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IV International Industrial and Academic Symposium on Energy and Environmental Policy


The Symposium on Energy and Environmental Policy, held in Barcelona on 2 February 2016, brought together high ranking researchers in the field of energy economics.
The meeting examined various questions related to the low carbon alternatives (energy storage, RES-E, and shale gas), the markets and networks (energy losses, CO2 market design and distributed generation), and the environmental policies (RES-E promotion, consumption side policies, industrial policy for climate change mitigation, and environmental R&D investment).
Ms. Veronica Lenzi, MEDREG Research and Scientific Manager, chaired the table on "Low Carbon Alternatives".The meeting forms part of the activities organised by the UB-IEB Chair of Energy Sustainability, sponsored by the Foundation for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (FUNSEAM). 
The program of the event can be found here. Presentations will follow shortly at the same link

MEDREG key recommendations to create a sound environment for energy investments

President El-Salmawy at the 5th AUE Conference


The 5th Conference of the Arab Union of Electricity (AUE) took place on 27-28 January 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco.
MEDREG President, Dr. Hafez El-Salmawy, participated as a speaker to the panel on "Trends, vision and challenges for the power sector".  The power sector has globally undergone significant changes considering the availability of resources and price volatility, the environmental and economic constraints and the demand growth and supply security, the development of new energies and new way of consumption. The session focused on the energy transition strategy worldwide and in the MENA region and its impact on the regional and Arab power sector.
MEDREG discussed its vision on the role regulators can play to secure a balanced development of electricity markets and to further increase the technical level of discussion. President El-Salmawy stressed that regulatory actions are crucial to attain concrete and durable results for the development of the region. He presented the investment report on interconnection infrastructures in the Mediterranean issued by the Association on July 2015, which provides the vision of MEDREG members on the main barriers to efficiently use existing infrastructures and finance new projects in the region.

MEDREG's presentation and agenda can be found here

Evolution of the Mediterranean energy sector 2013-2015


MEDREG is glad to present its latest publication “Evolution of the Mediterranean energy sector 2013-2015” that collects the the Association's achievements performed during the three years.

A section of the publication shows the major results in terms of energy regulation obtained by MEDREG members. The reports issued by MEDREG Working Groups have been relevant to support Southern shore member regulators in achieving their objectives, testifying for the key role played by the Association in favor of the regulatory harmonization of the region.

Fact-findings from the publication include the following steps forward made by MEDREG members:
  • the process of establishment of the Moroccan electricity regulator and the Egyptian gas regulator is advancing;
  • the reinforcement of institutional cooperation with Euro-Mediterranean energy stakeholders, such as the close cooperation with Med-TSO in the context of the UfM Euro-Mediterranean Platform on the Regional Electricity Market;
  • the enhancement of knowledge about good regulatory principles and practice among Southern shore members as well as intensified exchange and publication of data on Mediterranean gas and electricity markets.
The MEDREG publication is available here
MEDREG book "Regulation and Investments in Energy Markets: Solutions for the Mediterranean" available online and in the book stores starting from today!

 MEDREG is pleased to announce the publication of the book “ Regulation & Investments in Energy Markets - Solutions for the Mediterranean” that collects the most relevant contribution produced by the first MEDREG Forum and several additional interventions from Mediterranean energy experts and researchers.

While Mediterranean countries face unprecedented challenges in the energy sector, this book  presents detailed information on energy policy and regulation, two necessary key factors needed to tackle the energy efficiency challenges of the region.

Key Features

  • Contains a detailed overview of the specificities and institutional frameworks of Mediterranean, giving greater clarity on existing energy practices in the region
  • Provides recommendations and contributions from leading scholars and key players in energy policy research
  • Presents information with a region-wide interdisciplinary approach based on specific industry information

The MEDREG book is out and available on Elsevier online book store at the following link:
http://store.elsevier.com/Regulation-and-Investments-in-Energy-Markets/isbn-9780128044360/

MEDREG 20th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

MEDREG 20th General Assembly, 3rd December 2015, Tirana

The 20th General Assembly (GA) meeting took place on 3rd December 2015 in Tirana, Albania, kindly hosted by the Albanian Energy Regulator (ERE). On this occasion, important issues have been discussed by the Members. The Cooperation between MEDREG and Med-TSO in the framework of the Euro-Med Platforms is progressing and the GA approved the creation of the Financial Sounding Panel for Energy Regulation (Med-FPE). The Assembly provided an opportunity to review the current state of the activities of the MEDREG Working Groups and update members on MEDREG cooperation with external partners, notably PAM, OECD and ERERA.

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The 20th MEDREG GA has been the occasion to to thank two very important members of MEDREG, Ms. Orit Farkash-Hacohen, that now is leaving the Israeli Electricity Market Regulatory Authority (PUA) and Mr. Stephen Mifsud who is retiring from the Maltese Regulator for energy and water services (REWS). They both strongly contributed in MEDREG activities since its birth and played an important role in spreading the MEDREG message both in the north and south shores of the Mediterranean region.
CREG, CNMC and E-Control launch EU-Twinning project in the field of energy regulation


On 10th September 2015 in Algiers, Algeria, the Algerian national Regulatory Authority for Gas and Electricity (CREG) together with the energy regulatory authorities of Austria (EControl) and Spain (CNMC) launched an EU-Twinning project in the field of energy.

The project is titled “Strengthening of the organizational and administrative capacity of the National Regulatory Authority for Gas and Electricity (CREG)” and is financed by the European Union in the margins of the “programme d'appui à la mise en oeuvre de l'accord d'association avec l’Union Européenne”.

More information on the twinning project are available here.

MEDREG WORKING GROUPS MEETINGS


19th Electricity Working Group, 6.10.2015 Algiers, Kindly hosted by the Algerian Regulation Commission for Electricity and Gas (CREG )

The Electricity and Renewable working groups were hosted in Algiers on 6th-7th October 2015 by CREG, the Algerian Regulation Commission for Electricity and Gas. AEEGSI, the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas and Water hosted on 14th -15th October 2015 the Institutional and Consumers Issues Working Groups as well as the Communication Officers meeting. ERSE, the Energy Services Regulatory Authority of Portugal hosted in Lisbon on 29th October the Gas Working Group.

19th ELE WG meeting: The aim of this meeting was to present and discuss the first draft of the deliverable on "Performance indicators and penalties applicable to generators in case of failure of the power plant" prepared by CREG-Algeria and the first draft document on "Methodologies used by regulators to evaluate investment projects and investment plans" prepared by CRE-France. The ELE WG members also discussed on the cooperation between CEER and MEDREG on quality of electricity supply.

18th RES WG meeting: The target of this meeting was to present the result of the first draft of the RES Benchmarking Report for 2014, prepared by CNMC-Spain. The WG members also discussed the proposed questionnaire from GSE, a state-owned company which promotes and supports renewable energy sources in Italy, and how they can implement it next year. This meeting has been the occasion to debate on the next deliverable of the Action Plan on Certification systems for origin of electricity from renewable sources and Combined Heat and Power (CHP). Members also approved to plan a joint workshop with RES4MED.

9th Communication Officers meeting
: The meeting focused on how to improve MEDREG accountability and visibility at National level and on the second edition of the MEDREG Forum. Then the discussion moved on internal communication and on how Communication Officers could better contribute to support the activities of MEDREG Working Groups. Finally, in order to plan the next capacity building activities, the meeting has also been the occasion to discuss the themes that could be of interest at National level.

18th INS WG meeting
: The aim of this meeting was to present and discuss with members the Peer Review process and to inform them about the latest development in regard to the UfM platforms. The Secretariat also introduced members with the joint work that MEDREG and MEDTSO are doing on UfM Regional Electricity Market (REM) Platform. The WG proposed that MEDREG should play a major role in the cooperation with Med-TSO and the final position paper should be endorsed by the 20th MEDREG General Assembly scheduled on 3rd December in Tirana.
 
7th CUS WG meeting
: Members of the CUS WG discussed and approved the final draft version of the report on Vulnerable consumers. During this occasion the first results of the Survey on Mediterranean Consumers Associations were submitted. The CUS WG members also discussed the idea of publishing the filled out consumers brochure with  national data on MEDREG homepage.

18th GAS WG meeting: The aim of this meeting was to present to members the result of the Gas Transparency Platform and approve the final draft of the deliverable on "Monitoring of compliance with the Guidelines of Good Practice (GGP) on TPA for gas in MEDREG countries". Also the GAS WG members approved the methodology on "Assessment of competition indicators and market prices within MEDREG countries". The Secretariat updated members on the latest development on UfM platform and the next steps that will follow. The GAS WG Chairman invited the Portuguese TSO REN (ENTSO-G member) to present  the gas infrastructure map in Europe and how MEDREG can develop one for the Mediterranean region.
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MEDREG Action Plan 2015/2017
TheMEDREG Secretariat is glad to circulate the latest version of the MEDREG Action Plan for 2015/2017
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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