Our study on energy subsidies for the European Commission has been published
As part of its State of the Energy Union report, the European Commission has released its analysis of energy subsidies based on the Study on energy costs, taxes and the impact of government interventions on investments prepared by Enerdata and its partners Trinomics, Cambridge Econometrics, VITO and LBST.
Our study highlights that fossil fuels subsidies in the EU27 are stable at around 50 billion euros since 2008 while its Members States have pledged for phasing-out this kind of public support. Our study, which also covered all G20 countries, revealed that China’s fossil fuels subsidies reached no less than 27 billion euros in 2018, slightly above the 26 billion recorded in the United States.
Conversely, subsidies to renewable technologies are still on the rise in the EU27, although we have noticed that the pace of increase slowed down since 2015 due to lower cost and better controller support policies. The EU27 remains leader for renewable energy support with 73 billion euros in 2018, far more than amounted recorded in Japan, the UK, the USA, and China.
Thanks to a network of 40 country experts, Enerdata also collected, monitored and analysed detailed information on the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) and heat (LCOH) in the G20, as well as provided a thorough analysis of energy taxation in all G20 countries.
Prices and cost of energy – Study for the European Commission DG Energy
February 10, 2020
In the continuation of a previous project completed in 2018, Enerdata, in partnership with Trinomics and LBST, is launching a new data collection and analysis project in relation to energy prices for the European Commission (DG Energy).
It aims to gather a better understanding of the key factors affecting the cost of energy in the European Union, and how they influence investments in the energy sector. Another target is to comprehend which externalities are born by society which are not included in the market cost of energy.
The newest part of the project is the collection of hourly data for energy prices and energy production by technology. The aim is to analyse the competitiveness of the power generation sectors, taking into account costs, market prices and subsidies.
The previous study focused on prices, costs and subsidies for energy in Europe, by evaluating the role of competition in the formation of prices – both wholesale and retail – and analysing the impact of energy bills on household budgets, as well as on the competitiveness of European industries (by industrial sectors) in the global market. You can read the full study here.
Enerdata Continues Helping European Commission Monitor Fossil Fuel Subsidy Phase-Out
April 19, 2019
Following the success of the recently published study on energy prices, costs and subsidies in Europe, the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission has awarded a contract extending the study to Enerdata and partners Trinomics, Cambridge Econometrics and VITO. The new contract began in April 2019 and last one year.
The project is designed to help build the legislative foundation of the late-2018 regulation titled Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action, which is available here. The purpose of that regulation is to achieve the EU’s 2030 and long-term climate goals, in line with the Paris Agreement.
We at Enerdata will contribute our expertise on energy subsidies and energy taxation systems, by providing both a reliable theoretical framework and a thorough fact-based analysis. By doing so, Enerdata will help the European Commission define the reporting that Member States should implement to phase out energy subsidies, and especially fossil fuel subsidies. The new project will also extend the geographical scope of the original project, which was limited to the European Union, to also include all G20 countries.
EU Publishes Enerdata Prices, Costs and Subsidies Study
January 10, 2019
The European Commission recently published a report summarizing the main conclusions of a study conducted by Enerdata and partners Trinomics and Cambridge Econometrics.The study focuses on prices, costs and subsidies for energy in Europe, by evaluating the role of competition in the formation of prices – both wholesale and retail – and analysing the impact of energy bills on household budgets, as well as on the competitiveness of European industries (by industrial sectors) in the global market. Enerdata coordinated a network of experts in the EU’s 28 member states who were tasked with identifying and quantifying energy subsidies.
Our work showed that energy-related subsidies have increased 12%, from 150 billion euros in 2008 to 168 billion in 2016. This growth in public financing for the energy, transport and agriculture sectors in the EU can be explained by the strong support for renewable energy production in the member states (which totalled 75 billion euros in 2016), in line with European commitments.
Even more surprising – and contrary to the European goal of eliminating fossil fuel subsidies – support for hydrocarbons increased slightly to 55 billion euros in 2016, of which 28 billion went to petroleum products. In total, energy consumption and production subsidies were almost 90% of the 2016 total. Subsidies for research and development, and energy efficiency were just slightly more than 10% of the total disbursed in 2016.