PECI electricity and gases groups

Adopted and adapted in October 2015, Regulation (EU) 347/2013 established rules for identifying projects of Energy Community significance, called Projects of Energy Community Interest (PECIs).

Following the need to reflect developments in the priorities of European energy policy, Regulation (EU) 2022/869 (revised TEN-E), repealing the old TEN-E Regulation, was adopted in June 2022 at the EU level. The adoption of the revised TEN-E Regulation in the Energy Community followed with certain adaptations on 14 December 2023.

For the purpose of selection procedure, the TEN-E Regulation calls for the establishment of two decision making Groups.

 

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Implementing the TEN-E Regulation

  • Tasks

    Tasks

    In order to facilitate the implementation, the TEN- E Regulation foresees the establishment of a PECI Group. The two Groups on electricity and gases were established for the first time in 2015.

    It is the task of each Group to meet to:

    • discuss the proposals for PECIs; 
    • decide on the assessment methodology, the criteria and their weights; and finally
    • propose a preliminary list of PECIs.

    The two Groups are assisted in the assessment of the candidate projects by a consultant, selected by the Energy Community Secretariat.

     

  • Composition

    Composition

    The nominated projects will be evaluated by two Groups, consisting of representatives of:

    • the Contracting Party ministries and national regulatory authorities;
    • gas and electricity transmission system operators (TSOs);
    • the European Commission;
    • the Energy Community Secretariat;
    • the Energy Community Regulatory Board;
    • the ECDSO-E entity;
    • the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) or gas (ENTSOG).

    The two groups will collaboratively curate a preliminary list of PECI projects. All nominated projects will undergo thorough pre-selection and evaluation, guided by the criteria outlined in the revised TEN-E Regulation. This criteria is written down in Article 4, including Annexes II and IV.
     

  • Timeline

    Timeline

    The publication of the consolidated act completed the incorporation of the TEN-E Regulation into the Energy Community legislative framework on 19 January 2024. In parallel the new PECI projects selection process started and is due to be finished by autumn 2024. The process will result in a preliminary list of energy infrastructural projects of Energy Community interest, to be approved at the Ministerial Council meeting at the end of 2024.

    February 2020 marked the launch for the third and last Projects of Energy Community Interest (PECI) and Projects of Mutual Interest (PMI) selection procedure under the old TEN-E Regulation. The ministers adopted the list in December 2020.

    For the 2018 PECI/PMI process, the first meeting of the Gas Group took place in September 2017. The first meeting of the Electricity Group was scheduled for early October. Both groups met in total four times during Q3 2017 and Q1-Q2 2018. Subsequently, the Energy Community-wide 2018 PECI and PMI list was adopted by the 16th Ministerial Council on 29 November 2018.

    The first PECI/PMI selection round resulted in the adoption of the list in 2016. The Groups met in total three times in the first half of 2016. Following the adoption of the 2016 PECI/PMI list by the Ministerial Council in October 2016, the work of the Groups was accomplished.

    The 2013 PECI list was adopted in October 2013 by the Ministerial Council. The selection procedure constituted an early implementation exercise, as in year 2013 Regulation (EU) 347/2013 had not yet been adopted as part of the Energy Community acquis.