All articles by Anna Gumbau

Anna Gumbau is a freelance energy and climate journalist based in Brussels. She mainly covers the European Green Deal and its impact on central and eastern Europe. Prior to going freelance, she was Carbon Pulse’s Brussels correspondent, and an energy reporter with Interfax Global Energy Services in London.

Anna Gumbau

Is the EU bracing for an electricity market design revolution, or evolution?

The European Commission is planning an overhaul of the EU’s electricity market design, but the power sector is warning against any radical changes and fears the move to reform the wholesale market will hamper investor confidence.

The ‘Iberian exception’: A success story?

Six months ago Spain and Portugal introduced the so-called ‘Iberian exception’, a cap on wholesale gas prices to reduce the cost of electricity. Now Brussels has finally agreed on an EU-wide cap. What can the bloc learn from the Iberian experience?

The French-Spanish ‘BarMar’ pipeline will do little to address the energy crisis in the short-term

The new ‘green energy corridor’ agreed between France, Spain and Portugal is promising for green hydrogen, but will do little to ease Europe’s current energy security concerns and might still lock the region into additional gas infrastructure.

Ukraine sets plans for ambitious ‘green’ reconstruction

Ukraine’s reconstruction from Russia’s full-scale war gives Europe’s most energy-intensive economy the opportunity to become a hub for green electricity and hydrogen exports to Europe.

Opinion: This is the EU Parliament’s last chance to raise carbon market ambition

After a major setback last week, the European Parliament has one more shot to raise the ambition of the EU’s carbon market and speed up European industry’s transition to net zero.

Energy price crisis: Is the EU’s power market design to blame?

Amid calls from some EU governments to revamp the EU’s electricity market design, experts argue that the market does not need ‘quick fixes’ but long-term price signals to spur investments in flexibility and emerging technologies.

What Europe can learn from Portugal’s accelerated coal exit

Portugal shut down its two remaining coal-fired power plants at the end of 2021, showing that an ambitious coal exit is possible through a combination of carbon pricing, renewable energy investment and just transition planning.

Russia’s war on Ukraine spotlights critical energy infrastructure

Russia’s military assault on Ukraine is exposing the need for a resilient energy infrastructure as Russian troops seize some of the country’s energy assets and cyberattacks threaten Kyiv and the EU.

Spain’s rising energy poverty: A cautionary tale for Europe

Spain saw the largest increase in citizens at risk of energy poverty in the EU in 2020. Now, with soaring gas and electricity prices, Madrid is increasingly worried about the impact of climate policies on its most vulnerable citizens.

The promise of Ukraine’s unprecedented coal phase-out

Ukraine’s announcement to phase out coal by 2035 opens up many doors for investments in renewables and clean energy infrastructure, but fossil fuel lock-in – notably to gas – remains a threat.