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Electricity

Leonardo Meeus

Topic of the Month

17.04.2018

The golden decade of DSOs?

What’s in the EU Clean Energy Package #2 Written by Leonardo Meeus In this topic of the month, the author gives a teaser of the […] read more

Electricity

Leonardo Meeus

Topic of the Month

9.04.2018

What’s in the EU Clean Energy Package

Written by Leonardo Meeus In this topic of the month, the author will give you a teaser of the first three weeks of the FSR […] read more

Gas

Andris Piebalgs

Topic of the Month

28.03.2018

Bottlenecks for delivering renewable gas

Written by Andris Piebalgs FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #4 Looking at the future of renewable gases or ‘green gas’ in Europe, it is […] read more

Gas

Lights on WomenTopic of the Month

22.03.2018

The European experience with Renewable Gas

FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #3 Written by Maria Olczak and Andris Piebalgs   In the 2012 assessment of the biogas development potential in Europe, Floris […] read more

Gas

Andris Piebalgs

Topic of the Month

14.03.2018

What is renewable gas?

FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #2 Written by Maria Olczak and Andris Piebalgs Biogas, biomethane, green hydrogen, and synthetic natural gas (SNG) are all […] read more

Gas

Andris Piebalgs

Topic of the Month

7.03.2018

Could gas be a destination fuel for Europe?

Gas is well placed to supply back-up to intermittent renewable electricity because of the flexibility and short start-up times... read more

Energy Union Law

Lucila de Almeida

Lights on WomenTopic of the Month

2.03.2018

European Private Energy Law: Front and Centre of the Clean Energy Package

Written by Lucila de Almeida The second post on the topic of February advanced the conceptual framework of European private energy law outlined in the […] read more

Energy Union Law

Lucila de Almeida

Lights on WomenTopic of the Month

23.02.2018

European Private Energy Law: Of Rights, Remedies and Procedures

Written by Lucila de Almeida The first post on the topic of February shed a bright—and much needed—light on the unexplored field of European private […] read more

Energy Union Law

Lucila de Almeida

Lights on WomenTopic of the Month

11.02.2018

European Private Energy Law: what is it, and why does it matter?

Written by Lucila de Almeida The ‘Topic of the Month’ in February introduces the unusual and rather underexplored concept of European private energy law. It […] read more

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Adrien de Hauteclocque

Capacity mechanisms and EU state aid control: it is not all about compatibility

- Energy Union Law

The Commission issued the preliminary report of its state aid sector inquiry into electricity capacity mechanisms on the 13th of April 2016. While it does not address the applicability of State aid rules, the most contentious legal issues can already be foreshadowed.

As is now well known, a measure qualifies as state aid when it fulfills four cumulative criteria: there must be (i) an economic advantage, favouring certain goods or sectors, (ii) funded by or through state resources which (iii) distorts competition and (iv) adversely affects trade in the internal market. Two issues remain particularly salient today when it comes to capacity mechanisms and the notion of aid: the existence of an advantage pursuant to the Altmark case law of 2003 and the involvement of state resources.