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EU states to notify Commission of planned energy projects under new rules

16 Sep 2013 12:48:54 | esgm

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EU member states will be required to notify the European Commission every two years of new electricity and natural gas projects that require investment over a certain threshold under new regulations being drawn up, it has emerged.

The information will be used by the commission to identify any future supply-and-demand issues and major obstacles to investment.

According to the commission, the new law is a reworking of previous legislation that had the same aim but was annulled by the European Court of Justice.

The criteria being drawn up will cover projects under construction, the transformation of existing infrastructure, as well as the decommissioning of projects “of a certain size”, and interconnection to other countries.

The proposal will be voted on by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee at the end of September or the start of October.

ITRE committee members have so far tabled a total of 82 amendments to the regulation, proposing minor adjustments to the commission’s text.

According to a European Parliament spokeswoman, some of the amendments are aimed at minimising the administrative burden related to reporting that will be placed on member states; others reinforce provisions relating to the confidentiality of information and data security.

There are also amendments tabled to extend the scope of the regulation to include infrastructure in the coal, carbon capture, nuclear, and district heating and cooling sectors.

A plenary meeting of the parliament is scheduled to vote on the proposal in December, although the date may change.

Afterwards, the proposal will be negotiated in a “trialogue” between the parliament the European Council and the commission before the new version of the regulation is adopted. Matilde Mereghetti

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