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Acerc main activities consists in build-up collaborationand support to market players in the market researches such as the release of reports, articles and periodicals. Activity accompanied with the offering of the support in capacity building through national and regional seminars, trainings and conferences. Initiatives aims to enable in advocating in the energy sector promoting a forum called in Albanian School of Regulation.

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Market and System Operators discuss Third Package transposition and implementation challenges, 05 Feb 2015

AER Notice January 2015 Posted on Fri, February 06, 2015 19:03:12

Market and System Operators discuss Third Package transposition and implementation challenges, 05 Feb 2015

Market and Transmission System Operators of the Energy Community Contracting Parties gathered at the third meeting on market operation in Sarajevo on 4 February to discuss Third Package transposition and implementation challenges in order to ensure the smooth regicity markets.

In light of Third Package transposition, the participants emphasized the importance of establishing proper governance arrangements related to the roles and responsibilities of Transmission System and Market Operators. They also assessed the imbalance settlement mechanisms applied in the Energy Community Contracting Parties against the requirements set by the draft Network Code on Electricity Balancing in order to identify potential implementation gaps and the necessary harmonization steps early on. The participants reaffirmed the need for phasing out exemption of regulated companies from balance responsibility and abolishing regulation of wholesale and balancing market prices as major prerequisites for the development of electricity market and balancing cooperation in the Energy Community. The participants also welcomed the Policy Guidelines on VAT, recently issued by the Secretariat, as a tool for establishing a harmonized VAT treatment mechanism in the Energy Community.

The meeting, facilitated by the Energy Community Secretariat, was hosted by the Independent System Operator in Bosnia and Herzegovina, ISO BH.



Market and System Operators discuss Third Package transposition and implementation challenges, 05 Feb 2015

AER Notice January 2015 Posted on Fri, February 06, 2015 19:03:11

Market and System Operators discuss Third Package transposition and implementation challenges, 05 Feb 2015

Market and Transmission System Operators of the Energy Community Contracting Parties gathered at the third meeting on market operation in Sarajevo on 4 February to discuss Third Package transposition and implementation challenges in order to ensure the smooth regicity markets.

In light of Third Package transposition, the participants emphasized the importance of establishing proper governance arrangements related to the roles and responsibilities of Transmission System and Market Operators. They also assessed the imbalance settlement mechanisms applied in the Energy Community Contracting Parties against the requirements set by the draft Network Code on Electricity Balancing in order to identify potential implementation gaps and the necessary harmonization steps early on. The participants reaffirmed the need for phasing out exemption of regulated companies from balance responsibility and abolishing regulation of wholesale and balancing market prices as major prerequisites for the development of electricity market and balancing cooperation in the Energy Community. The participants also welcomed the Policy Guidelines on VAT, recently issued by the Secretariat, as a tool for establishing a harmonized VAT treatment mechanism in the Energy Community.

The meeting, facilitated by the Energy Community Secretariat, was hosted by the Independent System Operator in Bosnia and Herzegovina, ISO BH.



Secretariat seeks stakeholder views on options for the Energy Community for the Future, 03 Feb 2015

AER Notice January 2015 Posted on Thu, February 05, 2015 00:27:41

Secretariat seeks stakeholder views on options for the Energy Community for the Future, 03 Feb 2015

In its final report “An Energy Community for the Future”, the High Level Reflection Group concluded that the Energy Community’s ambitious goals cannot be met without reforming the organisation’s legal, procedural and institutional set-up and proposed how these shortcomings could be rectified. The public consultation, launched today, seeks stakeholder views on how these recommendations could be brought to life by providing several implementation options. Respondents have the opportunity to express their views on strategic reform questions, including inter alia the organisation’s institutional set-up, enforcement mechanisms, tools to improve the investment climate and adoption of new environmental acquis.

All interested stakeholders are encouraged to respond to the public consultation by completing the online questionnaire (link below). The consultation will run until 6 March 2015.

The results of the public consultation will be taken into consideration by the Energy Community Permanent High Level Group, which was tasked by the Ministerial Council to identify reform measures in June 2015 for consideration and adoption at the Ministerial Council in 2015.



EnC Secretariat opens dispute settlement case against Macedonia for postponing market opening, 30 Jan 2015

AER Notice January 2015 Posted on Sun, February 01, 2015 21:14:59

EnC Secretariat opens dispute settlement case against Macedonia for postponing market opening, 30 Jan 2015

Today the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for its failure to comply with the Energy Community’s eligibility rules by postponing full opening of the electricity market. The Energy Community Treaty sets 1 January 2008 as the implementation deadline for market opening for non-household customers and 1 January 2015 for all customers including households. The postponement until 2020 of full market liberalisation represents a severe breach of the Treaty.

The amendments to the Energy Law adopted in October 2014 deprive small businesses and all household customers of their right to purchase electricity directly from the supplier of their choice. Furthermore, making eligibility dependent on electricity consumption is non-compliant with the Treaty.

Protecting customers from dramatic price increases is a legitimate aim that could be achieved through measures which are significantly less market distorting and in compliance with the Energy Community acquis. Eligibility has to be distinguished from price regulation and universal service provision might necessitate regulating the prices for certain categories of customers.

The Secretariat is ready to assist former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in rectifying the identified breaches of Energy Community law.

According to Articles 6 and 16 of the Rules of Procedure for Dispute Settlement, interested parties may be granted access to the case file and may submit written observations on the present case to the Secretariat within one month from 30 January 2014. All requests for information on this case should be addressed to the Deputy Director/Legal Counsel of the Secretariat, Dirk Buschle at dirk.buschle@energy-community.org or +43 1 535 2222 24 and should make reference to the case number ECS-2/15.



All hydrocarbon products to undergo quality testing in Albania, Last Updated: 2015-01-30 07:47 | Xinhua

AER Notice January 2015 Posted on Fri, January 30, 2015 21:34:34

All hydrocarbon products to undergo quality testing in Albania

Last Updated: 2015-01-30 07:47 | Xinhua

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama pledged on Tuesday to help improving the quality of inspection in all gas stations to curb further damage to the citizens’ vehicles, Albanian daily news reported.

With a Lek 55 million (447,154 million U.S. dollars) investment, the lab has modern equipment for testing fuel and its byproducts that are sold in the market, and tests all imported fuels.

“It will serve the daily consumers of oil and gasoline who will see and feel a radically improved quality and radically improved control by the state in all fuel distribution points,” Rama said.

“By the end of this year, after a series of other steps, which are planned by the Ministry of Energy for the online inspection of all gas stations, and for avoiding tax evasion and quality manipulation, we will be able to tell the Albanian people that their car is not endangered anymore by the destruction of all these years and by the lack of quality,” Rama declared.

The new laboratory, Technical Central Inspectorate (TCI), now offers 58 methods of analysis accredited with internationally certified equipment, a laboratory according to the European technological standards.

Director of CTI’s Ejana Xhixho said, “It guarantees an examination of all hydrocarbon products, all fuels.” (1 U.S. dollar = 123 Lek)



Unlocking energy market flexibility Brussels, 29 January 2015

AER Notice January 2015 Posted on Thu, January 29, 2015 13:55:40

Unlocking
energy market flexibility

Brussels,
29 January 2015

Demand-side
flexibility means empowering consumers and reduced costs

Regulators’
2015 priorities? Competition, DSOs and Customers

CEER’s1
2015 annual conference today addressed one of the big issues for 2015: energy
market flexibility and demand response.

This packed
CEER event brought together policy makers, regulators and companies to address
the challenges and innovative approaches to flexibility at (1) wholesale (2)
network and (3) consumer levels.

Opening the
CEER 2015 conference, EU Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy, Miguel
Arias Cañete welcomed CEER’s initiative:

“The
Commission shares CEER’s aim of unlocking the untapped potential of energy
market flexibility and demand response to the benefit of the whole European
economy. Activating demand-side participation is important. This will require,
amongst other things, the right incentive framework and proper access to information
for consumers. We will make all necessary efforts to make it work properly.”

Conference
highlights include:

High level
panel discussion (which included MEP Buzek and Mr Borchardt, DG ENER) on
maximising the potential of flexibility services

International
Energy Agency (IEA) presentation on pricing flexibility

Presentations
by OPower (a leading seller of energy efficiency software) and Energy Pool (an
aggregator) on how they have successfully unlocked consumers’ contribution to
flexibility.

Demand-side
flexibility means empowering consumers and reduced costs

CEER is at
the forefront of developing competitive retail markets in which consumers can
engage and exert their power of choice. CEER’s efforts to help consumers be
able to change their electricity usage from their normal consumption pattern in
response to market signals (so called “demand-side flexibility”) began with
CEER’s 2014 advice on demand-side flexibility2.

Lord Mogg,
CEER President, explained why a major focus of CEER’s work is developing
competitive retail markets in which consumers can engage.

“Demand-side
flexibility, if enabled, has the potential to bring significant benefits to
consumers, both in terms of controlling their energy use and bills, and in
terms of the avoided cost of generation and network investments which is
inevitably passed through to consumers.”

Unlocking
the value of demand-side flexibility also requires examining the role of
Distribution System Operators (DSOs) in an evolving market. Regulators have
initiated a strategic debate on this issue in our ongoing public consultation
on the future role of the DSO (deadline 27 February).

Regulators’
2015 Priorities? Competition, DSOs and Customers

The CEER
2015 Work Programme places flexibility, well-functioning retail markets,
delivering actual competition in practice, Distribution System Operators (DSOs)
and empowering consumers as core elements of CEER’s work this year.



Nordpool Spot announces full REMIT RRM POSTED BY AVIVHANDLER ⋅ JANUARY 27, 2015

AER Notice January 2015 Posted on Thu, January 29, 2015 11:07:02

Nordpool Spot announces full REMIT RRM
POSTED BY AVIVHANDLER ⋅ JANUARY 27, 2015

Nordpool Spot have announced that they will provide a full RRM service under REMIT. The announcement can be found here.

Under REMIT, Organised Market Places are obliged to “offer a data reporting agreement” to report data that arises out of activity on the venue. This announcement sees Nordpool Spot going further than this, by providing a service that also permits the reporting of off venue trades, as well as data from other venues.

Nordpool Spot will be joining many others at the upcoming eWorld exhibition in Essen, which this year can be expected to be a “REMIT Fest”. We can look forward to several more announcements over the coming weeks.



Secretariat publishes policy guidelines on independence of national regulatory authorities, 28 Jan 2015

AER Notice January 2015 Posted on Wed, January 28, 2015 16:33:31

Secretariat publishes policy guidelines on independence of national regulatory authorities
28 Jan 2015
The Third Energy Package stipulates that the national energy regulator must be legally separated and functionally independent from any private or public entity as well as have autonomy with regard to its budget. Regulatory authorities must also exercise their powers impartially and transparently and steer clear of political influence. The Secretariat’s policy guidelines published today aim to inform governments, legislators and all other relevant stakeholders in the Energy Community Contracting Parties how the Third Package provisions on national regulatory authorities should be implemented in practice.

The guidelines will serve as a basis for the Secretariat’s assessment of the Contracting Parties’ compliance with the Energy Community acquis in this area.



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