The Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) is the independent regional body of energy regulators in the Energy Community and beyond. It is the coordination platform for exchange of knowledge and development of best practices for regulated electricity and gas markets in the Energy Community. Its activities are built on three pillars: providing coordinated regulatory positions to energy policy debates, harmonizing regulatory rules across borders and sharing regulatory knowledge and experience.
The Regulatory Board advises the Ministerial Council or the Permanent High Level Group on the details of statutory, technical and regulatory rules and issues recommendations on cross-border disputes involving two or more regulators, upon request of one of them.
Under the Third Energy Package, the Regulatory Board is to issue opinions on draft decisions of Contracting Parties´ national regulatory authorities on certification of national transmission system operators upon consultation by the Energy Community Secretariat.
The Regulatory Board is supported by the ECRB section of the Energy Community Secretariat seated in Vienna.
The ECRB is headed by a Board of high level representatives from the national energy regulatory agencies of the Energy Community Contracting Parties, Observers and Participants. The Board elects its President for a two-year term. The current president is Mr Marko Bislimoski, President of the Energy and Water Services Regulatory Commission of the Republic of North Macedonia. The European Union, represented by the European Commission, acts as Vice-President and is assisted by the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).
Its working structure consists of three working groups reflecting the key focus of the ECRB’s activities: electricity, gas and customer protection.
The 16th Energy Community Ministerial Council adopted a Decision to implement the Regulation on energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT) on 29 November 2018. This resulted in the ECRB Board's decision to create a new ECRB working group tasked to deal with regulatory responsibilities related to REMIT on 5 December 2018.
Energy Community Regulatory School
Established upon the Secretariat's initiative in late 2017, 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.
ECRB and Market Monitoring
Market monitoring is a core element of regulatory responsibilities. Only in-depth knowledge of market performance and stakeholder activities allow regulators to create an effective market framework that balances the needs of market players. As of 2015 ECRB prepares Market Monitoring Reports assessing the functioning of gas and electricity retail and wholesale markets in the Energy Community Contracting Parties. This complements the input provided by Contracting Parties’ NRAs to the annual market monitoring report of ACER-CEER on retail market developments that is prepared in cooperation with the Energy Community Secretariat.
Market Transparency Monitoring
Gas Regulation (EC) 715/2009 defines a comprehensive list of publication requirements in the gas sector. For electricity a dedicated Regulation (EU) 543/2013 stipulates detailed transparency obligations for data owners. ECRB assesses and reports on the level of compliance in the Contracting Parties with the related duties stemming from the Energy Community acquis communautaire.
ECRB published also a matrix which outlines each data set that is required to be published by the Regulation 543/2013 and if such information is published and where. This will be updated on ad-hoc basis by members of the ECRB.
For state of play with data publication in the Contracting Parties access ECRB Info-matrix
USAID supported development of the so-called South East Europe Automated Market Monitoring System (SEEAMMS). SEEAMMS allows the TSOs to upload data to a web-based interface where the data is stored, processed, and reported to regulators. SEEAMMS operates on regional basis with regulators acting as the regional monitor centre on a rotating basis.
Other regular monitoring
ECRB electricity cross-border transmission capacity monitoring reports
are published on bi-annual basis covering periods from January to June and July to December of each year.
Electricity Cross-Border Transmission Capacity Monitoring
In the context of its Market Monitoring for South East Europe project, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the Energy Community national regulatory authorities in developing common standards for monitoring the activities of electricity transmission system operators (TSOs).
This resulted in development of the so-called South East Europe Market Monitoring Guidelines approved by ECRB in April 2014. The purpose of the Guidelines is to harmonize and coordinate the activities of regulators in monitoring TSOs with the aim to ensure that network users are granted access to the maximum amount of electricity transmission cross border capacity on a non-discriminatory basis.