Regulation & Policy

Implementation of gas network codes by European countries as part of the gas regional initiative (GRI) showed a disconnect between progress in the south region and the south-southeast region, with the latter showing a somewhat slower progress in 2016.

It emerged from the Gas regional initiative status review report 2016 published in February by the Agency for the cooperation of energy regulators (ACER).

EU member states have agreed February 17 on the Commission's proposal to invest some Eur444 million in key European energy infrastructure projects.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and China are stepping up cooperation on energy security, capacity building, data and statistics through a new three-year work programme that is also intended to support China’s energy transition and efforts to address environmental and air-quality issues.

UK energy regulator Ofgem has set levels of the price cap for households that have a prepayment arrangement for their energy bills.

UK energy regulator Ofgem is requiring suppliers to take part in trials to find out the best ways of helping disengaged customers get a better deal. The trials are one of the remedies put forward by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) following its energy market investigation.

The EU has “continued to make good progress on delivering the Energy Union objectives” in recent years, in particular on the 2020 energy and climate targets, having already achieved its 2020 final energy consumption target, according to the Second Report on the State of the Energy Union issued by the European Commission on February 1.

Italy's industry ministry has ruled strategic gas storage volumes in the country for storage year 2017-2018 should remain unchanged year on year at 4.62 billion cubic meters, or around 48,846 GWh.

UK's energy supplier British Gas Business is to pay £9.5 million in redress “following failings in its registrations, complaints handling and billing processes for business customers,” UK regulator Ofgem said.

Increased financial support and stronger efforts in promoting renewable energy development are needed in order for to the ambitious measures set out by the French government to reduce dependence on nuclear energy to be successful, the International Energy Agency said.

UK energy regulator Ofgem and the UK Government have announced plans to create greater separation between the system operator role performed by National Grid and the rest of the National Grid group. 
As part of that, Ofgem has published a consultation for a legally separate electricity system operator to be established within National Grid.

Indonesia is making steady progress in tackling subsidies to fossil fuels, however the partial removal of subsidies has yet to be fully implemented with progress being hampered by “opposition to change from entrenched interest” according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The International Energy Agency (IEA) in a recent report has praised Italy’s long-term energy strategy and the acceleration of its efforts to comply with 2020 climate change goals, adding at the same time that it welcomed a proposed review of 2030-2050 objectives.

The European Commission has approved Germany's plans to put in place an electricity generation capacity scheme aimed at ensuring sufficient capacity in Southern Germany.

The adoption of the State Energy Policy (SEP) in the Czech Republic in 2015 has strengthened energy policies in the country however the government now needs to provide clarity on plans for its implementation in order to support investors' confidence, the International Energy Agency said.

The EU Commission has presented a new package of energy measures to 2030. The set of measures, presented November 30 and labeled “Clean Energy for All Europeans”, envisages the EU would commit to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030.