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25 May 2020

Albania narrows compliance gap in the electricity sector

On 15 May 2020, the Albanian Parliament adopted amendments to the Power Sector Law of 2015.

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22 May 2020

Workshop presents key findings of EU climate acquis roadmap for Georgia

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21 May 2020

Secretariat welcomes Georgian Parliament's adoption of key energy efficiency laws

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Secretariat publishes a report on Smart Grid opportunities in the Energy Community now available online

Published 13 May 2020

Author Šijaković, Kogalniceanu

Latest
COVID-19 / 
Security of Supply
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Electricity / financial liquidity Electricity / financial liquidity  on 28 April 2020

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the Contracting Parties adopted preventive measures having a direct or indirect influence on customer behaviour and the operation of entities in the electricity market. This has impacted the commercial arrangements along the electricity supply chain and the financial liquidity of electricity companies. To shed light on the state of play the Secretariat has compiled a brief report.

Donors / financial liquidity Donors / financial liquidity  on 28 April 2020

In the course of the last three weeks, the Secretariat held calls with all International Financial Institutions active in the Energy Community in order to learn about their assessment regarding the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the liquidity of energy utilities and the resulting implications on the ongoing and future investments in the energy sectors. Here a short summary of Secretariat’s findings.

National regulatory authorities National regulatory authorities  on 28 April 2020

The Secretariat has compiled a brief summary of the measures taken by the energy regulatory authorities of the Contracting Parties to address the challenges the gas and electricity systems are facing in the current COVID-19 crisis. The report puts focus on the protection and support given to gas and electricity users and market participants.

Electricity / distribution system operators Electricity / distribution system operators  on 21 April 2020

At its most recent meeting, the coordination platform of Energy Community distribution system operators, ECDSO-E, exchanged views on managing the challenges invoked by the COVID-19 crisis and the prevention and containment measures introduced. The joint position paper is a summary of the actions taken and concerns expressed.

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Donors / EBRD / resilience assessment Donors / EBRD / resilience assessment  on 6 April 2020

The EBRD has developed a new monitor to assess the ability of emerging economies to withstand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Bank monitors all countries of its operations, here the assessment on the nine Contracting Parties and two Observers is shown. The indicators assessing resilience include health sector preparedness, impact of falling commodity prices, value chain disruption and decline in tourism and remittances.

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Secretariat / security of supply updates Secretariat / security of supply updates  on 1 April 2020

In a situation when many Contracting Parties, their neighbouring countries and external suppliers are under state of emergency, the Secretariat constantly monitors the situation as regards security of supply in the Contracting Parties. Security of supply is understood as the ability of the electricity, gas and oil systems to supply final customers without disruption.

1. Electricity supply and cross-border trade are uninterrupted. No major changes in production and consumption were reported in the majority of Contracting Parties. Planned transmission network maintenance is largely restricted and priority is given to critical elements. Special preventive measures to protect critical staff and control centres are applied by utilities and system operators.
2. Where existing, natural gas production is stable. There is no limitation to cross-border trade and the gas system is in the normal state of operation. Ukraine’s natural gas transmission system operators continue maintenance works with additional precautionary measures. Other Contracting Parties perform only patrolling along the main pipelines. Preventative COVID-19 measures are in place.
3. Import of petroleum products has become more difficult due to border controls and restrictions in response to COVID-19.

In the
Spotlight

  • Investing in energy efficiency

    Investing in energy efficiency and small renewable installations – a possible response to economic recovery after the COVID-19

    Energy efficiency through its multiple benefits should not only be treated as “the first fuel”, but also as a source of economic regeneration post Corona Virus. 


    Source IEA
     

    For this to happen, there is a need for enhanced investments in building renovations, increased use of sustainable heating and cooling, support for economies to produce nationally and install energy efficient technologies in residential, public, commercial buildings.

    A strong partnership between International Financing Institutions, local partner banks, donors’ community, local materials and technologies manufacturers, installers, vendors and:  Investing in Clean Energy in the Western Balkans publication identified that energy efficiency investment needs in the regions’ building sector alone are probably in excess of €3 billion.

    An intensive communication and large public awareness raising of the available financing mechanisms, technologies, their benefits, and the financial support opportunities is critical.

    Having this in view, the Energy Community Secretariat has taken upon itself the “mission” of sharing information and raising awareness of already existing financing opportunities. 

     

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  • EU4ENERGY Governance

    EU4ENERGY Governance

    Under the EU4ENERGY Governance Project managed by the Energy Community Secretariat, three Energy Community Member countries – Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, one Observer – Armenia, and two neighbouring countries - Belarus and Armenia are receiving enhanced assistance to reform their legal and regulatory frameworks in line with the Energy Community Treaty and EU best practice.

    The Project covers gas, electricity, energy efficiency and renewables issues and aims to improve the investment climate for key energy infrastructure projects. It is part of a wider EU4ENERGY Programme.

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  • Energy Community Regulatory School

    Energy Community Regulatory School

    The Energy Community Regulatory School aims at supporting the technical knowledge of national energy regulatory authorities to effectively implement and efficiently apply the acquis  – such as but not limited to gas and electricity network codes and guidelines or REMIT as well as resulting increasingly developing market activities.

    Beyond the mere legal aspects, the Energy Community Regulatory School is dedicated to deliver practical insights and share experience made on EU level. Praxis oriented, interactive and in-depth discussions will be in the core of the training courses tailor made for the Contracting Parties’ regulators.

    The Secretariat began with the Energy Community Regulatory School training in late 2017. There have been 10 training courses so far, six more are planned for 2019. The training is an ongoing activity. 

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  • Database on biomass based heating

    Database on biomass based heating

    The new online database on biomass-based heating aims to increase awareness about sustainable and efficient use of biomass. It features guidance for policy-makers to increase the use of biomass for heating in a sustainable manner as well as numerous public awareness raising materials, including best practice examples and policies across Europe and easy to download brochures and other materials. All information is available in seven languages, Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, English, Macedonian, Montenegrin and Serbian.

    Now integrated into the Energy Community public website, the information package was originally a key deliverable of a World Bank financed energy efficiency project in Western Balkan. Due to the large amount of files, please be patient, the webpage takes longer to load.   

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  • Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre

    Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre

    The Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre provides high-quality services in negotiation and mediation of investor-state disputes and offers negotiation support to national authorities in their negotiations with private parties. The Centre also facilitates the swift closure of dispute settlement cases under the Energy Community Treaty via tailor-made negotiation and mediation facilities.

    A group of experienced negotiators covering a wide-range of expertise supports the work of the Centre. 

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  • Western Balkan Six Initiative

    Energy Community Western Balkan Six Initiative

    Under the Western Balkan 6 Initiative, the six Energy Community Contracting Parties in Southeast Europe have strengthened their efforts to develop a regional electricity market in the Western Balkan Region and beyond. Under a process steered by the Energy Community Secretariat, the WB6 countries are removing step-by-step the existing legislative and regulatory barriers and enhancing the institutional structures necessary for the functioning of the market in line with the Energy Community Treaty and relevant EU acquis.

     

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Latest
Implementation
Updates

Albania Albania  on 22 April 2020

With its Decision No 65, the national regulatory authority adopts the Natural Gas Transmission Code.

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Georgia Georgia  on 16 April 2020

Having established a national energy exchange earlier, the Government of Georgia adopted the Electricity Market Model Concept.

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Montenegro Montenegro  on 12 March 2020

The Ministry submitted to the Secretariat its third Progress Report on promotion and use of energy from renewable energy source.

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Moldova Moldova  on 28 February 2020

ARNE adopts a new Regulation regarding fixed tariffs and ceiling prices for electricity produced from renewable energy sources by producers who will obtain eligible producer status in 2020.

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North Macedonia North Macedonia  on 5 February 2020

The Parliament of North Macedonia adopts a comprehensive Law on Energy Efficiency, transposing the EU Energy Efficiency, Buildings, Labelling and Eco-design Directives.

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Serbia Serbia  on 30 January 2020

At its session held on 30 January 2020, the Government of Serbia adopted the National Emission Reduction Plan. 

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