Mediterranean regulators brainstormed on the establishment of an independent Egyptian Gas regulator
Cairo, 30 March 2017
With the recent establishment of the Egytian Gas Regulator, Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) brainstormed in Cairo on the independence of regulators, their financial autonomy and gas market models. Hosted by the Egyptian Gas Holding Company EGAS, the workshop “Towards the establishment of an independent Egyptian Gas regulator: Market Model and License Fees” brought together leading perspectives and expertise on these topics.
Opening the workshop, the EU Delegation representative recalled the important role of Egypt in the Mediterranean region, underlining the latest discovery of the Zohr gas field which will have a great impact in resource diversification for the region.
Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water & Environment to join discussions at the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen
Mr. Abderrahim EL HAFIDI, Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco, is the latest to confirm attendance at the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen from 7-9 June 2017
At the Powering Africa: Summit which took place in Washington DC from 9-10 March, Morocco’s ONEE presented their Gas to Power Programme and MASEN discussed their sustainable energy programme under the leadership of Mustapha Bakkoury, President and Chief Executive Officer. Both organisations are clearly focused on a broader role within Africa carrying with them the potential of building physical energy links between the continent and Europe. The support of the Ministry at the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) this year underlines the commitment from the Kingdom of Morocco to explore energy partnerships with Europe and hasten the pace of foreign direct investment in Morocco.
22nd MEDREG General Assembly
On the occasion of the 22nd General Assembly kindly hosted by the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity Gas and Water (AEEGSI) at the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry on 30 November, Mediterranean Energy Regulators their new President, Mr. Alexandre Santos, Member of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese regulator, along with two Vice-Presidents, Mrs. Gülefsan Demirbas (EMRA, Turkey) and Ms. Wijdan Al Rabadi (EMRC, Jordan). They join the MEDREG Permanent Vice President, Ms. Valeria Termini (AEEGSI, Italy), thus increasing significantly women’s representation at the head of the Organisation.
Empowering regulators to facilitate Renewables Deployment
Marrakech. Speaking at a joint side event1 held on 16 November in Marrakech in the framework of the COP22, Mediterranean energy regulators (MEDREG)2 and GIZ3 exposed the challenges they face in integrating electricity generated from renewables (RES) within their markets and drew a set of proposed actions as a way of empowering regulators.
Kindly organised by GIZ, the event marked the beginning of MEDREG’s efforts, in collaboration with GIZ and other interested parties, to support the Moroccan Energy Ministry in the establishment of Morocco’s new electricity regulatory authority (ANRE) which is set to assume direct responsibilities for the Moroccan electricity sector within the next year.
Underlining the important role of energy regulation, Mr Alexandre Santos, MEDREG-Vice President, stated: “Mediterranean regulators are at different stages of market development and therefore need a flexible and case-by-case approach to developing their regulatory frameworks. Within MEDREG, we aim at addressing the real situations and practical considerations of our individual markets. Sharing experience on the regulatory issues related to the integration of renewables is a concrete example of Mediterranean regulators contributing to the fight against climate change."
The role of regulators in developing renewable energy in Africa at the heart of upcoming debates at Africa Renewable Energy Forum
Invited to speak at the Africa Renewable Energy Forum (ARF), a major international energy event due to take place on 2-4 November 2016 in Marrakech, MEDREG will share its view on the regulators’ role to develop renewable energy in Africa, using legal mechanisms and innovative solutions from around the world.
ARF is a three day event focused on the development of renewable energy technologies for broad reaching energy access in agriculture and industrial development in Africa.
This will be the first of an annual cycle of conferences focused specifically on renewable energy for African development to benchmark and maintain the outcomes of the Conference of Parties (COP) for AllAfrica. ARF will gather together African Energy Ministers and Government Representatives, leading investors, power developers, technology providers, financiers and multilateral agencies to deliver strategies for sustainable energy development that meet the climate change requirements.
Gulefsan Demirbas, Head of Strategy Development Department at the Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkey (EMRA) and Chairwoman of the MEDREG Institutional Working group will discuss with the private sector how can regulators help unlock the renewable energy development potential and the targets set at ARF using legal mechanisms.
21st MEDREG General Assembly
The Maltese Regulator for Energy and Water Services (REWS) kindly hosted the 21st General
Assembly (GA) meeting of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) in St. Julian’s,
Malta. The 21st MEDREG GA has welcomed several achievements that go in the direction of new
partnerships for integrating Mediterranean energy policies and lay the foundation for further
energy regulatory cooperation activities.
WORKSHOP - Deploying renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures in the Mediterranean: State of the art and way forward
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 today 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 implement the objectives of the Platform and discussed the different modalities that could be carried out to financially sustain the RES market.
20th MEDREG General Assembly
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.
MEDREG: an important step forward for the opening and the development of a regional electricity market
In occasion of the launch and the first meeting of the UfM Electricity Platform on 12 October in Rabat, 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.
The creation of a sound environment for energy investments in the Mediterranean region: MEDREG’s recommendations
The Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) publishes today a report providing the vision of Energy Regulators on the current situation of Infrastructure investment in the Mediterranean region. This document maps current and projected interconnection infrastructures for electricity and gas and discusses the current financing challenges, in the absence of an harmonized regulatory framework at regional level.
Supporting the progressive opening and integration of Mediterranean energy markets, creating an attractive investment framework for energy generation and infrastructure in the region and empowering energy consumers through the development of targeted policies are the main objectives shared by MEDREG (Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators) and PAM (Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean).
Workshop on "Interconnection Infrastructures in the Mediterranean: A Challenging Environment for Investments
The Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) has held its Workshop on "Interconnection Infrastructures in the Mediterranean: A Challenging Environment for Investments", kindly hosted by the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency (EgyptEra).
MEDREG and PAM sign Cooperation Protocol
Today Dr. Hafez El- Salmawy, President of MEDREG (Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators), and Mr. Sergio Piazzi, Secretary General of PAM (Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean) signed a Cooperation Protocol concerning the enhancement of bilateral collaboration between the two organizations.
The objectives of the cooperation focus on the development of common actions to support the opening and integration of the Mediterranean energy markets, the creation of an attractive investment framework for energy generation and infrastructure in the region and the empowerment of energy consumers through the development of targeted policies.
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and the press release
Creating a sound environment for energy investments in the Mediterranean region: MEDREG’s recommendations
The Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) published a report providing the vision of Energy Regulators on the current situation of Infrastructure investment in the Mediterranean region. This document maps current and projected interconnection infrastructures for electricity and gas and discusses the current financing challenges, in the absence of an harmonized regulatory framework at regional level. In a context of strong investment needs, one of MEDREG’s key objectives is to advocate in favour of a sound regulatory framework in all 21 member countries. MEDREG works as a facilitator to ensure that all Mediterranean countries establish an independent national regulatory agency both for the electricity and gas sectors. Through this report, MEDREG aimed at encouraging an active debate among governments, international financial institutions (IFIs), Transmission System Operators (TSOs), multilateral organizations, and the academic world. The Association submitted its preliminary results to a public consultation process, which gathered 37 responses from stakeholders that contributed to improve and clarify the final version of the study. MEDREG is confident that this report can represent a meaningful step to tackle and address barriers to energy investments in the Mediterranean region. The main data in support of this report were kindly provided by MEDREG member regulators.
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and the press release
MEDREG opens its first consultation
The Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) has recently approved a
consultation document entitled "Interconnection Infrastructures in the Mediterranean: A
Challenging Environment for Investments". The report maps current and projected
interconnection infrastructures for electricity and gas in the Mediterranean basin, and discusses the
challenges to finance them properly in the absence of an harmonized regulatory framework at
regional level. This document provides the vision of Mediterranean regulators on the main barriers
to efficiently using existing infrastructure and financing new projects.
MEDREG Forum Press Release
Barcelona, 26 November 2014- MEDREG is holding today the first edition of the Mediterranean Forum on
Energy Regulation, supported by the European Commission (EC) with the objective of creating a
Mediterranean Energy Community. Dedicated to "Regulation & Investments: Solutions for the
Mediterranean Region”, the Forum represents a unique opportunity to review the current state of thinking
on the relationship between energy regulation and investments, identify the main challenges and risks and
assess how they can be addressed both at regional and sub-regional level.
18th MEDREG General Assembly
18th MEDREG General Assembly
On 19 November 2014 the Italian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission jointly hosted the high-level conference "Building a Euro-Mediterranean energy bridge: the strategic importance of Euromed gas and electricity networks in the context of energy security". Relevant public and private stakeholders of the Mediterranean such as regulators, the industry and financial institutions took part in the event.
The conference was the occasion for MEDREG to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission and the Association of Mediterranean Transmission System Operators (Med-TSO) with the aim to establish a Euro-Mediterranean Platform on Regional Electricity Markets.
First joint MEDREG-ERRA workshop on natural gas regulation
The Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) and the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) held their first joint workshop providing the platform for a comprehensive discussion on tariffs, performance standards for public services and application of Third Party Access (TPA) in the gas market. Mr. Fazil Senel, MEDREG Vice President, Chair of the MEDREG Working Group on Gas Issues and Commissioner of the Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkey (EMRA) introduced the workshop together with Mr. Mart Ots, ERRA Vice Chairman and General Director, and member of the Estonian Competition Authority.
Joint MEDREG-ECRB Meeting
The Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) and the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) held their first joint roundtable on September 16, 2014 in Athens, Greece.
The meeting discussed promotion of energy investments and consumer protection, which are key priorities both for the Balkan and the Mediterranean regions.
The roundtable was co-chaired by the ECRB President, Branislav Prelevic, and the MEDREG President, Michel Thiollière.
17th MEDREG General Assembly
17th MEDREG General Assembly
16th MEDREG General Assembly
joint Medreg CEER roundtable