The regional approach is an important component of the Energy Union Strategy. The implementation of the Third Energy Package envisages the establishment of new entities performing (new) monopoly or near monopoly functions. Some of these entities/functions have a clear EU-wide coverage (e.g. MCO function operator), while others have a regional scope (e.g. RSCs in electricity; and capacity allocation platforms in gas) with a potential to grow into EU-wide entities.
ACER published today its second consolidated annual report on the progress of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) in electricity and gas. The report contains the results of the monitoring of the progress of the projects on the second EU list of PCIs adopted in November 2015, for the 12-month period from January 2015 to January 2016.
Through the ACER Board of Regulators, the national regulatory authorities and the Director have been working to enhance regulatory cooperation at the European level. The Agency and the National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) have complementary duties and powers, and a shared responsibility to deliver a well-functioning internal energy market. Close cooperation is key to achieving this goal. Indeed, NRAs already commit the equivalent of roughly 200 full-time staff to supporting the work of the Agency and to cooperation within its structures.
The second phase of data collection under the EU Regulation on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT) started on Thursday 7 April, when the system was opened for the registration of over-the-counter wholesale energy contracts, transportations contracts and additional fundamental data. Since then the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) has received more than 28 million records of wholesale energy market transactions. The Agency, together with the National Regulatory Authorities from the 28 Member States, has been observing the progress of reporting parties in complying with their obligations.
Contractual congestion, a situation where firm capacity demand exceeds the technical capacity, has been detected at 17% of the entry and exit sides at interconnection points (IPs) across the EU. The Agency’s Annual Congestion Report includes a list specifying at which interconnection points the so-called Firm Day-Ahead Use-It-Or-Lose-It (FDA UIOLI) mechanism will have to be applied as a congestion management procedure (CMP) from 1 July 2016.
ACER’s Board of Regulators (BoR), which met in Madrid on 27 April, appointed Dr Annegret Groebel as its new Vice Chair for a two and a half year term. She succeeds Walter Boltz.
The second phase of data reporting under the EU Regulation on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT) started on the 7 April as planned.
ACER publishes today a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Competent Authorities in 25 Member States responsible for facilitating and coordinating the permit granting process for the development of key energy infrastructure projects in Europe.
ACER publishes today its opinion on ENTSO-E’s Winter Outlook Report 2015/16 and Summer Review 2015. The Agency welcomes ENTSO-E’s continuous improvements of adequacy outlooks but highlights the need for their further development.
A delegation from the European Parliament’s Committee for Transport, Research and Energy (ITRE) visited today the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) in Ljubljana (Slovenia). The delegation discussed the latest developments in the Agency’s work towards a single, well-functioning and transparent energy market in Europe. The Agency fosters the cooperation and sharing of best practices among EU National Energy Regulators in the 28 EU Member States for the benefit of all EU consumers.
A newly created web-based platform www.gasncfunc.eu launched today by ACER and ENTSOG will allow stakeholders to notify implementation and operational issues related to gas network codes already in force. A joint process between ACER and ENTSOG aims to develop commonly recommended guidance on how to address such issues.
ACER publishes today the latest edition of its Regional Initiatives Status Review Report updating on the progress made on voluntary regional and cross-regional market integration. The reports highlights important milestones such as the early implementation of the European Harmonised Allocation Rules (HAR) for the electricity market. The report also shows the progress made in the pilot projects in different gas areas such as implementation of the third package and Network Codes (NC) and market integration.
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