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Brexit could bring ‘electric shock’ hike to energy bills, Energy Secretary claims

Energy costs could “rocket” by half a billion pounds a year if the UK quits the European Union, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd will warn on Thursday. Pointing to a report by National Grid on the consequences of leaving the EU, she will say that the “massive electric shock” of Brexit could push up British bills by the equivalent of around £1.5 million a day.

Oil & Gas

Halliburton given more time for Baker Hughes deal

Halliburton Co. was given more time by the European Union to come up with a package of asset sales that will assuage competition concerns over its takeover of oilfield services rival Baker Hughes IncThe company said Wednesday that it would offer the remedies soon, after the EU pushed back the deadline for reviewing the deal by 20 working days to June 23.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Fossil fuel glut, renewables make EU power cheapest in a decade

Record-low coal prices and increased wind and solar generation that pushed European power prices to their lowest in a decade may cause further declines in 2016. Average day-ahead electricity prices in Germany, Europe’s biggest market, fell 3.2 percent to 31.70 euros ($34.65) per megawatt-hour in 2015, the least since 2004 on the Epex Spot SE exchange in Paris before the last auction later Wednesday. Northwest Europe coal fell 33 percent while the share of Germany’s energy demand met by renewable output increased by four percentage points to 30 percent, according to preliminary figures by utility lobby BDEW.

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Dyson loses bid to change EU energy labelling laws

Dyson has lost its bid to change EU energy labelling laws after claiming some rival vacuum cleaners were achieving misleadingly good ratings. Sir James Dyson, founder of the British technology firm, argued that vacuum cleaners were only tested when they were empty of dust which can “mislead consumers on the real environmental impact of the machine they are buying”. But in a ruling, the EU’s General Court said it “dismisses Dyson’s action in its entirety” because the company - best known for its bagless vacuum cleaner - had failed to show there were more reliable and accurate tests.

Oil & Gas

Gazprom planning for the lowest fuel price in EU market for a decade

Gazprom PJSC, the world’s biggest natural gas exporter, is planning for the lowest price for its fuel in its main European market for more than a decade. The state-run exporter is drafting its budget for 2016 with preliminary estimates for gas prices outside the former Soviet Union of about $200 per 1,000 cubic meters ($5.45 a million British thermal units), said two people with direct knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified because the information is private.

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Europe’s big oil is a buy as cuts point to recovery at last

Energy companies are finally starting to come back into favor. After enduring the longest oil-price collapse in more than a decade, crashing profits and an investor exodus, Europe’s biggest producers are regaining fans as analysts bet earnings bottomed last quarter and will now start to recover. While Total SA, the region’s second-biggest oil company, will probably post the worst quarterly performance since 2009, it also has the highest proportion of buy ratings in a year, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Despite similarly bleak forecasts, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s No. 1, has the biggest share of buy recommendations since mid-2012 while BP Plc has the most since February.

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EU emissions down 23%, passing targets for 2020

The European Union says its emissions fell 4% last year, meaning the 28-nation bloc has already surpassed its target for 2020. A report by the EU’s environment agency said 2014 emissions were 23% lower than in 1990. The EU is the world’s third largest greenhouse gas polluter.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Atlantis Resources wins approval of €17million for MeyGen

Atlantis Resources said €17million of funding has been transferred from the Kyle Rhea project to the world’s largest planned tidal stream energy project MeyGen. The transaction was approved by the European Commission’s Climate Change Committee for MeyGen Phase 1B. The move is planned to help accelerate the development of the project with this second phase targeted to reach financial close and commence construction during 2016.


Opinion: EU Offshore Directive will underpin unwavering focus on safety

Last month saw a significant moment for this offshore oil & gas industry. What might be considered the single biggest change to affect domestic offshore health, safety and environmental management in many years came into force – the EU Offshore Safety Directive. Following the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the European Commission (EC) refocused attention on the potential for major accidents and, in particular, major environmental accidents, deciding that consistent standards were required for offshore operations across the European Union (EU) – particularly as many other European countries, such as Romania and Cyprus, were at the early stages of offshore development. The initial proposal for an EU Regulation was met by strong opposition from Oil & Gas UK among others – against the threat that Regulation would have swept away our entire legal framework, which is recognised as world-class, used as an example of best practice by countries as far away as Australia.

Oil & Gas

Two Iranian oil companies removed from EU sanctions list

The European Union has removed two Iranian oil companies from its sanctions list, the first such action since Iran reached a nuclear agreement with world powers earlier this month, a notice from the British finance ministry said on Friday. Petropars Operation and Management and Petropars Resources Engineering had been pressing for their removal from a list of sanctioned companies for months on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to include them. The companies, which are the part of a group involved in extracting natural gas from Iran's South Pars field, appealed to the EU court in May to allow their removal from the list.


EU energy regulator to get enforcement powers

EU energy regulator ACER, until now largely toothless, will be given legal powers to enforce plans for a single energy market that breaks down national barriers under a proposal from the bloc's executive arm. At a conference on Thursday in Slovenia, where the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators is based, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete laid out their plans to bolster ACER. Already next week in Brussels, the Commission will publish its thoughts on how to improve cross-border power and gas flows to try to bring down energy costs and curb the need for fossil fuels imported from nations such as Russia.