July & August 2019

CEER Newsletter


Consumers and gas are the focus of energy regulators’ latest papers (just as they are at the heart of our CEER motto and logo). CEER has published the second, in a summer-time series, of three case-study reports that aim to help with understanding and implementation some of the consumer provisions of Europe’s new Clean Energy legislation. The first was a report on energy communities and self-consumption. In this new report on Implementing Technology that Benefits Consumers, CEER adopts a case study approach to present lessons learnt relating to on-demand smart meter roll-outs, dynamic prices and data exchange and interoperability.

CEER has also released its latest LNG Report (featured below). Meanwhile, ACER is publicly consulting on possible actions and legislative proposals for the European energy sector beyond 2025. With a main focus on gas, this ACER public consultation takes account of the reflections in the (March) CEER consultation paper on Regulatory Challenges for a Sustainable Gas Sector produced. Energy regulators (ACER and CEER) will present their findings from these related gas consultations at the October Madrid (European Gas Stakeholder) Forum.

Check out the international section below to see how the European Commission has inspired international energy regulators’ schools outreach programme.

Reminder: 9 Aug deadline to input your views on CEER’s 2020 work programme priorities.

Save the date for these Brussels-based events:
-    CEER Customer Conference, 5 Nov
-    Bundled Products: Dispute Resolution & Consumer Rights Enforcement,  6 Nov
-    Re-designing regulation for Clean Energy Package implementation,
(EUI/RSC link) 15 Nov

FEATURE - Boosting competitive Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) markets

On 24 July, CEER published a Report on How to Foster LNG Markets in Europe. Given the increasing importance of LNG at a European level, CEER has identified different ways to foster LNG competitiveness at this level and, potentially, to raise the level of use of existing LNG assets, such as terminals.

What is LNG?
In a nutshell, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is natural gas cooled to -162ºC where it becomes a liquid and can be economically stored and transported by ships over long distances.

Why is LNG important?
Europe has 29 LNG re-gasification terminals. LNG helps Europe’s security of supply and competitiveness – LNG diversifies our gas sources, which helps competition and in turn should lead to better prices for customers.

What’s in the CEER LNG report?
CEER's latest LNG report is packed with
 - data and insights on the LNG outlook globally and in Europe
- interesting case studies from 4 countries (Lithuania, Italy, Belgium and Spain) that address challenges and promote competition and
 - the European energy regulators' recommendations on how to overcome current and future challenges and develop an LNG market at EU level.

Main conclusions of CEER’s LNG report
CEER proposes several ways which could contribute to the fostering of a market for LNG in Europe, including considerations on transparency, LNG price references, the flexibility of LNG contracts, regional streamlining of infrastructures, innovation in terms of services and regulatory coordination. CEER also shows how flexibility allows a quick response and adaptation to changing market conditions whilst taking in to account the peculiarities and particular circumstances of each country but does not identify a need for further European-level regulation concerning access to European LNG terminals.

CEER’s main recommendations include:
•    There is need for additional regulation of LNG terminals at European level.
•    Attracting LNG to Europe could be further enhanced with the development of price references.
•    CEER welcomes any market development that facilitates LNG's arrival in Europe, such as supply contract clauses flexibilisation and greater flexibility in the upstream part of the value chain.
•    Regulatory regimes should ensure that there are no undue barriers to LNG market development, such as regimes for transmission that are not suited for LNG.
•    Implementation of the Gas Target Model throughout Europe is still essential to provide price signals to attract LNG to the region when needed.


-    CEER 2020 Draft Work Programme – deadline 9 August
-    ACER consults on the Bridge Beyond 2025 – deadline 1 September

-   CEER Report “Implementing Technology that Benefits Consumers in the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package”


The International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER), has published the ICER 2018-2019 Annual Report. CEER is proud to lead the ICER Women in Energy initiative and to initiate the Schools to Energy Leaders’ schools outreach programme (which was inspired by the European Commission’s Back to School programme).



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