Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

The EU and Energy

Because our nutty neighbours [tag]Russia[/tag] and [tag]Belarus[/tag] are playing up again, energy disputes are in the spotlight once again. If the [tag]EU[/tag]’s largest economy’s being hit, guess what? Yep – a major overhaul of EU [tag]energy policy[/tag] is on the way. (Actually, that’s a hang-on from previous problems with eastern supplies, but still… Handy coincidence, eh?)

I’m certainly no expert on energy policy, so will mostly avoid this, except in the most general terms. One thing is certain, though – the struggle for power (electrical, not policial, lest my anti-EU chums get confused) is very likely to be the single biggest concern for the EU over the coming years, and could see all other concerns (the constitution, institutional reform, deregulation and the like) pushed to one side yet again.

The fact that these disputes are kicking off now may also mean – if you’re a believer in [tag]Peak Oil[/tag] theory – that the EU could well be the first part of the world to start feeling the impact as global fossil fuel supplies dwindle. Will she be able to get her act together enough to cope, or will the various Member States end up saying “sod it”, and negotiating unilaterally with our eastern, fuel-rich neighbours instead? Has energy got the power to end the EU?

More from EurActiv: EU to unveil plans for energy ‘industrial revolution’, The European Union’s Quest for a Common Energy Foreign Policy, Brussels seeks greater powers for national energy watchdogs, and Are people ready for EU’s energy revolution?

One Comment

  1. There are many reason to make the switch from fossil to more long term energy sources, but the manner in which Russia is acting will hopefully help to 'focus' minds across Europe.

    Developing new energy sources, both the research and deployment will not be cheap. You only have to look at ITER (which is 50% funded by EU members and built in France). If we were to put the collective brains and resoruces together of the wealthest region on Earth (and working with others), it might be possiable to develop clean, cheap, non-dependent on others and sustainable energy soruces and uses.