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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.

For more visit us at the Official Website of Acerc | Albanian Energy Market - AEM Group in LinkedIn

Gouverner les différences dans l’Union de l’énergie Le 22 octobre 2015

AEL Updates 2015 Posted on Thu, October 22, 2015 20:08

Policy paper par Jacques de Jong, Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Jean-Arnold Vinois

Ce Policy-paper de Jacques de Jong, Thomas Pellerin-Carlin et Jean-Arnold Vinois, analyse les divers niveaux auxquels les décisions publiques sont prises dans le domaine de l’énergie, avec un accent mis sur les coopérations régionales entre plusieurs Etats.
Lors des dix dernières années, le niveau européen est devenu prédominant avec ses objectifs pour 2020 et 2030.
La mise en oeuvre de cette politique, principalement laissée aux Etats membres, a été d’inégale qualité, menant à des incohérences.
Alors que l’UE lance son “Union de l’énergie”, l’articulation entre les niveaux européen, régionaux et nationaux constitue un défi majeur.

Après avoir analysé ce contexte, ce Policy-paper formule plusieurs recommandations :

  1. Une revue des politiques énergétiques nationales par les paires, organisée tous les deux ans par la Commission européenne ;
  2. Dépasser la mentalité de silos qui affecte le secteur énergétique, en réduisant le large nombre de forums existant à trois forums horizontaux traitant de (1) transport & mobilité, (2) chauffage & refroidissement, et (3) électricité ;
  3. Créer une Service européen d’information sur l’énergie pour combiner toutes les sources d’informations concernant le secteur énergétique ;
  4. Utiliser la coopération régionale pour promouvoir des solutions innovantes pour optimiser la production d’électricité à base de sources d’énergies renouvelables.

Coming Soon: ACERC prepares to release a study on Biomass in Albania, October 21, 2015 (Note in Italian)

AEL Updates 2015 Posted on Wed, October 21, 2015 19:09

Prossimamente in
Uscita: ACERC si prepara ad rilasciare uno studio sulle Biomasse in Albania, 21
ottobre 2015

Centro Albanese per Regolamento e Conservazione
dell’Energia – ACERC si prepara di rilasciare a breve uno studio sulle Biomasse
in Albania. Lo studio che si presenterà nel ambito di una serie di eventi
durante il mese di novembre riguarda lo stato delle Fonti Energetiche
Rinnovabili (FER).

Più in specifico, in una schema riassuntiva
di presentazione, dopo una brevissima introduzione sul consumo generale delle
fonti energetiche rinnovabili in Albania si proseguirà con il mettere lo focus la
presentazione specifica delle Energia da Biomasse (FER-R&R) ed i Biocarburanti

Nella parte centrale si proseguo con
le stime quantitative delle FER, qui di interesse, per il periodo 2009-2014 e
le proiezioni legati con l’obiettivi nazionali preposti. Come presentazione
delle Politiche Pubbliche riguardo i FER e la valutazione delle misure per
conformarsi ulteriormente ai requisiti della direttiva 2009/28/EU.

Nella parte finale dello studio si porterà
il Piano d’Azione per i FER per contemplarsi all’obiettivo nazionale con il
focus sulla sintesi delle misure per conseguire l’obiettivi specifici nel
settore di interesse. Il tutto si concluderà con una valutazione finale del
potenziale di energia da biomassa, conclusioni e raccomandazioni relativi.

Tirana, il 21 Ottobre

Preparato: Dr. Lorenc

Direttore Executive di

Regulators propose a holistic framework for assessing well-functioning retail energy markets 16 October 2015

AEL Updates 2015 Posted on Sat, October 17, 2015 14:45

CEER publishes today its Position paper on well-functioning retail energy markets, which creates a forward-looking framework for national regulators to assess the performance of energy markets. This strategic paper aims to increase the level of sophistication in the understanding of retail markets as we work to develop a roadmap to deliver well-functioning retail energy markets to the benefit of consumers by 2025. In particular, the paper:

  1. defines the outcomes that a well-functioning retail market should achieve; and
  2. sets out common criteria for market assessments of well-functioning markets.

The paper originates from regulators’ “Bridge to 2025” proposals and our commitment to develop a roadmap and to advise the European Commission in respect of its future Retail Markets policy, as outlined in its July 2015 Communication on “Delivering a New Deal for Energy Consumers in Europe”.

CEER’s market assessment framework is based on 2 key principles (competition and innovation, and consumer involvement) which are broken down into 8 key properties (or outcomes) that we expect well-functioning markets to deliver for consumers. To measures these outcomes, we propose a set of 25 metrics to be considered collectively for each relevant market.

The CEER 2015 Customer Conference on 20 October will be an opportunity to discuss CEER’s new retail market assessment framework, where the theme of our event is “Delivering a New Deal for Energy Consumers”. In terms of next steps, CEER has committed to developing a roadmap to secure well-functioning retail markets for consumers by 2025. CEER looks forward to cooperating with the European Commission and having an open dialogue with energy stakeholders on these and related issues.

ACER publishes a study on capacity booking platforms assessment, 14 Oct. 2015

AEL Updates 2015 Posted on Wed, October 14, 2015 19:47

ACER releases today the study “Capacity Booking Platforms Assessment” which analyses the current gas capacity booking platforms’ compliance with the Network Code on Capacity Allocation Mechanisms (NC CAM), which is to be applied by 1 November 2015.

The report compares the degree of network code implementation related to booking platforms as well as the functionalities provided by the three existing platforms. The study was co-financed by the three booking platform operators and a number of EU National Regulatory Authorities, who commonly selected an independent consultant to assess the platforms.

Find the report and further info here.

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

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.

For more find here

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

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 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.

Albania: Environmental alternatives of small HPPs, 6 October 2015 (in Albanian)

AEL Updates 2015 Posted on Tue, October 06, 2015 10:23

Alternativa mjedisore e HEC-eve te vegjel
6 Tetor 2015

Alternativa mjedisore për HEC-et e vegjël në Shqipëri është një studim alternativ i sjell nga shoqëria civile mjedisore në Shqipëri, që hulumton proçesin e zhvillimit të shpejtë të sektorit të energjisë hidrike në të gjithë vendin, kundrejt ndikimit të vërejtur në mjedis dhe atij të pritshëm. Ky studim përfshin punën e kryer nga një ekip ekspertësh gjatë periudhës Shkurt-Korrik 2015 duke përdorur një metodikë gjithëpërfshirëse që konsiston në: i) analizë kërkimore, ii) takime direkte, ii) diskutime në grupe të fokusuar, iii) plotësim pyetësorësh, iv) dhe sesione konsultimi me organizatat e shoqërisë civile.

Studimi synon të sjellë në një dokument të vetëm elementë alternativ të zhvillimit të sektorit të HEC-eve, i cili shikon jo vetëm nevojën për energji, por ndikimin real pozitiv dhe negativ të këtij zhvillimi në sektorët social, ekonomik dhe mjedisor.

Përfituesit direkt të këtij studimi janë komuniteti shqiptar, organizatat e shoqërisë civile, vendimmarrësit lokalë, institucionet shtetërore në veçanti, sektori privat dhe media. Njëkohësisht, ky studim – i pari në llojin e tij – i shërben studiuesve dhe botës akademike në përgjithësi si dokument bazë për të avancuar kërkimin shkencor në fushën e ndikimit të HEC-eve në mjedis.

Për me shume gjeni dokumentin: Alternativa Mjedisore e
Hec-Eve të Vegjël

Just published! New FSR research report on the future of electricity TSO’s Posted on Tuesday 29th September 2015

AEL Updates September 2015 Posted on Thu, October 01, 2015 23:34

What future(s) for the EU power transmission industry?

The EU power transmission industry is deeply challenged today, tomorrow and beyond. The three former “Single energy market packages” didn’t foresee that the EU would have to build EU market integration and a low-carbon economy simultaneously, while facing a wave of technological innovation. How can EU TSOs respond?

What are the EU TSOs’ new tasks?
How could regulation and governance respond?

Find out in the new FSR Research Report!A conceptual framework for the evolution of the operation and regulation of electricity transmission systems towards a decarbonised and increasingly integrated electricity system in the EU
J.M. Glachant, V. Rious and J. Vasconcelos

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