Maroš Šefčovič  (Photo: Europe by Satellite)

Brussels gives first glimpse of what it means by “Energy Union”

Career diplomat Maroš Šefčovič from Slovakia gave the first glimpse of what the EU’s “Energy Union” may look like during his hearing at the European Parliament on Monday night for the post of Europe’s Vice President Energy Union. Šefčovič believes in common purchasing of gas and the Southern Corridor (but opposes South Stream), regards the internal market as the backbone of the Energy Union, supports the UK’s state aid to…….

Smokestack (photo Eric Allix Rogers)

Save the EU Emissions Trading Scheme: set a price band

The Market Stability Reserve proposed by the European Commission will not be sufficient to reform the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). If the ETS is to be saved, EU policymakers must instead take the bold step of establishing a price band for CO2 emission rights, argue Brigitte Knopf of the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Ottmar Edenhofer of PIK and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and…….

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Cleantech innovation in Europe: the pace is picking up

The pace of innovation in the European energy sector is stepping up. “Energy is no longer seen as a commodity that simply needs to be there. It is perceived as a challenge for which solutions need to be found”, says Elena Bou, Innovation Director of KIC InnoEnergy, a top European company in the field of sustainable energy innovation, in an interview with Energy Post. According to Bou, successful innovation begins…….

UN climate summit: EU needs to convince the world

The great EU climate and energy test: European leaders need deal that will convince the world

On 23 October EU leaders will meet to agree the foundations of an EU climate and energy policy for 2030. They need to settle on four targets: greenhouse gas emission reductions, renewables, energy efficiency, and – the most recent addition – interconnections. But even more: they will have to convince markets and policymakers across the world that the EU has a credible climate and energy strategy to offer. Sonja van…….

Manchester sunrise (Photo Aeolai)

Solar power to the people

The spectacular global growth of solar PV is one of the big energy stories of today. And it may well become the energy story of the 21st Century. Where did the solar revolution “suddenly”come from? And where will it take us? One of the pioneers of the sector, Peter F. Varadi, co-founder of what was once the biggest solar PV producer in the world, Solarex, has written a unique history…….

Protesting fossil fuel subsidies at Copacabana (photo: theverb.org)

Brussels reveals: public support for renewables hardly different from non-renewables

For the first time ever, the EU Commission has mapped out how much public money flows to the energy sector in Europe and where it goes. According to a new report prepared by consultancy Ecofys, Europe spent €113 billion on energy subsidies in 2012. Remarkably, public support for coal is equal to that of onshore wind and total support for renewables is not much higher than for non-renewables. Also remarkably,…….

Construction of liquefaction terminal at Sabine Pass (photo Cheniere Energy(

Exporting a revolution: why the US LNG stampede will change the gas business forever (part 2)

The time for doubt is past. The US is well on its way to becoming a major LNG exporter – on a scale to rival Qatar and Australia. In part 2 of this two-part series, energy journalist Alex Forbes reviews the implications of what he is convinced will be the next gas revolution to come out of the United States. (Part I was published on 14 October here.)

Building liquefaction facility at Sabine Pass LNG Terminal (photo Cheniere Energy(

Exporting a revolution: why the US LNG stampede will change the gas business forever

The time for doubt is past. The US is well on its way to becoming a major LNG exporter – on a scale to rival Qatar and Australia. Export capacity could exceed 100 million tonnes per year by the early 2020s – 40% of the current global market. The US Department of Energy certainly seems to think so. The implications of this are profound: for US gas consumers, for natural…….

eCAMION's Community Energy Storage system (photo: Green Energy Futures)

Energy storage: stormy growth but no one-size-fits-all solution

The debate over which energy storage technology will prove to be the best in the long-term is misguided, argues Chris Dalby of Oilprice.com. There will be no one-size-fits-all winner. He discusses some of the latest developments in energy storage, which show that different situations will lead to different solutions.