The Energy Community Secretariat and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have teamed up to issue a set of Policy Guidelines for Centralised Energy Efficiency Financing Mechanisms authored by Economic Consulting Associates (ECA) with the support of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP).
The Guidelines seek to advise Contracting Parties of best practice on the scoping, design and implementation of financial support mechanisms for accelerating energy efficiency measures and contributing towards the achievement of their national targets set through transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive.
This paper presents a set of key messages on customer-DSO interactions. It looks at the changing regulatory framework following the adoption of the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package and particularly the relevant consumer and DSO provisions. Different use cases on how DSOs interact with their customers are presented. These include: a) Arranging a grid connection, b) Providing relevant data (e.g. consumption data through smart metering), c) communication (e.g. in case of disturbances or outages), d) Facilitating data exchanges with third parties, e) Enabling new and innovative services and helping customers to become active and reap the benefits of the energy transition.
Solar and wind power costs continued to fall in 2019 and auction and PPA results show there is no sign of slowing in the downward trend. IRENA has been tracking and analyzing the cost evolution of renewable power since 2012 to shed light on the accelerating momentum of renewables as both the key climate solution and a strong business proposition. Following the 2019’s edition of IRENA’s Renewable Power Generation Costs report (to be published at the beginning of June 2020), this webinar will share with you key takeaways from this new body of work and provide insights into global cost trends for renewable power and what has driven their cost declines in 2019.
Presentation by Michael Taylor, Renewable Cost Status and Outlook team, IRENA
ERRA's internal survey on e-mobility elaborates on the following topics:
- legal/regulatory framework for e-mobility;
- current status and plans regarding deployment of electric vehicles and the related infrastructure;
- electricity system effects of e-mobility;
- role of the NRA regarding e-mobility.
The key findings of the issue include the analysis of the feedback provided by 15 ERRA Members coupled with conclusions and policy recommendations.
ERRA would like to deeply thank dr. Gábor SZÖRÉNYI, former ERRA Chairman and former ERRA General Secretary, who led the drafting efforts to complete the report.
See the presentation by Mr. Nick Haralambopoulos – the Director of Economic Consulting Associates (ECA) – who lead the drafting team dedicated for developing the Study on Regulatory Approaches to Revenue Setting for Electricity Transmission and Distribution System Operators among ERRA Member Organizations. In his delivery, Mr. Haralambopoulos describes key findings of the report and provides insights on how the analysis was conducted.
The TSO/DSO revenue study provides a comprehensive overview of the cost and revenue determination of regulated electricity transmission and distribution system operators, and their subsequent adjustments, among a sample of 20 ERRA Member Organizations (MOs). The analysis is complemented with insights on regulatory governance regimes in place and overall frameworks for tariff setting applied by MOs for the regulated entities. The report is based on a detailed questionnaire through which the authors extracted the targeted information and data from the MOs. In the main part of the study, the authors provide a benchmarking analysis in order to present the findings in graphs and tables and point out the solutions that are applied for a given regulatory issue together with specific indicators/ models and the values defining them in particular regulatory context. This is further coupled with general regulatory insights on applied methods with necessary theoretical descriptions, pointing out examples of best practices among the sampled MOs. The report is concluded with an identification of general tendencies in the development of regulatory frameworks among MOs as well as possible areas of improvement.
Core chapter breakdown is as follows:
- Regulatory governance
- Overall tariff framework
- Cost and revenue determination
- Other revenue determinants
- Revenue adjustments
The Study was prepared in collaboration with ECA - Economic Consulting Associates.
Dentons launched 2020 edition of its ‘Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe’ guide. It highlights key regulatory developments and gives snapshots of the prospects for renewable energy projects in 20 jurisdictions across Europe and Central Asia.
In each issue of the ERRA Newsletter we present a member organisation through 4 current regulatory issues they are facing that can be relevant and informative for other ERRA members. In the 2020/1 issue of the newsletter we introduce the National Energy Regulatory Agency of Moldova (ANRE) through an interview with Mr. Veaceslav Untila, General Director of ANRE.
- In November 2019, ANRE adopted the Natural Gas Network Code and the Regulation on access to the natural gas transmission networks and congestion management, in line with the EU provisions. What does this new regulatory framework mean to household and business end-user customers in Moldova?
- New regulatory developments were noticed in the Moldovan electricity sector. How exactly can the new electricity network code help in facilitating cross-border flows with Romania and Ukraine and will this development affect the country's security of supply?
- ANRE representative has recently updated the ERRA Customer and Retail Markets Working Group during its meeting in December in Budapest regarding the procedure for granting compensation to consumers in case of low service quality performance of DSO. How did other customer protection measures improve in Moldova over the period of the last 12 months?
- According to the Moldovan National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP), the energy sector is set to reach a target of at least 10% of total electricity generation from renewable sources this year. How exactly does ANRE support this ambitious goal and what is the technology that presents the biggest potential in contributing to it?
In the podcast Zsuzsanna Pató, Senior Research Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) looks at the New Energy Policy Package for 2030. Headlines of the podcasts are: more market, more regionalisation, more demand side resources and more active customers.
Over the past few years, states across the country have seen increased consumer adoption of electric vehicles (i.e., vehicles with an electric motor, or EVs), thereby increasing electricity demand from the transportation sec-tor. This change is quickly becoming a trend, which provides utilities with an opportunity to increase electricity sales while providing customers with the possibility of lowering emissions and overall vehicle ownership costs compared to traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Electric utilities are at different stages of ex-ploring their role in both building EV charging infrastructure and managing grid impacts, including through rate design and managed charging. As a result, many Public Utility Commissions (PUCs), the state agencies tasked with regulating utilities, are being asked to make decisions in this unfamiliar industry, sometimes without direct legislative guidance.
This issue brief provides data about the trends in EV adoption, a synopsis of the types of decisions Commissions are facing, and examples of recent State regulatory approaches to EV questions.