The Energy Community Secretariat welcomes the Moldovan Regulatory Authority Board's (ANRE) decision of 18 July to increase the electricity and gas tariffs to end-consumers towards more cost reflective prices and adopting tariffs for access to electricity distribution networks. The adjustment of the electricity end-user tariffs was necessary to avoid a possible security of supply crisis, escalated by the recent depreciation of the Moldovan currency Lei. The Secretariat’s Deputy Director Dirk Buschle said: “ANRE’s decision constitutes a necessary pre-condition for stabilising Moldova's energy sector, but further, more fundamental reform steps will need to follow.”
The Secretariat is looking for two internationally experienced electricity legislation experts and one Ukrainian electricity law expert to draft secondary electricity legislation in compliance with the European Union’s Third Energy Package for Ukraine. All three experts will be recruited for a fixed period, from 1 September 2015 to 31 March 2016, and will be based in Kyiv, Ukraine.
European Federation of Energy Traders and Energy Community welcome ongoing gas market reform process in Ukraine
A joint European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) and Energy Community workshop on the restructuring of the Ukrainian gas market took place on 15 July in Kyiv. Industry experts, policy makers and academia representatives gathered to discuss how to achieve efficient market design and enable competition and fair pricing in Ukraine.
Secretariat seeks stakeholder views on draft Policy Guidelines on the promotion of organised electricity markets
The Secretariat launched today a public consultation on draft Policy Guidelines on the Promotion of Organised Electricity Markets in the Contracting Parties. The Guidelines aim to facilitate the establishment of organised electricity market structures in the Contracting Parties by providing guidance on the harmonised development of the institutions, processes and compatible rules needed. The focus is on specific measures that are to be implemented in the Contracting Parties’ national legal and regulatory frameworks in order to allow for competitive spot markets at national level and, consequently, the coupling of markets across borders. The establishment of organised markets is also an essential prerequisite for the implementation of the EU Regulation on Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management in the Energy Community Contracting Parties.
Permit of TPP Stanari to be reviewed after legislative amendment in Bosnia and Herzegovina
An amendment to the Rulebook on measures to prevent and reduce air pollution and improve air quality entered into force in Republika Srpska, one of two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 4 July 2015. The amendment of the Rulebook constitutes a significant step towards transposing the requirements of the Large Combustion Plants Directive (2001/80/EC). Negotiations between the Secretariat and the Republika Srpska authorities on thermal power plant Stanari, a plant with a rated thermal input of 780 MW currently under construction in Republika Srpska, contributed to accelerating the legislative process.