Need to Do More to Liberalise Energy Markets

Need to Do More to Liberalise Energy Markets

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Some Emerging European States Need to Do More to Liberalise Energy Markets March 1, 2018  Claudia Patricolo Bulgaria, as well as non-EU member states including Albania, Bosnia and Ukraine still do not meet the requirements of the Third Energy Package for the liberalisation of the electricity and gas market. According to the European Commission, Bulgaria misapplied several of the requirements of the directive regarding the separation of networks from generation and supply activities and the separation of transmission system operators. “The Commission expects all member states to fully comply with the EU acquis, and, if necessary, we stand ready to offer technical assistance to our member states in order to ensure that they will meet those requirements,” Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, European Commission spokesperson for climate action and energy tells Emerging Europe. An…
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Energy can be an important engine in Albania

Energy can be an important engine in Albania

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Energy can be an important engine in Albania’s economy as it has been in Norway for more than a century By Tirana Times, March 5, 2018 17:16 By Per Strand Sjaastad* Good energy policy is, basically, about ensuring sufficient and stable supply, at affordable prices in an efficient and competitive market, and – at the same time – without destroying the environment or the climate. The energy sector generates huge values in society. It also forms the basis for value creation in other industries. The value of energy production is dependent upon innovation, development, knowledge and a well-organized market. First a few words about my home country, Norway: Norway is one of the world´s largest energy producers. The development of Norway as an energy nation started more than hundred years ago.…
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SonnenCharger: Sonnen makes clean energy available for electric cars

SonnenCharger: Sonnen makes clean energy available for electric cars

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SonnenCharger: Sonnen makes clean energy available for electric cars 3/5/18, 8:01 AM - With the SonnenCharger, the company combines the use of clean energy and electric vehicles in a new concept. Sonnen The new sonnenCharger will be available from the second quarter of 2018. The intelligent charging box from Sonnen can automatically charge electric cars with their own solar power from the roof or from the solar battery. Various modes are possible, so that the user can decide whether he wants to charge his car, for example, as fast as possible or with the maximum share of their own solar power. In order to be able to control or adapt the charging process at any time, users also receive the clearly designed app for the sonnenCharger. However, the new approach…
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Electric installers and European solar industry join forces

Electric installers and European solar industry join forces

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Electric installers and European solar industry join forces 3/8/18, 11:01 AM - SolarPower Europe and the European Association for Electrical Contractors (AIE) are starting a new cooperation. The aim is to join forces for a clean and secure energy future in Europe. SolarPower Europe SolarPower Europe and the European Association for Electrical Contractors (AIE) are joining forces for a solar future in Europe. James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe announced this new cooperation saying: "SolarPower Europe has worked with AIE in the past on key issues such as the Small is Beautiful campaign, to promote rooftop solar installations and the campaign to remove trade duties from solar panels. With this new cooperation, we can work even closer on other important issues that impact the electricity sector - from innovative technology…
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Lights on Women

Lights on Women

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Lights on Women Published on 11th October 2017 As the energy sector continues to evolve, practitioners and academics are working to solve some of the most difficult challenges of our time. The sector needs a diverse talent pool, capable of bringing innovative and fresh perspectives to confront the disruptive challenges that lie ahead. Increasingly, women are taking on active roles in the energy sector using their knowledge and experiences to impact the competitiveness and future of the sector. However, statistics show that women only represent between 8% -15% of the total workforce in the European energy sector. Most women perform administrative and sales roles, with very few women employed in senior and mid-management positions. Efforts to address this gender disparity have been minimal. In fact, Ernst and Young report only…
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European Private Energy Law: what is it, and why does it matter?

European Private Energy Law: what is it, and why does it matter?

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European Private Energy Law: what is it, and why does it matter? Published on 13th February 2018ù Written by Lucila de Almeida The ‘Topic of the Month’ in February introduces the unusual and rather underexplored concept of European private energy law. It will do so in three blog posts over several weeks. This first will explain what European private energy law is, and why it matters, sharpening as it does our understanding of the role of public and private law in market engineering. The second will reconcile the measures of EU energy law with the concepts of private rights, procedures, and remedies. The third will focus on the most recent Clean Energy Package and show how European private energy law will be front and centre of the forthcoming legal framework, even…
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Continuing frequency deviation in EU Power System originated from Serbia/Kosovo

Continuing frequency deviation in EU Power System originated from Serbia/Kosovo

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Continuing frequency deviation in EU Power System originated from Serbia/Kosovo [Press Release] Continuing frequency deviation in the Continental European Power System originating in Serbia/Kosovo: Political solution urgently needed in addition to technical Published: 06/03/2018 Brussels ​​The Continental European (CE) Power System -a large synchronized area stretching from Spain to Turkey and from Poland to Netherlands; encompassing 25 countries- is experiencing a continuous system frequency deviation from the mean value of 50 Hz, and this since mid of January 2018. The power deviations are originating from the control area called Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro (SMM block) and specifically Kosovo and Serbia. The power deviations have led to a slight decrease in the electric frequency average. This average frequency deviation, that has never happened in any similar way in the CE Power system,…
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A sustainable energy model in the Western Balkans

A sustainable energy model in the Western Balkans

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A sustainable energy model in the Western Balkans By Lucia Sconosciuto 27 Feb 2018 Achieving greater energy security is high on the agenda of many countries. As self-reliance is not always an option in many countries where the EBRD invests, its strategy is to advocate for greater energy efficiency and diversification of energy sources, with a great focus on renewables, open markets and adequate infrastructure. In the Western Balkans, investments and assistance with policy reform are part of the EBRD’s toolkit to increase the sustainability of the energy sector. But what are the barriers to fully integrated regional markets in this region? This topic was debated at the Western Balkans Investment Summit held at the EBRD’s Headquarters in London yesterday by a panel of experts including government representatives, private sector pioneers and other energy-related international…
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Romania: Uber goes electric and launches UberGREEN

Romania: Uber goes electric and launches UberGREEN

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Romania: Uber goes electric and launches UberGREEN Last updated Feb 28, 2018 Bucharest is the first city in the CEE where Uber ridesharing company launched UberGREEN, a service that provides 100 percent electric cars. According to a press release, Bucharest is also one of the few in Europe where Uber offers a green mobility option as in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Porto and Zurich. “We believe the future of transportation is electric, shared and autonomous, but there is still a long way ahead. The purpose of this pilot is to make electric cars available to more people than ever before in Bucharest and to encourage the development of electric transportation. We cannot do it alone – we want to develop partnership with authorities, carmakers and other players from the energy field…
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Soft connectivity and the Western Balkans

Soft connectivity and the Western Balkans

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Soft connectivity and the Western Balkans By Bojana Gajic 27 Feb 2018 Boosting integration and infrastructure in the region Soft connectivity and deepening economic integration between the six countries in the Western Balkans dominated the agenda of yesterday’s third Western Balkans Investment Summit. From the opening speech by EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti to the remarks from the six Prime Ministers to the panel on “Soft Connectivity Agenda for the Western Balkans” the topic was a recurring theme of the event. Investment in transport and energy systems, as a driver of growth and jobs creation have been a priority for European policymakers ever since the leaders of the six Western Balkans countries first met at the EBRD in 2014. However, it was clear that physical infrastructure on its own would not deliver desired results. Similarly important is implementing soft…
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