V4 energy security: The land of nuclear and coal

(EurActiv, 16 Mar 2017) Visegrád countries are seeking ways to ensure energy security while delivering on their climate commitments. Nuclear is seen as the ideal solution by some, with natural gas playing a limited role. EURACTIV’s Central European partners report.

Energy systems in Europe are changing, with the increasing deployment of renewable sources redefining old truths. According to ideal visions, the energy mix in the EU should be based on energy efficiency, renewables and natural gas, which is perceived as a relatively clean source, flexible enough to be compatible with solar or wind power.

Ironically, it is not profitable to operate gas power plants under current market conditions, and many say renewables are to be blamed for this.

In November 2016, the European Commission introduced a jumbo legislative package (aka Winter Package). Apart from the obvious, it is an attempt to restore stability to the electricity market in the EU.

There are two ways for Europe to ensure stability for investments into stable conventional power plants, as member states have to decide between a market-based approach and so-called capacity mechanisms designed to remunerate the availability of electricity generation.

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EurActiv, 16 Mar 2017: V4 energy security: The land of nuclear and coal