All articles by Manuel Berkel

German government prepares solidarity-based gas supplies
With an amendment to the law, the German government is creating the basis for being able to support other EU states with gas supplies in a shortage situation. “In the future, the federal government can also apply the measures under the Energy Security Act for this purpose if another member state faces such an energy […] continue reading →
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Gas crisis: the critical importance of coordination
In the event of a gas embargo, the key deciding factor would be the level of solidarity among the EU member states. However, experts are skeptical that the necessary institutions can be installed for a short-term supply freeze. continue reading →
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BMWK considers European raw material procurement
The German government wants to systematically record and remove industrial policy obstacles to renewable energies. To this end, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs launched the roundtable “Expansion of production capacities for the energy turnaround” with representatives of the solar and wind energy industries, among others, on Monday. The industry dialog is to take place […] continue reading →
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Gas platform to work with industry
The joint platform of EU states on energy procurement will set up an advisory working group with experts from the business community. This was announced by the EU Commission on Friday. The previous evening, the platform had met with representatives of the 27 member states for its first meeting. The goal is to coordinate the […] continue reading →
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Fifth sanctions package ends coal imports
On Thursday evening, the EU states decided to impose an embargo on Russian coal and other goods, as announced. A few hours earlier, the Parliament had called for an immediate end to the import of all fuels – including gas. continue reading →
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Federal government wants to import more green power
Germany wants to facilitate cooperation with European partners in tenders for renewable energies. The so-called reciprocity principle is to be dropped, and higher volumes of renewable energies from other member states are also to benefit from German support. On Wednesday, the German cabinet approved an amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that provides […] continue reading →
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European Parliament votes against support for new natural gas pipelines
New fossil fuel infrastructure such as gas pipelines will probably no longer be eligible for funding under the Connecting Europe Facility in the EU from 2024. The Parliament voted by a clear majority on Monday in favor of the text of the revised TEN-E regulation on trans-European energy networks. In doing so, MEPs adopted an […] continue reading →
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IPCC: $1-4 trillion fossil assets at risk
As the world frantically pushes for new investments in oil and gas supplies, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns in its new report that investments are stranded. The 1.5-degree target would require greenhouse gas emissions to be nearly halved by 2030. continue reading →
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EU states criticize burden-sharing for gas storage facilities
Due to high procurement costs for gas, member states have reservations about the EU Commission’s legislative initiative on strategic gas storage. At a meeting of the Council’s Energy Working Group on Monday, according to Europe.Table information from EU circles, some countries with large storage capacities complained of insufficient financial burden-sharing if they are to stockpile […] continue reading →
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Efficiency targets for smartphones by the end of the year
With a comprehensive package of legislation, the Commission wants to gear almost all goods sold in the EU towards the circular economy. It presented its own initiatives for textiles and construction products, and there are now timetables and priorities for other sectors. continue reading →
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Independence through solar energy
Europe's photovoltaic industry defends itself against profit skimming and calls for mandatory solar panels on roofs, also to be added during renovations. Meanwhile, the EU Commission is rediscovering a solar technology that had largely been declared dead. continue reading →
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British energy provider sells gas division
Faced with rising energy prices, British utility provider National Grid sells a majority stake in its gas division to focus on its electricity business. A 60 percent stake in the gas pipeline and metering business will go to Australian investor Macquarie Asset Management and Canadian pension fund British Columbia Investment Management, National Grid said Sunday. […] continue reading →
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Qatar: no additional LNG before 2025
Qatar, an internationally courted oil and gas producer, is dampening Germany and other Western nations’ expectations that their dependence on supplies from Russia will end quickly. He does not think Qatar can help immediately, Energy Minister Saad al-Kaabi said Saturday at a conference in the Qatari capital Doha. No one can replace Russian supplies at […] continue reading →
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Additional LNG supplies: US and EU announce energy partnership
Joe Biden and Ursula von der Leyen plan to announce a deal today on shipments of additional LNG from the US to Europe. Von der Leyen spoke yesterday of a "new chapter". continue reading →
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Gas storage: Pressure on Germany grows
The EU Commission wants the Federal Republic of Germany to comply with more ambitious minimum filling levels for gas storage facilities. According to a leak, storage operators must also undergo certification. Safety concerns could result in expropriation. continue reading →
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Norway brings forward gas supplies
Norway is helping the whole European continent to quickly refill its gas storage facilities and is bringing forward gas deliveries to the summer months. Germany and Norway also agreed on Wednesday to cooperate on hydrogen imports, the Federal Ministry of Economics announced at the end of a trip to the country by department head Robert […] continue reading →
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Gas crisis: Liberals miss interim targets
Liberals in the European Parliament have called on the Commission to quickly present a more precise timetable for greater independence from Russian gas imports. “What are the necessary goals and milestones to be achieved in the coming weeks and months?” asked Czech MEP Martina Dlabajová (Renew) in the Industry Committee on Tuesday. Energy Commissioner Kadri […] continue reading →
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Federal government expects zero-sum game for gas reserve
The German government does not expect its government factions to pay for the planned national gas reserve. On Monday, Europe.Table had insight into a parliamentary group draft on the storage law. In it, three basic developments of the gas price over the coming months are presented, as well as their impact on the storage levy […] continue reading →
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