In this special briefing, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union:
– In February, the Commission is due to launch a review of the regulation on security of gas supply and of its sister regulation on security of electricity supply. The EU Executive will also review the EU’s information exchange mechanism for intergovernmental agreements on energy, publish a strategy for LNG and Storage, and a strategy for Heating & Cooling.
– The EU is currently revising its energy labelling directive. Industry and energy MEPs will not agree on a position before the 24th of May at the earliest.
– The Dutch Presidency will address the potential of regional cooperation on energy in the North Sea at a High-Level meeting on the 4th of February and will hold an informal energy Council in Amsterdam on the 10th and 11th of April, focused on electricity market design.
– The Commission intends to publish a new ‘Nuclear Illustrative Programme for the Community’, or PINC in February.
– The Commission is working on updating its 2050 energy forecasts during the first half-year of 2016. It is also working on updating its report on energy prices and costs. Meanwhile, work has just started on revising the collection ofelectricity and gas price statistics.