Summer greetings – we’re taking a break!

View from a tidal power station (credit: Ctd 2005 via Flickr)

Energy Post would like to thank all of our readers and contributors for a terrific first half of the year. Your contributions and sharing via social media has helped drive the debate we seek to stimulate about Europe and energy. We’re taking a short break now but we’ll be back on Monday 17 August with new content. In the meantime, please keep reading, sharing and telling us what you think. Enjoy the summer!   … [Read more...]

“Huge challenge to deliver enough oil and gas for 2ºC” – Statoil on Paris climate talks

Jos Delbeke, Kathleen Van Brempt and Eirik Waerness (Credit: viEUws)

In this video for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster - journalist Sonja van Renssen is joined by Jos Delbeke (Director General for Climate Action, European Commission), Kathleen Van Brempt MEP (Vice-president of the S&D Group) and Eirik Wærness (Chief Economist and Vice President, Statoil) to debate the question: “Road to Paris: can the EU retain its leadership role at COP21?” … [Read more...]

How hub-based pricing is reshaping the EU gas market – even Spain

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Countries like Spain, which have long been immune to the shift from oil- to spot market-based gas pricing, are finally waking up. With that, come fresh opportunities for alternative gas suppliers to sell more and end-customers to pay less. So the evidence suggests, writes Benedict De Meulemeester, owner and founder of the international energy and environment consultancy E&C. Taking the UK as an example, he urges Spain to use a new … [Read more...]

Top 5 EU energy priorities for rest of 2015

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In this video for viEUws – the EU Policy Broadcaster – Hughes Belin introduces the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the EU institutions under the Luxembourg EU Presidency (Luxembourg took over the rotating 6-month presidency in July). … [Read more...]

The EU’s climate strategy for Paris: recipe for another failure?

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The European Commission has proposed a strategy for the Paris climate talks that includes the aim of achieving a “Paris Protocol”. According to Susanne Dröge and Oliver Geden of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, this strategy does not take into account the new global context of the negotiations. They urge the EU to drop the word “protocol”, consider how to align the international process with internal EU … [Read more...]

Dutch court’s climate ruling may force other states to cut emissions – or else

Dutch court ruling (Credit: Urgenda / Chantal Bekker)

States have a duty of care towards their citizens that the absence of a global climate treaty does not take away, argues Professor Arthur Petersen from University College London. A recent court ruling in the Netherlands sets a precedent for national judges to directly use climate science to find governments liable for inadequate action on climate change, he says. The ruling's biggest impact may be outside the Netherlands. … [Read more...]

Dean Oskvig, CEO Black & Veatch: physics not policy will dictate energy future

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“We can make all kinds of policies and laws and regulations, but no legal system is powerful enough to violate the laws of physics,” says Dean Oskvig, President and CEO Black & Veatch Energy, part of Black & Veatch, the US-based global engineering and consulting company. In this exclusive interview, he urges policymakers to focus on infrastructure resilience, cybersecurity and responding to distributed and off-grid electricity generation. … [Read more...]