Yesterday’s trilateral workshop of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) and the Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG), in Brussels, aims to strengthen regulatory dialogue across Europe and the broader Mediterranean region to support consumers in becoming active energy market participants. The focus of this joint event was on consumer empowerment in the digital era and in the context of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package.
A ruling of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine of 13 June 2019 declared several provisions of the law establishing the national energy regulatory authority, NEURC, in violation of the country’s constitution. Besides concerns related to the dismissal and appointment of commissioners by the President of Ukraine, the Constitutional Court in particular held that NEURC’s status as an independent body is unconstitutional.
On the occasion of this week’s informal meeting of Energy Community ministers responsible for energy, climate and environment and the Sustainability Forum, the Secretariat published a follow-up to its 2018 Wachau Manifesto. The document outlines ten building blocks as input to this week’s energy transition discussion and beyond.
Yesterday at the EU Sustainable Energy Week, Director Kopač underlined the serious situation in the coal sector of the Energy Community Contracting Parties where direct subsidies amounted to EUR 1,2 billion in 2015-2017.
On 18 June in Tirana, regulatory authorities of the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) and Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) discussed the development of a regionally coherent approach to renewable energy market regulation in the Mediterranean and Energy Community regions.
A second series of High Level Policy Talks dedicated to electricity market integration between Ukraine and Moldova took place on 14 June in Odessa. Bringing together stakeholders from both countries, representatives of the European Commission and the Energy Community Secretariat, the event identified the remaining challenges for market integration between the two neighbouring Contracting Parties and agreed on the way ahead.
Changing technological and legislative environment in the electricity and gas sector has been affecting the distribution business for years. Distribution system operators have been given new tasks, such as investing in network so to enable renewable generation feed-in or facilitating retail markets. All these changes have effect and/or require changes in distribution tariffs.
The Vienna Forum on European Energy Law is a joint initiative between the Florence School of Regulation and the Energy Community Secretariat.
It is designed to promote engagement and discussion on the most relevant issues currently facing the EU and the countries of Eastern and South Eastern Europe.
This year’s Athens Electricity Forum shed light on some of the most pressing challenges currently shaping electricity markets in Europe. Participants agreed that the complex transition driven by the need to accommodate distributed generation and rapid technological advancements can best be tackled by working together.
At a meeting between the Secretariat and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) yesterday in Athens, Greece, both institutions agreed to cooperate closely in extending the standards and rules applying in the European Union to the Contracting Parties.
The discussions from the workshop will be shared within the MEDREG and ECRB communities as a further contribution to our ongoing efforts to facilitate and develop a common regulatory culture and a regionally coherent approach to specifically renewable energy market regulation in the Mediterranean region and Energy Community.
Digitalisation of the energy sector was the focus of the Eastern Partnership workshop in Minsk, Belarus, jointly organised by the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB), the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) and the European Commission.
The WB6 electricity monitoring report, released today by the Energy Community Secretariat, points to positive developments in the establishment of day-ahead markets in Montenegro and North Macedonia. However, the pace of reforms in the WB6 region overall must be accelerated if market coupling is to take place within the time horizon foreseen.
Upon invitation of the 2018 Energy Community Athens Forum on Electricity, the Secretariat published today Policy Guidelines on Increasing Competition and Liquidity of Wholesale Electricity Markets, including Power Exchanges.
Climate change becoming the central issue of international and European policy makes it timely to bring the Energy Community contracting parties together to take stock of recent achievements of Katowice climate summit and identify steps forward in the lead up to the COP25 in Chile. Moreover, the participants will share their expectations toward the UNSG Climate Action Summit in September 2019, and the priorities of the COP24 Presidency in 2019 will be discussed as well. The workshop will enable also to exchange on implementation approaches to be followed on the national level, and this discussion will be held in conjunction with climate related policies under the Energy Community framework.
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.