September 2019

CEER Newsletter


At the 11th Citizens’ Energy Forum in Ireland’s national rugby stadium, CEER joined citizens and their representatives, EU policy makers and industry in discussions on engaging citizens in the energy transition, including poor energy consumers as well as the topic of enabling sustainable finance. With the refreshing voice of youths themselves present at the “Dublin Forum”, the dialogue shifted to climate change, student marches and the upcoming European Green Deal. These green and clean energy messages chimed with the findings of the special Eurobarometer report on Europeans’ attitudes on EU energy policy, wherein 9/10 Europeans confirmed that EU’s energy policy priorities are quite right to ensure secure, clean, and affordable energy for all Europeans.

Aoife MacEvilly (CRU) at the Citizens’ Energy Forum

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FEATURE - CEER has benchmarked the cost-efficiency of Europe’s electricity and gas TSOs.

CEER has published the results of its pan-European cost-efficiency benchmarking of Europe’s Electricity and Gas Transmission System Operators (TSOs). This extensive benchmarking exercise was carried out by CEER and its consultant Sumiscid.

Why benchmark?  
International cost efficiency benchmarking of TSOs is a very powerful tool in the regulatory toolkit in many regulated sectors worldwide. It helps deal with the information asymmetry between a TSO and the national regulator. It helps regulators incentivise monopoly network operators by assessing their performance.


What’s so different about this benchmarking exercise?  
CEER had previously completed four electricity TSO cost efficiency benchmarks and one for gas TSOs.  This is the first time that CEER has benchmarked gas and electricity TSOs in a single project, involving in total 46 TSOs from 16 countries. The project is by far our most ambitious regulatory benchmarking project so far, mobilising regulators, TSOs and a consultant in a joint effort to develop a robust and comprehensive model and data.


Main Findings
Separate reports on CEER’s findings are published for electricity and gas TSOs, along with accompanying Annexes of the TSO asset reporting guides.
Electricity TSOs were found to have a mean cost efficiency of 89.8% for 2017 (with four frontier outlier operators and four best-practice peers).
The gas TSOs had a mean cost efficiency of 79% for 2017 (with six frontier outlier operators and four best-practice peers).
The model used confirms earlier findings both in terms of level and distribution of scores, meaning that there likely is an efficiency potential corresponding to about 10% of total comparable expenditure. The result corrects for salary differences, heterogenous opening balances, unequal length of investment streams and overhead cost allocation rules.


What’s next
CEER intends to benchmark TSOs every three years. Hence, the next benchmark will start in 2021.


CEER has published the results of our extensive pan-European cost-efficiency benchmarking of electricity and gas transmission system operators (see featured below).

Also newly out is a CEER report showcasing national Case Studies on Implementing Consumer Rights of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package. These look at the customer journey with respect to: (1) Customer Information; (2) Energy contracts; (3) Billing and (4) Switching.



Check out the latest Activity Report of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators.



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