Guidelines of Good Practice on Capacity Allocation-Work Methodology
The purpose of this work is to assess the allocation mechanisms actually adopted in the Mediterranean region and to define MEDREG’s Good Practice Guidelines for capacity allocation. Guidelines will aim to help identify more efficient allocation mechanisms of the capacity at the interconnection points to support the development of cross-border trade and of an efficient gas wholesale market in the Mediterranean region. Given the diversity of the current adopted methodologies (first-come-first-served, auctioning, others), an initial status assessment is intended, based on a questionnaire distributed to the Regulators of the MEDREG countries. The assessment also concerns the congestion management mechanisms adopted, if any, that are strictly related to the efficient use of the capacity allocated.
Monitoring the compliance with the Guidelines of Good Practice on Third Party Access in the Mediterranean region
The report focus on different topics like, market opening, unbundling, Third Party Access (TPA) to the infrastructures, network code and TPA rules, tariffs, methodologies for capacity allocation and congestion management, balancing, anti-hording mechanisms, quality of service and dispute settlement. The monitoring report follows the same structure of the Guidelines of Good Practice (GGP) on TPA. For each GGP identified, it is referred the countries that comply with the GGP and the ones that do not. MEDREG members that replied to the questionnaire are in line with more than 80% of existence and implementation of GGP on TPA, where generally all consumers are eligible to choose their supplier, there is more than one supplier, the access to the infrastructures is generally regulated and the TPA rules are published and available to all users as well as the methodologies for capacity allocation and congestion management. The tariffs are entry-exit, both anti-hording mechanisms and mechanisms to promote market opening are in place and the regulators have competencies regarding unbundling, TPA, tariffs and quality of service.
Work Methodology for the Assessment of Competition Indicators and Market prices within MEDREG members
The Gas working group developed a first phase work methodology for the achievement of this deliverable. This report intends to provide a review of the level of competition in the retail gas markets for household and non-household consumers, across MEDREG members. Given the diversity of situations in the different countries this assessment work intends to evaluate the retail natural gas market of each country, looking for the main market competition indicators. The assessment work also includes the collection and the analysis of data related with the retail gas prices of each country, for the household and non-household segments. The information from the different MEDREG members will be obtained by a questionnaire, which will be divided in two different parts. The first part will include direct questions concerning the market competition indicators. The second part will include tables to be filled out and questions about retail gas prices for household and non-household customers. The questionnaire will be based in the most recent situation of each country
Interconnection Infrastructures Report + Appendixes Final
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.
GAS WG - 2nd Status review on Transparency in the Mediterranean region and Monitoring of the MEDREG Guidelines of Good Practice (GGP) on Transparency
The aim of this report is to assess the progress made on transparency in the Mediterranean region since the first status review developed in 2011. The achieved results shows that the situation regarding transparency is mainly unchanged, although some progress has been detected in some countries and no major setbacks have been registered. The report also describes that the level of transparency is influenced by the existence of a legal obligation to publish information on the gas system and market. In the absence of such legal requirements, the compliance with MEDREG GGP recommendations is voluntary and may depend on the own operators’ interest and the capacity and powers of regulators to have an influence on their information disclosure policies.
Second Benchmarking Report 2014 (Med14-18GA-6 GAS)
This Second Report of the Gas Working Group will provide an updated picture of gas markets, infrastructure and regulatory frameworks in MEDREG members’ countries. This updated picture will serve as tool to benchmark the countries in the region and highlight the potential opportunities of the harmonization of regulatory frameworks, as well as the creation of a commercial, technical and legal level playing field. The report stresses how gas consumption levels throughout the Mediterranean have increased, with a need to further enhance intra-regional trading: natural gas networks need a clear and ambitious investment roadmap as well as a harmonized legal framework for the intra-regional trade.
Guidelines of Good Practice on Third Party Access in the Mediterranean region
According to the aspects addressed in the previous report issued by the GAS WG on “Status review on Third Party Access in the Mediterranean region”, the Guidelines of Good Practice on Third Party Access in the Mediterranean region focus on: market opening, unbundling, TPA to the infrastructures, network code and TPA rules, tariffs, methodologies for capacity allocation and congestion management, balancing, anti--hording mechanisms, quality of service and dispute settlement. For each aspect the report contains the main conclusions of the previous study “Status review on Third Party Access in the Mediterranean region”.
Status Review on Gas Network Infrastructure and SoS
The review aims at providing an updated picture of gas network infrastructure and security of supply situations of the Mediterranean countries. By doing so, the review would enable MEDREG members to visualize the "Mediterranean gas market". Moreover, the review allows MEDREG countries to compare and analyze their security of supply situations. The review also questions the feasibility of creating a Mediterranean ring, discusses possible problems in setting path for a level playing field, and sets a basis for cooperation opportunities on supply security both for gas-importing and gas-exporting countries. Security of supply in the Mediterranean Region will best be maintained by mutual cooperation and harmonization of trading rules. Establishment of a common regulatory understanding and level-playing field among the trading partners would institute a common market and increase the elasticity in the face of gas supply disruption.
Status review on Third-Party Access in the Mediterranean region
This study is focused on the Third Party Access (TPA) status in the region and future needs in order to develop an integrated Mediterranean market.
The main conclusion of this monitoring exercise is that regulated TPA to the infrastructures is linked to the degree of development of the gas market. The more developed a gas market is, in terms of penetration of gas consumption, openness and liberalization, the more likely is that the TPA to the infrastructures is regulated, the rules for access to the infrastructures are published and the regulator has competencies regarding the approval of these rules and of the access tariffs to the infrastructures.
Status review on transparency in the Mediterranean region and monitoring of the MEDREG guidelines of good practice (GGP) on transparency
One of the most important preconditions to achieve an integrated, competitive and secure gas market in the Mediterranean region is ensuring that participants in the gas markets have easyaccessible and non-discriminatory access to all the information they need. Transparency in the access to this information is therefore a key principle to observe in order to reach this objective.
As foreseen in MEDREG Action Plan 2010-2012, the Ad-Hoc Group on Gas (GAS AG) has investigated the transparency status in the gas systems and markets of Mediterranean countries, and has carried out a monitoring of the guidelines and recommendations on transparency contained in the MEDREG Guidelines of Good Practice (GGP) on Transparency, approved in the 8th General Assembly of 13th November 2009. This report presents the results of this research.
The permanent Mediterranean Working Group on Electricity and Natural Gas Regulation (MEDREG) was established in 2006, with the general objective “to institutionalise cooperation between the regulatory bodies of the Mediterranean region in order to achieve a consistent harmonized and investment-friendly regulatory framework aiming at providing the maximum benefits to the energy consumers of the Mediterranean region”. The current paper, regarding to the gas sector, is one of the first steps in the pointed out direction.
Through the cooperation of the MEDREG Members, the Ad Hoc Group on Gas has produced this study providing the assessment of the status of gas markets and sector regulation in the MEDREG countries so far and its expected evolution.