Interview Maroš Šefčovič, VP Energy Union: “I made the promise 2016 would be year of delivery and I intend to keep it”

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“If we want a cost-effective transition to a low-carbon economy, we have to create an internal energy market where European rules apply”, says Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission’s Vice President for the Energy Union, in an exclusive interview with Energy Post. According to Šefčovič, “big parts of our energy market are [still] overregulated”. To take a decisive leap towards the Energy Union, the Commission has decided to put all its energy … [Read more...]

The new EON, the new Johannes Teyssen: “The future is state-led renewables, stop dreaming of perfect Energy Union and Emission Trading System”

Johannes Teyssen (photo Eon)

In one of his first in-depth interviews since the restructuring of EON, CEO Johannes Teyssen sets out a completely new vision of where he sees European energy markets and policies going. The future according to Teyssen is: distribution much more than transmission; state-led renewables auctions and capacity markets, not wholesale energy-only markets; carbon taxes or floor prices, not carbon trading or emission trading; higher energy efficiency … [Read more...]

Jean-Paul Chabard, Scientific Director at EDF’s R&D: “Electrical storage is the grail for an electricity producer”

EDF Lab at Paris-Saclay

In this exclusive interview with Energy Post, the man in charge of EDF’s flagship new research centre just outside Paris, Jean-Paul Chabard, explains where the company sees its future opportunities. With an R&D budget of €650 million, EDF has the largest R&D effort of any utility in Europe. The EDF Lab at Paris-Saclay, which opened in March, houses half the company’s 2,000-strong R&D staff. Chabard says “electrical storage is the … [Read more...]

Exclusive Francesco Venturini, CEO Enel Green Power: “Europe stuck in confused energy vision”


Europe is last in line for investment these days because it has no long-term energy strategy, says the head of Enel Green Power, Francesco Venturini, in an exclusive interview with Energy Post Weekly from which we bring you this extract (the full interview can be found here). Europe, Venturini says, is “stuck” in a “confused” energy vision “that’s 20 years old” and doesn’t know where it wants to get to. Enel Green Power, one of the largest green … [Read more...]

EU carbon market hit by Brexit, but reform carries on

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Will the reform of the failing EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) be a casualty of Brexit, now that the UK, one of the biggest carbon markets in the EU, may leave the system? As the EUEnergy App shows, greenhouse gas emissions in Europe have gone down drastically since 1990. But not thanks to the EU ETS. What is more, in the coming years much greater emissions cuts are needed, and the carbon market is expected to deliver these, with or without the … [Read more...]

Interview DNV GL CEO Remi Eriksen: “We see ourselves as data custodian”

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According to DNV GL’s new “Technology Outlook 2025”, the watchwords for the next decade are digitalisation and decarbonisation. In an exclusive interview with Energy Post, DNV GL’s Group President & CEO Remi Eriksen and Chief Group Development Officer David Walker explain the company’s ambitions to use its independence and cross-sectorial energy expertise to become a leading data and knowledge hub in the global energy industry. “We see … [Read more...]

The Big Chill: why the Energy Union is on hold [premium content]

European Parliament Brussels (photo Xabier Zaldua)

Terrorist attacks and  the spectre of Brexit have cast a shadow over Brussels, including the great Energy Union project. But there are deeper reasons why the Energy Union, one of the top priorities of the European Commission, is running into serious difficulties. Power markets are still overwhelmingly determined by national policies and member states resist EU-wide initiatives in many crucial energy policy areas, writes Sonja van Renssen.  … [Read more...]