The highlight of this month is our 2023 Customer Conference, which brought together energy stakeholders, policymakers and consumer organisations to identify the most effective measures to empower consumers for the green and digital transition. Fresh off the press is ourAnnual Report, highlighting CEER’s best achievements from 2022. We are also happy to announce the release of a new publication: a report on Alternative Connection Agreements. And, we would like to draw your attention to a CEER training open to the public on energy sector integration.
Finally, we look forward to welcoming you at our EUSEW2023 stand where we will be showcasing our EU4Energy "Light Bulb" awareness-raising campaigns.
Identifying pathways for a successful green and digital transition: CEER Consumer Conference 2023
The CEER Customer Conference 2022 was held on 16 May with around 130 participants joining in Brussels and online. The event was held under the theme "Avenues for the Green and Digital Transition: enabling energy consumers as agents and beneficiaries". Discussions were centred on identifying the most effective measures to combat energy poverty, raise awareness and empower consumers in being part of the transition, with a focus on shielding them from future crises.
The keynote speech was delivered by the European Parliament’s Rapporteur on the Electricity Market Design Reform, Nicolás González Casares, MEP, on the importance of digitalisation to unlocking consumers' potential to transform the energy system. High-level speakers from energy regulators (CEER and ACER), the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER), The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and many others joined the discussions. The closing address was by Mr Manuel García Hernández, Director General for Mines and Energy Policy at the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, who gave a preview of the priorities of the upcoming Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU.
CEER representatives at EU Madrid Forum and GEODE seminar
CEER representatives participated in the 37thEuropean Gas Regulatory ‘Madrid’ Forum, on 11-12 May.
CEER Vice President and Gas Working Group Chair Pedro Verdelho presented on natural gas assets in times of decarbonisation. He was preceded by Esther Espeja Bragulat (pictured above), Co-Chair of the CEER Market Integrity and Transparency Working Group, who spoke about improvement and enhancement to the European Commission’s proposal to reform the Regulation on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT). Liqufied Natural Gas (LNG) Workstream Co-Chair Rocío Prieto Gonzalez presented CEER’s work on new LNG terminals.
On 10 May, CEER Secretary General Charles Esser moderated the first roundtable discussion at GEODE's Spring Seminar. The theme of the discussion was "Making The Grid Work – The Key Role of Network Planning".
LUCE Awards: Clara Poletti winner in Legacy Women Category
Clara Poletti, Board member of ARERA and Member of CEER’s General Assembly and the Chair of the Board of Regulators at the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) has won the Legacy Women Category of LUCE Awards.
The Legacy Women award recognises the contributions of senior female professionals who have used their platforms and voices to successfully push forward the energy, climate and sustainability sectors.
The 2022 annual report outlines CEER’s first year’s work in implementing our strategy "Empowering Consumers for the Energy Transition”. In 2022, CEER delivered an ambitious annual work programme, with publications serving stakeholders and the broader public, reactions to European proposals and consultations, in-person conferences and hybrid events. Download the report
The issue of electricity network congestion is increasingly prevalent within many European electricity distribution networks. As an alternative, or as an intermediary measure before grid reinforcements, distribution system operators (DSOs) can procure flexibility via various methods to solve local network issues. This paper focuses on one of these methods: alternative connection agreements and shows how these agreements can take many forms and are already employed by DSOs within Europe to varying degrees. Designed to assist regulatory decision-making, this new report focuses on alternative connection agreements as an intermediary measure before resorting to grid reinforcements. It demonstrates how these agreements are already used by DSOs to provide flexibility and solve local network issues. Download the report
EU assists Armenia in further developing its Regulatory Framework in the energy sector
On 2-5 May, CEER regulatory experts and representatives of the EU4Energy Programme visited Armenia to provide asssistance with the development of its regulatory framework in the energy sector by sharing knowledge and expertise on electricity pricing mechanisms, energy communities and electricity market development.
The experience shared will help foster increased competition in Armenia’s energy market and greater transparency of its regulatory processes.
EUSEW2023 is held under the theme "Accelerating the clean energy transition – towards lower bills and greater skills". CEER/EU4Energy will have a stand onsite to showcase the "Light Bulb" comics which aim to engage youth in the clean energy transition and other topics. Several CEER speakers are foreseen to participate. Take a look at the programme and register here.
The WFER is the leading international conference on energy regulation and is held every three years. It brings together key players in the energy industry, high-level decision-makers, academics and regulators from around the world to engage in strategic energy discussions on different regulatory schemes. More details here.
Our training programmes focus on the current challenges that energy regulators are facing, covering the latest developments and new frameworks in the energy sector.
New dates announced for the CEER Specialised Training on Energy Sector Integration – open to the public!
The course will cover:
Key principles of energy system integration;
Relationship between power, gas, hydrogen, electro fuels and heat – and how to facilitate the logic of how the conversion from one to another;
Obstacles and challenges of implementation;
Results of reporting and monitoring, and case studies at the national level.
The first two days are fully open to the public and will include a field trip to Antwerp including a ride on a hydrogen-powered boat, the 'Hydroville' and learning first-hand about the local hydrogen-based economy. The Hydroville is the first certified passenger shuttle that uses hydrogen to power a diesel engine. The third day will be dedicated to more specific topics and is open to NRA staff only.
More public trainings from the CEER Training Academy to come. Stay tuned for details!
Specialised Training on Regulation of Energy Communities and New Business Models in the Energy Sector, Onsite, 12-13 September
CEER-EFET Training on European Wholesale Electricity and Gas Market Trading, Hybrid, 28-29 November
The 2023 CEER Training Academy calendar is available now!
Wide-ranging topics will be covered to deliver high-quality courses on the practice of regulation and job-related skills for regulatory staff. Certain courses will be open to the public so that the participation of non-regulators will be welcomed in those courses.
If you are a staff member of a regulatory authority,click hereto discover our full training programme, which includes a wide variety of courses that deliver job-related skills across all levels, from introductory to advanced.