During the past few weeks, following the publication of RTE’s 2017 “Bilan prévisionnel”, rumours about a possible rethinking of the partial nuclear phase-out planned within 2025 spread out. RTE made a pragmatic analysis of long term possible scenarios for France’s electricity sector, with the maybe not surprising result that less nuclear generation entails higher expected CO2 emissions.
The Bonn conference ended up in a mixed result. Some progress was achieved, but differences on financing, implementation and coal phase-out remain. The U.S. is increasingly isolated, Will the world be ready one year from now to take concrete stepts to achieve the Paris Agreement goals?
The 2017 Italy’s National Energy Strategy is finally online, with good news for the anti-coal lobby and the environmentalists. The political intent to proceed with a coal phase-out for electricity generation within 2025 is confirmed, and a governance plan to make it possible is set up. This plan is in line with other European countries, which in the past few years have shown a growing commitment to get rid of coal as soon as possible.
Two years after the Cop21, the task of setting the details of the Paris Agreements implementation is given to the Cop23, will it live up to the challenge?
In the context of the ongoing debate about EU electricity market design the OIES is proposing an adaptive approach, informed by system thinking and based on evolutionary change, trying to properly address all the known relevant issues of the sector
Iran is by far one of the most interesting actors in the global energy arena. Owner of abundant resources, the Islamic Republic led by Rohani, after years of sanction, is determined to increase the hydrocarbon production, while quickly ramping up the renewable capacity.
On 6th October 2017 the EU and India adopted a joint statement on clean energy and climate change, confirming their commitments under the Paris Agreement and agreeing to step up cooperation to enhance its implementation and meet its ambitious goals.
The referendum for the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan showed an overwhelming support for complete separation from Bagdad. Many variables are involved in this process, the most relevant being the oil in the Kurdish north of the country.
The latest UK Contracts for Difference allocation results for offshore wind farms put once again the spotlight on the falling costs of renewable technologies, and revive the debate about Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
Nord Stream 2 in brief In 2011 the first Nord Stream offshore pipeline became operational, bringing 55 bcm/y of Russian gas directly through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The planned Nord Stream 2 is to follow the same route, doubling the capacity of the existing gas connection. The designed shareholders are Gazprom (50%), E.ON (10%), …