February 21, 2008
The set of amendments for a third option for energy market liberalisation are proposed in a letter dated 29 January and signed by Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Latvia and the Slovak Republic.
The letter, sent to the Commission and to the Parliament’s Industry (ITRE) Committee, features only one significant change compared to an earlier draft.
Instead of suggesting that national regulatory authorities could “oblige” Transmission System Operators (TSOs) to carry out grid and infrastructure upgrades, the new text proposes that regulators can “request” TSOs to invest “by all legal means”.
Beyond this change, the proposals put forward essentially the same message: that fair competition can be achieved without full ownership unbundling or third-party (ISO) oversight by ensuring a number of safeguards concerning the independence, management and investment decisions of TSOs.
From Eur ActivAuthor : EMI