Under the EU4Energy technical assistance project, Energy Community Secretariat experts are drafting legal acts to transpose two Third Energy Package gas network codes into the national legal framework of Moldova. The working meeting with Moldovan stakeholders (National Energy Regulatory Agency of Moldova (ANRE), Moldovatransgaz, Moldovagaz) took place on 1 April in Chisinau.
The Secretariat warmly welcomes the recent progress made in establishing a power exchange in Montenegro. BELEN, a company established by the Government of Montenegro to lead the establishment of a national day-ahead market, has selected Nord Pool as its strategic partner for setting up a power exchange in Montenegro.
The Secretariat published today a report analysing the state of implementation of the network code on interoperability and data exchange in the Energy Community Contracting Parties. The report draws attention to the legal gap on gas interconnection points between the Contracting Parties and EU Member States due to the lack of binding applicability of the interoperability network code.
On 26 March 2019, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Case ECS-10/18. It its letter, the Secretariat addressed its concerns with regard to the State aid compliance of a public guarantee granted in favour of the Export-Import Bank of China for a loan by the latter to the public utility Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. Sarajevo for the Tuzla 7 project.
The Secretariat published today the preliminary results of a study revealing that the Energy Community Contracting Parties support electricity generated from coal with some EUR 2.4 billion of direct and certain types of indirect subsidies annually. The study concludes that with the elimination of state aid via direct subsidies to coal and introduction of a carbon price, not a single coal power plant in the Energy Community would be able to operate without significant losses.
Yesterday’s third Energy and Climate Technical Working Group continued to focus on defining the methodology for calculating 2030 targets for the Energy Community. The interim report was presented by a team of researchers from Technische Universität Wien, which discussed the upgraded methodology reflecting an ambition level comparable to EU Member States. The Secretariat was invited to continue working on the study with TU Wien, Joanneum and REKK, in close coordination with the European Commission and technical experts from the Contracting Parties. Once refined, the study will propose a range of targets that may be expected under aligned framework conditions in the Contracting Parties, taking into account differences in economic developments.
Efficient district energy (heating and cooling) systems are perfect for the application of energy from renewable sources and use of waste heat. Renewables can be more affordable for the district energy system operators and end-customers, compared to energy from fossil fuels. However, their potential is greatly underexploited in the Western Balkans Region due to the lack of information and know-how. In addition, district energy systems operators are sometimes reluctant to invest resources in new technologies due to the lack of financial support.
The EU4Energy Governance project has launched support to Georgian authorities in developing secondary legislation needed for the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Law soon to be adopted in Georgia.
In an environment that has till now been largely dominated by coal, renewables will have to be deployed at an unprecedented pace in the Energy Community. Investing in the future will bring many challenges to be tackled by the Energy Community Contracting Parties and the Renewable Energy Coordination Group supported by the Secretariat as well as donors and International Financial Organizations. This was the key message of the 7th Energy Community Renewable Energy Coordination Group meeting on 12 March in Vienna.
The Energy Community’s Energy Efficiency Coordination Group (EECG), a regional working group and platform supporting energy efficiency acquis implementation and donor support coordination, met on 5 March in Sarajevo.
On 6 March, Energy Community experts in close cooperation with the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC) and the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) launched EU4Energy technical assistance aimed at developing a natural gas storage tariff methodology.
In September 2018, the Secretariat was informed by a complainant about the decision of the State Aid Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina of July 2018 which found the public guarantee granted in favour of the Export-Import Bank of China for a loan by the latter to the public utility Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. Sarajevo for the Tuzla 7 project not to constitute State aid.
As of today, Ukraine’s gas transmission system is finally balanced on a daily basis. The new regime provides increased system efficiency, thus delivering benefits to Ukrainian energy consumers and the wider economy.
In line with the new Energy Law transposing the Third Energy Package, North Macedonia has launched a procedure to select the country’s universal electricity supplier and supplier of last resort for a period of five years.
The Plenum underlined the role that Parliaments can play not just in terms of putting in place a conducive legal framework to support energy efficiency but also in terms of leading the way for energy efficiency improvements, such as renovating public buildings, using energy efficiency in public procurement, etc.
On 19 February 2019, the Energy Community Secretariat brought one step further the dispute settlement procedures against Kosovo* and Moldova for the lack of transposition and implementation of legislation related to the emissions of large combustion plants.
On 13 February, Energy Community experts and representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of Moldova met in Chisinau to set in motion technical assistance to support the Moldovan Government in the implementation of Law no 128/2014 on Energy Performance of Buildings.
On 12 February 2019, Energy Community Secretariat experts presented the findings of the EU4Energy technical assistance aimed at developing new technical standards of emissions for plants incinerating or co-incinerating waste.
At a workshop on 5-6 February in Sarajevo, the Energy Community Secretariat teamed up with GIZ Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe – Energy Efficiency (ORF-EE) to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in the development of an Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP).
Today, the Energy Community Secretariat published its Opinion on the certification of the Kosovo Transmission System Operator (KOSTT), under the Third Energy Package.
On 1-2 February, EU4Energy Governance organized another series of High Level Policy Talks in Georgia in order to deepen legislators’ understanding of energy sector reforms stemming from the Energy Community Treaty and work towards a consensus on the key legal provisions.