Secretariat’s Opinion on the Albanian regulatory authority’s exemption decision for the TAP pipeline project
The Secretariat today gave its Opinion on the decision adopted by the Albanian energy regulatory authority (ERE) to grant exemptions to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) pipeline project from certain requirements of the acquis communautaire. The TAP project plans to transport gas produced at the Shah Deniz 2 field in Azerbaijan from Greece via Albania and across the Adriatic Sea to Southern Italy and to further markets in Europe. In March 2013, the ERE, together with the regulatory authorities of Greece and Italy, granted a conditional exemption from requirements under European energy law, such as unbundling, third-party access and tariff regulation, to certain aspects of the projects.
Study on Development of Best Practice Recommendations for Imbalance Settlement available on-line
In 2012 the Energy Community Secretariat commissioned Greek consultants LDK to carry out a study on imbalance settlement mechanisms and to develop best practice recommendations. According to the study, the Contracting Parties presently “face inefficient balancing markets and typically have only one provider of ancillary services within their countries”. The content of the European Framework Guidelines and Network Codes has been taken into account for the study’s recommendations.
Follow up - Public consultation on the recently submitted PECI candidates
As part of the process of public consultation on candidate Projects of Energy Community Interest (PECI), and as a follow up of the Open Day discussions, the Secretariat, on behalf of the Task Force, invites interested parties to comment the additional candidates for PECI. The public consultation on potential PECI ran from 07/03/2013 to 29/04/2013 and resulted in 15 additional PECI candidate projects. The Secretariat asks the interested stakeholders to comment the new projects via email, by no later than 27 May to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secretariat to recruite two administration positions
Today marks the beginning of recruitement period for an Accountant and new Communication Officer positions. For applications to be valid, candidates must submit
a cover letter and a Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English. Potential canditates are invited to send their applications no later than 2 July 2013 to the email: email@example.com.
Energy Community website to undergo a face lifting
Starting 6 May 2013, a new, more updated version of the Energy Community website will be available on-line. In concrete terms, the website will have a new, more dynamic opening page. There will be a new Members – section that groups together the Contracting Party specific information across the diverse energy sectors. Also, the Energy Community Regulatory Board website will be merged into the general Energy Community website. As a result, the user will need only one set of logins, can register and access all the meeting documents within one website.