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Presentation of Albanian Centre for Energy Regulation and Conservation - ACERC

ACERC is a think tank centre with focus in Albania energy market and its integration on 8th Regional Area & EU IEM. The ACERC mission aim to provide a qualified contribution to the promotion of the liberalization and the effective integration as well as the efficient use of energy resources.

ACERC main activities profiles briefly consists in the release reports, articles and periodicals. In cooperation also with collaborates the offering of the activities that support capacity building of market actors, such as national and regional seminars, trainings and conferences. Initiatives completed by advocating in the energy sector promoting a forum called in Albanian School of Regulation.

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Statement of Security of Supply for Kosovo (Electricity, Natural Gas and Oil) Prishtina, 2015

AEL Updates 2015 Posted on Thu, October 08, 2015 23:32:12

About 97% of power
generation installed capacities in Kosovo is based on two lignite fired power plants
of KEK: Kosovo A (5 units) and Kosovo B (2 units). Total installed capacity of
both plants is 1,478 MW, which could have been sufficient to fulfill current
Kosovo’s demand for electricity if they were totally available. But, due to
age, net generation capacity of these plants has been significantly reduced.

The current situation of
electricity supply in Kosovo is not satisfactory, in different time periods
there is lack of electricity imposing interruption of electricity for
customers. Illegal use of electricity and use of electricity for heating, as
well as the limited availability of power generation capacities doesn’t guarantee
stable and sufficient electricity supply to all consumers.

The need for investment in
electricity sector in Kosovo, particularly in electricity generation, requires restructuring
of the sector, market liberalization and growth of competition in the
electricity market.

In order to attain these
objectives a number of measures are undertaken: amendments of the energy laws,
approval of new market design and market rules. Such documents and the
increased activities for their implementation will determine necessary measures
to accommodate commercial arrangements in order to attract necessary domestic
and foreign investments to develop the electricity sector in Kosovo.

Electricity consumption
during 2015 ‐ 2024 will be met by domestic production and also by
imports of electricity. In order to meet the growing demand in the country and
potentially to export electricity surpluses, investments in the following
projects are planned:

 Development of two units
in a new TPP “Kosova e Re” with installed capacity of about 2*300 MW. The first
unit (300MW) is expected to be operational in 2020, while the second unit in 2021;

 Construction of HPP Zhur
in 2020. This project is considered very important for balancing and optimizing
the work of the Power System;

 Construction of small
power generation units (mainly from RES) by private investors with planned
capacities: about 240 MW ‐ small HPP, 165 MW – Wind turbines, 14 MW –
biomass fired plants and 15 MW – solar (photovoltaic);

During 2014 there have been
certain developments with respect to Kosova e Re project, resulting in evaluation
of the bid for this project. TPP Kosova e Re will represent the main component
of domestic electricity production on lignite ensuring the base energy for the
system. ERO has been a participant in the steering committee and in the working
group of the project.

Almost all consumption of
oil products is covered by imports. Since Kosovo has no domestic oil sources
nor oil pipelines or domestic production, oil products are imported mainly by
trucks and to lesser extent by rail. Current oil legislation obliges all
petroleum product storages and sale points to possess at least 5% of the
storage capacity for state emergency purpose.

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Annual Implementation Report 2015: Serbia, Albania and Ukraine emerge as frontrunners in Third Energy Package transposition, 08 Oct 2015

AEL Updates 2015 Posted on Thu, October 08, 2015 16:55:15

For the first time, the Secretariat’s Annual Implementation Report – published today, assesses the Contracting Parties’ obligations to transpose the Third Energy Package for electricity and gas, the deadline for which expired on 1 January 2015. The Director of the Energy Community, Janez Kopač, said: “Nine months after its transposition deadline in the Energy Community has expired, two Contracting Parties [Serbia and Albania] have fully and Ukraine has partially transposed the Third Energy Package into the national legal framework. I would like to congratulate these three countries on becoming the frontrunners in that respect. This is a great achievement and a clear indication that the countries are taking their Energy Community obligations seriously. We expect Montenegro will follow very soon and Kosovo* and Moldova are expected to adopt the respective laws by the end of the year.”

The Secretariat’s Annual Implementation Report assesses the progress achieved by the Energy Community Contracting Parties in implementing the Energy Community acquis communitaire in the period from September 2014 to September 2015, including dedicated chapters on electricity, gas, oil, national regulatory authorities, renewable energy, energy efficiency, environment, competition and statistics.

In terms of Third Energy Package transposition in the remaining Contracting Parties, the report concludes that Bosnia and Herzegovina is showing no clear prospects, while the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, formerly a leader in energy market reform, has fallen behind and previous achievements have even been reversed. Moreover, the reporting period has seen little progress on genuine independence of energy regulatory authorities and regulators across the Energy Community are yet to become active in the opening of energy markets.

According to Deputy Director, Dirk Buschle, “The implementation of the Third Energy Package offers opportunities for market opening, cross-border market integration for the benefit of the industry and ultimately energy consumers. Grasping these opportunities means modernizing the energy sector which still remains an urgency for all our countries. It will become difficult for those who do not engage in the process now, especially Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, to catch up with the frontrunners.”

This year’s report also takes a close look at the development of renewable energies. The analysis of currently implemented and planned policy initiatives using available data from 2009-2013 indicates that all Contracting Parties, with the exception of Montenegro, have not entirely met their first interim trajectories and especially Moldova, Serbia and Kosovo*. Most of them risk falling short of meeting their 2020 renewable energy targets as set by the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC transposed in the Energy Community. Moreover, the binding target of 10% share of renewable energy in transport will most likely be missed by all of the Contracting Parties. “This report should serve as a caution to the concerned Contracting Parties. There is still time to act and put in place a legal and regulatory framework to ensure the target’s achievement,” explained Gabriela Cretu, renewables expert at the Secretariat.

To order a paper copy of the report free of charge, please write to us at contact@energy-community.org. In addition to its annual report, the Secretariat also provides monthly updates on the progress of implementation of the Energy Community acquis by the Contracting Parties on its website.