An analytical study titled “Photovoltaic Generation: New Opportunities for Coal Mining Regions, that are in the process of curtailing production”, published by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission (JRC), identifies the prospects for deploying solar power plants in the EU coal mining regions in the process of decommissioning coal mines and power plants.
The UK is demonstrating a systematic approach to ensuring energy supply and sustainability of the energy system under the conditions of significant change of the generation structure by increasing RES and reducing the share of traditional power plants. One of the main tasks in modern conditions is considered to be the possibility of starting the power system at partial or full blackout.
Poland keeps trying to overcome by means of administrative methods the negative impact of national electricity policy which has raised electricity prices and caused conflict between Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the Minister of Energy Krzysztof Tchorzewski.
On August 2, 2019 American energy company “ExxonMobil” announced hat it is leaving hydrocarbon production projects in Romania’s offshore economic zone, in particular, Romania’s “ExxonMobil” regional director Richard Tusker outlined “ExxonMobil’s” intention to sell its share in development of offshore gas field “Neptun Deep” in the Romanian Black Sea where ExxonMobil holds 50% shares. According to Richard Tusker, “ExxonMobil” has already informed the Romanian government, the National Authority for Mineral Resources (“ANRM”) and its partner “OMV Petrom” of its intentions.
On August 2, 2019, the Chairman of the Board of Islamic Azad University and Senior International Relations Advisor to the Supreme Leader of Iran Akbar Velayati delivered the message about the willingness of the Russian Federation to invest USD 50 billion into development of Iran’s oil and gas sector.
According to Euroelectric, the main reasons for the increase in the role of distribution system operators (DSO) in the future configuration of energy systems are the expected increase in distributed generation volumes and the share of RES in the energy balance up to 50% of the total electricity generation, most of which will be connected to the DSO.
On June 28, 2019 in Osaka, Japan, as part of the G20 Summit, the International Energy Agency (IEA) planned to release the results of the study “On assessment of the role of hydrogen and its economic potential in developing a new model of the global energy system.”
According to the Minister of Economic and Climate Policy of the Netherlands, Noévan Hulst, a stable position regarding the widespread use of hydrogen as a key energy carrier in the transition to a new low carbon paradigm for the development of energy systems in Europe and the world where hydrogen will be generated from different sources has already been formed by experts.
According to the European Commission report on the performance of the electricity market in the EU for the first quarter of 2019, the main trends in the functioning of the market were the increase in the share of natural gas in electricity production due to falling prices for this energy, reduction of wholesale price of electricity due to milder weather conditions in March and February in 2019, lower prices for energy products and higher generation of RES, primarily wind power.
On June 28, 2019, the National Assembly of France adopted a law on climate and energy policy aimed at achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. French Environment Minister François de Rugy said the adoption of the law makes France one of the pioneers in countries that have made specific commitments to the transition to carbon neutrality.