Faglig påfyll i Påskeferie? Prøv Teknisk Museum. In Olso during the Easter Break? Try the Museum of Science and Technology

Påskeferie i Oslo, og letter etter faglig påfyll for hele familien? Jeg anbefaler å ta seg en tur til Teknisk Museum, på Kjelsås, hvor man kan får med seg to faste utstillinger: Olje og Gass, rett ved siden av Energi og Elektrisitet.
If you are spending the Easter break in Oslo, and are eager to get some energy-related activities for all the family, I strongly recommend to visit the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology, at Kjelsås (north of Oslo), where you can discover two permanent exhibitions: Oil and gass, next to Energy and Electricity.
All explanations in Norwegian and English.


New Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines (EEAG) now released (documents)

The European Commission has adopted today, 9 April 2014, the new Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines (EEAG). The new EEAG will replace the former 2008 Guidelines, and will cover the period 2014-2020.

European Commission to adopt new state aid guidelines on energy and environmental aid on 9 April 2014

Today, 9 April 2014, the European Commission will adopt its new State Aid Guidelines on Energy and Environmental Aid.
You can follow the press conference given by Commissioner in charge of Competition, Joaquín Almunia, on EBS Live (link) et 12.30
Last on the topic, the Committtee of the Regions adopted a Draft Opinion on the forthcoming guidelines (check press release, 04.04.2014, by the CoR here).


Norway consults on its draft regulation on the transport and storage of CO2 (carbon capture and storage)

The Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Department has launched today a public consultation as to the draft regulation concerning the transport of carbon dioxide and the use of subsea reservoirs on the continental shelf for its storage
The consultation papers, including the draft regulation (in Norwegian), are available on the website of the Ministry.
Deadline to submit contribution: 25 May 2014
See previous note on the entry into force and deadline for transposition of Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide (CCS Directive) into the national legislation of the EEA countries on 1 June 2013.


Regulation establishing a Network Code on Gas Balancing of Transmission Networks published in the OJEU

Commission Regulation (EU) No 312/2014 of 26 March 2014 establishing a Network Code on Gas Balancing of Transmission Network has been published in the EU Official Journal (OJEU L 91 of 27.03.2014, p.15). The text of the regulatuin is available on EUR-Lex.
The Commission Regulation will rapidly be commented on this blog.

New EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts published in the EU Official Journal

Three new public procurement directives are published in today's Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU L 094 of 28.03.2014). These new directives form the new legal basis for EU public procurement and concession contracts legislation (link included):
The new rules have been formally approved on 15 January 2014 after that an agreement was reached in June 2013. More on the review process which conducted to the adoption of the new rules on the European Commission website.


Interview - My preliminary comments on the effects of the draft EU state aid guidelines on green certificates market between Norway and Sweden

I answered some questions on the possible effects of the draft EU state aid guidelines for energy and environment (document leaked a couple of days before) on the green certificates scheme in Norway and Sweden. The article (in Norwegian) was published on 20 March 2014 by Montel.

Article: "EU-forslag vil neppe berøre elsertmarkedet", Montel, 20.03.2014, available for free here.


Quotation in Montel on recent use of state aid regime in energy sector by European Commission

Read my comment on the recent state aid practice of the European Commission in the energy sector in Montel article "State-aid rules to give Brussels new muscles". Available on http://www.montel.no/ (only for Montel subscribers for the moment).