Kommentar: "Fra ambisjon til pragmatisme: EU-kommisjonens strategi for energiunionen" (i Energi og Klima Nettmagasinet)

"Etter flere måneder med mye spekulasjoner, avveininger og forhandlinger la endelig EU-kommisjonen frem sin rammestrategi om energiunion 25. februar 2015. Mange forventet et visjonært verk. Det endte med en pragmatisk tiltakspakke som nå utgjør Kommisjonens arbeidsprogram for de fem neste årene. Selv om EØS/EFTA-landene ikke er omfattet av EUs felles energi- og klimapolitikk som sådan, er realiteten at den nye strategien er av stor betydning for Norge."

Les hele min kommentarEnergi og Klima Nettmagasinet HER.


Conference on Comparative Offshore Oil & Gas Law: UK-Norway-USA, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA, 12-13 March 2015

The Louisiana State University (LSU) Journal of Energy Law & Resources is organising a conference on comparative offshore oil and gas law regimes between the United Kingdom, Norway and the United States. The conference will take place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, on 12-13 March 2015. It is structured around four topics: licensing systems, third party access to offshore infrastructure, license (lease) terms, and environmental, health and safety.
I am glad to be associated to this project and will be presenting the Norwegian licensing regime. See you in Baton Rouge?
More information on the event on the LSU website: http://www1.law.lsu.edu/cle/seminars/jelr/


Potential CO2 storage sites on the Norwegian continental shelf: the Petroleum Directorate publishes two interactive maps

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has released two interative maps based on the data collected from its atlases for potential CO2 storage sites (CO2 Atlases):
  • one is an interative CO2 Atlas, so-called "CO2 FactMap", check here;
  • the other one present general data and called "CO2 StoryMap", check here.


Expert Commission assesses conditions for increased productivity in Norway (report)

The specially appointed Commission on Productivity (Produktivitetskommisjonen in Norwegian) has submitted its first report to the Norwegian Finance Minister on 10 February 2015.
The first report looks at the basis for Growth and Welfare (Produktivitet – grunnlag for vekst og velferd , NOU 2015:1) and covers all sectors including petroleum and energy. The full document is available here (in Norwegian).
Website of the Productivity Commission: http://produktivitetskommisjonen.no/
A thorough comment of the Commission's report will be published on this blog in the coming days.


The European Commission officially launches works on the Energy Union

The European Commission announced on 4 February 2015 that it has officially launched work on the Energy Union, which was one of the initiatives promoted by President Juncker in his Political Guidelines.
Here is the link to the Commission's press release: IP/15/4103.
For comments on the earlier versions of the concept of Energy Union, see previous post here (paragraph on "resilient Energy Union").
Picture: Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy Union (c) European Union, 2015


Final report on the review of the EU Carbon Capture and Storage Directive now available

The European Commission has released this month the final report it had ordered to a Group of consultants on the review of Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide (so-called CCS Directive).
The report is available here. It will be summarised and its conclusions commented on this blog in a forthcoming post.
The purpose of the report was twofold:
"This report presents the consultant’s work in supporting the Commission in their review of the CCS Directive. The work under this contract consists of two main parts. The first part is to effectively carry out an interim evaluation of Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide (the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Directive), including consideration of the Directive under the new Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme (REFIT). The second part of the work is more forward-looking and focuses on preparing a set of recommendations for the future of the CCS Directive, and wider CCS enabling policy for the Commission to consider. This report contains the results of the work on both parts of the contract. The work is also designed to contribute to the European Commission Review of the CCS Directive, as required by Article 38 of the Directive"


EU competition law: General Court confirms Commission's rejection of a complaint on the ground that national competition authority is already dealing with the case (T-201/11)

The General Court of the European Union  concluded in the case T-201/11 Si. mobil telekomunikakcijske storitve v Commission on 17 December 2014 that the Commission was entitled to reject a complaint when a national competition authority was already dealing with the case.
This is a landmark judgment as the decision represents the first interpretation of Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 of 16 December 2002 on the implementation of the rules on competition law laid down in Articles 81 [EC] and 82 [EC] (now Articles 101 and 102 TFEU) on that topic. One of the objectives of the Regulation is to ensure that cases are dealt with by the most appropriate authorities within the European Competition Network.


UK capacity market supervision: Ofgem opens investigation as it suspects submission of false information to auctionning authority

Ofgem, the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, announced on 15 December 2014 that it has launched an investigation against UK Capacity Reserver Limited (UKCR) which is suspected of having submitted "false or misleading information to National Grid (the Delivery Body) regarding whether it had planning consent for some Capacity Market Units (CMUs)."