December 2018

CEER Newsletter



This December Newsletter wraps up 2018 by illustrating the strength of energy regulatory cooperation in Europe.

With the Energy Agency of the Republic of Serbia (AERS) becoming a CEER Observer, CEER now represents 37 national regulatory authorities (NRAs). A hearty welcome to AERS on joining the family of European energy regulators!

Working together through CEER, energy NRAs share best practice and produce high quality reports, as evidenced by our 2 latest CEER publications:
-    CEER’s Status Review of Renewable Energy Support (RES) Schemes in Europe (featured below) report which shows the coverage and cost of RES subsidies across 27 countries in Europe.
-    CEER’s Monitoring Report on the Performance of European Retail Markets in 2017 which looks (inter alia) at market structure, switching activity and price regulation in Europe.

Reaching beyond our membership, we also work closely with fellow regulators from other regions. We look forward to even deeper regulatory cooperation following the signing of the recent CEER-ECRB-MEDREG cooperation arrangement (see the International Section below).


Feature - Regulators count the high cost to consumers of renewable subsidies
The new CEER Status Review of Renewable Energy Support Schemes in Europe shows the coverage and cost of support schemes (or subsidies) for renewable (RES) in Europe.

What’s in the RES report?
Covering 27 countries, the CEER RES report has country data, the type of support instrument and the expenditure (by technology) on RES subsidies.    

Main Findings
•    RES subsidies are a significant cost to electricity consumers
•    The weighted average subsidy paid to renewable generators in Europe, on top of the wholesale price, was €96.29/MWh in 2017. There are wide variations across countries, ranging from €12.87/MWh in Norway to €198.29/MWh in the Czech Republic.
•    Although the average RES subsidy cost is high, it is a decrease of 12.6% from €110.22/MWh in 2015. This cost improvement has been facilitated by the increased use of competitively-determined support schemes (tendering procedures), a move strongly advocated by CEER.
•    The amount of gross electricity produced receiving RES support in Europe is fairly stable, at 17% in 2016. The mount and cost of RES support differs across countries and technology, from 3% in Norway to 63% in Denmark.
•    In terms of RES integration into wholesale markets, the CEER report finds that 18 out of the 27 countries have balancing responsibility for RES producers as a feature in their support schemes.
Who pays the cost of the RES Support? Consumers
 CEER’s RES report shows that the cost of the RES support is mostly financed through non-tax levies paid via electricity consumer bills.

•    The ACER-CEER Market Monitoring Report in 2017 shows that RES subsidies are now a significant and rising proportion of average electricity consumer bills in Europe. RES subsidies make up about one-seventh (14%) of the average European household bill, so a decrease in subsidy levels is welcomed.

The move towards more efficient supports for renewables, highlighted by this CEER report, is welcome progress. CEER advocates decarbonisation at least cost using a variety of measures, with a key one being retrofitted wholesale markets which integrate and work better to facilitate renewables. See Press Release.


-    CEER’s Monitoring Report on the Performance of European Retail Markets in 2017
-    CEER’s Status Review of Renewable Energy Support (RES) Schemes in Europe for 2016 and 2017
-    CEER Press Release “CEER Welcomes Progress in Efficiently Decarbonising Europe's Energy System”, 14 December 2018
-    CEER-ECRB-MEDREG Press Release “Energy regulators across Europe and the Eastern and Mediterranean region sign cooperation arrangement”, 12 December 2018



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