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Energy Union Law

Leigh Hancher

Topic of the Month

18.01.2018

State aid, unbundling and EdF – a new piece in the puzzle?

Written by Leigh Hancher    The EU Treaty state aid rules (Articles 107 and 108) have a major role to play in the energy sector. […] read more

Electricity

Lights on WomenTopic of the Month

9.01.2018

Will the Bridge Span the Gap? The Political Debate on Governance

Written by Marie Vandendriessche   This Topic of the Month will zoom in on the EU’s Energy Union, and particularly a novel part of it: […] read more

Energy Policy

Lights on WomenTopic of the Month

15.12.2017

Mind the gap: the proposed governance of the Energy Union

Written by Marie Vandendriessche This Topic of the Month will zoom in on the EU’s Energy Union, and particularly a novel part of it: the […] read more

Energy Policy

Lights on WomenTopic of the Month

11.12.2017

The Road to the Energy Union

Written by Marie Vandendriessche This Topic of the Month will zoom in on the EU’s Energy Union, and particularly a novel part of it: the […] read more

Electricity

Tim Schittekatte

Topic of the Month

4.12.2017

Designing distribution grid tariffs for tomorrow

Written by Tim Schittekatte Last week, I discussed how the advent of the “prosumer” is challenging the status quo in distribution tariff design. The main conclusion […] read more

Electricity

Tim Schittekatte

Topic of the Month

22.11.2017

Designing distribution tariffs for the current context

Written by Tim Schittekatte The advent of the “prosumer” due to PV adoption is challenging the status quo in distribution tariff design. Historically, the task for […] read more

Electricity

Tim Schittekatte

Topic of the Month

13.11.2017

Assessing distribution network tariff design in a changing context

Written by Tim Schittekatte In this topic of the month, I argue that the ideal distribution network tariff does not exist. The most robust choice for […] read more

Electricity

Topic of the Month

30.10.2017

The case for locational pricing

Day-ahead markets in the EU include only a coarse, zonal representation of physical transmission constraints. Sometimes this arrangement is justified on the basis that, for […] read more

Electricityundefined

Topic of the Month

24.10.2017

Why doesn’t the EU co-optimize the procurement of ancillary services with energy?

Written by Ross Baldick The US and the EU have different approaches to the procurement of ancillary services (AS), in particular frequency regulation and contingency […] read more

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Adrien de Hauteclocque

Capacity mechanisms and compatibility with the internal market under EU state aid rules

- Energy Union Law

Our previous two posts reviewed the preliminary report of the Commission’s state aid sector inquiry into electricity capacity mechanisms of 13 April 2016 and discussed when these mechanisms constitute state aid under Article 107(1) TFEU. Once a capacity mechanism constitutes state aid, it can nonetheless be declared compatible with the internal market under the guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy 2014-2020 (hereafter the “guidelines”), which contains a specific chapter on generation adequacy measures, or under Article 106(2) TFEU and the Package of 2011/2012 on services of general economic interest. It is interesting to note that the guidelines unfortunately do not address the application of Art 106(2) TFEU.