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EU state aid threat to UK electricity reform

UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry has conceded that part of the government's Electricity Market Reform plans could fall foul of European Commission state aid rules.

Vattenfall lignite sale comes under EU state aid microscope

Attempts by Sweden's state-owned power giant Vattenfall to offload its German lignite operations appear to have been stalled at the EU level, according to reports in Germany.

EDF nuclear chief ‘confident’ Hinkley Point compatible with EU state aid rules

EDF's Managing Director of Nuclear New Build told a conference on nuclear energy in London on Tuesday that he expects the project will be compliant with EU regulations.

EU approves state aid to Areva

The European Commission has approved a planned $4.76bn capital injection in Areva by the French government, saying the restructuring plan for the company met state aid guidelines.

‘No deadline’ for Hinkley state aid probe says EU

The European Commission has told Power Engineering International that no date has been set to make a final decision in the state aid probe into the UK government's deal with EDF over Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant.

Commission looks set for negative ruling on Hinkley Point

The European Commission is close to concluding that a deal between the UK government and energy firms on the country's nuclear programme at Hinkley Point breaches EU state aid rules.

EU Commission approves German CHP support

The European Commission has concluded an investigation into potential state aid for German combined heat and power and found that the support improves the integration of cogeneration into the electricity market and is in line with EU state aid rules.

UK threatens diplomatic war on Austria over nuclear power lawsuit

A diplomatic cable indicating repercussions for Austria if it doesn't drop its opposition to the UK's nuclear power project at Hinkley Point has been leaked to the mainstream media.

Belgian certification scheme to benefit CHP operators

The European Union has approved a scheme aimed at rewarding renewable energy and combined heat and power operators whose processes conserve energy.

Commission rejection of Hinkley Point state aid ‘unavoidable’

A leading expert on European law has told Platts news web site that he believes the UK's bid to provide state aid for the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant will almost certainly be rejected by the European Commission on the grounds that it is illegal.

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