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Apr 8, 2015

Pesticides could lead to shortage of crop pollinators – EU report

BRUSSELS, April 8 (Reuters) – Evidence is mounting that
widely-used pesticides harm moths, butterflies and birds as well
as bees, adding to concerns crop production could be hit by a
shortage of pollinators, according to a report drawn up for EU

The European Commission, the EU executive, placed
restrictions on three neonicotinoid pesticides from Dec. 1,
2013, citing worries about their impact on bees, but said it
would review the situation within two years at most.

Apr 1, 2015

Smart grids could be Europe’s shale gas, Commission says

BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) – Smart grids balancing
intermittent solar and wind energy with flexible power demand
could do for Europe what shale gas has done for the United
States, a senior European Union official said on Wednesday.

European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said
smart grids are crucial for EU single energy market plans as
they could integrate more renewables into electricity networks,
boost security of supply and help lower prices for consumers.

Apr 1, 2015

EU regulators plan to stress test power sector

BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) – The European Commission plans
to introduce stress tests for the power sector next year along
the lines of those carried out for the EU gas sector, Europe’s
energy boss said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a major power outage hit Turkey, including the
capital Ankara, and for Europe the issue was highlighted last
week when the Amsterdam region suffered a blackout of more than
five hours.

Apr 1, 2015

EU seeks mid-April talks with Russia, Ukraine on gas

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is aiming to broker more talks between Russia and Ukraine this month to try to extend a discount on gas prices for Kiev, Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said on Wednesday.

Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission held preliminary talks in Brussels last month.

Apr 1, 2015

Smart grids, smart appliances key for EU Energy Union – Canete

BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) – Smart power grids that balance
intermittent solar and wind energy with flexible power demand
are crucial for the European Union’s plans for a single energy
market, the EU’s climate and energy commissioner said.

Miguel Arias Canete said smart grids are central to the
European Commission’s vision of making the EU the world’s number
one in renewable energy and reforming European power markets.

Mar 30, 2015

Rich nations’ fossil fuel export funding dwarfs green spend: documents

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Rich nations provided around five times as much in export subsidies for fossil-fuel technology as for renewable energy over a decade, according to OECD data seen by Reuters.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) figures on export credits are central to a debate on targeting funding ahead of U.N. climate talks in Paris at the end of the year.

Mar 27, 2015

EU to grow more reliant on gas imports, Russia supply seen flat: BP

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s reliance on imports of natural gas is likely to rise from half to three quarters over the next two decades and Russia will continue to supply around 30 percent of EU needs, BP’s chief economist said on Friday.

The figures are troubling for European Union policymakers striving to reduce dependency on Russia, which is in conflict with Ukraine, the main transit route for Gazprom’s gas to the EU.

Mar 25, 2015

EU fail to agree on carbon market reform date -EU sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU nations were unable to agree a compromise date for implementing reform to Europe’s carbon market on Wednesday after more than two hours of talks failed to bridge a gap between those seeking early action and those seeking a delay.

Allowances on the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) fell more than 3 percent on the news to 6.85 euros per ton.

Mar 20, 2015

Russia, Ukraine, EU to hold further gas talks in April

BRUSSELS/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission will hold a new round of gas supply talks next month after an initial round in Brussels on Friday ended without a deal.

The talks had not been expected to yield major progress, with EU officials setting a target date of June for a new accord on how much Ukraine should pay Moscow for its gas.

Mar 20, 2015

Russia moots higher gas price for Kiev ahead of three-way talks

BRUSSELS/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Ukraine’s gas prices could rise to $348 per 1,000 cubic meters (tcm) in the second quarter as he arrived for gas supply talks with Kiev brokered by the European Commission.

Ukraine has been paying $329 per tcm for gas in the first quarter under a deal negotiated by the Commission last year.