Energy Community Secretariat, NARUC and USAID join efforts to support energy regulators in gas market design

30 November 2018

A three-day workshop hosted by the Energy Community brought together national regulatory authorities to share best practices with respect to gas market design and natural gas transmission grid codes. The workshop was organized together with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Over the three days, the workshop explored the regulators’ roles in facilitating gas infrastructure development, network integration and cross-border trade. The review and approval of network development plans and transmission grid code development were in focus, supported by presentations from regulators and other technical experts as well as case studies.

The workshop assessed national level methodologies for gas investment, as the first important step towards Ten Year Network Development Plans and gas infrastructure projects, including those that have a regional and cross-border impact. The Secretariat presented the Energy Community’s instruments for regional infrastructure development, such as the Projects of Energy Community Interest and Projects of Mutual Interest.

Energy Community Secretariat Director, Janez Kopač, said: “The Energy Community is a bridge between the European Union and countries in the EU’s neighbourhood. We work to harmonize regulatory rules across borders, boost market integration and infrastructure investment. I strongly welcome the cooperation with NARUC and USAID which allows us to build on these efforts to maximize our outreach to the energy regulators”.