Regulation & Policy

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.

A new capacity market scheme is set to come in operation in France on January 1 2017 which will be open to foreign players' participation, the French energy regulator Commission de regulation de l’energie (CRE) and the ministry for Climate and Energy announced.

Eight major nations – Canada, China, France, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America – have signed a Government Fleet Declaration, pledging to increase the share of electric vehicles in their government fleets and calling for other governments to join them.

Increasing energy efficiency should be a major target for governments across the world, together with increasing the use of renewables, against the backdrop of more stringent carbon emission targets, the International Energy Agency said.

The impact of the promised change in direction in energy policies in the US by newly elected president Donald Trump might be smaller than expected, due to the stronger effect of wider market trends already underway, a recent report by Deutsche Bank suggested.

UK energy regulator Ofgem and the UK Government have opened a consultation aimed at finding ways to develop “a smarter, more flexible and user-friendly energy system” which includes “looking at what can be done to make it easier for businesses to provide voluntary demand side response, where they turn down electricity use at peak times in exchange for payments” they said in a statement published on Ofgem's website.

Ofgem has accepted legally binding commitments from utility SSE, following a Competition Act investigation into whether its behaviour could have impeded competition for connecting new developments to its electricity distribution network in the south of England.
“As a result of accepting the commitments, Ofgem is closing its investigation with no decision made on whether or not SSE infringed competition law” Ofgem said in a statement.

Co-operative Energy is to pay £1.8 million to energy consumers following engagement with Ofgem, as it was found to have let “customers down in its complaints resolution, call handling and billing processes” Ofgem said.

The ongoing energy reform in Mexico is set to “reverse the country’s declining oil production, increase the share of renewables in the power sector, and slow the growth in carbon emissions, providing a solid foundation for robust economic growth in the coming decades” according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The EU Commission has revised the conditions for third party access exemption to the OPAL gas pipeline, with the new rules now potentially giving incumbent Gazprom access to a higher share of the pipeline's total capacity than under previous provisions.