EU member states to re-assert control over national energy policies

Posted: March 17, 2015 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics
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energypricesVia Benny Peiser at the GWPF

The European Union is being outpaced by the rest of the world on business conditions, a trend that hampers the economic recovery and limits future growth, according to a study from employers’ federation BusinessEurope. “In the race to attract global investment, we more than halved our share.” Overall on energy, “we have much higher political costs in Europe,” Beyrer said, citing renewable-energy policies that cause “market distortion” and environmental efforts that are out of sync with global standards. If the rest of the world doesn’t sign on to the EU’s ambitions for reducing emissions targets, he said it may be time for Europe to “discuss our level of ambition” to avoid economic damage. –Rebecca Christie, Bloomberg, 16 March 2015

European Union governments have reasserted their authority over their national energy policies, before leaders meet to discuss the bloc’s plans for Energy Union on Thursday (19 March). The new design should ensure “the right of Member States to decide their own energy mix is respected,” states the leaked paper, which is dated yesterday (16 March). “Energy security can also be increased by having recourse to indigenous measures, as well as safe and sustainable low carbon technologies,” the new conclusions say. Environmental campaigners fear this keeps the door open for national governments to frack for natural gas, and mine and use other fossil fuels. —EurActiv, 17 March 2015

  1. johnbuk says:

    Nice thought but with the UK trapped in the Climate Change Act and highly unlikely to repeal that owing to the current political impasse we’ll continue to head for the bottom whilst the liberal elite maintain their pious superiority over everyone.

  2. wolsten says:

    Looking at that graph one could be forgiven for thinking it is the US that has the hidden agenda on energy policy. John Kerry seems to berate us daily for not going further with renewables and whilst they frack themselves into an independent energy future.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Overall on energy, “we have much higher political costs in Europe,” Beyrer said.

    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Political costs of energy will soar MUCH higher on current policies.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Right on cue:

    ‘The true cost of wind farms and other green power projects is far higher than ministers have admitted, a new Centre for Policy Studies report claims, claiming renewable energy will be “the most expensive policy disaster in modern British history”.’

    Who knew?

  5. DD More says:

    oldbrew says: Overall on energy, “we have much higher political costs in Europe,” Beyrer said.

    Remember here in the US, we get a separate invoice for our medical and social security bills. You seem to lump a lot of that into the electric and petrol payments.

  6. oldbrew says:

    DD: There won’t be any petrol payments if the eco-nuts are allowed to run the show.

    The editor of the Guardian can give you a flavour of how that might work…

  7. gallopingcamel says:

    oldbrew said:
    “the most expensive policy disaster in modern British history”.

    I think he is onto something. Why not list all the British policy disasters since WWII and rank them?

    I nominate the “Gambia Egg Scheme” and the “Ground Nut Scheme”:

    You have to read the accounts to appreciate the cluelessness of British bureaucrats.

  8. oldbrew says:

    gc: cancelling the TSR-2 probably rates a place on the list.

    The Plane That Barely Flew,

  9. oldbrew says:

    The wheels are coming off the German energy policy. Up-to-date power generation gets no subsidy and is forced to give way to part-time State-backed renewables, making it uneconomic.

    ‘The Irsching Blocks 4 & 5 are the ultimate in gas-turbine engineering – reaching an efficiency of 60.75%. But its operators, among them energy giant E.on, announced that they are shutting down the turbines effective April 1, 2016. Spiegel writes the reason is “the lack of opportunity for economical operation“. ‘

    The owners have already threatened to sue if they’re prevented from closing it by the authorities.