State Aid archive

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    ClientEarth reports Bulgarian capacity mechanism to European Commission

    As subsidies for fossil fuels come under increasing scrutiny in the EU, Bulgaria faces a legal challenge over its unwavering support to coal.

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    Expert view: What does the General Court ruling mean for Great Britain’s Capacity Market?

    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.

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    World-first climate risk case launched over major coal plant in Poland

    Company Enea will have to justify its decision to power ahead with the controversial project in court, as Poland feels the pressure before COP24.

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    Spanish coal mines could face €2bn refund bill

    Spain’s coal mining companies may have to pay back up to €2bn in government subsidies.

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    Energy giant Engie must pay back 10 years’ worth of illegal tax breaks

    Lawyers warn fossil fuel companies should factor the potential payback of illegal subsidies into the “vast portfolio of risks” they face.

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    ENEL gives mixed climate messages at AGM

    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.

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    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.

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    EU green light to Polish capacity market is a reminder the rules need updating

    Lawyers point out fundamental flaws in EU rules that mean it can approve ‘badly disguised coal subsidies’.

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    Coal investors stand to lose billions within a decade – unless utilities act now

    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.

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    ClientEarth joins ranks of international anti-coal movement

    Europe Beyond Coal, launched today, links organisations across 28 countries in the campaign for clean, renewable energy all over the EU.

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    Wind and solar will be cheaper than burning wood for power by 2020 – report

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth are calling for an end to subsidies to wood-burning facilities like Drax.

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    Spain’s funding of power plants faces legal challenge

    Spanish electricity companies may have to pay back over €3bn in aid if environmental lawyers’ complaint over the capacity mechanism is successful.

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    New report proves there should be “no more new nuclear” in UK

    A report from the National Audit Office shows the extent of bad decision-making that enabled the Hinkley Point C nuclear deal.

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    ClientEarth challenges unlawful Bulgarian fossil fuel subsidy

    Lawyers have challenged €1.3bn in power subsidies it says were not formally approved.

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    Bulgaria faces EU Commission scrutiny over state aid misuse

    ClientEarth has triggered an examination of State aid given to polluting Bulgarian coal power plants by submitting a complaint to the EU Commission.

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    Billions in public money funds climate assault from biomass

    Biomass report confirms years of doubt over the ‘carbon-neutral’ status of burning wood for power.

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    Over £1bn in public funds to finance Drax’s not-so-clean power conversion

    Doubts remain over whether public money is best spent on wood-burning for UK power.

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    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.

  • Electrician fixing power lines to illustrate story saying EU energy package disappoints with weak laws and strong industry influence

    EU energy package disappoints with weak laws and strong industry influence

    This mammoth package of laws lets industry wield unprecedented influence over the EU’s energy future.

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    Romanian mine closures a further signal of coal’s demise

    Romania to provide equivalent of €99 million in state aid to close down two ageing coalmines.

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    Analysis: Spanish mines paid to close, must close

    Spain’s coalmine closure plan has been approved by the European Commission and must go full steam ahead.

  • It’s not just Apple – EU investigates fossil fuel tax breaks

    Within a week of the Apple tax scandal, the EU has started investigating the same claims for a French fossil fuel company. Will there be more to come?

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    Poland’s support for coal through capacity market will hit household bills

    A plan by the Polish government to introduce a “power capacity market” will lead to a rise in households energy bills.

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    Czech buyers take next step in German coal sell-off

    The buyers of a Swedish power firm’s lignite mines in Germany have taken the next step in their purchase, despite state aid issues hanging over the sale.