Europe’s misshapen market – Why progress towards a single energy market is proving uneven

November 26, 2012 | 00:00

Europe’s misshapen market – Why progress towards a single energy market is proving uneven

Progress to a single European energy market is proving very uneven. David Buchan explains the European Commission’s worry that rapid development of national renewable and back-up capacity markets could shut off countries’ energy sectors from each other, before efforts to improve cross-border electricity connection and trading can produce results.

Brussels may soon have to concede the fight against climate change will do some damage to the architecture of a free energy market, but in the meantime persistent regulation of energy prices is a more immediate menace to the single market than capacity mechanism plans are.

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