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Third Energy Package and Upcoming Organised Market in the WBs by Lorenc Gordani | Tuesday, August 04, 2015

AER Notice July 2015 Posted on Tue, August 04, 2015 22:47:38

the energy, as ever before, remains one of the most pressing challenges for
both the EU and candidate countries. In the last, EC has adopted on 25th
July and enter into force on 14th August 2015 the new electricity
market rules through a series of EU laws (generally known as ‘network codes and
guidelines’ in this case Regulation establishing a Guideline on Capacity Allocation
and Congestion Management – CACM) which will bring the goal of a
well-integrated EU internal energy market a step closer.

more the new rules enables effective regional cooperation amongst grid
operators, power exchanges and regulators. In this last regard, the Western
Balkan countries are bracing themselves for the next summit to be held in
Vienna this August, seeing as a crucial, a fully alignment with EU energy
legislation (namely EU Third Energy Package) and bring back healthy competition
against corruptive practices, in order to encourage foreign private investment in
power generation, cross-border interconnectors, and more significant use of
renewable energy and efficiency measure, etc.

the trading in specific, on 15 Jul 2015, the Secretariat launched 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.

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

that as seen the Albania giving a first strong signal came just on the begin of
July 2015, when the Ministry of Energy and Industry Damian Gjiknuri presented
its plans about the opening of a power exchange platform in Tirana.
Announcement that follow the enactment of the new Law on the Electricity Sector
no. 43 on 30th April 2015. The new law aim a fully aligned with
Directive 2009/72/EC dated 13 July 2009 “On common rules for the internal
market in electricity”.

the new law on the electricity sector approved by Albanian Parliament, constitutes
a decisive step forward, it is only the first step on a long path of the energy
reforms in Albania. Probably by first, it comes also to give a signal, due to
guide role as actual holder of the Energy Community Presidency for the 2015, then
as a good example to be followed by the other Contracting Members of the Energy

same time, it is due also the pregnant problem in Albania, as in some other
parts of the Western Balkans, to the volatility of energy production and the
lack of liquid energy market. Except Albanian until now only Serbia has approve,
probably due the leading regional position in trading, a new law on the
electricity sector that adopts the EU Third Energy Package. A transposition
that take particular importance in view of the step back that have register so
far the FYR of Macedonia failure to liberalize electricity market in line with
binding Energy Community deadline.

The here above presentation came in framework of upcoming
complete report about liberalisation and organised market in Western Balkans.
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form of support, contact us at the

Les régulateurs de l’UE décideront sur la transaction de 73 milliards de dollars entre Shell et BG avant le 2 septembre 31/07/2015

AER Notice July 2015 Posted on Fri, July 31, 2015 15:33:17

Les régulateurs antitrust de l’Union européenne décideront avant le 2 septembre s’ils vont approuver l’achat prévu de BG Groupe de 47 milliards de livres ($ 73,25 milliards) par Royal Dutch Shell visant à devenir l’entreprise top de gaz naturel liquéfié au monde.

La Commission européenne a déclaré que la société anglo-néerlandaise a demandé l’autorisation mercredi. L’analyse pourrait être prolongée par encore 10 jours ouvrables dans le cas où Shell offre des concessions, soit une investigation à grande échelle de quatre mois long sera lancée si la société ne peut pas atténuer les soucis de la concurrence. La transaction, qui permettra à Shell de mieux concourir avec la compagnie pétrolière n ° 1 au monde ExxonMobil, a jusqu’à présent obtenu le feu vert des autorités de réglementation des États-Unis, du Brésil et de la Corée du Sud.

Moldovan regulator approves new energy tariffs, 28 Jul 2015

AER Notice July 2015 Posted on Tue, July 28, 2015 15:26:35

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 adoption of tariffs for access to electricity distribution networks intends to rectify the failure to comply with its obligations under Directive 2009/72/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity. In May 2015, the Energy Community Secretariat sent an opening letter to the Regulator initiating a preliminary procedure for failure to adopt the distribution tariffs applicable to all eligible customers, including suppliers. The purpose of the letter is to give Moldova the possibility, within two months, to react to the allegation of non-compliance with Energy Community law.

National Energy Regulatory Agency of the Republic of Moldova – press release

Energy Community dispute settlement case 05/2015

Albania Approves New Law on Strategic Investments, ACERC Note 28 July 2015

AER Notice July 2015 Posted on Tue, July 28, 2015 11:06:30

Assembly of the Republic of Albania on the proposal of the Council of
Ministers decided on the date 28.05.2015, Law no. 55/2015 “On strategic
investments in the Republic of Albania”. This law comes into force after three
months its publication in the Official Journal.

In the so-called General provisions, Article 1 states that the purpose
of the law aims at promoting and attracting strategic investments, domestic and
foreign, in the sectors of economy, identified by this law as strategic
sectors, through the establishment of special favourable administrative procedures,
support for accelerating and mitigating services to investors.

Article 2 states that the object of the law is the establishes
procedures and rules that apply state bodies for reviewing, approving and
supporting strategic investment, both domestic and foreign, that are realized
in the Republic of Albania, as well as services to investors.

The above Law no. 55/2015 can be find in the here link
(in Albanian Language) and for more about the Albanian regulatory framework click here.

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the above notice in Albania language please scroll down —

Shqipëria Miraton Ligjin e Ri për
Investimet Strategjike, ACERC Note 28 July 2015

Kuvendi i Republikës
së Shqipërisë me propozimin e Këshillit të Ministrave vendosi në datën
28.5.2015, Ligjin nr. 55/2015 “Për investimet strategjike në Republikën e
Shqipërisë”. Ky ligj hyn në fuqi 3 muaj pas botimit në Fletoren Zyrtare.

Kreu I i
ashtuquajtur Dispozita të Përgjithshme ne Nenin 1 thuhet qe “Ky ligj synon
nxitjen dhe tërheqjen e investimeve strategjike, vendase dhe të huaja, në
sektorët e ekonomisë, të identifikuar prej këtij ligji si sektorë strategjikë,
nëpërmjet vendosjes së procedurave të posaçme administrative favorizuese,
lehtësuese apo përshpejtuese të mbështetjes e të shërbimeve ndaj investitorëve”.

Neni 2 mbi objektin
e ligjit thekson se “Ky ligj përcakton procedurat dhe rregullat që zbatojnë
organet shtetërore për shqyrtimin, miratimin dhe mbështetjen e investimeve
strategjike, vendase dhe të huaja, që realizohen në Republikën e Shqipërisë, si
dhe shërbimet ndaj investitorit”.

Për sa me sipër gjeni
ketu ligjin
ne gjuhen shqipe dhe për me shume rreth kuadrit rregullatorë shqiptare kliko këtu.

Redesigning Europe’s electricity market – give your feedback!, Monday, 27 July, 2015

AER Notice July 2015 Posted on Tue, July 28, 2015 08:17:52

Under its plans for Energy Union,
the EU wants to set the conditions for a reliable and affordable energy
supply for all EU citizens and businesses, and to make the EU the world
leader in renewable energy. In order to achieve this, Europe’s
electricity market needs to be redesigned – and the European Commission
is seeking your views on how.

In a consultation
launched in July, the Commission is seeking stakeholder’s views on:
improvements to market functioning and investment signals; market
integration of renewables; linking retail and wholesale markets;
reinforcing regional coordination of policy making, between system
operators and of infrastructure investments; the governance of the
internal electricity market; and a European dimension to security of

In a connected questionnaire,
the Commission is also seeking your feedback on aspects of the security
of Europe’s electricity supply, which are not covered in the main
consultation. This questionnaire explores in particular how national
governments prevent and manage risks related to the security of the
electricity supply, what roles and responsibilities should be taken on
by which players, and how transparency and cross-border cooperation can
be improved.

Both consultations close on 8 October 2015 and stakeholders are invited to reply to both.

Consultation on a new energy market design

Consultation on risk preparedness in the area of security of electricity supply

First Network Code adopted! Internal Energy Market gets closer, 4 billion savings in for Europe’s customers, Brussels, 27 July 2015

AER Notice July 2015 Posted on Mon, July 27, 2015 19:12:57

“The publication of the EU guideline on Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management (CACM) in the Official Journal is great news for the Internal Energy Market and for the European customers”, commented Konstantin Staschus, ENTSO-E Secretary-General. “The next challenge is to implement it consistently in all Member States”, he added.

Peder Andreasen, ENTSO-E President, stresses that the European transmission system operators have played a crucial role alongside the EU institutions, ACER and NRAs, power exchanges and other stakeholders, in pulling this law through. “All involved in the CACM guideline have contributed to gluing together the world’s largest and most competitive electricity market, serving more than half a billion customers.”

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New CEER reports set out recommendations for gas storage and security of supply 22 July 2015

AER Notice July 2015 Posted on Sun, July 26, 2015 23:07:41

The Council of the European Energy Regulators (CEER) announce the publication of its two new gas reports:

(1) CEER Concept Paper on Security of Gas Supply; and
(2) CEER Report Monitoring Implementation of the Gas Storage Guidelines of Good Practice (GGPSSO) and the GSE Transparency Template.

As an input to the ongoing revision of EU Regulation 994/2010 on security of gas supply, we set out in our Concept Paper our recommendations for measures to safeguard security of gas supply. The paper builds on concepts and ideas we put forward in the CEER response (April 2015) to the European Commission’s public consultation on gas security of supply. Overall, we make an appeal for the use of the market-based measures (in the “prevention phase”), for greater regional cooperation and for explicit involvement of National Regulatory Authorities in the security of supply decision-making process.

Our Report Monitoring Implementation of the Gas Storage Guidelines of Good Practice and the Gas Storage Europe’s (GSE) Transparency Template shows how well these two important voluntary initiatives have been implemented. In many cases, the results are positive and CEER welcomes the efforts made by gas Storage System Operators (SSOs). There are, however, a number of areas where improved implementation is necessary to ensure that European storage markets are functioning effectively (such as, information provision and transparency). The report encourages European SSOs to work towards full implementation of these important initiatives.

For the documents please click here.

Framework of Trading Activity and Market Entry in Albania by Lorenc Gordani | Sunday, July 26, 2015

AER Notice July 2015 Posted on Sun, July 26, 2015 20:17:55

At the begin
of July 2015 the Albanian Ministry of Energy announces the plans for the
opening of a power exchange platform. Announcement that follow the enactment
the new Law of the Electricity Sector nr. 43 on 30th April 2015. The
new law aim a fully aligned with Directive 2009/72/EC of the European
Parliament and the Council, dated 13 July 2009 “On common rules for the
internal market in electricity”. A process that ranks the country in the second
post among the rest of the WBs (only Serbia have done it until now).

In regard the
ECS release on 15 July 2015 the Draft for Consultation on the Policy Guidelines
on the Promotion of Organised Electricity Markets in the Contracting Parties
developed with the support of an ad-hoc working group comprising academia and
industry professionals.

The part of
the Rules governing trading activity and market entry report the “a
comprehensive set or rules governing market entry, trading activity, product
development and market oversight is needed for operating an organised market
which is suitably designed to swiftly couple with connected markets. Joining
existing market couplings that have a well established structure and standards
for these rules offers not only a focal point, but should deliver all guiding
principles in order to ensure a harmonised set of rules, ready for coupling”.

A framework
that is address in the Part VIII “The Electricity Market” by the Law 43 / 2015
that in the Article 98 “Market Rules” state “ERE, upon proposal of the
Transmission System Operator and in collaboration with all participants of the
electricity sector, shall adopt the Electricity Market Rules, in accordance
with this law and the Electricity Market Model, including the rules for
planning, dispatching, balancing, settlement of disputes and requests for
reserve management. In regard, the Market Rules shall be adopted by the ERE,
within 1 (one) year from the date of entry into force of this law.”

Indeed the
Draft for Consultation on the Policy Guidelines on the Promotion of Organised
Electricity Markets in the Contracting Parties bring in brief that market
coupling will lead to sufficiently harmonised trading rules. No additional
regulation of these will be required. Nevertheless, a few elements will facilitate
market participation: All documents should be made available in English, what
at best is also the language of working documents. All standard contracts
between the power exchanges or operators of the organised market and the market
participants should also be in English.

Despite the
fact that rules for the supervision of market activity or market surveillance
practices will be needed, as well as a code of conduct developed by the
operator of the trading platform to be followed by the market participants, the
present Policy Guidelines recommend the adoption of the REMIT Regulation into the
Energy Community acquis. In order to avoid discrimination between market
participations, the same standards for market monitoring should be applicable
in an integrated market. Following existing European standards may lead to
lower implementation and transaction costs as compared to a separate and
potentially different scheme resulting in undue discrimination and hampering
overall market monitoring.

In general,
quality in trading and security for clearing and settlement should be coming
from the internal rules agreed between the parties running the processes and
those participating in the market. Most importantly, the contractual
requirements from the side of the power exchange, the TSOs (requirements for
balance responsible parties) and, in case separately organised, the clearing
house provide for the most important elements and constitute market
participation requirements which do not require further regulation.

Then even
the fully implementation will require a further time and efforts the country
gives an important signal, probably also due to its guide role as the actual
holder of the Energy Community Presidency for the 2015, in the path on the
reforms necessary to be followed. Indeed, it constitutes a decisive step
forward a long path of reforms in energy sector in Albania for which the Law 43
/ 2015 lays a solid foundation.

In regard, it
can be conclude with what in the ECS Draft for Consultation state “It is in the
interest of all parties to have functioning markets based on the best possible
rules; existing standards have largely proved this. Still, market participation
requirements should provide for low market entry barriers and receive
regulatory facilitation to be harmonised and gradually reduced where outdated.
Where these rules provide for all minimum requirements, no additional trading
licenses should be required”.

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