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Estimating Construction Costs for Nuclear Power Plants (2018-04-26 10:30)
The IAEA hosted is first-ever Technical Meeting on Nuclear Power Cost Estimation in Vienna. Nuclear experts from around the world discussed the challenges of nuclear power construction projects.
Fuel loading under way at Chinese AP1000 (Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:43:07 GMT)
Sanmen units 1 and 2 - 48The loading of fuel assemblies into the core of unit 1 of the Sanmen nuclear power plant in China's Zhejiang province began today following the issuance of a permit by the country's nuclear regulator. The unit is later this year expected to become the first Westinghouse AP1000 to enter operation.
Shine picks I&C protection system supplier (Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:40:40 GMT)
TRPS and ESFAS cabinet systems - 48Shine Medical Technologies has selected Rock Creek Innovations LLC to lead design and implementation of the instrumentation and control (I&C) protection systems for its medical isotope production facility in Janesville, Wisconsin. Construction of the main production facility at the site is due to start soon.
IAEA Concludes Long-Term Operational Safety Review at South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant (2018-04-25 14:15)
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has completed a review of long-term operational safety of Unit 3 at the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant.
Iran's Bushehr I changes to TVS-2M fuel (Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:08:34 GMT)
Bushehr (NIAEP-ASE)_48The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran and Nuclear Power Production and Development Company of Iran have signed an additional agreement to the current commercial contract for nuclear fuel supply to the Bushehr I nuclear power plant. According to the new document, Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer JSC TVEL will replace the UTVS fuel assemblies it has supplied to the VVER-1000 reactor with its more advanced TVS-2M fuel design.
Canada’s Bruce Power Signs CAD 914 Million In Refurbishment Contracts (Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:03:04 GMT)
25 Apr (NucNet): Canada’s Bruce Power has signed CAD 914m (€582m, $708m) in advanced manufacturing contracts for a major component replacement project which gets underway in 2020 and will allow the Bruce nuclear site in Ontario to operate until 2064.
Macron: Europe must prioritise emission reductions (Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:46:54 GMT)
Macron_EU_17April18_(EU2018EP)-48The European Union must ensure it retains sovereignty over energy and climate, French President Emmanuel Macron told the European Parliament last week. Reducing emissions must remain a priority for Europe, and replacing phased-out nuclear plants with coal would not achieve this, he warned.
Bruce Power signs advanced manufacturing contracts (Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:38:12 GMT)
Bruce B aerial - 48Bruce Power has signed CAD914 million (USD712 million) in advanced manufacturing contracts for its major component replacement that starts in 2020 and will allow the site to provide low-cost, carbon-free electricity to Ontario to 2064. Announcing the deals yesterday, Bruce Power said its Life-Extension Programme - which includes the MCRs on units 3-8 - remains on time and on budget.
Commitment to safety at Ghanaian research reactor (Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:39:43 GMT)
The operator of the Ghana Research Reactor, known as GHARR-1, has shown a high commitment to safety following the conversion of the reactor core to use low-enriched uranium as fuel instead of high-enriched uranium, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. It made a number of recommendations to the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission to further enhance safety.
State Backing Means China Can Absorb Risks Of New Nuclear, Says Report (Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:04:15 GMT)
24 Apr (NucNet): China is fast-tracking the development of Generation III and III+ nuclear power plants, a situation that reflects the “sheer size” of state players that have abundant capital and the ability to absorb risks, the China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA) said in a report published on 23 April 2018.
After a Natural Disaster, Nuclear Technology Helps with Recovery (2018-04-24 15:00)
Following recent devastating natural disasters in Ecuador, Nepal, Peru and — just last year — the Caribbean and Mexico, the IAEA was quick to provide medical and other forms of assistance using nuclear technology to help countries maintain essential services in the aftermath.
US regulator considers value of resiliency (Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:04:54 GMT)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told congressional lawmakers last week its commissioners are investigating ways for electricity markets to value reliability, while distancing themselves from immediate reform. The Nuclear Energy Institute says the discussion follows the "concrete action taken by several states, most recently New Jersey, to properly compensate nuclear power's zero-carbon attributes".
Nuclear growth on track for Harmony (Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:40:13 GMT)
Agneta_Rising_WNFC_2018_(WNFC)-48Nuclear growth is at a 25-year high driven by the need for clean and reliable electricity, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle conference last week. While market problems persist in the USA, China's rate of nuclear approvals is picking up, other keynote speakers said.
Bulgaria And Belene: A Question Of Financing On Long Road To New Nuclear (Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:06:39 GMT)
23 Apr (NucNet): Bulgaria’s energy ministry has been asked by parliament to present concrete options for the realisation of the two-unit Belene nuclear power station – a project that dates back almost 40 years and which was formally abandoned in 2012 largely over uncertainties about how to finance it.
Annual Outages Begin At Finland’s Olkiluoto Nuclear Station (Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:28:12 GMT)
23 Apr (NucNet): Annual outages have begun at Teollisuuden Voima Oyj’s two-unit Olkiluoto nuclear power station in Finland, the company said on 23 April 2018.
Technical Meeting on Radiation Detection Instruments for Nuclear Security (2018-04-23 08:30)
Radiation cannot be detected by human senses. Special equipment is needed to discover nuclear and other radioactive material.
TVO anticipates loading fuel into OL3 in late 2018 (Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:10:37 GMT)
Olkiluoto 3 - September 2016 - 48Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj said it plans to start loading fuel into the core of the Olkiluoto 3 EPR in the autumn, once an operating licence has been granted. However, the company said it is awaiting confirmation from the Areva-Siemens consortium that start-up of the unit is still scheduled for May 2019.
US brings accident-tolerant fuel target nearer (Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:45:34 GMT)
The US Nuclear Energy Institute reported yesterday that coordination among the various entities involved in the development of accident-tolerant fuels has "progressed to the point that all stakeholders now agree on the feasibility of a 2023 timeline". Citing speakers at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's 12 April briefing on ATF, the NEI said US research, development and licensing frameworks "need to undergo a paradigm shift" to accelerate the way innovative nuclear technologies such as ATF are brought to market.
Russia To Begin Moving Floating Nuclear Plant In About One Week, Says Rosatom Boss (Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:15:32 GMT)
20 Apr (NucNet): Russia will start towing its first commercial floating nuclear power station, the Akademik Lomonosov, to the port city of Murmansk in the far northwest of Russia in “approximately one week”, the director-general of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said on 19 April 2018.
IAEA Mission Sees High Commitment to Safety at Ghana's Research Reactor After HEU to LEU Fuel Conversion (2018-04-20 11:45)
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said the operator of Ghana’s research reactor has demonstrated a high commitment to safety following the conversion of the reactor core to use low enriched uranium (LEU) as fuel instead of high enriched uranium (HEU).
Azerbaijan: IAEA Director General Highlights Nuclear Techniques for Development (2018-04-20 08:30)
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano highlighted increased technical cooperation with Azerbaijan in areas such as agriculture, nuclear medicine for cancer control and prevention, the importance of having qualified medical physicists and the support provided for the establishment of a research reactor during his visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, this week.
Canada considers participation in Iter fusion project (Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:26:58 GMT)
Canada-Iter - April 2018 - 48Canada has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Iter Organisation to explore how Canada can participate in the project to construct the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. The fusion reactor - construction of which began in 2010 - is scheduled to achieve first plasma in 2025.
IAEA tests drone to fight disease-carrying mosquitos (Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:26:27 GMT)
Drone to suppress mosquitos - 48The International Atomic Energy Agency and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations have successfully tested releasing sterile mosquitos from drones as part of efforts to use a nuclear technique to suppress the insect that spreads Zika and other diseases. The IAEA said today that testing of the new system had been carried out in Brazil last month.
Denmark’s Seaborg Attracts Investment For Molten Salt Reactor Project (Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:15:06 GMT)
19 Apr (NucNet): The company behind a Denmark-based project to develop and commercialise a molten salt reactor (MSR) has closed its first round of pre-seed investment, attracting “several millions” of Danish kroner.
IAEA Director General Reviews Use of Nuclear Technologies in Georgia (2018-04-19 15:15)
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met President Giorgi Margvelashvili of Georgia this week, following the country's deposit, on 10 April, of its Instrument of Accession to the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency.
First test using CABRI pressurised water loop (Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:08:51 GMT)
CABRI - 48The first test simulating an accident situation in a pressurised water reactor has been successfully completed at the CABRI research reactor in Cadarache, southern France. The test was part of an international research programme aimed at improving knowledge of nuclear fuel behaviour during an accident involving a sudden increase of power.
IAEA Conducts Successful Test of Drones in Fight Against Disease-Transmitting Mosquitos (2018-04-19 07:00)
The IAEA and its partners have successfully tested releasing sterile mosquitos from drones as part of efforts to use a nuclear technique to suppress the insect that spreads Zika and other diseases. 
Canada invites SMR vendors for demonstration unit (Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:17:32 GMT)
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has invited small modular reactor project proponents to evaluate the construction and operation of a demonstration SMR project at a site it manages. CNL aims to have a new SMR constructed on its Chalk River site by 2026.
IAEA Research Project Confirms WHO Recommendation on Benefits of Exclusive Breastfeeding by HIV-positive Mothers (2018-04-18 16:15)
The results of an IAEA coordinated research project (CRP) on breastfeeding have confirmed how a series of breastfeeding recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) are beneficial to children's health.
Canada’s CNL Invite Applications From SMR Developers For Potential Onsite Deployment (Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:44:27 GMT)
18 Apr (NucNet): Ontario-based Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) have issued an invitation to small modular reactor (SMR) project developers to participate in an evaluation process for the construction and operation of an SMR demonstration project at a CNL-managed site.
Energoatom awaits approval for energy bridge tender (Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:10:11 GMT)
Stanislavsky and Kulczyk meet Energoatom - 48Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energoatom expects the country's Cabinet of Ministers to approve soon tender documentation to attract a private partner for the 'energy bridge' project. The project aims to make the export of electricity to the European Union possible by disconnecting unit 2 of the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant from the Ukrainian national grid, and to attract funding required to complete units 3 and 4 at the plant.
India, USA to collaborate on neutrino science (Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:42:04 GMT)
Perry-Basu - April 2018 - 48India and the USA have signed an agreement enabling their scientists to collaborate on the development and construction of different types of neutrino detectors.
Report highlights impact of US nuclear plant closures (Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:20:23 GMT)
Davis-Besse - 48The announced closure of four nuclear power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania will lead to increased emissions of carbon dioxide and air pollutants, according to a report released by the Brattle Group. The retirement of the Beaver Valley, Davis-Besse, Perry and Three Mile Island plants will also mean higher electricity costs for residents, and the loss of thousands of jobs.
Nuclear Has ‘Key Role’ In Bangladesh’s Push For Development (Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:51:52 GMT)
17 Apr (NucNet): Vastly increased electricity production including “a key role” for nuclear energy is a cornerstone of Bangladesh’s push for development with the goal of connecting 2.7 million more homes to the grid by 2021, Mohammad Shawkat Akbar, managing director of Nuclear Power Plant Company Bangladesh, the government company set up to run the facility, told the International Atomic Energy Agency.
AEM Technology sees milestone with first VVER-TOI (Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:06:34 GMT)
Kursk II-1 VVER-Toi bottom - 48AEM Technology has completed the manufacture of the bottom of the reactor vessel for unit 1 of the Kursk II nuclear power plant under construction in western Russia. This is the first of the VVER-TOI (typical optimised, with enhanced information) design nuclear reactors.
Over 1600 Visitors Flock to the VIC to Learn about Nuclear Science (2018-04-16 18:00)
By late afternoon last Friday people had already begun lining up outside the Vienna International Centre (VIC) in anticipation of their entry to the IAEA, which participated in the Long Night of Research, Austria’s biggest science event for the public.
Estonian company delivers nuclear cyber security exercise (Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:36:46 GMT)
Estonian-founded cyber security specialist company Guardtime has planned and executed a custom cyber exercise for the UK's civil nuclear sector.
Atucha 1 operating licence renewed (Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:30:13 GMT)
Atucha 1 - 48Argentina's nuclear regulator has extended the operating licence of the Atucha 1 nuclear power reactor. The licence extension allows the 44-year-old 362 MWe (gross) pressurised heavy water reactor - the first nuclear power plant in Latin America - to operate until 2024.
Introduction of Nuclear Power in Bangladesh Underway with IAEA Assistance (2018-04-16 16:00)
The beginning of construction at Bangladesh’s first nuclear power reactor on 30 November 2017 marked a significant milestone in the decade-long process to bring the benefits of nuclear energy to the world’s eighth most populous country.
Commission Has Failed To Pinpoint Source Of Ru-106 Leak, Says Sweden’s SSM (Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:52:55 GMT)
16 Apr (NucNet): A second meeting of a commission set up to investigate increased concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) in the atmosphere in Europe and Russia last year has been unable to confirm a source of the emissions, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) said today.
New Jersey passes ZEC legislation (Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:47:19 GMT)
PSEG_supporters_NJ_legislature_(@PSEGNews)-48New Jersey legislators yesterday passed bills establishing a zero emissions certificate programme that will recognise and compensate eligible nuclear power plants for their zero-carbon attributes and contribution to fuel diversity.
French soil decontamination tested in Fukushima (Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:38:47 GMT)
Testing of French soil decontamination process in Fukushima - 48A demonstration test of a process to decontaminate radioactive soil was successfully carried out last November in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, France's Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission announced on 11 April. The technology was developed by CEA, Orano and Veolia.
Measuring the true cost of power production (Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:25:45 GMT)
The social and environmental impacts of electricity provision affect individuals, economies and countries in ways that are not captured in market prices, but yet are too important to be neglected, according to a report issued today by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. Despite their importance, full accounting for these costs remains difficult, it says.
Finland’s Hanhikivi-1 Will Generate Up To €400 Million Of Investment, Says Study (Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:32:05 GMT)
13 Apr (NucNet): The Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant project in Finland will generate €210m to €400m of new investments through the multiplier effect, according to a study published this week by plant owner Fennovoima, the company building the plant.
Call for Presentations: International Conference on the Security of Radioactive Material due 30 April 2018 (2018-04-13 14:30)
Interested parties have until 30 April 2018 to submit synopses for oral, interactive content or poster presentations at the International Conference on the Security of Radioactive Material: The Way Forward for Prevention and Detection, to be held in Vienna, Austria, from 3 to 7 December 2018.
Uranium should be on government agenda, ERA says (Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:16:46 GMT)
Ranger_uranium_ore_stockpiles_(ERA)-48The chairman of Energy Resources of Australia has called on Australian governments to embrace the potential to expand the country's uranium mining industry and be prepared for an expansion in nuclear power generation worldwide.
NRG Begins Collaboration With Sweden’s LeadCold On Advanced Small Modular Reactor (Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:35:04 GMT)
12 Apr (NucNet): Netherlands-based NRG and LeadCold of Sweden have begun a multi-year collaboration on safety analysis of the “Sealer” (Swedish Advanced Lead Reactor) small modular lead-cooled reactor under design by LeadCold for deployment in remote arctic regions such as northern Canada.
Regulator asks EDF to extend Flamanville weld checks (Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:23:55 GMT)
Flamanville_EPR - 48EDF should consider extending checks on welds in the main secondary system of the EPR reactor under construction at Flamanville to other systems, the French nuclear safety regulator has said. Welding flaws were not detected during the manufacturing checks performed by subcontractors of Framatome but were identified during pre-service inspections by EDF prior to commissioning.
France’s Regulator Orders EDF To Increase Welding Controls At Flamanville-3 (Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:57:12 GMT)
12 Apr (NucNet): French state-controlled utility EDF will have to inspect more weldings at the Flamanville-3 nuclear plant under construction in northern France after flaws were discovered in the weldings of the reactor’s secondary circuit, nuclear regulator ASN said.
Nuclear Experts Receive Hands-On Training on How to Conduct IAEA Integrated Regulatory Review Service Missions (2018-04-12 13:30)
To ensure that IAEA peer reviews of nuclear and radiation safety regulatory frameworks are delivered at a consistently high quality, experts carrying out these peer reviews completed a training course in Vienna last month.
Fuel loading under way at Chinese EPR (Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:35:24 GMT)
Taishan 1 fuel loading - 48China General Nuclear has begun loading fuel into the core of unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province following the issuance of a permit from the regulator. The unit is later this year scheduled to become the first EPR reactor to enter operation.
Reactor internals en route to demo Hualong One unit (Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:09:44 GMT)
Fuqing 5 reactor internals - 48The reactor internals for the demonstration Hualong One being constructed as unit 5 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province have been shipped from the manufacturing plant in Shanghai. The unit is scheduled to be completed next year.
Fuel Loading Has Begun At China’s Taishan-1 EPR, Says CGN (Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:32:37 GMT)
11 Apr (NucNet): Fuel loading has begun at Taishan-1, China’s first Generation III EPR unit which is under construction in the southeastern province of Guangdong, developer China General Nuclear Power (CGN) said in a statement on 11 April 2018.
EDF Confirms ‘Quality Deviations’ On Flamanville-3 EPR Welds (Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:07:29 GMT)
11 Apr (NucNet): French state-controlled nuclear operator EDF said on 10 April 2018 that it had discovered “certain quality deviations” on the welding of pipes in the main secondary system of the Flamanville-3 EPR reactor under construction in northern France.
Final Barakah dome complete (Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:28:17 GMT)
Barakah_4_dome_completion_(Enec)-48The final dome structure has been completed at the United Arab Emirates' four-unit Barakah nuclear power plant, a key milestone for the project. The country has also inaugurated its first dosimetry laboratory to support radiation protection activities.
Council formed to support Canadian isotope production (Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:03:10 GMT)
Canadian science, health care and nuclear sector organisations have launched an initiative aiming to ensure the country remains a world leader in the production of medical isotopes following the final closure of the National Research Universal reactor. The Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council aims to raise awareness and support long-term policies at the domestic and international level.
Another Japanese unit resumes commercial operation (Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:57:29 GMT)
Ohi 3 and 4 48Unit 3 of the Ohi nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukui Prefecture today resumed commercial operation, Kansai Electric Power Company announced. The reactor is the sixth to be restarted after clearing the country's revised safety regulations.
Quality issue detected with Flamanville EPR welds (Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:31:19 GMT)
Flamanville 3 EPR - 48Quality deviations have been detected on certain welds of the main secondary system in the EPR reactor under construction at Flamanville, northern France, EDF announced today. The utility has informed the French regulator of the discovery, but has yet to determine whether the unit's start-up, expected at the end of this year, will be delayed.
A Stark Warning To Trump On China, Russia And The ‘Crisis’ Facing US Nuclear Industry (Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:36:46 GMT)
10 Apr (NucNet): The US has the largest number of nuclear plants in the world, but its global leadership is declining as efforts to build a new generation of reactors have been plagued by problems, and aging plants have been retired in the face of economic, market, and financial pressures.
Namibia Enlists the IAEA to Help Study its Marine Ecosystem Supporting Key Fisheries (2018-04-10 13:00)
The first-ever comprehensive study on the concentration of radionuclides and trace elements in Namibia’s coastal waters revealed that while radionuclide levels are very low, there is an indication of higher than usual concentration of certain trace elements.
Rolls-Royce signs control rod system contract with CGN (Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:29:06 GMT)
Hongyanhe units 1-4 - 48Rolls-Royce is to modernise control rod systems in 14 of China General Nuclear's CPR1000 nuclear power units in China. The UK engineering firm has also signed long-term service contracts with three Chinese plants.
Agreement to study SMR use in northern Ontario (Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:30:19 GMT)
Bruce-Mirarco-Laurentian Uni MOU - 48The use of small modular reactors (SMRs) for remote communities and mines in northern Ontario will be studied following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Bruce Power, Laurentian University and Mirarco Mining Innovation. The five-year, CAD1 million (USD786,000) research agreement will create an Industrial Chair position at Mirarco.
Uranium operations look to improve performance (Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:21:35 GMT)
Peninsula Energy Limited has formally submitted a request to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality to amend its existing permit to allow the use of a low-pH recovery solution at the Lance uranium project in Wyoming, USA. This is expected to increase recovery rates and improve the cost profile of the project. Meanwhile, a study has highlighted the potential of membrane separation to improve economics at GoviEx Uranium's Madouela project in Niger.
Expanding the Range of Vaccines to Fight Human and Animal Diseases: How Nuclear Science Helps (2018-04-09 16:15)
The discovery and production of vaccines was a major breakthrough in efforts to protect people and animals from infectious diseases.
UAE and South Korea expand cooperation (Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:33:29 GMT)
Enec-Kepco NF - March 2018 - 48The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation and its joint venture subsidiaries, Nawah Energy Company and Barakah One Company, have signed three agreements with Korean companies. Enec and Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) in October 2016 signed a joint venture agreement that made Kepco a minority shareholder in Nawah and BOC.
Toshiba sells Westinghouse-related assets in USA (Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:23:57 GMT)
Japan's Toshiba announced today that it has completed the sale to Brookfield of its shareholding in Toshiba Nuclear Energy Holdings (US) Inc - the indirect holding company of Westinghouse Electric Company. The sale is independent of Brookfield's acquisition of Westinghouse and some of its affiliates.
Regulator approves licences for new Florida units (Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:52:45 GMT)
Turkey Point 6 and 7 - 48The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the issuance of combined construction and operating licences for the two proposed AP1000 reactors at Florida Power and Light's Turkey Point plant in Florida. The utility has yet to make a final decision on whether to proceed with building the units.
Rooppur 1 achieves first construction milestone (Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:04:37 GMT)
Rooppur 1 basemat complete - 48Russia's Rosatom has completed concreting the foundation of unit 1 of the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. ASE Group, a subsidiary of the Russian state nuclear corporation, said today the project to build the Asian country's first nuclear power unit was on schedule.
NRC renews contract for waste support centre (Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:49:06 GMT)
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has renewed its contract with Southwest Research Institute to operate the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses. The five-year contract is valued at up to USD52 million.
Pickering supports Ontario’s economy, report says (Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:11:30 GMT)
Pickering_(OPG)_48The Ontario Chamber of Commerce says the continued operation of the Pickering nuclear power plant until 2024 would be a benefit to Ontario's economy, its local communities, its climate change goals and the stability of its energy system. The OCC made its comment in a report released yesterday in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis.
Remarks by Director General Yukiya Amano International Women’s Day (2018-03-08 14:00)
Statement at the IAEA's International Women's Day 2018 celebration by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
IAEA Director General's Introductory Remarks at Press Conference (2018-03-05 14:15)
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano made the opening remarks at the press conference which took place in the IAEA headquarter on 5th of March.
IAEA Director General's Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors (2018-03-05 08:45)
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's welcomes Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as a new Member State of the Agency in his opening statement to the Board of Governors.
Director General's Remarks at Executive Meeting for Regulators and Licensees in Medical and Industrial Purposes (2018-02-06 13:45)
Remarks at the Executive Meeting for Regulators and Licensees in Medical and Industrial Purposes in Jakarta, Indonesia, by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Director General's Remarks at Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (2018-02-05 15:30)
Remarks at the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education in Jakarta, Indonesia, by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Nuclear Technology for Sustainable Development (2018-02-05 14:15)
Statement at the Bogor Agricultural University in Bogor, Indonesia, by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Director General's Remarks at World Cancer Day (2018-02-02 09:45)
Opening remarks at the World Cancer Day Event held at the Agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, by IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano.
Remarks by Director General Yukiya Amano at New Year Reception (2018-01-31 18:00)
Remarks at the New Year Reception by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Director General's Remarks at Conclusion of International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine (2017-12-15 17:30)
Closing remarks at the International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine: Achieving Change in Practice by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
IAEA Director General's Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors (2017-11-23 10:00)
Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors by IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano.
Director General's Closing Remarks at International Conference on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities (2017-11-17 14:45)
Closing remarks at the International Conference on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Director General's Speech on Iran, the JCPOA and the IAEA (2017-11-14 15:15)
Statement at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Confronting the Global Cancer Crisis: How Nuclear Technologies Can Help (2017-11-10 20:15)
Statement at the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, NYU Langone Health by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
IAEA Director General's Statement to the 72nd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly (2017-11-10 14:15)
Statement to the Seventy-Second Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly by IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano.
Director General’s Statement at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2017-11-06 17:45)
Statement at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
Video: Nye County still interested in Yucca Mountain Project (Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:32:23 +0000)
The debate is heating up over whether the country should keep its spent nuclear fuel in Nevada.
Video: Residents respond to nuclear waste situation (Mon, 10 Apr 2017 23:17:19 +0000)
Residents respond to nuclear waste situation
Video: Nuclear Waste in Midland County (Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:03:30 +0000)
Public invited to provide input on nuclear waste transportation.
Video: WASTE PLANT ROAD SHOW (Thu, 06 Apr 2017 22:04:45 +0000)
CONTAINMENT'S OF NUCLEAR WASTE WILL SOON BE MAKING THEIR WAY DOWN I-20 THIS MONTH.
Video: Monday Mornings with the Mayors - 4-3-17 (Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:49:31 +0000)
Henderson mayor Andy Hafen discusses voting in the primary election, nuclear waster, the Meet Me at the Park promotion, and his plans after leaving leaving office.
Video: Exelon takes ownership of Fitzpatrick nuclear plant (Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:05:36 +0000)
Exelon takes ownership of Fitzpatrick nuclear plant
Video: Three Mile Island Anniversary (Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:06:03 +0000)
Today marks the 38th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown.
Video: Midland Nuclear Waste Concerns (Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:59:41 +0000)
Midland Nuclear Waste Concerns
Video: NUCLEAR FUEL WORRIES (Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:07:00 +0000)
MIDLAND COUNTY RESIDENTS MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD THIS MORNING AT COMMISSIONERS COURT.
Video: Idaho Leaders Celebrate Completed Mission at INL (Fri, 03 Mar 2017 05:01:25 +0000)
After 15 years of work, The Idaho national laboratory was able to finish retrieval of a large amount of nuclear waste.
Video: Cancer Linked To Nuclear Tests (Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:07:33 +0000)
Meetings for 'Downwinders' After Cancer Linked To Nuclear Tests
Video: Debate on a radioactive waste site in west Texas (Fri, 10 Feb 2017 04:20:05 +0000)
Could your backyard be the new home to a nuclear waste site? Andrews is waiting to be licensed as a temporary holding site for radioactive waste.
Video: Manitowoc County will get Wisconsin's largest solar plant (Wed, 01 Feb 2017 23:04:45 +0000)
NextEra the energy company that runs the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant announced they will build a solar plant right next door bringing another renewable energy source to the Lakeshore.
Video: SEFOR Nuclear Plant Tours (Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:49:33 +0000)
SEFORE Nuclear Plants Tours
Video: Plans to fight Yucca Mountain's development back in forefron (Sat, 14 Jan 2017 02:11:41 +0000)
With a new incoming administration, Nevada's Congressional Delegation is raising an issue with the possibility that Yucca Mountain development could resume. It would be the country's first nuclear waste dump for spent fuel from nuclear power plants.
Video: Research project on nuclear waste disposal eyes Pecos County (Thu, 22 Dec 2016 04:56:00 +0000)
A company based out of Austin is hoping to conduct a drilling project in Pecos County that would ultimately determine if the area is able to sustain a high-level nuclear waste disposal site.
Video: Borehole testing might benefit a Rapid City company (Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:31:53 +0000)
RESPEC in line to possibly do testing, for research, on how to store nuclear waste.
Video: Public Meeting on SEFOR Nuclear Plant CleanUp (Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:05:37 +0000)
Public Meeting on SEFOR Nuclear Plant CleanUp
Video: Nuclear fuel facility slated for east Idaho expected to boos (Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:16:10 +0000)
The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Navy are moving forward on a joint project. The $1.6 billion facility will be built at the Idaho National Laboratory site.
Video: Borehole Drilling in South Dakota (Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:03:55 +0000)
Meeting to discuss potential project in South Dakota
Video: Former INL Worker Receiving Health Care (Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:07:07 +0000)
The Idaho National Laboratory has been around for decades and has made many safety improvements from when it first opened.
Video: Borehold Project (Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000)
Drilling project in South Dakota.
Video: Nuclear Waste Disposal (Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:00:47 +0000)
Nuclear waste disposal possible in Haakon County.
Video: VIDEO: Commission paves way for sale of Talen (Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:02:12 +0000)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved Talen Energy Corporation’s nuclear license transfer for the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station which could mean a significant change of the company’s ownership is days away
Video: UTPB NUCLEAR REACTOR (Wed, 23 Nov 2016 23:08:41 +0000)
U-T-P-B HOPING TO RECEIVE A LICENSE TO SET UP A NUCLEAR REACTOR
Video: Odessa City Council approves initial resolution for UTPB pla (Wed, 23 Nov 2016 04:00:16 +0000)
In an initial step on what may be a $1 billion project for Ector County, UTPB is positioning itself to bring a nuclear reactor to its land in Ector County.
Video: Clinton power plant (Fri, 18 Nov 2016 23:01:05 +0000)
controversy
Video: 4TR Halpin supports Exelon bill (Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:43:55 +0000)
4 the Record broadcast November 20, 2016.
Video: Newsmakers: The sale of the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant (Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:04:05 +0000)
Dan Cummings sits down with an attorney from Scriba to discuss the sale of the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant.
Video: Exelon pushes energy bill (Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:01:10 +0000)
An piece of legislation that would keep the nuclear power plant in Cordova open moved passed the Illinois House Energy Committee Wednesday.
Video: TVA auctions Bellefonte for $111 million dollars (Tue, 15 Nov 2016 03:01:56 +0000)
TVA sold the unfinished nuclear plant to Monday morning
Video: I-Team: Nuclear reactor test in Nevada (Fri, 04 Nov 2016 06:11:24 +0000)
Next year, a team of top scientists will hunker down inside a classified facility in the Nevada desert so they can experiment with a piece of advanced technology.
Video: Dale County withdraws support for nuclear waste research (Tue, 01 Nov 2016 23:05:50 +0000)
Dale County initially signed a letter of support for a nuclear waste research drilling project, joining efforts to move forward with the Department of Energy, Southern Company and Battelle.
Video: 8th National Day of Remembrance (Fri, 28 Oct 2016 22:06:21 +0000)
The Cold War Patriots recognize thousands of nuclear weapons and uranium workers who have served the nation, including current and former Pantex Plant.
Video: Dale County residents question nuclear research project (Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:00:29 +0000)
Several people crowded the Dale County Commission meeting on October 25, 2016, to voice concerns over plans to drill a hole for nuclear waste research.
Video: $10.5 Million Grant to Clean Up Nuclear Reactor (Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:36:29 +0000)
$10.5 Million Grant to Clean Up Nuclear Reactor 10/19
Video: Would Kewaunee be interested in a prison (Mon, 10 Oct 2016 23:00:08 +0000)
Kewaunee is still feeling the affects from losing a nuclear power plant would they be interested in a prison?
Video: US wants to build Idaho facility for warships' nuclear waste (Wed, 05 Oct 2016 04:06:35 +0000)
The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy want to build a $1.6 billion facility at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho that would handle fuel waste from the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships through at least 2060.
Video: Photos show nuclear facilities in disrepair (Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:08:34 +0000)
US nuclear security facilities are dangerously decrepit and putting national security goals at risk, according to nuclear officials who are asking Congress to back the administration's push to modernize the system.
Video: TVA Bellefont Tour (Wed, 07 Sep 2016 22:06:33 +0000)
T-V-A hopes to sell a half-completed nuclear plant. All you need is 36.4-million dollars and some idea of what to do with it. The agency today showed off the 1,600-acre Bellefonte site near Hollywood, Alabama.
Video: Watts Bar Fire (Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:38:25 +0000)
Alexandria Adams updates fire at the switchyard at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant
Video: Estill citizens want say in state negotiations with polluter (Sun, 21 Aug 2016 03:03:38 +0000)
Estill County residents are asking for two seats at the table as state regulators discuss an agreement with a local landfill operator accused of illegally dumping low-level nuclear waste.
Video: Metro searching for stolen nuclear density gauges (Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:01:53 +0000)
The Metro Police Department is assisting the Division of Public Health in investigating the whereabouts of two stolen nuclear density gauges.
Video: Newsmakers: What's next for the FitzPatrick plant (Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:42:53 +0000)
Hundreds of jobs in Oswego County were saved last week when Exelon officially agreed to take over the FitzPatrick nuclear plant in the town of Scriba.
Video: Fitzpatrick nuclear plant hiring workers (Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:02:35 +0000)
Fitzpatrick nuclear plant hiring workers
Video: Energy summit focuses on nuclear research (Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:30:34 +0000)
Idaho Governor Butch Otter spoke on the need for good energy sources.
Video: New nuclear reactor plant coming to the Idaho National Labor (Wed, 10 Aug 2016 23:01:05 +0000)
A commercial nuclear reactor plant is coming to Eastern Idaho. Utah Associated Muncipal Power Systems (UAMPS) and the U.S. Department of Energy have agreed the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will host the plant.
Video: Utility customers to subsidize nuclear plants (Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:03:47 +0000)
Utility customers to subsidize nuclear plants
Video: Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant to Remain Open: 8-10-16 (Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:48:31 +0000)
Oswego County is relieved as new hope comes for hundreds of jobs. NewsChannel 9's Jennifer Sanders speaks to Assemblyman William Barclay on the fight to save Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant.
Video: Exelon purchases Fitzpatrick nuclear plant (Tue, 09 Aug 2016 21:00:35 +0000)
More than 600 jobs will be kept at Fitzpatrick.
Commission unveils key energy infrastructure projects to integrate Europe’s energy markets and diversify sources (09/11/2015 - 18:41)

The European Commission has today adopted a list of 195 key energy infrastructure projects which will help deliver Europe’s energy and climate objectives and form key building blocks of the EU’s Energy Union. The projects – known as Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) – will enable the gradual build-up of the Energy Union by integrating the energy markets in Europe, by diversifying the energy sources and transport routes. In addition, the PCI's adopted today will help bring an end to the energy isolation of some Member States. They will also boost the level of renewables on the grid, bringing down carbon emissions. PCIs benefit from accelerated permitting procedures and improved regulatory conditions and may be eligible for financial support from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). A budget of €5.35 billion has been allocated to trans-European energy infrastructure under the CEF from 2014-20, helping projects of common interest to get implemented faster and making them more attractive to investors.

Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Arias Cañete said: "Modern and reliable energy infrastructure is essential to allow energy to flow freely across Europe. These projects will help us integrate our energy markets, diversify energy sources and routes, and end the energy isolation of some Member States. They will also boost the level of renewables on the grid, slashing carbon emissions. Europe's energy transformation will require investments worth billions in strategic infrastructure. This list of projects will help ensure that our funds serve our goal of securing clean and affordable energy for Europeans."

The list of projects is an update of the PCI list adopted in October 2013. The list includes 108 electricity, 77 gas, 7 oil and 3 smart grids projects. A good balance between electricity and gas projects was achieved also thanks to the identification of clear priority projects in the regional context.

In principle energy infrastructure should be financed by the market and through tariffs paid by users. However, to meet the huge investment challenge the EU has set up funds like the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) which will help leverage the investment needed. Under CEF, in 2014 and 2015, €797 million has been allocated to co-finance studies and construction works to help implement the PCIs.

Since the adoption of the first PCI list in 2013, 13 projects have been completed or will be commissioned before the end of 2015. Furthermore, some 62 projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

The Commission has played a key role in getting many of these projects off the ground, either through political action and facilitating common agreement between two countries on the way forward or by providing technical and/or financial support to the projects.

The list of PCIs is updated every two years with the aim to integrate newly needed projects and remove obsolete ones.

Press release: Projects of common interest

Fact sheet: Questions and Answers on the projects of common interest in energy

Updated Union list of projects of common Interest, November 2015

Commission Regulation on the Union list of projects of common interest

Projects of common interest – their implementation and contribution to energy policy objectives

President Juncker's State of the Union speech: EU united in leadership on climate change (09/09/2015 - 12:18)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on the EU and Member States to be "as ambitious as possible on our way to Paris" in his State of the Union speech to the European Parliament today. He stressed that the EU will not sign "just any deal" at the UN climate conference in December. Europe's priority is to adopt an ambitious, robust and binding global climate deal, he said.

Addressing the need to build a stronger and more united Europe, President Juncker also highlighted the importance of the implementation of the Energy Union in boosting new jobs and growth and investing in Europe's future.


State of the Union 2015: Time for Honesty, Unity and Solidarity

SOTEU website

The 2015 international agreement

Energy Union website

Updating radiation safety standards in medicine (14/09/2015 - 14:31)

International and European basic safety standards (BSS) that protect people from the dangers of radiation in medicine have recently been updated and the EU is now working hard in implementing them.
That was the message emerging from a medical-focussed side event at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference held today in Vienna.
Using radiation in medicine is one of the main ways in which people are exposed to radiation. It can diagnose and help treat diseases such as by reducing malignant tumours and cancer growth. However, it can also cause harm if the radiation dose is miscalculated. The use of nuclear techniques in medicine needs to be safe, keeping workers, patients, the public and the environment free from the hazards of radiation exposure.
To prevent such harm, international and European basic safety standards for radiation protection are vital for patients and medical staff. The key challenge facing the sector over the coming years is putting into practice the safety standards, which were recently updated in line with the latest scientific knowledge, technological advances and years of operational experience since the 1990s when the previous BSS were established.
The European Commission and the IAEA are jointly undertaking various awareness activities to ensure the implementation of these safety principles, especially in the health care sector.
IAEA
European basic safety standards

Commissioner launches Euro-Mediterranean electricity market platform (08/10/2015 - 15:48)

Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, and Abdelkader Amara, Moroccan Energy Minister, have launched a new Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) platform for cooperation on regional electricity markets .

The platform, launched on 12 October in Rabat, aims to progressively integrate electricity networks and markets of the countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). UfM consists of 28 EU member states, 15 Southern Mediterranean, African and Middle Eastern countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Syria (suspended), Tunisia and Turkey.

Firstly, the platform will focus on integrating countries on the southern and eastern coasts of the Mediterranean. In the medium to long term, the platform then envisages integrating these markets with the EU countries.

“Countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean, as well as EU countries, share a common goal: to guarantee a secure, affordable and sustainable supply of electricity. The platform launched today will bring countries together to work towards a regional electricity market that will create common advantages to all in the form of secure, stable and competitive electricity,” Arias Cañete said on launching the platform.

The overall goal is to achieve a regional electricity market in which electricity can be exchanged across borders without physical, technical or regulatory barriers.

This is the second of the three platforms – on gas, regional electricity market, and renewables & energy efficiency – to be launched following the Commissioner's visit to Algeria and Morocco in May. These regional platforms aim to deepen energy cooperation between the EU and South and East Mediterranean countries. The gas platform was launched in June, and the renewables and energy efficiency platform will be launched soon in Cairo.

Commissioner Arias Cañete reaffirms EU clean energy commitment at G7 Energy Ministerial Meeting (06/04/2017 - 17:59)

Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete was in Rome from 9-10 April 2017 to represent the European Union at the G7 Energy Ministerial. This meeting focused on energy security, including cybersecurity, natural gas and Ukraine; and on the new energy drivers such as renewables energy, sustainable alternatives fuels, energy efficiency and innovation in clean technologies. It was part of the preparations for the gathering of the G7 leaders in Taormina, Sicily, on 26-27 May.

In the margins of the G7 Ministerial, Commissioner Arias Cañete held bilateral meetings with the US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr.

After the meeting, Commissioner Arias Cañete said:

The G7 energy ministerial has been a useful opportunity to discuss key pressing energy challenges and opportunities amongst like-minded economies. Consensus was reached on a number of issues such our continued efforts to support energy security in Ukraine, innovative energy technologies, and the importance of addressing cybersecurity in the energy sector.

While Secretary Perry informed us that the US is currently reviewing its energy and climate policies, I was particularly pleased to see that all others joined the EU in reaffirming our solid commitment and determination to implement the Paris Agreement and continue the clean energy transition. We see climate action and the clean energy transition for what it is: a driver of jobs and economic growth, a moral imperative and a promise for a better future.

Europe will continue to work with all its partners to reap all the benefits of the clean energy transition in line with the objectives of the historic Paris Agreement.

A member of G7 since 1977, the EU is fully committed to developing a European Energy Union in line with the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. As part of this, last November the European Commission presented a ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package in order to foster investments, unlock Europe’s growth potential and create jobs as the clean energy transition is changing global energy markets.

Summary of the meeting's key conclusions

Press release

G7 Energy Ministerial Meeting

Hashtag: #G7

Renewables are one of our best tools in fighting climate change (04/12/2015 - 15:46)

Accounting for a massive 60% of global carbon emissions, energy is clearly a top priority sector in the fight against climate change. And today, at COP21, an international conference – 'RE-Energising  the Future' - will focus on renewable energy solutions which are central to energy sector decarbonisation.

Uniting political leaders including Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, and Ségolène ROYAL, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in France, this conference will set out a vision for a renewable-powered future, gathering representatives of industry, businesses, and civil society.

Discussion will home-in on plans to scale-up investments in renewables, business leaders including Google, Facebook and Statoil will set out why their companies are turning to renewables and renewable energy industry leaders will showcase the technological achievements that have accelerated the growth of renewables beyond expectations.

Organised by the European Commission, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), the Syndicate for Renewable Energy of France (SER) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this conference is set to put even more (clean) fuel on renewable energy's (emissions-free) fire.

Press release

Factsheet

More information: 'RE-Energising the Future'

The conference will be webstreamed

 

Roundtable meeting on cyber security in energy takes place in Rome (23/03/2017 - 15:54)

On Friday 24 March, a high-level roundtable on the 'Main Challenges for Cyber Security in the Energy System' took place in Rome as part of the Digital Day, the digital part of the official celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and preparing for forthcoming G7 discussions on cyber security. European Commission Director-General for Energy, Dominique Ristori, and European Commission Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Roberto Viola, welcomed representatives from EU governments, academia and industry to discuss the challenges faced by the energy sector in cyber security and the key elements of a European cyber security strategy.

The speakers and participants discussed how to best address cyber security challenges in the energy sector, how to work towards an energy system that is robust against cyber security attacks of all kind. Security of supply and cyber security go hand in hand and are two sides of the same coin. Energy infrastructure is inarguably one of the most complex and most critical infrastructures of a modern society and serves as the backbone for its economic activities and for its security. Digital technologies play an increasingly important role in energy infrastructure and are used to control energy production, transmit information on consumption, and monitor demand. To ensure security we have to cover the whole energy chain as well as putting a strong emphasis at the transmission and distribution grid. On a more political level, cooperation and more rapid information-sharing mechanisms among key players are needed to prevent, respond to, and contain cyber incidents directed at our energy infrastructure.

The key conclusions of the roundtable were:

Cyber security in the energy sector has its specificities

In our energy networks, traditional industrial control systems are being more and more connected, exposing them to new cyber threats.  In addition, new and smart technologies are pushing in at the consumer end, and not all of them are designed with cyber security in mind. This combination of legacy and future technologies requires specific solutions in the energy system that cannot be copied from other areas with different needs (e.g. the internet). A concrete action on certification was also called.

The importance of information technology suppliers

Both, power grid operators and consumers are bound to information technologies that are typically not produced by themselves, and very often originate from outside Europe (e.g. the US, South-East Asia). Suppliers of information technologies to the EU energy system must be bound to clear obligations to provide their products and services with a well-defined, high level of cyber security.

Ensure the right balance between cyber security, data protection and economic growth

Cyber security and data protection requirements must not hinder innovation or prevent businesses from settling in Europe, as data analysis is at the core of the future automated and smart energy system. The European market must be made secure without decreasing competitiveness or banning business models based on big data analysis.

Address IT skills shortage

A robust security strategy requires a skilled workforce. The current lack of cyber-security professionals is an additional factor that increases the vulnerability of our energy network. Therefore more actions are needed to put in place adequate training and education programmes.

Agenda

The EU and cyber security

Energy Expert Cyber Security Platform (EECSP) Expert Group

EECSP Expert Group report: Cyber Security in the Energy Sector March 2017

EU rules on notifying nuclear projects to the Commission - give your feedback! (30/10/2015 - 15:14)

The European Commission is seeking your views on how to improve EU rules on notifying nuclear projects in EU countries to the Commission. Under current rules – Articles 41 to 44 of the Euratom Treaty – the Commission examines nuclear investment projects set to take place in EU countries to check their compatibility with the Euratom Treaty.

Projects which must be notified to the Commission include mining and conversion of uranium ore, production of enriched uranium, manufacturing of nuclear fuel elements, nuclear reactors of all types and for all purposes and other major investment projects in the nuclear field.

However, the current rules can make it difficult for investors to know which projects should be notified, what information should be provided and how they should inform the Commission. Since the entry into force of the rules, new legislation has been adopted on nuclear safety, spent fuel and radioactive waste management and decommissioning, and radiation protection, which will also require the legal framework under Articles 41 to 44 to be updated.

From 2010 to 2014 nuclear investment projects notified to the Commission were worth a total of €36 billion, which included new nuclear power plants, radioactive waste management projects, nuclear power plant refurbishment, decommissioning and uranium mining projects.

The Commission is seeking feedback from stakeholders and EU and non-EU citizens by 25 January 2015.

Consultation

Nuclear energy

Focus on Spain: the Energy Union tour (15/03/2017 - 17:10)

European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete are today visiting Spain to discuss making the Energy Union, the EU's plan to help provide Europe with secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy, a reality.

Around 42% of the energy used in Spain comes from petroleum and products derived from petroleum; the EU average is 33%. The next most widespread source of energy is gas (20%), followed by renewable energy (15%) and nuclear energy (12%). Spain is highly dependent on energy imports, especially petroleum and gas, although these imports come from several different countries.

However, more and more energy from renewable sources is being used, and Spain is on track to meet its national 2020 target of 20% renewable energy consumption by 2020. Its climate and geography mean that it is in a good position to develop technologies such as solar power, wind and ocean energy. It is also working to improve energy efficiency: for example, by renovating older buildings so that they consume energy more efficiently. This will also reduce costs for consumers, although Spanish household energy expenditure is already relatively low. A special discount on energy bills is also available for low-income and vulnerable households.

Spain's position on the Iberian Peninsula also means that it is currently not well integrated into the EU's internal energy market. A number of projects designed to improve Spain's energy interconnectivity with the rest of Europe are underway. These include the Bay of Biscay electricity undersea cable interconnection, linking Aquitaine in France with the Basque Country in Spain, two electricity lines through the Pyrenees, and the Midcat gas pipeline, which will increase the interconnection capacity between the French and Spanish gas networks.

As the first full-fledged visit of the 2017 Energy Union Tour, Vice-President Šefčovič and Commissioner Arias Cañete go to Spain today to meet several Spanish Ministers. With the Public Works Minister Íñigo de la Serna, the focus will be on the Connecting Europe Facility and the European Fund for Strategic Investments. The meetings with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Environment Minister Isabel García Tejerina and with Energy, Tourism and Digital Minister Álvaro Nadal will centre on Spain's implementation of the 2030 energy and climate framework, Energy Union governance (including the preparation of the National Energy and Climate Plans) and the Clean Energy for All Europeans package. With the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness Minister Luis de Guindos, topics will include the modernisation of the economy through the energy transition, sustainable transport and the setting up of investment platforms under the Smart Finance for Smart Buildings initiative to combine the European Structural and Investment Funds with the European Fund for Strategic Investment. Vice-President Šefčovič will also conduct a public debate with citizens and stakeholders on the energy transition and meet with young entrepreneurs and innovators who are involved in accelerating the energy transition in Europe. On Friday, the Vice-President will go to the Basque Country to showcase the Smart city-driven Replicate project (financed by Horizon 2020) in San Sebastian and the Mutriku plant which uses waves to generate electricity. He will also visit the internationally established National Renewable Energy Centre CENER in Navarra.

Renewable energy

EU internal energy market

'Clean Energy for All Europeans' package

The Energy Union

New measures for heaters could save up to 20% of a household's energy bill (25/09/2015 - 14:36)

This weekend new EU rules on ecodesign and energy labelling for boilers, heat pumps and water heaters will come into effect.

The new energy label will display the energy efficiency level of the heating products covered, allowing consumers to select the most efficient models. At the same time, the products will be subject to ecodesign measures which require manufacturers to boost the energy efficiency of their products without affecting its performance. The rules apply to new products, and not those already on the market.

The change is expected to save the consumer’s household energy bill by reducing energy consumption. New condensing boilers, for example, could save consumers up to €275 a year compared to older models.

Overall, these rules are expected to reduce EU consumer's energy bills by up to 20%. The measures will cut annual energy consumption by an amount equivalent to the consumption of Portugal and Austria combined. They are also expected to slash CO2 emissions by an amount equivalent to the annual emissions of Belgium, and reduce energy imports to the tune of 480 million barrels of imported fuel every year.

Read more

Energy labeling and eco design

 

EU-Iran High-Level Seminar on 'International Nuclear Cooperation: Expectations and Responsibilities' takes place (27/02/2017 - 15:54)

The EU and Iran held a high-level seminar on 'International Nuclear Cooperation: Expectations and Responsibilities' in Brussels on 28 February and 1 March 2017.

The seminar was the result of a joint initiative of the European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete and Iranian Vice‑President Ali Akbar Salehi. The seminar represented an important element of the growing cooperation between Iran and the EU, following Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The seminar was opened by Helga Schmid, Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, and Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate‑General for Energy. On the Iranian side, a message was transmitted on behalf of Ali Akbar Salehi, Vice‑President and the Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, which was followed by Iran's opening remarks delivered by Behrouz Kamalvandi, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, responsible for International, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

The seminar was attended by a high‑level delegation from Iran, including prominent parliamentarians, as well as senior officials from the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Other participants included members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service, and representatives of the E3+3 countries (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America) as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency.

After the seminar, the following press statement was released:

'The seminar allowed for fruitful exchanges between a high level delegation from Iran, including prominent parliamentarians, as well as senior officials from the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with participants from several European Commission services, the External Action Service, as well as representatives from third countries and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

In her opening remarks, Helga Schmid, Secretary-General of the European External Action Service stressed the important role of Annex III on nuclear co-operation for the successful implementation of the JCPOA. Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy, said that international civil nuclear co-operation can make a major contribution to ensuring the responsible use of nuclear energy. In a message transmitted on behalf of Ali Akbar Salehi, Vice President of Iran and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, it was emphasized that the proactive framework for nuclear cooperation established by the JCPOA, ranging from research and development to nuclear safety, promises a bright future for further cooperation in different peaceful nuclear fields. Behrouz Kamalvandi, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, responsible for International, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, particularly highlighted that further promotion and expansion of cooperation in the nuclear field will have a positive impact on the state of relations on a much larger economic-industrial level, particularly in the field of energy, and even on a political level.

From the discussions, a common understanding emerged that Annex III on nuclear co-operation provides a sound framework for working together in the nuclear area, and that implementation of Annex III will play a crucial role in the successful implementation of the JCPOA. The existing and growing co-operation between Iran and the EU in a number of areas demonstrates the effectiveness of this framework for further co-operation.

The seminar provided also a good opportunity to review in detail the latest developments in the area of nuclear governance, including nuclear safety, at the international, regional and national levels, and to share lessons learned among the participants. The seminar strengthened the clear understanding that international nuclear co-operation and nuclear governance are mutually reinforcing elements which are complementary and should be developed in parallel in order to optimise benefits for all sides.

Both sides agreed to continue to strengthen co-operation and to meet again at a follow-up seminar to be organised in Esfahan before the end of this year.'

The EU and nuclear safety

 

Energy efficiency employs nearly 1 million in the EU (16/12/2015 - 16:44)

Some 900 thousand people were employed in work relating to the supply of energy efficient goods and services in 2010, according to a new study entitled ‘assessing the employment and social impact of energy efficiency’.

The study, published in December 2015, found that the sectors with the greatest levels of energy efficiency jobs were those that produce, or are part of the supply chain for, investment goods. This includes jobs in the manufacturing of the machinery and equipment that enables the production of energy efficient goods, as well as the energy efficient goods themselves.

Looking to the future, the study found that more jobs could be created in the manufacturing and installation of energy efficient products, in particular since it is a relatively labour intensive activity. It also found that opportunities for new jobs are greatest in the buildings and transport sectors.

In the transport sector, the manufacturing of electric or hybrid cars will create jobs and demand for new skills for example in the production of car batteries, specific maintenance skills and emission control engineers. Even more job creation could be linked to the export potential of such cars, the study said.

The construction sector is also expected to be a major source of both low-skilled and high-skilled jobs related to energy efficiency. There will be demand for new skills in handling new materials and technologies, sustainable construction processes, planning, management and the calculation of carbon footprints, for example.

In general, there will be demand for high-skilled workers in jobs which involve auditing, consulting, organisation and consultation, such as managers of major building projects. When it comes to building a skilled workforce, science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be key due to the technological nature of many of the occupations.

The study pointed out that while there is a great potential for energy efficiency jobs in construction, it may be difficult to train the workforce in the necessary skills due to the high levels of self-employment in the sector. The potential lack of skills in the sector could slow the take-up of energy efficiency measures, the study warned.

The study also pointed out the existence of other reports which show increases in the value of buildings as a result of improved energy efficiency. In the US, values of buildings with energy performance certificates can be 10-16% higher than comparable non-certified buildings, according to the study.

The study was carried out by Cambridge Econometrics.

Vice-President Šefčovič and Commissioner Arias Cañete due to speak at Energy Market Design conference (23/01/2017 - 10:01)

On January 23-24 a conference organised by the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), on 'Towards a future-proofed EU Energy Market Design', took place in Brussels. Participants representing the European Commission and Parliament, energy regulators, and consumer organisations discussed the Commission's Energy Market Design proposals, which were published on 30 November 2016 as part of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package. They were presented at the conference by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete.

The Energy Market Design proposals put consumers at the centre of the clean energy transition, whilst making use of the power of the internal European energy market as much as possible. They encourage and reward flexibility, for example by giving consumers the right to generate and then consume, store or sell electricity on the market. They also seek to promote greater regional cooperation between regulators and transmission system operators. In addition, while the proposals aim to further strengthen the resilience of Europe's energy system, the Commission has also proposed a new Regulation on Risk Preparedness that would ensure EU countries work together to prevent and manage electricity crisis situations.

Conference webpage

Vice-President Šefčovič's speech

Energy Market Design proposals

Clean Energy for All European package

 

Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič on Energy Union Tour to Malta (02/12/2015 - 14:49)

Read Šefčovič's blog: Island is a state of mind

Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič visited Malta on 9 November as part of the Energy Union Tour. During his visit, the Vice-President participated in a series of Ministerial and Parliamentary Committees meetings. In addition, the Maltese leg of the tour included a field visit as well as a dialogue with citizens. Vice-President Šefčovič met the Prime Minister of Malta, Honourable Joseph Muscat and the Deputy Prime Minister, Honourable Louis Grech.

Vice-President Šefčovič visited ElectroGas Malta and met representatives from business, academia and students at an open public dialogue in the University of Malta. The Vice-President also met the Minister for Energy and Health, Honourable Konrad Mizzi, and exchange with the Parliamentary Committees for Foreign and European Affairs and Economic and Financial Affairs.

"Malta could play a role in Europe’s future Liquefied Natural Gas market and will benefit greatly from the recently inaugurated interconnection to the continental electricity grid. I am therefore looking forward to discussing with Malta’s government, parliament and industry how the Energy Union can make their market more secure, competitive and sustainable – with optimal use of the island’s abundant sunshine," Vice-President Šefčovič said in advance of the Tour.

Follow the Energy Union Tour on the Vice-President's blog, as well as on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. Find more information on the Commission’s Energy Union website.

G20 Energy Ministers commit to tackle together global energy and climate challenges (30/06/2016 - 10:18)

European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete participated in the second ever G20 Energy Ministerial meeting in Beijing, China.

At the meeting, energy ministers agreed on a communiqué reaffirming their commitment to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

The communiqué recognises the key role of renewable energy in achieving the goals set at the Paris climate conference held in December last year. In line with this, participants adopted the G20 action plan on renewable energy and agreed to continue implementing the G20 toolkit of voluntary options on renewable energy deployment . G20 Ministers also encouraged cooperation on standards to accelerate smart grid deployment and interoperability. 

The communiqué recognises the role of nuclear power in reducing greenhouse gas emissions for countries which opt to use it, and emphasises the need to ensure the highest standards of nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation. 

On energy efficiency, G20 members adopted the G20 energy efficiency leading programme and agreed to take the global leadership in promoting energy efficiency. International energy efficiency cooperation currently focuses on vehicles, products, finance, buildings, industrial energy management and electricity generation, and additional work streams were agreed.

The communiqué also contains a commitment to work together on global energy architecture and on tackling global energy challenges.

Moreover, it emphasises the need for sustainable energy security and diversification of energy sources and routes, the phasing out of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies and increasing market transparency.

China holds the G20 presidency this year and Germany will take over in 2017.

G20 Beijing communiqué

G20 action plan on renewable energy 

G20 energy efficiency leading programme 

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Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič on Energy Union Tour to France (08/10/2015 - 12:25)

Read Šefčovič's blog: The French (sustainable) Revolution

Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič is visiting France as part his Energy Union Tour. The visit will consist of meetings with France's political leadership, market stakeholders, and citizens as well as visiting projects showcasing energy efficiency. Šefčovič's programme includes meeting the Prime Minister Manuel Valls and addressing France's national assembly. He is also meeting major stakeholders, including French Association of private enterprises (AFEP) and Cercle de l'Industrie, and visiting the Parisian public transport company (RATP) in order to learn about the company's decarbonisation efforts.

On Thursday, Maroš Šefčovič will meet with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, and Ségolène Royal, Minister for Environment and Energy. Minister Royal will also join Vice-President Šefčovič for a high-level conference organised by the French Electricity Union and to a Citizen Dialogue event in Dunkirk. The latter event will start at 16:00 and will be live streamed.

On beginning his visit to the 17th country of the Energy Union Tour, Vice-President Šefčovič said: "France’s energy transition is at the heart of Europe’s Energy Union and the global shift to a low carbon society. It is no wonder the UN Climate talks will take place in Paris under French Presidency; France has a great role to play!" Follow the Energy Union Tour on the Vice President's blog, as well as on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Follow the Energy Union Tour on the Vice-President's blog, as well as on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Empowered consumers, advanced building materials and cutting carbon in transport – Thursday at EU Sustainable Energy Week (15/06/2016 - 17:48)

The final day of the EU Sustainable Energy Week policy conference is here, and there's a packed agenda of events to choose from! 

In the morning, sessions focus on decarbonising transport with advanced renewable fuels and, also in the transport sector, alternative fuels for aviation.

There's a strong spotlight on consumers with sessions on engaging energy consumers in the energy transition, new ideas for active energy consumers in the empowered consumers session and consumers taking ownership of the sustainable energy transition.

Meanwhile, another early morning session is dedicated to sustainable building materials.

Before lunch, you can expect to whet your appetite with sessions on European regions and smart energy, designing flexible energy markets, cross-European cooperation on renewables, smart appliances in the home,  energy efficiency polices, ocean energy and heating and cooling.

While this may be the last day of the policy conference, there's plenty more on sustainable energy throughout this month: find out more.

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Gas market regulators, EU countries and stakeholders to discuss European internal gas market (13/10/2015 - 16:58)

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European gas market regulators, EU countries and stakeholders meet in Madrid on 14-15 October to discuss gas market strategies as well as the development and implementation of rules and guidelines governing the gas market.

Discussions at the Madrid Forum will focus on the gas supply outlook for the upcoming winter and work under the EU's plan for Energy Union including on gas supply security and the Commission’s LNG and gas storage strategy. Participants at the Forum will also debate how to improve regional cooperation on gas and the harmonisation of gas quality standards across Europe.

At the meeting, the Commission also expects discussion on the progress of the completion of the internal energy market. Debate will centre on the tariffs applied to gas that is traded across borders and rules for allocating new gas transmission capacity.

Furthermore, with key rules and guidelines governing the gas sector starting to apply as of this autumn, ACER – the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators – and ENTSOG – the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas – will also announce a new initiative that will identify and resolve possible challenges in implementing EU-level market rules, based on stakeholders’ experiences across the EU.

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CO2-free beer, a Croatian region and a charitable renewable association: the EUSEW winners! (14/06/2016 - 15:48)

Winners of this year's EU Energy Awards have been announced at EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels!

Winner of the 'business' category is Göss Brewery in Austria. The brewery runs entirely on renewable energy and integrates other sustainable energy technologies in the brewing process.

Top of the 'public sector' category is the Pokupsko region in Croatia which is switching over to renewable and energy efficient technologies in many areas from street lighting to schools.

Heading up the 'consumers' category is RESocial Innovation in Portugal. This cooperative-owned project has seen the installation of solar panels at the Portuguese Association for the Mentally Disabled.

And, finally, winner of the prize voted for by you, citizens of Europe, is…. Göss Brewery! Cheers to the world's first carbon-neutral brewery.

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G20 Energy Ministers meeting focuses on sustainable energy access, energy efficiency and renewables (01/10/2015 - 17:56)

European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, attended the first ever G20 Energy Ministerial meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on 2 October. It took place back to back with the G20 Conference on Energy Access in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Group of 20 (G20) Energy Ministerial meeting centred on access to sustainable energy for all, energy efficiency, investments in energy and renewable energy.  Ministers adopted a 'toolkit' of options for a long-term and sustainable approach for a faster roll-out of renewable energy.

"The EU has built global leadership in renewable energy. Today, renewables generate around 23.5% of the EU's power, and this is expected to rise to 50% by 2030. Yet, we should all aim higher and do all we can to encourage a boost in investments in renewables. Oil prices are low while the cost of renewables is falling dramatically so now is the moment to invest in renewables as a major tool in the fight against climate change," Arias Cañete said.

G20 countries – which include 20 of the world's major economies - account for 80% of current renewable electricity capacity in the world, and hold 75% of the total global potential for renewables, making them key players in mitigating climate change. Ministers at the meeting said they strongly support the work of the United Nations on climate change, and said they will work together to contribute to a successful outcome of the UN climate summit in Paris later this year.

Ministers also discussed the implementation of the energy efficiency action plan which was agreed at the G20 summit in November 2014. Under the action plan, G20 countries share knowledge on energy efficiency in a number of areas including vehicles, products and buildings.

"The benefits of international collaboration in energy efficiency are immense. By sharing our experiences we can speed-up progress towards greater energy efficiency. The EU has an energy efficiency target of at least 27% by 2030 – a target which will be reviewed in 2020 with a 30% target in mind. Today, our policies will only reduce energy consumption by 21% in 2030, we are therefore taking action to bridge this gap," Arias Cañete said.

At a separate meeting – the G20 Conference on Energy Access in Sub-Saharan Africa on 1 October – ministers discussed the problem of access to energy in the African region.

Today, more than 1.1 billion people live without access to electricity and the G20 plans to substantially contribute to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

G20 communiqué

The EU and the G20

 

 

Opening ceremony, Energy Awards and more - Tuesday at EU Sustainable Energy Week (14/06/2016 - 09:11)

Kicking off the EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference today is the opening ceremony featuring European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, MEP Theresa Griffin, Director-general of consumer association BEUC Monique Goyens and Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency Adnan Z. Amin.

Following the opening session is 'Shake your Power' with Sudha Kheterpal from TedX. She will lead an inspiring session on creating harmonies and innovation in energy.

In the afternoon, EUSEW will turn its attention to the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform which aims to double the rate of improvement in energy efficiency worldwide by 2030.

The transport sector is also on the agenda this afternoon with the smart energy solutions for transport session.

Later in the day, there will be two parallel sessions dedicated to sustainable energy – an overseas countries perspective, and the wind energy sector will be outlining a vision of flexible and responsive power markets.

Finally, the much-anticipated EU Energy Awards ceremony will take place from 18:00. Find out which of the nine finalist consumer-focussed sustainable energy projects has won a prize!

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Informal Energy Council focuses on investments in energy (22/09/2015 - 14:48)

New energy technologies and business and investment opportunities in Europe is the focus of the informal Energy Council taking place in Luxembourg on 23 September.

The meeting will be attended by Europe's energy ministers, the EU Vice-President for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness Jyrki Katainen and European Commissioner for climate action and energy Miguel Arias Cañete. It is set to call for further cooperation between EU countries on research and innovation in new energy technologies under the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, and under the Energy Union research and innovation priority.

The SET Plan, which has just been upgraded, will help achieve the research and innovation dimension of the EU's Energy Union. At the meeting, sessions are devoted to new energy technologies – such as tidal lagoon power, battery storage, and European success stories like wind power – and their business potential, as well as issues such as energy and development aid.

Financing change

Discussion will also centre on the EU financing tools that will boost investment in Europe's energy transition. The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which will mobilise €315 billion worth of investment over the coming years and will be crucial for Energy Union, has already financed projects including one to improve the energy efficiency of French housing stock.

EFSI will help address the chronic under investment in energy efficiency. More than €100 billion needs to be invested every year to achieve the 2030 energy efficiency target, which includes €89 billion in energy efficiency measures in housing stock, and some €19 billion to improve energy efficiency in industry. Yet current investments are below half of that.

Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said: "EFSI is a key tool to give the so much needed long-term financing to energy efficiency projects. It will make these projects more attractive to private investors, it will scale up existing financial instruments or create new investment opportunities. It will also help banks increase their lending to energy efficiency projects. In all, EFSI is a boost for energy efficiency investments."

The meeting takes place back to back with the SET Plan conference on research, innovation and competitiveness for Energy Union on 21-22 September.

First ever EU-Algeria Energy Business Forum (20/05/2016 - 10:49)

On 23-24 May, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete travelled to Algiers to strengthen the EU's energy cooperation with Algeria. Together with the Algeria's energy Minister Mr. Salah Khebri, he opened the very first EU-Algeria Business Forum dedicated to energy.

The Forum, a concrete follow-up of the EU-Algeria Political Dialogue on Energy launched by the Commissioner in May last year, gathers more than one hundred European and Algerian energy companies, industrial and financial associations to discuss ways to facilitate much-needed investment in Algerian gas exploration and exploitation, renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

Commissioner Arias Cañete said: " This first-ever business forum is an important first step in opening up new possibilities for European and Algerian companies to create constructive business partnerships and transform investment plans into reality. At this event, we will discuss ways to remove regulatory barriers to investment in the Algerian energy sector with our Algerian partners".

With its vast proven gas reserves and ideal weather conditions for the production of renewable energy, Algeria is a crucial partner for the EU in its continuous drive to diversify its energy supplies and strengthen energy security.

In line with the Energy Union and as part of a revitalised European energy and climate diplomacy, the EU will use all its foreign policy instruments to establish strategic energy partnerships with increasingly important producing and transit countries or regions including Algeria.

Press release

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete's speech

Saving summer’s heat for cold winter months (22/12/2015 - 15:42)

In the winter months demand for heating in buildings rises sharply in Europe. An EU-funded project is exploring three different technologies that could store heat energy made when the sun is warm in the summer, for use during colder seasons.

Solar thermal technology can be used to supply renewable heat in buildings covering 15% - 40% of the building’s heat and hot water demand. This share could rise if storage technologies were used to store up excess energy from the summer months for when the demand is greater in the winter.

The Austrian-led project - COMTES - is working on new systems for storing solar thermal energy. It is developing three different types of compact thermal storage technologies based on solid sorption, liquid sorption and using super cooling Phase Change Material at various sites across Europe. These systems are thought to be better than water-based storage technologies since they take up much less space and result in far fewer heat losses over time.

The solid sorption system has been built at the AEE-Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE Intec) site in Gleisdorf, Austria. It involves the absorption of water vapour in a material called zeolite. The liquid sorption system is being explored at the EMPA Institute in Switzerland using sodium hydroxide as its absorption material. Finally, the super cooling system – based at the DTU Technical University of Denmark - uses sodium acetate trihydrate as its heat absorption material.

Thermal storage technologies can help the EU achieve its renewable energy and energy efficiency targets by enabling a higher portion of renewables to come online as well as improving efficiency by balancing the availability of energy and the demand.

The total cost of the COMTES project is €6 647 969.6 including €4 735 020.6 in EU funding.

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EU HR/VP Mogherini, Vice President Šefčovič and Commissioner Arias Cañete in Washington to participate in the US-EU Energy Council (03/05/2016 - 14:52)

On 4 May, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Energy Union Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will co-chair the EU-US Energy Council in Washington, D.C. Jointly with their US counterparts - Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz - the EU representatives will discuss cooperation on energy security and diversification of energy sources, with particular attention given to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) trade between the EU and the US.

Moreover, ways to achieve the clean energy and climate targets agreed at the Paris Climate Summit will take a prominent place in the meeting. The European and American representatives will debate how to create fair, transparent and liquid global energy markets, promoting energy efficiency, investment in essential energy infrastructure and deployment of new technologies. Cyber security of energy infrastructure and cooperation on global nuclear safety will feature in the agenda too. Moreover, the EU-US Council will explore global energy cooperation with Caribbean, Asian, African and Middle Eastern countries as well as its support for the progressive integration of Ukraine into the European energy market.

"This year's EU-US Energy Council is an important element of the transatlantic relationship and will be crucial in addressing energy security and climate action issues, on our sides of the Atlantic as well as across the globe", said High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini.

Vice-President Šefčovič added: "Working together with the US on bilateral and global energy issues will help us keep up the momentum to achieve a resilient and climate-friendly energy system globally. Our joint work will also help achieving the EU energy policy goals of secure, sustainable and competitive energy".

Commissioner Arias Cañete said: “Close cooperation between the EU and the US is crucial in keeping up the global pressure to make what we agreed in Paris, and signed in New York, becomes a reality. This is the only way for us to lead the global clean energy revolution".

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Joint statement

New electricity connections between Lithuania, Poland and Sweden create "Baltic Ring" (11/12/2015 - 09:16)

Two new electricity interconnections connecting Lithuania to Poland and Sweden have been officially inaugurated today.

The LitPol Link connects Alytus in Lithuania with Elk in Poland and the Nordbalt links up Nybro in Sweden and Klaipeda in Lithuania. These two links will add 1200 MW of interconnection capacity to the region. This means that, for the first time, the electricity markets of the Baltic States will be connected to the Swedish and Polish electricity networks. Before these projects were completed, the Baltic Sea region was connected to the EU electricity market via just two connections – Estlink 1 and 2 - which run between Finland and Estonia.

"In a true Energy Union there is no room for energy islands and electricity has to be able to flow freely across borders. Today we are taking a significant step forward in bringing more security of supply for electricity consumers in the region and in boosting competition on the electricity market," Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said.

The new interconnections will significantly increase the interconnection level of Poland, and of the three Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – which are considered as one entity when it comes to their integration into the EU electricity market. Prior to the building of LitPol Link and Nordbalt, both Poland and the Baltic countries did not meet the minimum EU 10% interconnection target.  

"These two new electricity interconnections mark an important milestone in integrating the Baltic States and Poland with the rest of the European electricity market. They will have a huge impact on the European electricity network, reaching well beyond the three EU countries they directly involve," said Lithuanian Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, responsible for health and food safety, at the inauguration ceremony in Vilnius.

LitPol Link featured on the Commission's list of Projects of Common Interest, which gave it access to a €27 376 500 Connecting Europe Facility grant for works carried out in Lithuania. It also benefitted from the EU's structural funds for construction works carried out in Poland, a loan from the European Investment Bank of €55 million and a Nordic Investment Bank loan of €50 million. LitPol Link will also boost energy security for Lithuania and Northern Poland.

Nordbalt will help develop the electricity market in the Baltic Sea region. The project has been granted €131 million under the European Energy Programme for Recovery. Nordbalt will also help hydro energy produced in Nordic countries to flow towards Lithuania and the other two Baltic countries.

Back in 2008, the Baltic countries were effectively an 'energy island'. This situation gave rise to the creation of the Baltic Energy Market Integration Plan (BEMIP) under which LitPol Link and Nordbalt were identified as priority projects.

Currently, the Baltic electricity grid is synchronised with the Russian and Belorussian grids. The interconnections inaugurated today could lay the technical foundations for synchronising the Baltic electricity grid with the rest of Europe.

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Energy diplomacy: Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Arias Cañete at G7 Energy Ministers meeting in Kitakyushu, Japan (02/05/2016 - 13:03)

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete participated in the meeting of G7 Energy Ministers on 1-2 May. G7 representatives from France, Germany, Italy, the UK, the US, Japan and Canada also participated. The main items on the agenda were global energy security, energy investment for global economic growth and sustainable energy. The meeting also focused on cyber security of energy infrastructure, innovation and deployment of new energy technologies, as well as on support for energy sector reforms in Ukraine.

In the margins of the G7 Energy ministerial meeting, Commissioner Arias Cañete met with Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Motoo Hayashi, United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and with Canada's Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr. In addition to the G7 Energy Ministerial, Commissioner Arias Cañete also met Japan's Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa as well as Japanese industry representatives (Hitashi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi) in Tokyo. For more information visit the website of the Japanese G7 Presidency.

Commissioner Arias Canete said: "Falling oil and gas prices make energy investments more challenging for the energy sector, both globally and in Europe. However, the global and European energy and climate challenges will not go away, and certainly not as a result of low energy prices. G7, as a group of industrialised, developed and like-minded nations, must work together on the transition towards a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system and this will require significant investments. And the Paris Agreement gives us the right framework to boost these investments.
While substantial progress has been made on energy reforms over the past year in Ukraine, important legislative measures must be completed without delay. These include, a new law on the energy regulators, a new electricity law in line with the EU’s legislation and a new law on energy efficiency.  Thanks to the EU and our partners we have been able to avoid any short term shortages and previous years' instabilities, and we will continue to work closely together with our G7 partners. Needless to say, the EU remains committed to efforts to ensure that Ukraine remains a stable and reliable transit route for gas. I am very encouraged by Ministers' unequivocal commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement. Let's be clear – the more ambitious we are on climate the better it is for our energy security"

G7 Joint Statement

Energy Charter Conference debates cross-border trade (03/12/2015 - 16:50)

Regional cooperation via cross-border energy trade, integrating power markets and investing in clean and sustainable energy were the top topics at the Energy Charter Conference held in Tbilisi on 3-4 December.

The Energy Charter was established in the early 1990s to promote cooperation on energy. The Energy Charter Treaty has more than 50 states and the EU as its members.

Attendees at the Conference heard the Commission say that it continues to fully back the Energy Charter process which should continue to be one of the cornerstones of global energy architecture.

The Energy Charter’s stated aim is to strengthen the rule of law on energy issues across all participating governments to decrease risks associated with energy-related investment and trade. It aims to create open energy markets, stimulate cross-border investment and trade and to assist countries in developing effective laws on energy.

Energy Charter Conference

EU high level delegation of HR/VP Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioners to visit Iran (12/04/2016 - 14:42)

On 16 April, the EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini will lead a high level delegation to Iran. The delegation includes EU Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska, in charge of Internal Market and Industry, Violeta Bulc, for Transport, Miguel Arias Cañete, in charge of Climate Action and Energy, Carlos Moedas, for Research, Science and Innovation, Tibor Navracsics, in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Christos Styliandes, for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis management and Karmenu Vella, in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Together with the group of Commissioners, the High Representative/Vice-President will explore different sectors of cooperation with Iran. The visit follows on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed in Vienna in July 2015 which gave the prospect for improved and expanded EU-Iran bilateral relations. The JCPOA's subsequent implementation in January 2016 paved the way for this work to begin.

The EU delegation will discuss areas of potential engagement and cooperation, which include economic relations, energy, environment, migration, drugs, humanitarian aid, transport, civil protection, science and civil nuclear cooperation, and culture. More broadly, regional and human rights issues will also be part of the agenda.

Ahead of the visit, HRVP Federica Mogherini stated: “This visit is an important step towards building cooperative relations between the EU and Iran on the areas where there is mutual interest and to have frank discussions on the issues where differences remain".

In Tehran the EU delegation will have a plenary meeting with Foreign Minister Zarif and sectoral meetings between EU commissioners and their respective Iranian Ministerial counterparts. The HRVP will also meet with the Speaker of the Majles Ali Larijani and the Secretary of the National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani.

Press release

Factsheet

Joint statement on energy

Joint statement on cooperation in the field of nuclear energy

COP21 climate summit launches today! (27/11/2015 - 16:27)

After months of planning, anticipation and excitement, COP21 – the United Nations summit on climate change set to define a global commitment on slashing greenhouse gas emissions – finally opens its doors today.

The European Commission is fully committed to achieving a fair, ambitious and legally binding global climate deal that will accelerate the global shift to low carbon, climate change resistant economies. This will both curb climate change and create the conditions for sustainable economic growth and development inside the EU and out.

DG Energy will be spearheading this ambition by showing that renewable energy is absolutely key in the fight against climate change. Our energy system remains the heartbeat of our economy, productivity and competitiveness. It plays a pivotal role in the global transition to a low carbon economy. Accounting for two thirds of global emissions, it is also a key sector that must be prioritised to achieve the goal of keeping temperature rise below 2°C. Decarbonisation is therefore a major component of the solutions agenda being promoted at COP21, with a particular focus on renewable energy.

Through a series of high-profile events – a so-called renewable energy track – renewables, combined with energy efficiency, will be showcased as cost effective, technologically sound, environmentally sustainable and offering universal solutions to ensure the transition to a low carbon economy and to meet our climate goals. Find out more about our activities in Paris. The European Commission will also be holding a total of more than 100 side events at the EU Pavilion at COP21.

As European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete said, “to be credible, the Paris Agreement must send a clear signal of governments’ determination to reduce emissions sufficiently to keep temperature increase below the 2°C agreed limit by the end of the century.” We, at DG Energy, are determined to play our part to make this happen.

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New Expert Group on electricity interconnection targets: call for applications deadline extended (10/03/2016 - 11:14)

The European Commission has set up a new Expert Group to provide the Commission with technical advice on how to break down the 15% electricity interconnection target by 2030 into regional, country and/or border interconnection targets– and the call to apply to join this group is now open.

The Group will be made up of members with an excellent knowledge of the European energy market in particular on electricity. Members will be selected from European industry organisations, academic and research organisations, NGOs, international organisations and individuals.

Well interconnected electricity infrastructure is a key condition for a fully integrated, competitive and sustainable internal market for electricity in the EU. To reach the EU’s ambitious energy and climate targets by 2030, investments in energy grid infrastructure must be stepped up significantly.

The Commission has already set a 10% electricity interconnection target for 2020 but has proposed to extend this to 15% by 2030. The targets will be reached through the implementation of Projects of Common Interest.

Deadline extended until 24 April midnight CET.

Apply to join the Expert Group

Commission Decision on the Expert Group

The Energy Union is on track to deliver (17/11/2015 - 16:12)

The first State of the Energy Union Report shows that much progress has already been made since the adoption of the Energy Union Framework Strategy 9 months ago. Still much remains to be done, and 2016 will be an important year of delivery.

The Energy Union Framework Strategy created a new momentum to bring about the transition to a low-carbon, secure and competitive economy. The Commission has also committed to report annually on the state of the Energy Union in order to address the key issues and steer the policy debate. The State of the Energy Union Report, published today for the first time, looks at progress made over the last nine months and identifies key action areas for 2016 and provides policy conclusions at Member State, regional and European level. This is a central element to monitor the implementation of this key priority of the Juncker Commission.


Maroš Šefčovič, the Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union, said: "Nine months down the road, we can say with confidence that we are on track to deliver the Energy Union. My messages for 2016 are clear. First, the EU should continue to lead in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Second, that transition should be socially fair and consumer-centred. And third, the geopolitical challenges that we faced this year will not go away. 2016 will also be the year in which we will lay the foundations of a robust governance system bringing predictability and transparency, which is what investors need. In sum: 2016 will be a year of delivery!"

Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said: "The Energy Union is starting to take shape. A lot of progress has been made in these few months but we should now move to full scale delivery of all actions needed. This will be my focus in 2016: presenting the legislation to make our electricity market work better, to further increase the share of renewables, to bring down our energy consumption and to ensure security of our gas supply. With this, the EU's energy system will be stronger and all conditions will be set for the EU's transition toward a low-carbon energy system. As all eyes turn towards negotiations in Paris, this a renewed pledge for European leadership and our commitment to the international efforts to fight climate change."

On climate change, the State of the Energy Union highlights Europe's contribution to the Paris negotiations. At this stage, more than 160 countries representing more than 90% of global emissions have presented their contributions to the Paris Agreement. The EU submitted in this process a binding domestic economy-wide emissions reduction target of at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. After the Paris conference, it will be important that all countries follow up with concrete implementation of their commitments.

State of the Energy Union

Press release:  State of the Energy Union Report

Fact sheet: Questions and Answers on the Energy Union Report

State of the Energy Union Communication

Annex 1: Updated roadmap for the Energy Union – November 2015

Annex 2: Guidance on Member States on national energy and climate plans

Monitoring progress towards the Energy Union objectives – Concept and first analysis of key indicators

Member States' Energy Union Factsheets by country

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency progress report

Assessment by Member State on energy efficiency part1part2

Energy Security strategy

EU energy security strategy implementation report

Overview of Emergency Oil stocks in the EU

Projects of Common interest

Press release: Projects of common interest

Fact sheet: Questions and Answers on the projects of common interest in energy

Updated Union list of projects of common Interest, November 2015

Commission Regulation on the Union list of projects of common interest

Projects of common interest – their implementation and contribution to energy policy objectives

Renewable energy

Public consultation on a revision of the renewable energy directive

Nuclear safety

Nuclear safety directive implementation report  Translations

Assessment by Member State on nuclear safety

Reports submitted by the Member States to the Commission on the implementation of the 2009 Nuclear Safety Directive, used for the drafting of the European Commission Report

Climate Action

Climate action progress report

Energy consumers

Energy consumer trends 2010-2015

 

 

Commission presents report on investments in nuclear safety (30/03/2016 - 15:48)

This is the first report since Fukushima in 2011, focusing on the investments related to post-Fukushima safety upgrades and to the safe operation of existing facilities. In addition, this Nuclear Illustrative Programme (PINC) highlights the estimated financing needs related to nuclear power plants' decommissioning and to the management of radioactive waste and spent fuel. The Nuclear Illustrative Programme provides a basis for discussion and aims to include all stakeholders, especially civil society, in the discussion on the role of nuclear energy trends and related investments for the period up to 2050.

While EU countries are free to decide their energy mix, the Energy Union Strategy and the European Energy Security Strategy stressed that EU countries who decide to use nuclear energy in their own energy mix have to apply the highest standards of safety, security, waste management and non-proliferation as well as diversify their nuclear fuel supplies.

Vice-President responsible for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič said: "Based on Member States input, the Nuclear Illustrative Programme of the Commission provides a useful photograph of the whole lifecycle of nuclear power in Europe: from the front-end of fuel fabrication, to safety upgrades and long-term operations, to the back-end of the cycle, including waste management and decommissioning. The PINC contributes to the implementation of the Energy Union strategy, by looking into relevant Member States' investments from the perspective of safety, security of supply, diversification, technological and industrial leadership"

Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete said: "Five years after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, Europe has learnt the lessons. The Nuclear Illustrative Program brings together for the first time an overview of all investment aspects of nuclear energy in a single document. It thus contributes to the public discussion on nuclear matters. Together we should be able to identify ways to cooperate across Europe to ensure that knowledge about the safest use of nuclear power plants is shared, rather than done separately by each regulator, and that the management of radioactive waste is secured financially by Member States until its final disposal."

Today, the Commission also presented a recommendation to EU countries concerning the application of Article 103 of the Euratom Treaty. The recommendation requires EU countries  to have the Commission's opinion on agreements with non-EU countries on nuclear matters (Intergovernmental Agreements) before concluding them. This recommendation aims to make that process more efficient by clarifying the key aspects and requirements that EU countries have to take into account when negotiating such agreements, in particular regarding the new directives on nuclear safety and the safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste. The application of this recommendation should reduce the need for the Commission to object to the conclusion of agreements, and thereby reduce the risk of delay in their conclusion.

Press release

Nuclear Illustrative Programme

Factual data on nuclear power generation

Recommendation on agreements with non-EU countries (article 103 Euratom Treaty)

Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič on Energy Union Tour to Sweden (12/10/2015 - 15:36)

Updated: Read Šefčovič's blog: Sweden’s Got Talent !

Vice-President for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, visits Stockholm on 13 October as part of his Energy Union Tour to Sweden. He will meet with Swedish government authorities and energy market stakeholders, and visit energy facilities.

Vice-President Šefčovič will meet the Swedish Minister for Energy, Ibrahim Baylan for bilateral talks. His visit will also include a meeting with the Swedish Parliamentary Committees and conclude with a field visit to the Fortum Heat and Power Production Facility.

Vice-President Šefčovič said: "Over the last decades Sweden has gone through a significant energy transition. This has resulted in a far-reaching decarbonisation of the energy system across this country. It is an inspiring example for all other European Union countries and I encourage Sweden to lead the charge in the energy transition for Europe that is the Energy Union project."

Follow the Energy Union Tour on the Vice-President's blog, as well as on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in Vienna for high-level EU-OPEC meeting (21/03/2016 - 10:00)

On 21 March EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete attends the high-level EU-OPEC (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) meeting in Vienna. The meeting will focus on the challenges caused by the recent downward trends in oil prices and analyse possible future trends in the oil market in the light of a sharp decline in investment in oil exploration and production.

The discussions will also reflect on how the current times of low oil prices can be an opportunity to phase out environmentally harmful fossil fuel subsidies, and to promote measures on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Commissioner Arias Cañete said: "Excessive oil price volatility is harmful for the economies of both producing and consuming countries. As we demonstrated in the Paris climate talks last year, Europe's commitment to a clean energy future is non-negotiable. Eliminating fossil fuels subsidies worldwide is certainly a step in the right direction. I look forward to discussing with OPEC countries how we can best work together to ensure the global clean energy transition."

The EU's oil imports are expected to account for more than 90% of its total oil consumption by the next decade. OPEC comprises 13 oil producing nations which account for over one-third of the global oil supply all together. The EU has held meetings within the EU-OPEC dialogue since 2004.

Watch the press conference.

Joint statement

 

Cities unite for energy and climate action: New integrated Covenant of Mayors launch (15/10/2015 - 09:44)

The Covenant of Mayors - a movement of European cities committed to more energy efficiency and renewable energy - and its sister initiative Mayors Adapt – cities committing to prepare for the impacts of climate change - have joined forces in the fight against climate change.

On 15 October, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, hosted a ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels to acknowledge the important contribution cities make to reducing emissions, decarbonising energy systems and creating climate-resilient urban environments for citizens.

European cities - home to 360 million people or 72% of Europe's population - account for 70% of the continent's energy consumption. These areas are also particularly vulnerable to the unavoidable impacts of climate change, which makes urban spaces a top target for climate and energy action. They are the ideal place for boosting renewable energy, improving energy efficiency in buildings and increasing green areas, and thereby mitigating and adapting to climate change.

The Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt initiatives are movements involving more than 6000 cities voluntarily committing to take climate action. From now on, the new Covenant of Mayors will integrate Mayors Adapt and include the solutions put in place by cities to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

The new Covenant will help cities develop synergies between mitigation and adaptation. At the event, signatory municipalities discussed carbon dioxide emissions targets for 2030, as well as adaptation efforts cities undertake to combat the unavoidable adverse effects of climate change.

The initiative is part of the EU's Energy Union priority of reducing emissions while moderating energy demand and investing in renewable energies and energy efficiency. The new initiative will also contribute to make Europe more climate-resilient, in line with the EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change. Launched just weeks before the 2015 United Nations climate summit in Paris, the new Covenant will also have a strengthened international dimension and aims to inspire similar initiatives in other parts of the world.

Covenant of Mayors

Mayors Adapt

ACER call for Board of Appeal members (19/01/2016 - 13:57)

Call extended until 22 March

The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) is launching a call for members and alternates for the next term of its Board of Appeal. The members and alternates of the Board of Appeal are selected and proposed by the Commission and formally appointed by the ACER Administrative Board.

ACER was established to assist the national energy regulators in coordinating their actions and to ensure a smooth functioning of the internal energy market. ACER is independent from the Commission, national governments, and energy companies.

The Board of Appeal comprises six members and six alternates. It is selected from current or former senior staff from the national regulatory authorities, competition authorities or other national or EU institutions with relevant experience in the energy sector.

The term of office of the members and alternates of the current Board of Appeal started on 22 September 2011 for a five year mandate which comes to an end on 22 September 2016. The first term is renewable.

Applications, preferably in English, should be sent by email to ENER-BOA-ACER@ec.europa.eu.

Applications must be sent by 22 March 2016.

 

First gas interconnector between Poland and Lithuania ends energy isolation of the Baltic States (14/10/2015 - 09:58)

The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker welcomed today the signing of the grant agreement on the GIPL (Gas Interconnector Poland – Lithuania), the first pipeline connecting Poland and Lithuania. The gas interconnector will end the long lasting isolation of the Baltic Sea region and bring the energy needed for a new economic dynamism to the region.  

Witnessed by President Juncker, together with the Prime Minister of Poland, Ewa Kopacz, the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaité, the Prime Minister of Latvia, Laimdota Straujuma and the Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Rõivas, today's signature is also a breakthrough increasing the security of supply and bringing more resilience to the European energy market.

At the occasion of the signature of the joint declaration, President Juncker said: "Today's signature is about European solidarity. It is about leaders taking responsible decisions to increase our security and strengthen our resilience. Today we have done much more than bringing the energy isolation of the Baltic States to an end. We have brought the region further together. Today we have agreed on European infrastructure that will unite us, instead of dividing us."

Construction of the project is set to start by December 2019. Its total cost is €558 million which will be funded by the Baltic States and private investment alongside the Commission’s contribution, made under the Connecting Europe Facility.

The gas pipeline will stretch some 357 km in Poland and 177 km in Lithuania. It will be capable of delivering 2.4 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Poland to Lithuania, and 1 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Lithuania to Poland.

GIPL is the first gas interconnector between the Eastern Baltic Sea region and the Continental Europe. It is one of the energy infrastructure projects that benefits of the status of Project of Common European Interest. Projects of Common Interest are critical for completing the European internal energy market and for the attainment of the Juncker Commission priority to establish an Energy Union to secure, affordable and sustainable energy.

Press release

Fact sheet

Joint Declaration

Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan

European Electricity Regulatory Forum to discuss market upgrades (03/03/2016 - 16:49)

Meeting on 3-4 March in Florence, the European Electricity Regulatory Forum is discussing how to upgrade the EU’s electricity markets and how to better coordinate markets and policies across the EU.

The Forum is debating the Commission's forthcoming proposals for a redesign of the electricity market which must respond to the commitments to fight climate change made at the Paris climate summit at the end of last year.

"Half of the EU's electricity is already powered by low carbon energy sources - this is already a European success story, but it is only just the start. By 2030, renewables will be the dominant player in the electricity system, smart technologies will be the norm, and consumers will be the ones driving the market forward," Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for climate and energy, stated at the opening of the discussions at the Forum.

The EU electricity market is currently living through a time of deep change. Europe is moving away from an era dominated by power generation from large central power plants towards a more dynamic, spread-out power generation from renewable energy sources. These changes require an adaptation of the current rules of electricity trading and changes to the existing market roles, so that the electricity market can adapt to this new reality.

The meeting is covering topics such as actions needed to create electricity markets which work on shorter time frames to allow for a smoother integration of renewable energy. Another topic is delving into Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and the ways in which they cooperate and take decisions across regions.

Speech by Commissioner Arias Cañete

European Electricity Regulatory Forum

Conclusions

 

 

Cities unite for climate action – join the event! (01/10/2015 - 17:49)

On 15 October, the Covenant of Mayors – a movement of climate-friendly cities – and its sister initiative Mayors Adapt will join forces in the fight against climate change ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Paris at the end of November.

In a ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels hosted by Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, the Covenant of Mayors will acknowledge the important contribution cities make to reducing emissions, decarbonising energy systems  and creating climate-resilient urban environments for citizens.

The Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt initiatives are  movements involving more than 6000 cities voluntarily committing to take climate action. From now on, the new Covenant of Mayors will integrate Mayors Adapt and include the solutions put in place by cities to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

At the event, signatory municipalities will discuss carbon dioxide emissions targets for 2030, as well as adaptation efforts cities undertake to combat the unavoidable adverse effects of climate change.

European cities - home to 360 million people or 72% of Europe's population – account for 70% of the continent's energy consumption. Urban areas are in addition particularly vulnerable to the increasing climate change impacts. Cities are therefore of key importance in mitigating and adapting to climate change and ideal places for boosting renewable energy and improving energy efficiency in buildings.

EU and Turkey strengthen energy ties (28/01/2016 - 10:19)

The EU and Turkey are holding a high-level dialogue on energy in Istanbul on 28 January. The delegation from the European Commission is being led by Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and the Turkish Delegation is being led by the Energy Minister, Mr.Berat Albayrak.

Discussions are focussing on integrating the Turkish energy market with the EU, energy efficiency and renewables, climate change and a follow-up on the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, gas markets and interconnections, the development of the Southern Gas Corridor, and the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) which is part of the Southern Gas Corridor – Turkey is a key transit country for these gas routes to the EU.

Talks will also cover electricity markets and interconnections, nuclear safety,  and regional cooperation and integration in the Energy Community and Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on energy.

"Given its strategic location as a transit country in the region, Turkey is a key partner for Europe's energy security and diversification. With the launch of the High-Level Energy Dialogue, Turkey and the EU are injecting renewed political momentum to our energy cooperation. This will lead to concrete actions and projects to our mutual benefit." Arias Cañete said.

The Southern Gas Corridor will help many countries in Central and South East Europe to diversify their sources of gas, boosting their energy security. It will expand the infrastructure that can bring gas to the EU from the Caspian Basin, Central Asia, the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean Basin. When the route opens in 2019/2020, it will allow around 10 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas to flow along the route, possibly rising to 80-100 bcm in the long term.

In this way, the Southern Gas Corridor has the potential to meet up to 20% of the EU's gas needs.

TANAP is a natural gas pipeline running on the eastern to western Turkish border. It will be a central part of the Southern Gas Corridor, and will connect the large Shah Deniz II gas field in Azerbaijan to Europe. When completed in 2018, it will allow 16 bcm of natural gas to flow, rising to 30 bcm.

Joint press statement

Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič takes the Energy Union Tour to Ireland (17/09/2015 - 13:54)

Updated: Read Šefčovič's blog: Connecting the dots: Bulgaria and Ireland

On 17-18 September, the Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič will travel to Dublin, making Ireland the 13th country of the Energy Union Tour. Šefčovič will convey the benefits of the Energy Union in the national context – to the industry, consumers, and the environment. During his visit, the Vice-President will meet with Prime Minister Enda Kenny, the Deputy Prime Minister Joan Burton, Ministers Alex White (Communications, Energy and Natural Resources) and Simon Coveney (Agriculture, Food and the Marine), as well as major market stakeholders.

On 18 September, Šefčovič will also deliver the keynote speech at the ‘Future of Energy’ Summit, organised by the Dublin-based Institute. Other speakers include Minister Alex White and Pat O'Doherty, the Chief Executive ESB, as well as international thought leaders, expert policymakers, high-level officials and leading industry figures.

Ahead of his trip, Šefčovič said: “The Energy Union will help connect the Irish energy market to continental Europe, improving the country’s energy security, increasing competitiveness, and empowering consumers. Ireland might be an island, but it doesn’t have to be an isolated energy island”.

Follow the Energy Union Tour on the Vice-President's blog, as well as on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Arias Cañete attends International Renewable Energy Agency meeting in Abu Dhabi (15/01/2016 - 12:42)

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete travels to Abu Dhabi on 16-17 January to participate in the 6th General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

IRENA is the intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation on renewable energy. The meeting serves to ascertain the concrete implementation of the Paris COP21 climate agreement and to set strong guidance as regards IRENA's role for the promotion of renewable energy.

One of the political priorities of the Juncker Commission is making the EU the world number one in renewable energy and leading the fight against global warming. Commissioner Arias Cañete will deliver a keynote speech on the need for concerted action to deploy renewable energy and will hold bilateral meetings with representatives from the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and other countries of the Gulf region.

In addition, he will host a dinner with CEOs of international renewables companies, ministers, environmental organisations and other personalities from the renewables industry.

To conclude his first international travel of 2016, Commissioner Arias Cañete will participate in a ministerial roundtable on financing renewables on Sunday morning, and at the Financial Times IRENA Question Time Debate in the evening, where he will be joined by Mr Henry Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Ms Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Mr Yvo de Boer, Director General of the Global Green Growth Institute amongst others.

IRENA
Arias Cañete's speech

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Vice-President Šefčovič on Energy Union Tour to Finland (21/09/2015 - 15:20)

On Thursday 24 September, the Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič will travel to Helsinki, making Finland the 15th country of the Energy Union Tour.

As in the previous EU countries he visited, Vice-President Šefčovič will convey the benefits of the Energy Union in the national context – to the industry, consumers, and the environment. On Thursday, the Vice-President will meet with the Prime Minister of Finland, Mr Juha Sipilä, as well as with the Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr Olli Rehn and members of the Parliament of Finland. Vice-President Šefčovič continues his programme on Friday in Vaasa, where he will visit the most energy efficient school in Finland, participate in a citizens' dialogue event with Finnish MEPs and meet with local business representatives.
Ahead of his visit Vice-President Šefčovič said, "Finnish creativity and innovation made the country a front runner when it comes to renewable energy sources. The Energy Union will help Finland capitalise on its past success and increase its security of supply". 

Follow the Energy Union Tour on the Vice President's blog, as well as on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič on Energy Union Tour to Estonia (27/11/2015 - 15:43)

Read Šefčovič's blog: e-STONIA!

Vice-President for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, visits Estonia on 27 November as part of his Energy Union Tour. During his visit, the Vice-President will participate in a series of ministerial meetings and meetings with the parliamentary committees.

In addition, the Vice-President will also be present at the VI Annual Energy Conference. Vice-President Šefčovič will meet the Minister of the Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Kristen Michal, and the members of European Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Estonia. The Vice-President will also meet with the Minister for Environment, Marko Pomerants, and key business leaders, including energy producers, network operators and think-tanks.

Vice-President Šefčovič said: “Following last week’s State of the Energy Union, I am glad to visit Tallinn and focus at the particular benefits that Estonia will see from the Energy Union. My discussions will cover the progress made in the country’s energy infrastructure and the next steps in its regional integration. Yet, I would also like to explore the potential of Europe’s most digital-friendly nation in our energy transition”.

Follow the Energy Union Tour on the Vice President's blog, as well as on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Outcome of the bilateral EU-Russia gas meeting in Vienna (14/09/2015 - 10:21)

The meeting focused on the actions needed to ensure stable gas supplies to Ukraine and via Ukraine to the EU during winter. It was also the occasion to exchange views on matters regarding the EU-Russia energy relations.

On 11 September, European Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič attended bilateral talks on energy security with the Russian Federation in Vienna. Russia was represented by the Minister for Energy, Mr Alexander Novak and the CEO of Gazprom, Mr Alexej Miller. The meeting took place in a constructive atmosphere and focused on the actions needed to ensure stable gas supplies to Ukraine and via Ukraine to the EU during winter. The meeting was also the occasion to exchange views on matters regarding the EU-Russia energy relations such as energy infrastructure.

European Commission press statement

EU and Japan boost cooperation on energy security (10/07/2017 - 15:47)

On 11 July European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the EU and Japan on promoting and establishing a liquid, flexible and transparent global Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market. Under the Memorandum, the EU and Japan will exchange experience and undertake joint activities to spread best practices to improve the functioning of the global LNG market. These include flexibility in contracts for LNG sale and purchase, the organisation of gas hubs in consumer markets, price transparency and reporting. They will also enhance their coordination in international fora and organisations in the area of energy, in particular regarding responses to unexpected gas market disruptions. The objective is to involve all LNG producers and consumers in joint activities to promote the liquidity, transparency and flexibility of the global LNG market. This will help ensure competitive LNG supplies and improve the resilience of the international market and its capacity to respond to emergencies. 

Commissioner Arias Cañete said:

A more liquid, transparent and flexible LNG market will contribute to the diversification of gas supplies in Europe. This will not only strengthen our energy security, but will also lead to more competitive prices for consumers. This Memorandum of Cooperation is an important step in the process, and is part of the EU's wider cooperation with Japan in the field of energy.

Minister Hiroshige Seko said:

Today, I am very pleased to reach the signing of this Memorandum of Cooperation between Japan and the EU. Collectively, Japan and the EU account for nearly 50% of global LNG demand. In close cooperation with the EU, Japan will lead the world’s efforts in enhancing a liquid global LNG market, including the abolishment of restrictive destination clauses.

The Memorandum is a concrete illustration of the strengthened bilateral partnership between the EU and Japan, following the Summit held on 6 July, at which an agreement in principle was reached on the EU - Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA).

Background

Taken together, the EU and Japan account for nearly 50% of overall global LNG consumption. Reinforced cooperation between the EU and Japan has the potential to decisively enhance the liquidity and flexibility of the global LNG market. The EU strategy on LNG and gas storage, published in 2016, aims to improve security of supply and competitiveness through increased diversification focusing in particular on the most vulnerable regions such as South-East Europe, the Baltic region and the Iberian Peninsula. Ensuring that all countries have access to liquid gas markets with a diverse range of supply sources, including LNG, is a key objective of the Energy Union. For Japan, the world's largest LNG importer, secure LNG supplies are strategically important. Japan also published a strategy for LNG market development in 2016, aiming to create a flexible global LNG market and develop a LNG trading hub in Japan.

Watch the press conference that took place after the ceremony.

Memorandum of Cooperation

Photos from the signing ceremony

EU relations with Japan

International cooperation

EU signs sustainable energy declarations with Pacific Islands (08/09/2015 - 12:30)

European Commissioner for energy and climate action, Miguel Arias Cañete, has signed new joint declarations to reinforce cooperation on sustainable energy between the EU and four Pacific Islands: Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau and Nauru. Joint declarations with Niue and Tonga will be signed in the course of the week.

The joint declarations - signed at the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting on 8 September 2015 - aim to make the national energy sectors more sustainable by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. They also reaffirm the EU's commitment to work with the Pacific Islands to achieve this.

"Sustainable energy is the fuel for sustainable development. This is especially true in the Pacific Islands where imported fuel dependency is hampering economic growth, and where the climate change impacts are more present than anywhere else. That is why the European Union supports the Pacific counties in their efforts to develop renewable energy and boost energy savings," Arias Cañete said.

The Pacific Islands bear the brunt of the effects of climate change in particular due to rising sea levels and changing weather patterns including an increase in storms and natural disasters like cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis.

Islands like Tonga have also been feeling the pressure of rising oil prices and have therefore agreed to cut dependence on oil imports.

Similar declarations have already been signed between Cape Verde and Austria, Luxembourg, Spain and Portugal; Ivory Coast and France; Liberia and Norway, Rwanda and Togo.

Moreover, in May this year, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, signed two similar declarations to work closer with Sierra Leone and with Uganda, Germany and France on sustainable energy. These declarations reinforced political determination to work in a closer partnership to achieve a sustainable energy sector and to fight energy poverty.

The joint declarations come in the run-up to the United Nations summit on climate change which will take place in Paris this November.

Joint Declarations:
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Palau
Nauru
Niue
Tonga

 

Florence Forum discusses EU electricity market (17/05/2017 - 09:44)

The EU's internal electricity market was the focus of the meeting of the Electricity Regulatory Forum in Florence on 17-18 May 2017. Representatives of the European Commission, national governments and regulatory authorities, transmission system operators and electricity industry organisations discussed how to further enhance the EU's internal electricity market with a view to achieving the clean energy transition. Much of the discussion centred on the 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' package of proposals, published by the Commission in November 2016.

During the meeting, several of the Commission's clean energy proposals were discussed, including those for a revised Renewable Energy Directive (including higher renewable energy targets for EU countries), for a new Regulation on risk-preparedness (to agree on common rules to mitigate crisis situations), and for a revised Electricity Directive and a revised Electricity Regulation. The participants also considered electricity market developments in the Energy Community and hear a presentation on the changes and challenges in the Nordic countries' power system.

European Electricity Regulatory Forum

Conclusions

European Energy Regulators’ White Paper # 2 The Role of the DSO

Clean Energy for All Europeans

Renewable energy

Energy efficiency

The latest DG Energy newsletter is online! (09/09/2015 - 12:54)

Let me welcome you back after the summer break! Here at DG ENERGY, we have had a busy summer working on making the Energy Union a reality.   Let me bring you right up to date.

On 15th July, the Commission adopted the suitably named 'Summer Package'. It was the first set of concrete Energy Union deliverables and included proposals to deliver a new deal for energy consumers, to redesign the European electricity market, to update energy efficiency labelling and to revise the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). As Commissioner Arias Cañete stated to the European Parliament on the day of adoption, the package is about moving from market-led energy consumers to consumer-led energy markets and about showing that the EU is a global leader in the transition to a low-carbon society.

To make that very point, the following week the European Commission, the European External Action Service and EU Member States published an EU Energy Diplomacy Action Plan. The Action Plan is an important step towards achieving the external priorities of the Energy Union. It focuses on diversifying energy sources, suppliers and routes to the EU through strengthened energy cooperation and dialogues, exploring the potential of LNG, and enhancing the ability of the EU to speak with one voice.

Both the Vice-President and Commissioner Arias Cañete also took part in the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators' annual conference which this year topically focused on the crucial role of regional cooperation in integrating the European electricity market. And on 10 July in Dubrovnik we saw regional co-operation in action with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding launching Central Eastern and South-Eastern European Gas Connectivity (CESEC). This will pave the way for closer integration of EU and Energy Community energy markets and help build a stable regulatory and market framework to improve the investment climate in those markets.

On the international front, on 14 July in Vienna a landmark agreement was reached in Vienna, facilitated by the European Commission, on Iran's nuclear energy future. This was a successful culmination of long-running diplomatic efforts to reach a comprehensive, long lasting and peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. And on 20th July, the EU-US Energy Security Working Group met in Washington to prepare the next EU-US Energy Council which will be held later this year.

On 27 August, again in Vienna, the Energy Community celebrated its 10th anniversary with Vice-President Šefčovič and Commissioner Johannes Hahn in attendance. Apart from celebrating past successes, it was also announced that cooperation between the EU and  Energy Community members will be strengthened with new proposals on security of energy supply, investments in energy infrastructure and  energy market reform. On the same day, Vice-President Šefčovič chaired talks on energy security with Ukraine in Vienna focusing on how to ensure stable gas supplies to Ukraine - and via the Ukraine to the EU - during the coming months.

And finally, a quick word on what else is ahead this month. Look out for the Horizon 2020 Info Days on 14-15 September and the 2015 SET-plan conference on the 21st of the month dedicated to the Energy Union's research and innovation strategy. That will be followed the next day by an Informal Energy Council hosted by the Luxembourg Presidency.

Bonne rentrée and I hope to update you on a busy and successful month very shortly.

Dominique Ristori

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