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Der Standard - Austria | 07/10/2010

Austria's energy companies conceal nuclear energy

The Greenpeace environmental organisation has published a study criticising Austrian energy companies for misleading their customers about the amount of electricity generated by nuclear power plants that comes out of their plugs. The liberal daily Der Standard is likewise critical: "If the companies have no option but to import electricity because they can't produce enough themselves to cover their customers' demand, they simply write UCTE [Union for the Co-ordination of Electricity Transmission] without pointing out to customers that of course 'nuclear' energy is in the mix, too. Or they work with certificates - all quite legally - to cover up the nuclear tracks in the power supply. Admittedly the whole thing is perfectly legal, but customers are being misled. And high-ranking politicians simply play along. The federal state and the provinces have majority stakes in the energy group and the new energy suppliers. You can't fulminate against [the nuclear power plant] Temelín while at the same time allowing 'grey' electricity to be whitewashed. This labelling scam must finally come to an end."

Der Standard - Austria | 18/06/2009

More EU in the fight against the crisis

The introduction of short-time work cannot be a substitute for intense cooperation within the EU in the battle against the crisis, the daily Der Standard writes: "It comes belated, but at least attempts are now being made to reinforce the dam and keep the damage to a minimum. This is laudable but conceals the risk of losing touch with reality. Short-time work may be a legitimate means for getting by in the short term, but it doesn't change the fact that products are no longer being bought. … The means for getting the job machine going again lies in Brussels. Only through concerted action by the 27 member states can the downward spiral be stopped and new demand generated. The US is showing us how to do it. While Washington reacted quickly and resolutely to the crisis, it took a terribly long time before there was a half-way coordinated strategy on the table in Europe. The lesson to be learned: more EU, not less. Perhaps the crisis will act as a catalyst for this."

Der Standard - Austria | 27/06/2006

Natural gas from the Nabucco pipeline

Europe's gas supply is to be given a wider basis that reduces its one-sided dependence on Russian gas. From 2011 on, a new pipeline called Nabucco is to deliver up to 30 billion cubic metres of gas annually from the Turkish-Iranian-Azerbaijani border area to Austria and other EU states. This was agreed between the energy ministers of the countries involved in the project – Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey – at a governmental conference in Vienna on Monday, as Günther Strobl reports in the first article of a series on the Nabucco project. "Sources with close ties to the negotiating parties report that there are still some details to be sorted out with Turkey, but that as far as the basics are concerned Turkey is definitely on board. And that's vital considering the EU candidate's strategic geographical position. To the east the country borders on a region that taken as a whole incorporates the world's largest reserves of natural gas: Iran, Iraq, Qatar and, last but not least, the Caspian Sea region."

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