Unified Policy Drives New Energy Strategy in Europe

The European Commission has proposed a new strategy to secure the European Union’s energy future. The strategy includes diversifying energy supplies, upgrading Europe's energy infrastructure, integrating internal markets, and increasing energy efficiency. Ukraine’s recent crisis has raised European concerns about its dependence on Russian natural gas and oil distributed through Ukrainian pipelines. The proposed strategy underlines the necessity for the EU to coordinate different national energy policies in a continent-wide, unified policy. There are lessons here for U.S. energy policy makers, who seem fixated on a melange of market-driven solutions, as each state now seems to demand control over its own resources and to set its own standards. A comprehensive national U.S. policy would seem the most sensible way to establish a secure American energy future.

John Howell, Editorial Director