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May 2024 Newsletter 

 
 
Features
CEER Secretary General highlights role of energy regulators at Power Summit 2024
On 22 May at Power Summit 2024 – Lights on, CEER Secretary General, Mara Berzina, emphasised the importance of strong and independent energy regulators as crucial players in the energy transition and providers of expert advice and independent decisions. The panel discussion addressed key measures and tools integrated in the recently enacted Electricity Market Design (EMD) reform to accelerate the deployment of RES and low-carbon energy while empowering consumers to actively contribute to the pursuit of a net-zero power sector.
 
Key elements of the new market design include:
  • Consumer engagement, demand response and flexibility, enhanced distribution networks;
  • Well-functioning long-term markets, including evolution of long-term contracts;
  • Improved transmission infrastructure, as well ascross-border infrastructure;
  • The most efficient use of existing networks and generation.
 
CEER contributes to the 39th European Electricity Regulatory Forum
On 27 May, Sofie Lauwaert, Team Lead Market Monitoring at VREG, the Flemish Regulator of the Electricity and Gas Market, represented CEER at the 39th European Electricity Regulatory Forum in Florence, Italy. She introduced CEER’s ongoing deliverable on NRA approaches to monitor retail markets and consumer-relevant concepts, including hedging requirements. The recent EU legislative landscape has introduced new responsibilities for NRAs, particularly in market monitoring and suppliers' hedging strategies, following the electricity market reform. During the energy crisis, hedging strategies were crucial in ensuring resilience as suppliers and consumers faced financial constraints due to skyrocketing electricity and gas prices. CEER aims to produce an overview of supplier hedging strategies and methodologies for NRAs in their monitoring efforts. Additionally, the report may expand to other relevant new NRA tasks or retail and consumer concepts.
 
CEER presents key recommendations on anticipatory investments at ERRA Annual Conference
On 17 May, Nazim Khiari, CEER presented the ACER-CEER paper on anticipatory investments at the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) Annual Conference taking place in Bangkok.  This recent report provides a review of the national treatment of anticipatory investments and propose ways to facilitate the necessary electricity grid reinforcement to meet the EU’s climate and energy targets. Our key recommendations emphasise the importance of implementing existing measures and improving coordination and information exchange amongst stakeholders. 
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CREG welcomes Namibian delegation for hydrogen capacity building
On 22 May, CEER’s Vice President Koen Locquet and Deputy Secretary General Martina Schusterová participated in a meeting held by CREG, the Belgian Commission for Electricity and Gas Regulation, to welcome a Namibian delegation as part of the 'Namibian Hydrogen Capacity Building Exercise'. As a future producer of green hydrogen, Namibia's authorities aim to gain comprehensive knowledge of the hydrogen chain during their two-week study trip. CEER member CREG presented its role as a federal regulator in the energy landscape and provided updates on the regulatory framework in Belgium and Europe.
 
Publications
CEER Annual Report 2023
16 May 2024

Our annual report outlines CEER’s second year of implementing its strategy “Empowering Consumers for the Energy Transition”, developed in a context of crises, such as climate change, geopolitical instability and rising energy prices, with a lasting impact on the energy system.

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CEER Paper on Unsupported Renewable Energy Sources
29 May 2024

With this briefing, the Renewable Energy Systems Work Stream (RES WS) within the Electricity Working Group (EWG) aims to provide an updated assessment of the status quo of formally supported RES installations and an analysis of any changes that were made to the market model.

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EU4Energy
Europe Day 2024 celebrations in Moldova, Georgia, and Armenia

Europe Day 2024 was a remarkable celebration of learning, engagement, and fun activities, with CEER actively participating in various events across Moldova, Georgia, and Armenia.

Chisinau, Moldova – 10 May: Our interactive stand dedicated to OZZY the Hamster in Chisinau, Moldova, was a hub of activity and excitement. Attendees of all ages enjoyed engaging activities and learning about renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Tbilisi, Georgia – 11 May: EU4Energy continued its Europe Day celebrations at Stand #72 in Tbilisi, Georgia, featuring our special guest, OZZY the Hamster. 

Lori, Armenia – 17 May: The Europe Day festivities concluded in Lori, Armenia. Young European Ambassadors presented exciting materials from the EU4Energy Visibility Campaign, educating schoolchildren on energy efficiency and renewable energy through engaging comic books and fun giveaways. EU Ambassador to Armenia Vassilis Maragos visited the stand to learn more about the campaign's impact.

These events highlighted the collaborative efforts across the region to promote sustainable energy practices and engage communities in the journey towards a greener future.

 
Regional Training on Electricity Market Coupling in Lisbon
In the framework of EU4Energy programme, we held a two-day intensive course designed for representatives of energy sector stakeholders from Eastern Partnership national energy regulatory authorities and line ministries. Discussions focused on topics such as market coupling, interzonal trading, regulatory policy, and provided insights into the Spain-Portugal Market (MIBEL) coupling. Hosted by the Portuguese regulatory authority (ERSE), the event aimed to foster regional cooperation and knowledge sharing.
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Upcoming Events
European Sustainable Energy Week 2024
11-13 June 2024

EUSEW2024 is held under the theme "Net-zero energy solutions for a competitive Europe". CEER Distribution Systems Chair, Veli-Pekka Saajo will participate in the session on "What about flexibility? How customers can improve power systems". Take a look at the programme and register here.
 
Workshop on the TSO/DSO Unbundling Report
27 June 2024

CEER will present key findings from our latest report, shedding light on the status and recent developments in unbundling for Distribution System Operators (DSO) and Transmission System Operators (TSO). Dive into the implications of the Clean Energy Package (CEP) rules and explore the new challenges in hydrogen infrastructure unbundling under the Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market Package.

Register now!
 
CEER Training Academy
Our training programmes focus on the current challenges that energy regulators are facing, covering the latest developments and new frameworks in the energy sector.
Our varied selection of courses covering wide-ranging topics to deliver high-quality courses on the practice of regulation and job-related skills for regulatory staff. Certain courses will be open to the public and therefore welcome the participation of non-regulators.
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If you are a staff member of a regulatory authority, click here to discover our full training programme, which includes a wide variety of courses that deliver job-related skills across all levels, from introductory to advanced. 
 
CEER is Hiring
The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) is looking for a Working Group Coordinator.

Interested in diving into European energy regulatory issues, and staying abreast of policy on gas and electricity markets? Come and work in our dynamic multicultural team, based in Brussels!

Send your application by 30 June 2024 cob.
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