State Aid archive
We have written to the European Commission arguing that there is no proven need for the UK’s Capacity Market – and that as designed, it favours coal and gas power plants over cleaner technologies.
ClientEarth have called on the European Commission to put Germany under scrutiny after it missed the legal deadline to report on whether its €1.6 billion ‘lignite reserve’ scheme was successfully cutting carbon.
As subsidies for fossil fuels come under increasing scrutiny in the EU, Bulgaria faces a legal challenge over its unwavering support to coal.
The EU’s General Court has annulled the Commission’s State aid approval of the UK Capacity Market – this is a short analysis of the judgment.
Company Enea will have to justify its decision to power ahead with the controversial project in court, as Poland feels the pressure before COP24.
Spain’s coal mining companies may have to pay back up to €2bn in government subsidies.
Lawyers warn fossil fuel companies should factor the potential payback of illegal subsidies into the “vast portfolio of risks” they face.
Energy giant ENEL’s conflicting climate policies have come under fire at its AGM but the group is still refusing to give investors any certainty about the future, despite the rapid decline of coal in Europe.
Coal plants must pay back €400 million in unlawful subsidies from Spanish government, environmental lawyers insist
Environmental lawyers are supporting the European Commission’s investigation into coal operators in Spain to decide whether they have to pay back millions in subsidies to the Spanish government.
Lawyers point out fundamental flaws in EU rules that mean it can approve ‘badly disguised coal subsidies’.
As coal runs at a loss, power companies are running out of excuses to invest in it. A new report by Carbon Tracker charts a route to minimising the impact to shareholders as coal loses out to cheaper, cleaner ways of making and using energy.
Europe Beyond Coal, launched today, links organisations across 28 countries in the campaign for clean, renewable energy all over the EU.
Environmental lawyers ClientEarth are calling for an end to subsidies to wood-burning facilities like Drax.
Spanish electricity companies may have to pay back over €3bn in aid if environmental lawyers’ complaint over the capacity mechanism is successful.
A report from the National Audit Office shows the extent of bad decision-making that enabled the Hinkley Point C nuclear deal.
Lawyers have challenged €1.3bn in power subsidies it says were not formally approved.
Biomass report confirms years of doubt over the ‘carbon-neutral’ status of burning wood for power.
Doubts remain over whether public money is best spent on wood-burning for UK power.
EU state aid inquiry finds energy market intervention should be last resort, but fails to focus on climate
The report finds that EU countries need to better assess the need for capacity mechanisms, as they have failed to do so in the past.
This mammoth package of laws lets industry wield unprecedented influence over the EU’s energy future.
Romania to provide equivalent of €99 million in state aid to close down two ageing coalmines.
Spain’s coalmine closure plan has been approved by the European Commission and must go full steam ahead.