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Make ACER more acerate

The Commission has recently proposed, within the framework of the Third Energy Package, the establishment of an Agency for the cooperation of energy regulators (ACER) to advise the Commission, facilitate national regulators to cooperate and adopt individual decisions on cross-border issues. Here are some proposals to make the Agency more independent and efficient. In order… » read more

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The song that is being sung by the stakeholders in the debate about the third package needs to be tuned. The lyrics of the song should not be about the legal structure and governance of the physical networks of the industry, but about which steps should be taken to truly achieve integrated EU markets, first… » read more

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The European’s Commission’s Third Package includes a number of important and positive steps towards the further development of the internal market for energy, but the carte blanche given to regulators… Supported by the findings of the Energy sector Enquiry, the Commission has addressed in the third package some structural issues that are crucial for a… » read more

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Stock markets not managers or trade unions are the most efficient to arbitrate low risk regulated activities such as transmission networks and high risk activities such as competitive power generation. Ownership unbundling will allow this financial choice. Looking at the economic pluses, they are twofold. Ownership unbundling eliminates a potential danger: the remaining incentives for… » read more

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The structure of ACER

First of all, the good news is that the ERGEG will not disappear. It will be transplanted within ACER and wear the clothes of a Board of Regulators. Such a transplant was not granted, for the DIA generically predicts the possibility to set up scientific or expert committees, while not requiring the establishment of a… » read more

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Ownership unbundling is the most debated and conflicting issue of the third energy liberalisation package. This is unfortunate. Firstly, there is no fundamental reason for a controversy. Ownership unbundling has undoubtedly more advantages than drawbacks from a general economic perspective. Secondly, it is not the first priority to improve the internal electricity market. Ownership unbundling… » read more

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The Parliament: “Calls on the Commission to put an end to regulated energy prices”; “urges DG Competition to come up with a clear set of criteria to define what are energy intensive industries exposed to global competition and to use these criteria to assess the validity of special national energy regimes for energy intensive industries”;… » read more

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Internal Energy Market

European Parliament adopts opinion on the Commission’s Green Paper on a European Energy Policy, rejecting an immediate third liberalisation package, proposing binding targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy sources. Most importantly on this, the Parliament seems to disagree with the intention, already expressed by President Barroso and Commissioners… » read more

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UNISON and the National Right to Fuel Campaign have come together to demand an official inquiry into almost £2.5bn extra profits energy companies are awarding themselves as households up and down the country deal with huge price rises announced this winter. The call for an Ofgem probe comes the week after British Gas became the… » read more

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