To the Commissioner for Energy | EU to Do 2015-19 – Bruegel

47th Munich Security Conference 2011: Günther ...

47th Munich Security Conference 2011: Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent, must-read article from European think-tank, Bruegel. Check it out!

via To the Commissioner for Energy | #eu2do.

Here’s the executive summary of the letter:

You must respond to a changed context for EU energy policy characterised by concerns about security of supply, the emergence of low-cost fossil fuel sources and obstacles to decarbonisation policies; you must work for a long-term strategy and reverse the trend of renationalisation of energy policy

This blog, which has been an outspoken advocate of an effective energy strategy for Europe, fully endorses the Bruegel article. Perhaps, the Bruegel article has been too polite and there are a couple of other points?

Firstly, the EU’s energy directorate probably needs to clean house of its political bureaucrats and introduce top-down some professional expertise. At the moment, the group is overweight with greens and regulators, and very light on strategists and policy-makers.

Secondly, it must look at Europe’s loss of competitiveness because of an ineffective energy strategy. Along with excessive austerity, this is contributing to millions of people out of work.

Thirdly, there is a need to remove the bias against both Cyprus and Israel, both of which have enormous offshore gas and possibly oil reserves.


India’s Push for Renewable Energy: Is It Enough? – National Geographic

English: Image of Narendra Modi at the World E...

English: Image of Narendra Modi at the World Economic Forum in India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Worldwide Renewable energy, existing ...

English: Worldwide Renewable energy, existing capacities, at end of 2008, from REN21. Total energy is from BP Statistical Review. (Photo credit: Wikipedia

This is a very interesting article from National Geographic. I recommend it for a read. Check it out!

via India’s Push for Renewable Energy: Is It Enough?

Personally, as I read this article, I thought of Europe and the misguided policies of the European Commission. I was reminded that the EU has a strategy for renewable energy but does not have an effective energy strategy. There is nothing wrong with the green argument for cleaner energy but it must be balanced by pragmatism and cost-effective energy, with security of supply.

Reading the National Geographic article, it is abundantly clear that India is not doing enough to save the planet. However, with large numbers of people still without electricity in their homes, and regular blackouts, India has an energy crisis. To me, Indian Prime Minister,

Narendra Modi, is playing with energy, granting modest extra budget to renewable energy but not really changing matters. I fear that Modi may be like a political butterfly, going front issue to issue. Sadly, without properly articulated vision, carefully costed and risk-assessed policies, and effective, coordinated strategies, Modi is likely to fail –  this will be a failure for Modi, India and a clean planet.

As an expert in delivering strategic change, I would recommend that India takes two actions. Firstly, create a Crisis Manager for Energy, reporting into Modi’s government. Secondly, like the European Union, India urgently need to commission a properly risk-assessed effective energy strategy.


European flag outside the Commission

European flag outside the Commission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)