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Key Mediterranean energy stakeholders come together to boost renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures across the region


13 April 2016 - Madrid Workshop on "Deploying renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures in the Mediterranean: State of play and way forward"

On 13 April 2016 Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) together with the Mediterranean Association of the National Agencies for Energy Conservation (MEDENER), the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME) and the Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean (RES4MED) brainstormed in Madrid, on how technical stakeholders, particularly regulators, could contribute to the advancement of renewable energy sources (RES) integration in the grids and on energy efficiency (EE) measures adopted in the Mediterranean basin.

The four actors, which are involved in the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Euro-Mediterranean Platform on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (REEE) are committed to support the objectives of the Platform and discussed the different modalities that could be carried out to financially sustain the RES market.

The workshop “Deploying renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures in the Mediterranean: State of play and way forward”, kindly hosted by the Spanish National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC), aimed at bringing together leading perspectives and expertise on RES potential in the Mediterranean region and identify the most promising pathways to develop energy efficiency measures.

Mr. Luís Jesús Sanchez de Tembleque, MEDREG RES WG co-Chair, opened the workshop recalling that since the creation of MEDREG, the Spanish regulator has been an active member of MEDREG, as one of the Chairs of the Renewables working group. The RES WG reported on mechanisms to promote renewable and energy efficiency in the Mediterranean Southern shore countries, regulations about distributed generation, net-metering, isolated systems, and drafts a yearly benchmarking on RES-generated electricity and energy efficiency measures. In 2010 the group received the ICER Scholar Award 2010 for a paper on the “Effects of the Introduction of Successful Mechanisms to Promote RES-CHP / Energy Efficiency in non-EU Countries”.

The agenda, the press release and the presentations are available here
MEDREG contribution to the Egyptian gas regulatory reform


4 April 2016 - The MEDREG President speaking at the workshop
"Lessons Learned from Market Reform: Key Roles of Regulators in Leading this Reform" - Cairo (Egypt)

On 4 April 2016 MEDREG (Mediterranean Energy Regulators) participated to a workshop in Cairo (Egypt) organized by the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS).
Egypt's gas market has been facing great challenges: long term solutions for the reform of the gas sector have to be implemented. They include the restructuring of the gas market and the adoption of a new regulatory framework.
In line with its strategy 2020-2030, MEDREG is committed to support the development of competitive and transparent gas markets in Member countries.
The workshop (Lessons Learned from Market Reform: Key Roles of Regulators in Leading this Reform) has been the occasion for MEDREG and EGAS to identify a set of actions in support of gas regulatory reforms including the kick-off for an independent regulator.
MEDREG President, Eng. Hatem Waheed, chaired the workshop confirming the commitment to assist the new Egyptian gas regulator through trainings, capacity building activities and in the initial drafting of Egyptian secondary legislation for the gas sector. MEDREG President officially invited EGAS to attend the next MEDREG General Assembly in Malta on 18 May.
The workshop was attended by EGAS officers as well as several national and international stakeholders and included a technical presentation prepared by the Regulatory Authority for Energy of Greece (MEDREG Member and co-chairman of the Gas Working Group).

MEDREG confirms its strong commitment to the UfM Energy Platforms


First UfM Regional Electricity Markets Platform meeting - Barcelona, 7 March 2016
First UfM Gas Platform meeting - Barcelona, 8 March 2016

700 billion euros are the forecasted investments for the energy sector in the Mediterranean for the period 2020-2030, therefore a sound analysis of investments is needed.

In order to achieve this objective and contribute to the progress of regional integration of the Euro-Mediterranean energy market, representatives of the Union for Mediterranean (UfM) countries, institutions and stakeholders are working together under the umbrella of the UfM Energy Platforms.

The first UfM Regional Electricity Markets Platform meeting and the first UfM Gas Platform meeting took place in Barcelona on 7 and 8 March 2016.

The UfM REM platform represented the perfect example of technical regional cooperation thanks to the intense contribution of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) and Mediterranean TSO’s (MED-TSO) who presented the draft proposal of work program 2016-2017.

Taking into account the range of challenges, needs and opportunities in the Euro-Mediterranean region in the field of electricity market integration, the work program focuses on some specific priorities and clear actions in order to maximize outcomes and ensure good and effective results. Both associations will evaluate and motivate the adoption of regional and sub-regional approaches, aiming at an overall integration, while respecting countries’ diversity. To support this, at UfM level, a series of workshops and studies will be carried out by MEDREG and MED-TSO. The work plan has been discussed among members and stakeholders and is forecasted to be approved by UfM members by 30 April 2016.

On the other hand the first UfM Gas Platform meeting has been the occasion to present recent developments in Euro-Mediterranean gas matters and discuss the draft proposal of work program 2016-2017 prepared by the Mediterranean Energy Observatory (OME). MEDREG expressed the full support towards the UfM GAS Platform through its gas working group and the dedicated task force.

Change of governance within MEDREG Association
 
Eng. Hatem Waheed MEDREG President and Executive Chairman of the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EgyptEra, Egypt)   Prof. Valeria Termini MEDREG Permanent Vice-President and Commissioner of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity Gas and Water (AEEGSI)

Due to governmental changes in the Energy Sector in Egypt which consequently affected the governance of the Egyptian Electric Utility & Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EgyptERA), starting from 20th of February 2016, Dr. Hafez El-Salmawy  resigned  from his position of MEDREG President, and the new Executive Chairman of EgyptERA, Eng. Hatem Waheed became the new President of the Association.
From 2007 to 2012 Dr. El-Salmawy chaired the MEDREG Electricity Working Group. He acted as MEDREG Vice-President for a two-year mandate (2012-2014) before being appointed MEDREG President in November 2014.
 
Together with newly appointed President Hatem Waheed, Prof. Valeria Termini, Commissioner of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity Gas and Water (AEEGSI), took over as Permanent Vice-President of the association, replacing Mr. Luigi Carbone who held this position since 2011.
 
EGYPTERA (Egypt) and AEEGSI (Italy) will fulfill the current presidency term together with ERSE (Portugal) and ERE (Albania) that will continue their commitment as Vice-Presidents.
 
MEDREG thanks Dr. El-Salmawy and Mr. Carbone for their contribution to the consolidation of MEDREG as the main institution for energy regulation in the Mediterranean Region.

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MEDREG: supporting the opening and the development of a regional electricity market


From the right: Mr. Santos (MEDREG Vice -President), Dr. El-Salmawy (MEDREG President), Mr. Carbone (MEDREG Vice -President), Mr. Tambone (MEDREG General Coordinator), Mr. Di Gaetano (Co-Chair MEDREG INS WG), Mr. Van Steen (Head of Unit, DG Energy-EC), Mr. Ristori (Director General,DG Energy-EC), Ms. Bournoville (Senior Expert for the International Relations, Assistant to the Director General DG Energy-EC)

MEDREG participated to the launch and to the first meeting of the UfM Regional Electricity Market (REM) Platform on 12 October in Rabat.

The platform aims to progressively integrate electricity networks and markets of the UfM countries starting from the countries of the southern and eastern coasts of the Mediterranean and secondly integrating these markets with the EU countries. During the event, MEDREG and Med-TSO presented their common view for the electricity market development in the Mediterranean region.

On the same day MEDREG Board met with two relevant partners: the Moroccan Minister of Energy Amara to highlight the importance of creating an independent energy regulator in Morocco starting from 2016; and the Director General of the DG Energy (EC) to underline the interest of the Association for further increasing high-level institutional cooperation between the European Commission and MEDREG.

Click here to download the agenda, the presentation, the speech and the press release
MEDREG Strategy 2020-2030

The Mediterranean region is currently lacking a harmonized and coordinated legal framework able to foster international energy cooperation. In order to promote the integration of Mediterranean energy markets, the European Commission came up with several proposals, in the perspective of the establishment of an EU-Southern Mediterranean energy community. This long term process will require the active involvement of all the concerned actors (political, economic, and regulatory) to pull and work together in the same direction.
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