The linkages between water and energy are increasingly recognised across businesses, governments and the public – and have been a major area of analysis in the World Energy Outlook. Thinking about water and energy in an integrated way is essential if the world is to reach the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on water: to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Today, the Secretariat published its in-depth review of Ukrainian national regulatory authority’s (NEURC) de iure and de facto compliance with the Energy Community acquis. The analysis, requested by the regulator, covers the legal framework as regards the organisational structure, competences and duties of the Board of Commissioners. It also examines the regulator’s genuine independence, professionalism and expertise necessary to perform its duties according to the requirements of the Third Energy Package.
USD 1.4 billion of new clean energy investment across Africa will be supported by a new investment insurance initiative launched by Munich Re, the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The Africa Energy Guarantee Facility (AEGF) will provide the first dedicated reinsurance for sustainable energy projects across Africa.
With the aim of facilitating the reporting process, the European Environment Agency has agreed for the Secretariat to make use of its tools for the reporting and assessment of data submitted by the Contracting Parties.
IEA for EU4Energy held a week-long training event on monthly energy data in Odessa Ukraine from 12-16 March. The event, which was combined with the 16th Regional JODI Training Workshop, featured a series of training sessions aiming to promote the importance of monthly data to support energy policy making at the national level, in particular in the field of energy security.
Agenda items include rules for the internal market in natural gas, the WFD, climate governance after 2020: a contribution to the UNFCCC COP24, the Plastics Strategy and the contribution of EU local and regional authorities to CBD COP14.
Euro area annual inflation rate was 1.1% in February 2018, down from 1.3% in January. In February 2017, the rate was 2.0%. European Union annual inflation was 1.3% in February 2018, down from 1.6% in January. A year earlier the rate was 2.0%. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Today, the Energy Community Secretariat sent a Reasoned Opinion to Ukraine for its non-compliance with the rules on allocation of cross-border capacity and their application for transit, as the next step in the dispute settlement case.
On 9 March 2018, the Moldovan regulator (ANRE) published an electricity distribution tariff methodology for 2018-2023 in the Official Journal. This methodology will replace the previous one, which is subject to an infringement procedure in Case ECS-9/17. During the drafting process, the Secretariat and an international tariff expert funded by the EU ensured compliance with the Energy Community acquis and European best practices. Today, the Secretariat, upon invitation by the International Monetary Fund, assessed the final methodology as compliant.