October 2020

October 2020

MEDREG newsletter


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MEDREG Experts Exchange for LCEC

From the 27th to the 29th of July the online webinar "MEDREG Experts Exchange for LCEC" took place. The main objective of the meeting was for experts to introduce Lebanese stakeholders to the best European practices related to transparency and accountability within all stages of renewable energy auctions and bids, and to initiate the identification of gaps within the current Lebanese procedure.

During the meeting, the experts presented the best practices and lessons learned in RES auctions' in France, Greece, and Italy, showing how auctioning the generation renewable energy sources could be a winning strategy for a developing country with the ambition to increase its sustainable energy production. The main takeaway lesson from our 3-day Expert Exchange for LCEC was the identification of the three elements that determine successful #RES auctions: transparency, competitiveness, and interaction between the public and private sectors.

4th Presidency Meeting

On the 30th of September, our Presidency hosted its 4th Meeting during which the different activities that had taken place between May and August 2020 were discussed and assessed. Moreover, the Presidency also examined the activities foreseen for the following months until December 2020 as well as the new Grant Contract with the European Commission for the period 2021-2022.

29th Electricity Working Group meeting

The Electricity Working Group met to update on most recent issues, ideas discussed in past meetings, and future activities planned for the rest of 2020, as well as confirm its deliverables for 2021 and 2022. Moreover, the Group introduced the different activities it is currently focusing on, such as support to the electricity regulator of Palestine (PERC), support to the electricity regulator of Egypt (EgyptERA), and the report on "Regional Integration: subregional regulatory convergence" for electricity lines. In this graphic, you will find more details on the work currently being carried out in each of the main areas the group is focusing on.

Effective communication for institutions operating in the energy sector

From October 5th to 7th MEDREG, in collaboration with professionals from Audaz Group and Vision Communication, organised a three-day training on effective communication for institutions operating in the energy sector. The training was organised as a response to the essential role of communication in building a corporate image and in building trust with a target audience. The training had the objective of showing how to communicate effectively in the public sector and in an institutional environment and focused on three main topics: effective writing and internal communication, social media engagement and writing, and media speaking skills. Click here to have access to the different materials and recording of the training. 

Cross-border cost allocation in the Mediterranean

On the 7th of October, MEDREG and Med-TSO jointly organised a webinar on "Cross-border cost allocation for electricity projects in the Mediterranean". The moderator was Benoit Esnault from CRE, the French Energy Regulatory Commission and co-Chair of MEDREG Electricity Working Group. MEDREG and Med-TSO came to the conclusion that deciding on cross-border cost-sharing involves extensive work on the interests of the countries involved, that’s why they identified the need for joint work on the subject. This joint work will be made through Cross-border Cost Allocation, which is a financial tool used to facilitate the implementation of Projects of Common Interest. You can check out the training’s material here

17th Consumers Working Group and Trilateral workshop with ECRB and CEER on Consumer Issues and Power losses

On October 19th, the Consumers Working Group met to finalize its report on vulnerable consumers, discuss the advancement on its peer review for the Jordanian regulator EMRC on quality of service to consumers and agree on the activities to be performed during 2021 and 2022. Following the WG meeting, MEDREG, in collaboration with the Energy Community (ECRB) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), held a workshop on "Consumer Issues and Power losses".
The event focused on the role of energy regulators in identifying the types of losses and in contributing to their reduction. Practical cases were presented as an additional contribution to the debate.

28th Gas Working Group

On the same line as the Consumers Working Group meeting, the Gas Working group also held its fall gathering on October 20th. During the occasion, they approved their work on the development and implementation of TPA rules and activities and agreed on the activities to be performed in 2021 and 2022.
Furthermore, they also discussed the technical support provided to members as well as the participation in the UfM GAS platform.

--- Upcoming Activities: ---

29th Institutional Working Group Meeting
(27th October 2020)

MEDREG Institutional Working Group (INS WG) will be meeting next Tuesday to take stock of its past meetings and achievements as well as to assess the status of the remaining activities planned for 2020. Currently, members of the Working Group are putting their efforts in the completion of the first update of the Regulatory Outlook. The report will provide an overview of the existing energy regulatory frameworks in the Mediterranean and will largely contribute to the identification of regulatory gaps and challenges in the region.
The meeting will be also the occasion to share further information on the action plan for 2021-2022.

Discussion Panel: “A stronger integration of electricity grids of both shores of the Mediterranean: opportunities, challenges and concrete ways to progress” (28th October 2020)

Next week MEDREG President Gülefsan Demirbas will take part in the panel “A stronger integration of electricity grids of both shores of the Mediterranean: opportunities, challenges and concrete ways to progress”. The event, moderated by Jean Michel Glachant, Director of the Florence School of Regulation, is part of the Closing Conference of the Med-TSO Mediterranean 2 project. It will offer an overview on the Mediterranean evolution in the energy sector, and give the opportunity to listen to the point of view of some of the main actors and stakeholders on the Mediterranean energy scene such as ENTSO-E and Union for the Mediterranean. The event is open to the public. Those interested in participating can find more information here

Training on the Role and Scope of Energy Regulation (1st – 3rd December 2020)

The training will discuss key principles of energy regulation, detailing what objectives regulatory authorities address as well as their core powers and competences. To do so, the course will present the fundamentals of energy economics both in the gas and electricity markets and relate them to the different duties and tools of regulators, with the goal to unravel the complex relationship between regulation and the management of energy markets. 
The training will be open to MEDREG members only. Further information and registration form are available here.

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