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What is it about?

​​​​​​Cross-border energy infrastructure is the backbone connecting the European markets and allowing their integration. Gas pipelines, together with liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and underground gas storage (UGS) facilities, are the hardware supporting market integration, competition, and enhancing the security of supply in an efficient and sustainable way. If coupled with electricity, gas infrastructure can also support the energy transition towards a less carbon-intensive, and eventually carbon-neutral future.

Gas infrastructure offers flexibility, energy storage and back-up services which are already in place and of significant scale. Gas infrastructure is thus not just an object, but a tool that could contribute positively to the most profound decade of change in the European energy system.​

What's the role of ACER?

​ACER's main tasks regarding trans-European gas infrastructure are performed in close cooperation with the national regulatory authorities and the ENTSOs for Electricity and  Gas. ACER monitors  the implementation of projects creating new interconnector capacity and the Union-wide network-development plans. If ACER identifies inconsistencies between those plans and their implementation, the Agency investigates and makes recommendations to the transmission system operators, regulatory authorities or other competent bodies concerned. 

Each year, promoters of projects of common interest report to ACER their progress. Based on these inputs,  ACER produces a consolidated annual report which highlights the development, construction and commissioning of the projects, as well as possible delays and difficulties in their implementation across Europe.

ACER fosters a proper assessment of the projects of common interest in terms of contribution to market integration, competition, security of supply and sustainability.

 

 

EU gas supply sourcing costs fell to record low in 2020 due mainly to COVID-19 gas demand reductions and record LNG deliverieshttps://www.acer.europa.eu/Media/News/Pages/EU-gas-supply-sourcing-costs-fell-to-record-low-in-2020-due-mainly-to-COVID-19-gas-demand-reductions-and-record-LNG-deliver.aspx25/04/2021 23:00:00EU gas supply sourcing costs fell to record low in 2020 due mainly to COVID-19 gas demand reductions and record LNG deliveries
Gas tariffs reports: ACER recommends Lithuania to better justify domestic tariffs and mechanisms to compensate the discount granted to Klaipėda LNG entryhttps://www.acer.europa.eu/Media/News/Pages/Gas-tariffs-reports-ACER-recommends-Lithuania-to-better-justify-its-domestic-tariffs-and-the-mechanisms-used-to-compensate-.aspx15/04/2021 23:00:00Gas tariffs reports: ACER recommends Lithuania to better justify domestic tariffs and mechanisms to compensate the discount granted to Klaipėda LNG entry
ACER finds serious shortcomings in ENTSOG's gas network plans – underlining the need for current TEN-E reforms to strengthen independent project assessmentshttps://www.acer.europa.eu/Media/News/Pages/ACER-finds-serious-shortcomings-in-ENTSOs’-energy-network-plans.aspx03/05/2021 23:00:00ACER finds serious shortcomings in ENTSOG's gas network plans – underlining the need for current TEN-E reforms to strengthen independent project assessments