ACER and the Energy Community tighten cooperation on electricity market coupling

21 September 2018

The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, ACER, and the Energy Community Regulatory Board, ECRB, organised on 21 September in Rome a joint workshop to discuss the status of the implementation of the EU Regulation on capacity allocation and congestion management. The aim of the workshop was to tighten cooperation with the national regulators of the Energy Community in this area.

If electricity market coupling is supposed to successfully happen in South East Europe, we have to look beyond the borders of European Member States and make sure that our partners from neighbouring Energy Community Contracting Parties are involved and informed as early as possible”, Alberto Pototschnig, Director of the Agency, underlined.

EU Regulation on capacity allocation and congestion management designs rules for coupling electricity markets. Although this EU Regulation is yet to be made binding in the Energy Community, several voluntary market coupling projects have been proposed under the Western Balkan 6 Initiative with the support of the Energy Community Secretariat

If we want to achieve an efficient mechanism for cross-border trading and a better integration of markets, a close coordination between ACER and ECRB is crucial in this respect. I therefore welcome the newly established cooperation format“, ECRB President Giorgi Pangani explained.

“I am pleased to see that ACER and ECRB as well as the national regulatory authorities themselves agreed to intensify cooperation and share knowledge on a regular basis. I call upon EU Member States to support this process and ensure legal certainty in the implementation of all network codes and guidelines as well as Energy Community Treaty reform”, Energy Community Secretariat Director Janez Kopač noted.