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European Commission to enable state aid for nuclear power

The EU is formulating legislation that aims to exempt all nuclear power projects from restrictions on state aid in a move that will be welcomed by the UK and France.

Forum hears of flaws in European Commission’s energy efficiency policy

Europe's cogeneration lobby delivered input at the European Commission heating and cooling consultation forum in Brussels this week and were keen to point out the lack of recognition given to energy efficiency in policy documentation.

European Commission will investigate improper state aid for EdF

The European commission has indicated that it will carry out an enquiry into French state-owned power company EdF to see if it has benefited from illegal state support, according to a Brussels spokeswoman. The statement follows sustained criticism from Italy, Germany and Spain who feel that EdF is using its strength to take stakes in their own domestic industry, without reciprocal rights being available in France.

European Commission chief emphasises North Sea offshore wind plan

The vice president of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, has for the second time in a week reiterated Brussels determination to bring about an integrated North Sea offshore grid, and believes the impetus for the initiative will be furthered early in 2016.

European Commission chief leaves no room for doubt on decarbonisation commitment

A high-ranking director of the European Commission's climate strategy directorate left a gathering of power professionals under no illusions as to the commitment of Brussels to a global clean energy future, when he spoke at the European Power Plant Suppliers Association's 10th annual technology evening this week.

European Commission “not blocking” construction of Paks nuclear power plant

Brussels is seeking a change to the fuel supply aspect involved in the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary, but is not challenging the expansion of the facility itself.

Pumped storage hydropower critical for future clean energy systems

The International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower has warned that conventional batteries alone cannot provide adequate storage and grid flexibility.

European Commission will decide on free CO2 permits for utilities in July

The European Commission said it will decide on free carbon-dioxide permits for utilities in eight member states in July.

European Commission renewables chief highlights importance of heating ahead of power

The head official at the European Commission's renewable directorate says the EU'S focus needs to shift away from electricity towards heating and cooling if it is to achieve a balanced and successful energy policy.

PEI Connect: Is Europe facing an energy crisis?

High gas prices and low renewable energy yield and could prove challenging for Europe, as the region heads for chilly winter months.