The Guidelines provide a set of recommendations of good practice for all important aspects that have to be considered to make self-consumption schemes fully operative in Energy Community Contracting Parties.
At a time when EU accession of the Western Balkans returns to the agenda, a report published by the Secretariat today provides the latest overview of the progress made by the Western Balkan members of the Energy Community towards integration with the European Union in the energy sectors.
During his visit to Tirana, Director Kopač met with key Albanian energy sector stakeholders to take stock of achieved reforms and the priorities ahead.
Today, the Secretariat met with the Chairman of National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC), Mr Dmitro Vovk, at its seat in Vienna. The meeting took stock of the Secretariat’s ongoing assessment of the legal framework and de facto performance of the Ukrainian regulator. The meeting also served to discuss the draft methodology for gas distribution tariffs and draft public service obligation (PSO) act in the gas sector.
On 25 January 2018, the Energy Community Secretariat launched another technical assistance project under the Western Balkan 6 Initiative aimed at supporting former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in establishing a day-ahead electricity market.
Following two very successful Energy Community Summer School terms, the Secretariat is delighted to launch the call for applications for the Energy Community Summer School 2018 today. This year’s summer school will take place in Split, Croatia, between 25 August and 1 September 2018.
Following the 15th Ministerial Council of the Energy Community, convened under the Kosovo* Presidency in Pristina on 14 December, the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community now formally adopted the Recommendation on preparing for the development of integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) proposed by the European Commission.
At its recent session, the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) elected Mr Giorgi Pangani as its President for the years 2018 and 2019. A lawyer by profession, Mr Pangani is working for the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission since 2010. Becoming Commissioner in 2015, his current responsibilities include transposition of the Energy Community acquis communautaire into Georgian legislation and stakeholder coordination.
On 19 and 20 December, regional projects for technical assistance to support day-ahead market coupling and cross-border balancing in the Western Balkans were kicked-off at meetings held under the Western Balkan 6 Initiative in Vienna. The objective of the technical assistance implemented by the Energy Community Secretariat is to assist the WB6 and neighbouring EU transmission system operators, national regulatory authorities and power exchanges in the preparation and implementation of market coupling projects and platforms for cross-border balancing cooperation. The projects are expected to be finalised by end 2018 as agreed under the Western Balkan 6 Memorandum of Understanding (WB6 MoU).
Convening under the Kosovo* Presidency in Pristina today, the Energy Community Ministerial Council embarked on a process aimed at setting targets for renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction for 2030 in the Energy Community.
In July 2017, the Secretariat and the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina signed a Settlement Agreement regarding the environmental permits of two planned large combustion plants (TPP Banovici and TPP Tuzla 7). The environmental permits were the subject of cases ECS-16/16 and ECS-17/16 against Bosnia and Herzegovina regarding incompliance with Energy Community acquis.
Yesterday, the first training organised under the umbrella of the Energy Community Regulatory School, bringing together participants from 8 Energy Community Contracting Parties, took place at the Secretariat’s premises in Vienna.
Today, Director of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), Alberto Pototschnig, and the President of the National Regulatory Agency of Montenegro (RAE), Branislav Prelević, signed, in the presence of Director Kopač, an Administrative Arrangement allowing RAE experts to participate in ACER Working Groups as of January 2018.
The first Forum on Competition Law in the Energy Sectors, organised by the Energy Community Secretariat in cooperation with the Viennese law firm Binder Grösswang, took place yesterday at the Secretariat’s premises in Vienna.
Yesterday, Director General for Energy of the European Commission, Mr Dominique Ristori, and Director Kopač met with Prime Ministers of both entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms Željka Cvijanović and Mr Fadil Novalić, and the state Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Mr Mirko Šarović. Ministers for energy of both entities were also present. The meeting focused on overcoming Bosnia and Herzegovina’s breach of Energy Community law in the gas sector as the country has not transposed the Third or the Second Energy Package.
The Energy Community Secretariat acted as facilitator, as part of the Gas 2020 Agenda,between the representatives of transmission system operators and regulators of Poland and Ukraine in discussions on the status and further steps envisaged to construct the new Poland-Ukraine gas interconnector between the transmission systems of Gaz-System of Poland (Hermanowice node) and Ukrtransgaz of Ukraine (Bilche Volytsia UGS).
A delegation consisting of all key energy sector stakeholders participated in a three-day meeting in Vienna to finalize the country’s Energy Law and ensure its compliance with the Third Energy Package, based on a draft prepared by the Energy Community Secretariat earlier this year.
The 9th Energy Community Oil Forum, which took place on 27/28 November 2017 in Belgrade, focussed on oil stocks as part of the security of energy supply, Energy Community infrastructure and the challenges ahead, petrochemical and refining industry trends, climate change and low-carbon strategies in addition to why fuel quality standards are important for the Energy Community Contracting Parties.
The Energy Community Renewable Energy Coordination Group meeting, which took place on 20 and 21 November at the premises of the Secretariat in Vienna, provided an overview of the latest developments in renewable energy at the European and global level. In particular, the meeting focused on sharing the lessons learnt and best practices with regard to renewable energy auction design, which provides a market-based approach to granting the support.
Just days after its launch, Director Kopač presented the key findings of the Secretariat’s 2017 Annual Implementation Report to Members of Parliaments of Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia. Director Kopač will visit other Contracting Party legislatures, including Albania, Kosovo* and Serbia in next days.