2nd Technical Workshop: Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution Grid Codes Project

EVENT DESCRIPTION

                                                                         

December 7-8, 2017 // Budapest, Hungary

 Organized by:

Sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Organized by the the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) and

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)

 

Topical Areas to be Covered

The USAID-supported workshop, organized by ERRA and NARUC, will explore regulators’ role in facilitating gas infrastructure development, network integration, and cross-border trade. The two-day workshop will feature presentations and case studies covering two technical areas where regulators play a critical role: ten year network development plan and Transmission Grid Code development.

While natural gas transmission system operators (TSOs) play a predominant role in both developing network development plans and drafting Transmission Grid Codes, regulators must review, approve, and monitor them and oversee their implementation. At times, they must also directly collaborate with TSOs to ensure that regulatory requirements are adequately addressed and incorporated. In light of this, workshop presentations and discussions will cover:

  1. Regulators’ Role in Reviewing, Approving, and Monitoring Natural Gas Ten Year Network Development Plans

–          The workshop will provide an overview explaining the basics of how network development plans are constructed.

–          Presentations will explore how regulators can devise a methodology and/or select criteria to conduct economic and financial appraisals of gas infrastructure projects and overall network development plans, including:

  • Financial viability of projects (i.e., impact on average use-of-system tariff)
  • Economic evaluation of supply source diversification, improved security of supply, energy cost reduction, and environmental benefits
  • Assumptions / inputs into models or methodologies that are used in the regulators’ evaluations.
  1. Regulators’ Role in Harmonizing Transmission Grid Codes to Support Regional Integration

The workshop will cover best practices and case studies from a diverse set of countries on harmonizing Transmission Grid Codes to support regional integration and trade and how regulators can effectively partner with utilities to facilitate this harmonization. Presentations will discuss both regulators and TSOs’ roles and the transitional steps that can be taken to make progress towards compliance with the EU Third Energy Package and implementation of EC Network Codes. Specific subject areas to be discussed include:

  • Delivery of gas at entry / withdrawal at exit points
  • Interoperability
  • Capacity booking
  • Congestion management
  • Nominations / renominations
  • Quantity allocation
  • Balancing

Workshop Agenda

Transmission Grid Code

08:45

Registration

09:00

Welcoming Remarks

Ms. Edit Farkas,
Head of Department on Gas Supervision and Price Regulation, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (HEA)
Mr. Daniel Babinski, Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy Hungary
Ms. Edit Farkas, Head of Department on Gas Supervision and Price Regulation
09:15

Project and Workshop Overview

Mr. Paul Stack, NARUC
09:30

Transitioning Grid Codes – Transitioning to EC Network Code Implementation – A Comprehensive Overview

Dr. Fotis Thomaidis, VIS Consultants
This session will outline the process and the key prerequisites for efficient application of grid codes in line with the 3rd Energy Package. In addition, it will focus on the role of the regulator and actions that need to be taken by the regulator to apply the key provisions in the preparation of the grid code. The presentation will emphasize that the regulator plays an important role in this process, even though it will differ from one country to another.
10:20

Coffee break

10:40

Case Study on Grid Code Harmonization in Latvia

Rota Snuka, Comissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Latvia
Commissioner Snuka will provide an overview of transmission grid code harmonization in Latvia, as well as the recent work in the Baltic region on gas market development and regional integration.
11:40

Case Study on Grid Code Harmonization in Turkey

Presenter: Mr. Koray Kalaycioglu, Energy Market Regulatory Authority
This session will cover efforts in Turkey to develop a gas hub, to facilitate the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), and work associated with grid code harmonization.
12:30

Lunch

13:30

Case Study on Transportation Harmonization Efforts in the US

Ms. Moira Smith, ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, CINGSA
From the perspective of a transportation company, Ms. Smith will discuss harmonization in the context of the State of Alaska and provide an overview of the challenges that were faced and resolved as part of the restructuring process.

Case Study on Grid Code Harmonization in Turkey

Mr. Koray Kalaycioglu, Energy Market Regulatory Authority
This session will cover efforts in Turkey to develop a gas hub, to facilitate the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), and work associated with grid code harmonization.
14:30

The Harmonization of Transmission Grid Codes Progress – Facilitated Discussion

Moderator: Mr. Evangelos Penglis, Dr. Fotis Thomaidis, Dr. Arnaldo Orlandini, VIS Consultants
Contributors: Workshop Participants
14:50

Coffee break

15:15

Practices for Grid Code Harmonization – Examining Capacity Booking and Congestion Management

Dr. Fotis Thomaidis, VIS Consultants
The presentation will focus on the practical issues, concepts and options regarding capacity booking and congestion management in EU markets, as described in the relevant reports by ACER.
16.00

Best Practices for Grid Code Harmonization – Examining Balancing and Interoperability

Dr. Fotis Thomaidis, VIS Consultants
The presentation will focus on the practices of allocation and balancing across EU member states and how they are applicable to the workshop participants
16:45

Group Discussion on Roadmap for Regulator in the Development, Revision, and Regional Harmonization of Transmission Grid Codes

Moderator: Mr. Paul Sinton Stack, NARUC
Contributors: Workshop Participants
Mr. Stack will provide a brief overview of the recommendations and next steps from the report followed-up by discussion with the workshop participants.
17:00

Adjourn

19:00

Group Dinner at Matyas Pince Restaurant

Investment Planning

09:00

Essentials of TSO Network Plan Development

Dr. Arnaldo Orlandini, VIS Consultants
This session will outline the fundamentals of how TSOs construct network development plans.
10:00

Key Assumptions and Inputs Driving Optimized Infrastructure Planning

Dr. Arnaldo Orlandini, VIS Consultants
10:40

Coffee break

11:00

Case Study of United States

Ms. Moira Smith, ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, CINGSA
Ms. Smith will present on practices and modeling from the perspective of a transportation company in the US, including how investment opportunities are identified, appraised from an economic and financial perspective, and prioritized.
12:00

Lunch

13:00

Reviewing and Approving TYNDP – A Regulatory Perspective

Mr. Evangelos Penglis, VIS Consultants
This session will outline the overall proposed framework for evaluation of TYNDPs.
14:00

Case Study of Hungary

Ms. Edit Farkas, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority
Ms. Edit Farkas will provide a detailed case study on Hungary’s experience in reviewing and approving TYNDPs.
14:45

Coffee break

15:05

Presenting the Outline of Regulatory Investment Guide for Assessing Natural Gas TYNDPs and Constituent Projects

Mr. Evangelos Penglis, VIS Consultants
This presentation will focus on methodologies to conduct economic appraisals of gas infrastructure expansion, network plans, and transmission grid codes.
15:35

Examples of Economic Cost Benefit Analysis in Natural Gas Projects

Mr. Evangelos Penglis, VIS Consultants
Mr. Penglis will outline practical examples of cost benefit analysis of natural gas projects.
16:05

How to Use the Framework to Develop National and Regional-Level Methodologies – Facilitated Discussion

Moderator: Mr. Evangelos Penglis, Dr. Fotis Thomaidis, Dr. Arnaldo Orlandini, VIS Consultants
Contributors: Workshop Participants
16:45

Wrap-up and Key Takeaways from the Day

Session Facilitator: Mr. Paul Sinton Stack, NARUC
The wrap-up session will address the key takeaways from the day’s presentations and discussions.
17:00

Adjourn

Course registration

In case you are interested in participation, please drop an email to the ERRA Secretariat: secretariat-at-erranet.org

 

Venue

Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (HEA)
Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 52., H-1054 Budapest, Hungary

Budapest

Hungary

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