19.5.17

Kronikk: EUs medlemsstater enige om å gi Kommisjonen innsyn i mellomstatlige energiavtaler (Energi og Klima Nettmagasinet)


De siste månedene har fokuset på det energipolitiske området vært rettet mot EUs vinterpakke fra november 2016. Imidlertid burde en annen vinterpakke, fra februar 2016, få like mye oppmerksomhet.

Den andre pakken er også en del av EUs energiunionstrategi, den handler om solidaritet og forsyningssikkerhet, og er av direkte betydning for alle land som leverer olje, gass eller elektrisitet til EU. Den reiser prinsipielle spørsmål om utveksling av informasjon på energiområdet, energiimportstrategi og Kommisjonens kompetanse på området.

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Les resten av min kronikk på Energi og Klima Nettmagasinet:



5.5.17

Kronikk: Macron vs. Le Pen: Hva skjer med klima- og energipolitikken? (Energi og Klima Nettmagasinet)

Marine Le Pen står for proteksjonisme og nasjonalisme også innen klima- og energipolitikken, mens Emmanuel Macrons prosjekt innebærer grønn vekst i en europeisk ramme.

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Les hele min kronikk om klima- og energiprogrammet til de to finalekandidatene i Energi og Klima Nettmagasinet:

24.4.17

The Danish Energy Commission delivers its recommendations on future energy policy

The Danish Energy Commission has just delivered its report on the future energy policy of the country ("Energikommissionens anbefalinger til fremtidens energipolitik", April 2017).

The report comes with a series of recommendations which should enable the country to reach the long-term goal of becoming a low-emissions society based on renewable energy by 2050, with an intermediary 50% goal in 2030. The Commission received the mandate of looking at the measures necessary to be implemented in the period 2020-2030. It argues notably in favour of the following main points below. The summary is followed by a rapid assessment.

17.4.17

Publication: "Effectiveness in Climate Regulation: Simultaneous Application of a Carbon Tax and an Emissions Trading Scheme to the Offshore Petroleum Sector in Norway" (CCLR)

You can find below the reference to my latest publication

"Effectiveness in Climate Regulation: Simultaneous Application of a Carbon Tax and an Emissions Trading Scheme to the Offshore Petroleum Sector in Norway" C. Banet

in Carbon and Climate Law Review (2017) 11(1), pp.25-38




Summary:

The present article discusses effectiveness in environmental regulation when two instruments, a carbon dioxide tax (CO2 tax) and an emissions trading scheme (ETS), are applied concomitantly to the same activity. The Norwegian regulation of the CO2 emissions from the upstream petroleum sector is taken as an example since it submits this sector to both the payment of a CO2 tax and the obligation to surrender emissions allowances under the EU ETS since Norway joined the scheme in 2008. The specific approach to this double regulation consists in adjusting the rate of the CO2 tax according to the price for the EU allowances in order to obtain an overall CO2 price. The article examines how the adjustment mechanism operates and which conclusions can we drawn in terms of effectiveness of climate regulation, ie at the level of the design, the implementation and the effects. Finally, it discusses the need for governments to use taxation as a supplementary tool to the EU ETS in a context of low allowances price. 
 

10.4.17

Planned German electricity capacity mechanism under EU scrutiny: European Commission opens in-depth investigation into German plans for capacity reserve


The European Commission has announced on 7 April 2017 that it has opened an in-depth investigation into the German plans to establish a capacity mechanism in the form of an electricity capacity reserve.
The investigation aims to establish whether the German proposal of an electricity capacity mechanism complies with EU state aid rules. Of particular relevance for the assessment are the Guidelines on State aid rules for energye and environmental protection (2014-2020) (so-called EEAG).
This in-depth investigation comes after the adoption, by the Commission of an EU Sector Inquiry, common assessment criteria in the EEAG and a series of decisions on capacity market mechanisms in several EU Member States (UK, France, Germany).

13.3.17

Central and Eastern European gas markets: the European Commission invites comments on Gazprom commitments

The European Commission has published a press release on 13 March 2017 inviting comments on the commitments submitted by Gazprom in the case opened in April 2015 and which relates to the alleged anti-competitive behaviours on the Central and Eastern European gas markets.
 

3.1.17

Energy and environmental priorities of the Maltese presidency of the Council of the EU



Malta has taken over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) for the next six months (1 January-30 June 2017). It is now time to take a look at its energy and environmental policy priorities, and what will be on its agenda until the summer.

The programme of the Maltese presidency is based on both joint and more singular interests. A new system has been established after the 2009 Lisbon Treaty to run the presidency work in groups of three Member States or "trios", covering a period of 18 months, complemented by a more detailed programme for the 6-month presidency of each Member State. This post reflects this dynamic, and starts with a rapid review of the Trio-programme, then a review of the Maltese presidency programme, before ending by a personal analysis .