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.
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.
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.
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.
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.