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A rebound in CO2 emission allowance prices in Europe in the second part of 2016 was among the factors contributing to the increase in competitiveness and output for gas-fired generation, according to Italy's Gestore Servizi Energetici (GSE).

Gas-fired generation in France increased by 60.8% year on year in 2016, reaching 35.5 TWh and accounting for 6.6% of power generation in the country, according to grid operator Rte.

Russian gas supplies to Austria have spiked up in 2016, rising by 37.9% year on year to 6.1 billion cubic meters, Gazprom said.

Gross inland energy consumption in the European Union accounted for 1,626 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2015, 2.5% below 1990 levels and 11.6% below its peak of almost 1,840 Mtoe in 2006, according to Eurostat.

French gas grid operator has lifted the supply alert for LNG supplies at the Fos-sur-Mer terminal this week, on the back of milder temperatures and increasing LNG deliveries, after a situation of bottleneck partly due to tight LNG supplies had affected South-East of France at the end of January.

The share of electricity generated from gas-fired power plants sold on the Italian day-ahead regulated electricity market continued to see year on year increases in January, standing at 53.3% of total sales against 46.1% in January 2016, according to data from exchange manager Gestore Mercati Energetici (GME).

Natural gas in the form of LNG is expected to continue playing a key role in Japan's energy mix in the future, despite some forecasts suggesting a decrease in consumption is to be expected compared to current levels, according to a senior official at major utility Tokyo Gas.

Electricity demand in Italy was up by 0.4% year on year in December 2016, standing at 26.2 TWh according to data released by Italian power grid operator Terna.

Natural gas had the biggest share in the European generation mix in 2016, with 183 GW installed, accounting for 20.3% of total installed generation capacity.

Total volumes of electricity generated by Enel in 2016 fell 7.8% year on year, standing at 261.8 TWh, according to the company's 2016 preliminary consolidated results.

The situation of congestion in the South-East of France seen at the end of January had somewhat eased in the first week of February, amid temperatures rising to more milder levels that what seen earlier, according to grid operator GRTGaz.

The expected progressive phase-out of lignite-fired capacity and shift to gas-fired capacity in the South Eastern Europe region in the coming decade raises the issue of security of gas supplies and the need for a stable gas market structure to arise, according to a paper published by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions produced in the generation of electricity at power plants in the United States declined by 73% from 2006 to 2015, a much larger reduction than the 32% decrease in coal-fired electricity generation over that period, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) found.

Brexit is likely to exacerbate the issue of “foreign dependency” on gas supplies for both the UK and Ireland, amid decreasing North Sea gas production, a paper by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies argued.

“From being hardly foreign dependent at all, the UK and Ireland would become respectively 42 and 97 per cent dependent on foreign gas” OIES's Thierry Bros pointed out.

The UK electricity market has witnessed a sharp rise in gas-fired generation in 2016 at the expense of coal-fired electricity production, which fell “to an all-time annual low” according to a report issued by UK energy consultancy EnAppSys.

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