All articles by Dave Keating

Senior writer Dave Keating is a US journalist and conference moderator covering European affairs from Brussels, with a focus on environment and energy. He has worked for France24 and Forbes. He can be found on LinkedIn here.

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A push for renewables-fuelled electrification to bring down emissions

Joana Freitas from Portugal’s electric utility EDP Generation underlines electrification and the phase-out of coal for climate action.

COP27: Deep geothermal “superhot rock energy” could be key to climate action

New technologies such as “superhot rock” deep geothermal energy need recognition and public funding, says Terra Rogers of the Clean Air Task Force.

EU green taxonomy survives but not unscathed

The European Parliament has approved an EU proposal deeming gas and nuclear “green” investments, but the controversy around the taxonomy means investors may hesitate to use it.

Opinion: REPowerEU cannot decide if it is a climate or fossil plan

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen was keen to highlight that 95% of the financing mobilised in this week’s EU package will be for clean energy. Look under the hood, however, and it seems to be weighted towards replacing Russian fossil fuels with other fossil fuels.

As Ukraine war rumbles on, EU looks to turn energy promises into actions

The European Commission is poised to unveil legislative proposals underpinning March’s REPowerEU plan to wean the EU off Russian fossil fuels. Campaigners fear the EU will still prioritise new fossil fuels over energy efficiency and renewables.

Opinion: EU leaders need to be ready to rethink electricity market design

After hours of wrangling at a Brussels summit, Spain and Portugal may be allowed to temporarily decouple electricity prices from the price of gas. It would be a boon to renewables in Iberia but faces resistance from Germany and the Netherlands.

Will the Ukraine War change Europe’s thinking on nuclear?

The war is prompting countries like Belgium to delay nuclear phase-outs to be less dependent on Russia, but for countries like Germany, Russia’s missile attacks on nuclear plants reaffirm concerns about safety.

Europe’s response to Ukraine crisis: More gas, but from elsewhere

Facing the prospect of Putin turning off the gas taps to Europe in tit for tat sanctions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says the focus is on finding LNG from “more reliable partners”.