Peklaj

Europe should broadly copy the existing rules on natural gas to prevent the further delay of development of its hydrogen market, said energy advisor Walter Boltz on Wednesday.

EU needs 70 TWh of hydrogen storage by 2030 – study

Date: 16.06.2021 Author: Marcin Czekanski, Montel
EU needs 70 TWh of hydrogen storage by 2030 – studyPhoto: EBRD

The EU needed to secure 70 TWh of green hydrogen storage by 2030 to meet the growing demand for the renewable gas that was key to meeting carbon neutrality, said Gas Infrastructure Europe.

Equinor eyes 10% share of EU clean hydrogen market by 2035

Date: 16.06.2021 Author: Herman Moestue, Montel
Equinor eyes 10% share of EU clean hydrogen market by 2035Photo: Roman Peklaj

Norwegian energy company Equinor has targeted a market share of 10% in Europe’s clean hydrogen market by 2035, Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president of marketing, midstream and processing told

EU to continue funding some gas projects until end-2027

Date: 15.06.2021 Author: Tanja Srnovršnik
EU to continue funding some gas projects until end-2027Photo: Roman Peklaj

Gas projects that are fully converted to hydrogen will continue to receive EU funding for a transitional period until the end of 2027, according to a compromise agreement reached by EU energy

EC to propose green hydrogen certification rules in July

Date: 14.06.2021 Author: Siobhan Hall, Montel
EC to propose green hydrogen certification rules in JulyPhoto: EBRD

The European Commission will propose how to certify hydrogen as “green” in its updated EU renewable energy directive planned on 14 July, said a senior EC official.

Macedonian ESM to add 920 MW of solar and wind by 2027

Date: 10.06.2021 Author: Tanja Srnovršnik
Macedonian ESM to add 920 MW of solar and wind by 2027Photo: Energetika.NET

North Macedonia’s power utility ESM plans to install 850 MW of solar and around 70 MW of wind capacity by 2027, said its investment director, Blagoj Gajdardziski, on Thursday.

Slovenia’s gas use to increase by 2 TWh from 2020 to 2022

Date: 09.06.2021 Author: Tanja Srnovršnik
Slovenia’s gas use to increase by 2 TWh from 2020 to 2022Photo: Roman Peklaj

Natural gas consumption in Slovenia will increase from last year's 9.6 TWh to 11.77 TWh next year, mainly due to a jump in consumption for electricity generation, according to the gas TSO, Plinovodi.

Slovenia's Butan Plin launches micro plant running on LNG vapours

Date: 09.06.2021 Author: Valerija Hozjan
Slovenia's Butan Plin launches micro plant running on LNG vapoursPhoto: Roman Peklaj

The Slovenian gas company Butan Plin has launched a micro gas plant that uses the vapours produced from the gasification of LNG as an input energy source.

Two Bulgarian coal plants to switch to gas and hydrogen

Date: 07.06.2021 Author: Tanja Srnovršnik
Two Bulgarian coal plants to switch to gas and hydrogenPhoto: CEZ Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s Varna and Bobov Dol coal plants have recently announced a switch from coal to gas and hydrogen, setting the scene for other coal-based power producers to follow.

Bulgarian Varna coal plant signs EUR 450m deal for two new gas units

Date: 03.06.2021 Author: Peter Palčec
Bulgarian Varna coal plant signs EUR 450m deal for two new gas unitsPhoto: CEZ Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Varna coal-fired power plant signed a reconstruction agreement on Wednesday which includes the installation of two new combined-cycle steam and gas-fired units with a total capacity of



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