European Energy Policies in a Changing Environment by Francis McGowan (auth.), Francis McGowan (eds.)

By Francis McGowan (auth.), Francis McGowan (eds.)

Across the ecu Union, power coverage continues to be a hugely debatable factor, regardless of the relative balance of power markets and the inability of outrage of strength availabilities and costs which marked past debates at the factor. The debates on nuclear energy in Germany, at the coal within the united kingdom point out the continued resonance of power coverage as a resource of dispute on the nationwide point. furthermore, whereas the urgency which the Nineteen Seventies power crises delivered to coverage discussions might not exist, the emergence of latest matters, similar to the surroundings and fiscal liberalisation, have provided new demanding situations for power coverage. those concerns additionally come up in a ecu surroundings. Early in 1995 the eu fee released a eco-friendly Paper on power coverage -indeed, because the manuscript used to be accomplished the fee was once finalising a White Paper -and the difficulty could be at the time table of the 1996 Intergovernmental convention. the result of those discussions is way from transparent, yet there's no doubt that, in a single manner or one other the eu Union may help to form nationwide strength regulations for a few years to come.

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In November 1993, Parliament - which is traditionally rarely consulted on energy policy - debated the deregulation of the energy networks. Moreover, an open debate was held on energy and environmental policies from June to October 1994, involving a wide range of interests (energy companies, trade unions, consumers, local government, NGOs, ecologists, and independent experts) beyond the traditional closed and technocratic decision-making process. ) the Souviron Report published in December 1994 challenged the legitimacy of past policies, particularly the emphasis given to nuclear power at the expense of energy conservation and renewables, including the non-transparency of nuclear costs assessment.

10 10 However, other numerous entries into independent production (730 MW) using motor diesel were attracted in 1993-94 by the high level of buy-back rates in superpeak hours. The Electricity Nationalisation Act of 1946, as amended in 1955, obliges EDF to buy back electricity from independent producers (up to 8 MW). This obligation was temporarily suspended at the end of 1994 (except for electricity produced from cogeneration or renewables). 45 It is not expected to utilise combined cycle power stations for base load requirements.

6% per year), high oil prices ($35 a barrel in 2005 at constant prices) and a vigorous energy conservation policy. 6% per year), moderate oil prices ($21 in 2005) and a weak energy conservation effort. 5% stimulated primanly by road transport and, to a lesser extent, by the residentialservices sector. Scenario B predicts an annual growth in final consumption of nearly 2%, brought about in particular by a strong upturn in industry'S energy consumption. 43 Starting from these two basic scenarios, another hypothesis (Scenario C), which adds a vigorous energy conservation policy to Scenario B, is examined.

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