Secretariat and ENTSOG hold workshop on implementing gas interoperability network code
The Energy Community Secretariat together with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) held a joint workshop on the implementation of the Network Code for Interoperability and Data Exchange Rules in Vienna on 18 June. ENTSOG’s Early Warning System was also discussed. The workshop brought together more than 50 participants, including TSOs from EU Member States and Energy Community Contracting Parties and Observers, including Turkey, and two other neighbouring countries - Azerbaijan and Morocco.
ECRB report examines independence of national energy regulators in the Energy Community
The Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) published today a report assessing the legal independence of national energy regulators in the Energy Community. ECRB President, Mr Branislav Prelevic, said: “The report allows us to take stock of the current state of regulatory independence in the Energy Community and identify the legal gaps between the current state of play and what still must be done to implement the Third Energy Package in full. Only with the complete set of regulatory powers under the Third Package will regulators be able to truly act as drivers of energy market reforms .”
Energy Community – Tapping on its Energy Efficiency Potential
Nowhere else in Europe does energy efficiency have such great potential than in the Energy Community Contracting Parties. In fact, their average energy intensity is nearly six times higher than the EU average. The Secretariat’s publication “Energy Community – Tapping on its Energy Efficiency Potential” demonstrates, by mapping out the projects, programmes and investment credit lines that support energy efficiency in the region, that although the Contracting Parties are lagging behind, energy efficiency is starting to be taken seriously by an increasing number of stakeholders.
Ukraine removes mandatory local content requirement: a boost for renewable energy investments
Upon legal action initiated by the Energy Community Secretariat (Case ECS-7/13), the Ukrainian Parliament last week voted to remove the so-called local content clause in the Electricity Law of Ukraine. Under this clause, the eligibility for feed-in tariffs for investments in renewable energy depended on the fulfillment of minimum shares of goods and works of Ukrainian origin. Instead, the Law adopted last week entitles investors fulfilling certain local content quota to a bonus on top of the existing feed-in tariff, thus replacing a strict barrier to market access by a more differentiated instrument for supporting the development of the Ukrainian manufacturing and service industries.
2015 Electricity Forum: There is no alternative to electricity market coupling
This year’s Electricity Forum focused on the next key steps for regional electricity market integration and wholesale market opening – the realization of coordinated electricity auctions across all countries in the 8th region, the development of power exchanges and market-based electricity balancing in the Energy Community Contracting Parties. Forum Participants welcomed the EU’s recognition of the Energy Community Contracting Parties as an integral part of the Energy Union. The Forum’s conclusions will feed into the preparations for the Western Balkans Summit in August this year in Vienna.