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Feb 25, 2015

EU energy chief sees Gazprom antitrust case results in weeks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union regulators will announce shortly the next step in a more than two-year investigation into Gazprom, European Commission officials said, a move which may see the Russian gas producer charged with anti-competitive behavior.

Gazprom, which supplies about a third of the bloc’s gas, has been the target of an EU probe since September 2012 for allegedly over-charging customers in eastern Europe, thwarting rival suppliers and blocking the free flow of gas across the region.

Feb 24, 2015

EU lawmakers back new limit for food-based biofuel

BRUSSELS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – A European Parliamentary
committee on Tuesday backed a new limit on traditional biofuels
made from food crops that critics say stoke inflation and do
more harm than good to the environment.

Those seeking to promote a new generation of advanced
biofuels made from seaweed or waste welcomed Tuesday’s vote.

Feb 24, 2015

EU politicians back 2018 reform of carbon market in preliminary vote

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – European politicians
voted on Tuesday to launch reforms to strengthen the EU carbon
market by the end of 2018, earlier than a European Commission
proposal of 2021 but later than traders had anticipated,
depressing carbon prices.

The environment committee vote in the European Parliament
still needs to be followed by further negotiations and then to
be endorsed by EU member states to become law.

Feb 23, 2015

EU pushes for tough Paris climate deal – draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders want to enshrine in international law a goal to cut global emissions by 60 percent by 2050, according to a draft document that puts the bloc on a collision course with the biggest polluters.

The EU is keen to inject urgency into the climate change debate ahead of an international conference in Paris at the end of this year to seek a successor to the Kyoto Protocol on curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Feb 23, 2015

EU politicians divided on eve of carbon market reform vote

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Prospects for early reforms to prop up the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), the world’s biggest carbon market, hang in the balance ahead of a closely watched vote on Tuesday with members of the European Parliament divided over how soon to act.

Parliamentary sources said negotiations between rival political groups are likely to continue up to the vote at around 1400 GMT, which still needs to be followed by a plenary vote and to get the backing of member states.

Feb 20, 2015

EU to “reframe” Russian energy ties when time is right – draft

BRUSSELS, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The European Union will
consider “reframing” energy relations with Russia based on
market conditions when the time is right and for now will focus
on its strategic gas partnership with Ukraine, a draft document
shows.

The European Commission, the EU executive, has set as a
priority creating a single energy market, based on cross-border
connections to improve security of supply and reduce dependence
on Russia, which provides roughly one third of EU energy.

Feb 17, 2015

EU on track for green energy goal but UK, Dutch lagging

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU nations are on track to meet a target to get one fifth of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, even though Britain, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are lagging behind, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Tuesday.

The EEA, which provides analysis to EU policymakers, said energy from sources such as wind and solar had become much cheaper. As a result, alternatives had displaced coal and gas, cut carbon emissions and improved energy security.

Feb 16, 2015

EU launches pilot projects to leverage green energy spending

BRUSSELS, Feb 16 (Reuters) – European Union climate and
energy bosses launched two projects on Monday designed to
unleash more than a billion euros ($1.1 billion) of spending on
measures to save energy and adapt to climate change.

The pilot projects will help to prove that a much bigger
Commission scheme to turn 21 billion euros of EU and European
Investment Bank funds (EIB) into at least 315 billion euros of
public and private sector investment can work, the Commission
says.

Feb 13, 2015

EU politicians edge towards 2018 start date for carbon reform

BRUSSELS Feb 13 (Reuters) – EU politicians are expected to
agree on a compromise 2018 start date for reforms to the
Emissions Trading System (ETS) to try to bridge divisions over
efforts to prop up the world’s biggest carbon market, sources
said on Friday.

In an attempt to boost carbon prices and spur industry to
switch to greener energy, the European Commission has proposed a
plan to remove hundreds of millions of surplus carbon allowances
(EUAs) from the trading system from 2021.

Feb 13, 2015

Even with Turkish Stream, Russia can’t avoid sending gas via Ukraine

BRUSSELS/ESSEN/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s plan to cut out Ukraine as a gas transit route is unrealistic because the EU will seek non-Russian gas rather than build the links it would need to Moscow’s proposed new pipeline to Turkey, industry sources and analysts say.

Last year, as violence flared in eastern Ukraine and Moscow faced new sanctions, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had axed the South Stream gas pipeline across the Black Sea to Bulgaria, designed to bypass Ukraine and ship gas straight to the European Union.