“No state aid” in extension of EDP’s hydro-power concession, EC says.

“No state aid” in extension of EDP’s hydro-power concession, EC says.

Portugal’s extension of hydroelectric power concessions to national power company EDP, did not involve state aid, the European Commission said on Monday ending an investigation that began in 2013. The commission said that, in September 2013, after receiving complaints, it started an investigation of the situation. “The main concerns were the price paid by EDP […]

European Commission endorses three French initiatives to produce more than 2600 megawatts in renewable energy.

European Commission endorses three French initiatives to produce more than 2600 megawatts in renewable energy.

The European Commission has endorsed three French schemes to support solar and hydropower energy generators in France under EU state aid rules. The schemes will allow France to develop around 2600 megawatts of additional solar capacity and 60 megawatts of additional hydropower capacity. The two solar schemes together have a provisional budget of €439 million […]

EU withdraws Shinetime China from MIP.

EU withdraws Shinetime China from MIP.

The European Commission has withdrawn Chinese solar panel manufacturer Shinetime China and its related company in the EU, Shinetime Europe, from the EU-China price undertaking. The Minimum Import Price (MIP) agreement allows Chinese firms to avoid anti-dumping duties in the EU in return for agreeing to annual import quotas and selling above a pre-determined price. […]

EC calls on AUSTRIA to enact EU rules on the chemical pollution of waters.

EC calls on AUSTRIA to enact EU rules on the chemical pollution of waters.

The European Commission is urging Austria to enact the Directive on priority substances in the field of water policy (Directive 2013/39/EU) in their domestic law, an obligation which had to be fulfilled by 14 September 2015. Priority substances are chemicals which present a significant risk to or via the aquatic environment within the EU. This […]