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Having unveiled CEER’s proposed “3D Strategy on Digitalisation, Decarbonisation & Dynamic Regulation” at our 2018 annual conference, we are seeking feedback (by 10 August) to our Public Consultation on CEER’s 3D strategy and the related draft 2019 Work Programme deliverables (for further information, see the 3D feature article below).
Our 2 latest reports, on Smart Technology Development and on Renewables Tendering Procedures, are good illustrations of CEER’s work to deliver on the digitalisation and the decarbonisation agendas of this strategy (see the 3D feature below).

The International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) has extended (until 20 July) the deadline for the call for regulatory articles and Women in Energy Stories for the next edition of the online ICER Chronicle. For inspiration, tune into the “Lights on Women” podcasts recorded at the World Forum on Energy Regulation (WFER).
Whilst women bring expertise and colour every day to the energy world, this month our cities are alive with colour thanks to the World Cup. If you happened to have missed any of CEER’s June events, presentations (of the CEER 2018 annual conference, our EU Sustainable Energy week events, the Eastern Partnership workshop on security of supply), and the CEER - ECRB- MEDREG consummer workshop are now online.
Save the date:
-    CEER-FSR workshop on energy poverty, 14 Sept (Brussels)

FEATURE – CEER’s 3D Strategy: Digitalisation, Decarbonisation & Dynamic Regulation

At our 2018 Annual Conference (during EU Sustainable Energy Week in June), CEER launched for public consultation their proposed “3D” strategy to foster European energy markets and empower consumers and possible 2019 priorities. The CEER 3-year strategy (from 2019 to 2021), is focused on 3 Ds - Digitalisation, Decarbonisation at least cost and Dynamic Regulation. The event was structured around each of the 3Ds of the CEER strategy:

Digitalisation: Drive forward a new deal for consumers in a digital world
This session opened with a case study presented by Inese Dosē of PricewaterhouseCoopers on “Blockchain use and potential in the energy sector”. The session continued with a high-level panel discussion on driving forward a new deal for consumers in a digital world.
CEER’s strategic objective on Digitalisation is to:
•    Foster competitive European markets that protect and empower consumers;
•    Enable cost-savings for consumers using digitalisation with a whole energy system approach;
•    Ensure an agile regulatory framework enables innovation while ensuring a level playing field;
•    Strengthen cooperation among sectoral regulators, consumer protection authorities, etc. to ensure consumers are protected as traditional energy markets are reinvented.

Decarbonisation at least cost
Regulators advocate strongly that energy decarbonisation must be achieved at least cost to consumers. This can be done by:
•    Developing an energy market design that minimises the need for subsidy mechanisms3;
•    Minimising the whole energy system cost of decarbonisation, in both the gas and electricity sectors, while maintaining a high level of security of supply.

Dynamic regulation: European solutions for adaptive regulation in a fast-changing world
CEER is determined to make regulation agile and coherent in responding to digitalisation and decarbonisation, where European energy consumers’ interests are forefront in our approach. We see that regulation must be stable but not static.

CEER also published a Smart Technology Development report which links with the Digitalisation and Dynamic Regulation objectives of our 3D strategy. This report identifies the impact of new technologies on energy consumers and on regulation. The focus of the report is on five technologies which are changing the traditional role of the customer and how they interact with retail energy markets:
1.) smart home technologies and Internet of Things;
2.) electricity self-generation;
3.) electrical energy storage;
4.) charging stations and electric vehicles; and
5.) blockchain applications for the energy sector.

To optimise the use of each of these technologies, Regulators and Members States may need to consider regulatory changes. CEER’s report explores such cases and identifies the need for further analysis in several cases.
The new CEER ‘Tendering procedures for RES in Europe: State of play and first lessons learnt’ report links with the Decarbonisation at Least Cost objective. Packed with data, this CEER report shows the transition in Europe from administratively-set support prices for RES towards competitive tendering procedures. This trend is welcomed by CEER as subsidies set through tenders tend to be of lower cost, thus benefiting European energy consumers. This said, CEER has long advocated that support schemes are only a stepping-stone. Renewable targets should, in the medium/long-run, be achieved by fully integrating renewables into Europe's wholesale electricity markets. Indeed, a key objective of the proposed Clean Energy legislative package is to retrofit Europe's wholesale markets so that they facilitate and appropriately reward renewables, which CEER welcomes. Hence support schemes (or subsidies) should be seen a transitional measure only.

Public Consultation on Draft CEER 3D Strategy and CEER 2019 Work Programme
CEER’s 3D strategy will be implemented though its annual work programme. For 2019, CEER proposes 17 deliverables. CEER welcomes comments, by 10 August, on its public consultation on the CEER 3D strategy and how the proposed 2019 Work Programme deliverables help deliver the 3D strategy. It is intended to publish the final CEER strategy being published before the end of the year and the final 2019 Work Programme in January 2019.

International

Energy regulators worldwide collaborate through the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER). ICER Women in Energy teamed up with the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) to interview some top experts at the 7th World Forum on Energy Regulation (WFER), where women lit up the WFER stage.

Check out these ‘Lights on Women’ interviews profiling women in energy from around the world. Twice a year, ICER publishes online the ICER Chronicle, featuring articles on the latest regulatory research/thinking and Women in Energy stories. 20 July 2018 is the extended deadline articles and self-authored Women in Energy stories for the next edition of the ICER Chronicle. 

Publications

-  CEER Smart Technology Development Report, 05 June 2018
- CEER Press Release: “Energy regulators launch their 3D Strategy and Smart Technology report” , 05 June 2018

-PRESS Release: European, Energy Community and Mediterranean Energy Regulators Further Intensify Cooperation

Public Consultations

-   CEER draft 3D Strategy and 2019 Work Programme (deadline: 10/08/2018)

Visit our website for our future consultations.

Contact

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Tel: +322 788 7331 or
+ 32 484 668 599

 

 

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