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Presentation of Albanian Centre for Energy Regulation and Conservation - ACERC

Acerc is a think tank centre with focus in Albania energy market and its integration on Regional & Iem. The Acerc mission aim to provide a qualified contribution to the promotion of the liberalization and the effective integration as well as the efficient use of energy resources.
The main activities profiles briefly consists in the release reports, articles and periodicals. In cooperation also with our partners the offering of the activities that support capacity building of market actors, such as national and regional seminars, trainings and conferences. Initiatives completed by advocating in the energy sector to promote a forum called in Albanian School of Regulation.
For more visit us at the Official Website of Acerc | Albanian Energy Market - AEM Group in LinkedIn

Call for Bursary/Scholarship Offers to Attend the International Student Energy Summit 2015 Bali

AEED Updates May 2015 Posted on Thu, May 14, 2015 19:27:23

International Student Energy Summit (ISES) to inform you about our global
student forum focused on energy, environment and sustainability development,
the ISES 2015. The conference will be taking place in Bali from 10th -13th of
June 2015. Together with this email, we would also like to inform you
about 4 (four) bursary offers for your students to attend the conference this

This bursary covers your student’s full participation
fee that includes:

Access to all plenary and break-out sessions hosted by
world energy experts and leaders

All meals for the duration of the event

Accommodation for 3 nights (June 10, 11, 12)

Access to networking and social events

Transportation between hotels and conference venues

Conference kit and Guidebook for Delegates

Please note that you need to delegate four of your
university students to be eligible in obtaining these 4 (four) bursary offers before
May 22, 2015
You can send me the email information about four of your students,
stating your brief recommendation of them to attend the Summit and why they
deserve the scholarship. After that, the committee will be in touch further
with your students to coordinate the attendance to the Summit. It is
unfortunate that we are not able to provide the grant for any travel
arrangement so your students should arrange their itinerary by them selves.

Further to the Summit explanation, International
Student Energy Summit (ISES) is a global youth-driven event that occurs every
two years and brings students from all over the world together to talk
sustainable resource management and youth’s role in defining the future of
energy. ISES is Student Energy’s pinnacle event and targets international,
multidisciplinary post secondary students in undergraduate and graduate studies
interested in energy. Student Energy is a global Calgary-based non-profit that
is creating a movement of young leaders committed to transitioning the world to
a sustainable energy future. The ISES program focuses on three main pillars
that address today’s key energy and environmental issues:

a. Markets & Regulation

b. Global Energy Dynamics

c. Technology & Innovation

This internationally recognized event has brought the
high level speakers in the previous summits, such as Vicente Fox (Former
President of Mexico), Rajendra Pachauri (Nobel laureate and Chair of the IPCC),
Connie Hedegaard (EU Commissioner for Climate Action) and many more. The summit
has also gained the recognition from the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, at
ISES 2013. The 2015 event in Bali is set to bring together 800 top
international students, undergraduate and post graduates, passionate about
energy and environment to discuss the world’s energy challenges and

Building on a 6-year history, the conference is built
specifically for students and is diverse in format, including:

Keynotes from leading experts and thought leaders

Panel sessions designed to encourage productive and
provocative debate

Specialized breakout sessions to strengthen knowledge

Interactive program elements to give students hands on

Social events that capture the essence of our host
location – Bali, Indonesia

MSc Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe

AEED Updates May 2015 Posted on Wed, May 13, 2015 12:30:51

The MSc Program “Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe” is the first cross-border course in Austria dealing with the future issues of alternative energy production.

Three aspects have been given special consideration:

Technical Innovations

Participants acquire a basic technical knowledge in the area of alternative energy production. The fast-changing nature and development of this sector are specifically considered. Focal points are solar energy, wind power, biomass, biogas, small hydropower stations, photovoltaics, bio fuel, and geothermal technology as well as issues, such as energy saving and energy efficiency.

Management of Sustainable Energy Systems

Conveys skills, such as project development, project financing, project operation, and knowledge on business management. Furthermore, participants obtain a detailed market overview on Central and Eastern Europe.

EU-Extension and Legal Basics

Participants obtain knowledge on the frameworks of European laws and directives as well as on national legal provisions and goals in Central and Eastern Europe.

For more click here.

TYNDP 2016 webinar: framing the future to design the next pan-European infrastructure

AEED Updates May 2015 Posted on Tue, May 12, 2015 09:01:05

TYNDP 2016 webinar: framing the future to design the next pan-European infrastructure

Will Europe be on the right track to meeting the 2050 objective of decarbonisation? Will there be stronger European cooperation on energy policies? The answers to these questions will shape Europe’s electricity transmission system in the next decades.

Because the scenarios play a crucial role in developing the future pan European infrastructure, ENTSO-E involves stakeholders at a very early stage of the TYNDP development. This webinar is the third event for all interested parties to better understand, discuss and express views on them. The webinar will present the draft ENTSO-E scenarios and will answer questions like why they are used and how they are elaborated. The distinction between the scenarios that are used in the TYNDP and the scenarios used in ENTSO-E’s adequacy forecast will also be explained. Each of the five TYNDP 2016 scenarios will be presented in detail. Each session will end by a questions and answers session.

This webinar will also help stakeholders in answering the ENTSO-E public consultation on the TYNDP 2016 Scenario Development Report which will take place between 20 May and 22 June 2015.

The agenda of the webinar will be published on 30 May.

Please register online here no later than 5 June 2015 to participate.

Related links:

•TYNDP 2016 webpage

The Energy Policy of the EU and its Position in Global Energy Environment August 2 – 9, 2015 Telc, Czech Republic

AEED Updates May 2015 Posted on Tue, May 12, 2015 00:25:02

The Energy Policy of the EU and its Position in Global Energy Environment

August 2 – 9, 2015
Telc, Czech Republic

The Department of International Relations and European Studies of the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic together with our partners are proud to present “The Energy Policy of the EU and its Position in Global Energy Environment,” a summer school on the topic of energy security.

The summer school aims at thorough examination of both recent and long-term developments, plans and policies of the EU influenced by the development of the global energy environment. The carefully selected lecturers will help the students to unveil the logic and motivation behind, understand the reasons, tools and effects, and to perceive the effect on the industrial and social sectors.

The primary target of this event is to offer to the master and doctoral students of Czech Republic, Central, Eastern and Western Europe and the U.S. the opportunity to study the most important contemporary issues related to energy security and energy policy.

Misunderstanding of differences and specifics in different EU-regions creates unnecessary friction and may result in disputes. Besides the primary goal of providing orientation on energy security framework and challenges to the students, this summer school also aims to encourage dialogue in which the participants can discuss common positions and thus facilitate overcoming certain ideological gaps between different attitudes and approaches to the selected issues of the summer school. Even at this small-scale event we can positively affect the long-term problem of friction and misunderstanding between European Union states policies` and the policy of the European Union as a single body.

FEBA is offering an intensive SAT summer camp in BOSNIA!

AEED Updates May 2015 Posted on Mon, May 11, 2015 19:41:15

Would you like to study for your SAT’s this summer, but also
want to enjoy your time and travel? Why not do both? LEAF Learning and its
partners are offering an intensive SAT summer camp in Bosnia! Let our highly
trained and effective SAT teachers help you increase your SAT score, like they
have for students in previous years. During last year’s SAT camp, students
increased their scores between 150-200 points!

The camp abroad will take place between July 20th and August
22nd. Students will arrive on July 19th and will tour Europe during their stay.
The countries the tour will include are Croatia, Albania, and Macedonia. The
Balkans have some of the most beautiful sights in Europe. Places to visit
include but are not limited to:

Vrelo Bune in Bosnia, which is a unique and natural
architectural ensemble situated on the Buna River

Ohrid, Macedonia, a historic town sprawled out on a crystal
clear emerald lake. This town features numerous ancient churches and
monasteries, and has been deemed the Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site

Dubrovnik, Croatia, a historically and culturally diverse
town which is protected by UNESCO for its historic prominence. This is one of
the most popular tourist destinations and for a good reason!

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia, which is one of the
most famous parks in Europe, featuring turquoise lakes, waterfalls, caves, and
mountains. This park is truly a sight to behold.

These are just some of the beautiful places we are planning
to visit. Sightseeing will take at the conclusion of the program.

Course features:

160 hours of intensive prep including:

120 hours of instruction

40 hours of testing practice with 5 full-length proctored

In-class review of all content and strategies

Extensive guided practice with in-class drills

Admissions and Financial Aid courses to help you research
schools, organize your applications, maximize financial aid and more

Additional practice tools

Explanations of questions in your practice exams

Average 200-point score-improvement

Fore more find here.

CEER Training Courses for regulators Press Release on 08 may 2015

AEED Updates May 2015 Posted on Sat, May 09, 2015 09:52:27

CEER Training Courses for regulators
Press Release on 08 may 2015

Introduction to CEER Training

CEER is committed to supporting its members in their daily work. As part of these efforts, it has decided to develop training courses with a view to building a full programme of training opportunities for energy regulators.

The underlying concept for the development of training by CEER is that it should concentrate on training in areas in which we have particular specialist experience and in which we can excel, addressing the needs of staff across the organisation: from an introduction to regulatory work; to developing key expert skills; to offering senior staff and leaders insights into policy development and European decision-making. This means a focus on delivering high quality training on the practice of regulation and on job-related skills for regulatory staff. CEER’s training programme is built around three key features:

1 Practitioner Method
Practical topics relating directly to energy regulation for on-the-job and professional development
2 Regulator-centric
Designed and led by regulators for regulators, with exclusive access to leading experts in the energy sector
3 Collaborative atmosphere
Exchange views and learn from peers in the regulatory community from across Europe

For 2014-2015, we have prepared a full programme of courses, on a range of regulatory issues, including benchmarking, REMIT, market monitoring and network tariffs.

Staff interested in attending any of these courses are invited to register online by the dates indicated on the respective pages.

Learn. Develop. Lead.

Full programme of CEER training courses 2015

Looking Back at Ten Years of the EU ETS: Lessons Learnt and Future Perspectives

AEED Updates May 2015 Posted on Fri, May 08, 2015 13:03:00

Looking Back at Ten Years of the EU ETS: Lessons Learnt and Future Perspectives

Download the programme of the conference.

In 2005 the European Union Emission Trading System (EU ETS) came into being and has since become the largest carbon market in Europe. Over its first decade the EU ETS has given rise to many valuable lessons for governments across the world in considering carbon pricing as a cost-effective way to control greenhouse gas emissions.

This conference will take stock of the challenges, lessons and achievements of the EU ETS in Europe and in the rest of the world and discuss future perspectives.

This event is organised in collaboration with DG CLIMA, European Commission, and is by invitation only.


AEED Updates May 2015 Posted on Thu, May 07, 2015 10:35:07

A Target Model for Electricity Capacity Remuneration Schemes

FSR Policy Workshop Series 2014-15


In its Communication on A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy, the Commission noted that

“many Member States currently have inadequate security of electricity supply frameworks in place and they use outdated and inconsistent approaches to assessing security of electricity supply. […] Capacity mechanisms

should only be developed to address security of supply if a regional system adequacy assessment points to such a need, taking into account the potential for energy efficiency and demand-side response”.

However, many Member States have already introduced or are introducing capacity remuneration mechanisms (CRMs typically in an uncoordinated way, to address generation capacity adequacy concerns, as noted by the Commission in 2013

”concerns about the adequacy of generation capacity have led some Member States to consider new public intervention, such as support schemes for investments in new electricity generation capacity or for remunerating existing plants to remain operational”.

In this context the Commission considered that:

“those measures should not result in inefficient plants being artificially kept in operation through public support, or in unnecessary new generation capacity being built”

and, in the context of the increasingly integrated EU energy markets, that

“where markets are linked, public intervention affects prices not only nationally but also in neighbouring markets. The resulting distortions of the internal electricity market can be both short-term (affecting system stability, spot market prices and electricity production), and long-term (crowding out investments in new capacity or diverting them to sub-optimal projects)”.

To reduce the potential of any adverse effects on the internal electricity market, in 2014 the Commission, in its Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy 2014-2020,while recognising that

“measures for generation adequacy can be designed in a variety of ways, in the form of investment and operating aid (in principle only rewarding the commitment to be available to deliver electricity), and can pursue different objectives”

provided a set of criteria which Member States should follow in deciding on CRMs and for their design:

  • the precise objective, at which the measure is aimed, should be clearly defined, including when and where the generation adequacy problem is expected to arise. The identification of a generation adequacy problem should be consistent with the generation adequacy analysis carried out regularly by the European Network of Transmission Operators for electricity in accordance with the internal energy market legislation;
  • the Member States should clearly demonstrate the reasons why the market cannot be expected to deliver adequate capacity in the absence of intervention, by taking account of on-going market and technology developments.
  • any aid involved in CRMs should remunerate solely the service of pure availability provided by the generator, that is to say, the commitment of being available to deliver electricity and the corresponding compensation for it, for example, in terms of remuneration per MW of capacity being made available. The aid should not include any remuneration for the sale of electricity, that is to say, remuneration per MWh sold;
  • the measure should be open and provide adequate incentives to both existing and future generators and to operators using substitutable technologies, such as demand-side response or storage solutions. The aid should therefore be delivered through a mechanism which allows for potentially different lead times, corresponding to the time needed to realise new investments by new generators using different technologies. The measure should also take into account to what extent interconnection capacity could remedy any possible problem of generation adequacy.
  • the measure should be designed in a way so as to make it possible for any capacity which can effectively contribute to addressing the generation adequacy problem to participate in the measure, in particular, taking into account the following factors:
    • the participation of generators using different technologies and of operators offering measures with equivalent technical performance, for example, demand side management, interconnectors and storage;
    • the participation of operators from other Member States where such participation is physically possible in particular in the regional context, that is to say, where the capacity can be physically provided to the Member State implementing the measure and the obligations set out in the measure can be enforced ;
    • participation of a sufficient number of generators to establish a competitive price for the capacity;
    • avoidance of negative effects on the internal market, for example due to export restrictions, wholesale price caps, bidding restrictions or other measures undermining the operation of market coupling, including intra-day and balancing markets.
  • the measure should:
    • not reduce incentives to invest in interconnection capacity;
    • not undermine market coupling, including balancing markets;
    • not undermine investment decisions on generation which preceded the measure or decisions by operators regarding the balancing or ancillary services market;
    • not unduly strengthen market dominance;
    • give preference to low-carbon generators in case of equivalent technical and economic parameters.

In this latter respect, the Commission also noted that

“aid for generation adequacy may contradict the objective of phasing out environmentally harmful subsidies including for fossil fuels. Member States should therefore primarily consider alternative ways of achieving generation adequacy which do not have a negative impact on the objective of phasing out environmentally or economically harmful subsidies, such as facilitating demand side management and increasing interconnection capacity”.

Finally, in its Energy Union Strategy, the Commission indicated that it intends to

“propose a new European electricity market design in 2015”.

While this new design is expected to confirm most elements on the Electricity Target Model which is being implemented through the Network Codes and their voluntary early implementation (e.g. the significant progress achieved already in day-ahead market coupling), it will likely contain a blueprint for CRMs.

Ahead of such proposal from the Commission, this Workshop aims at:

  • Reviewing and comparing the existing or planned CRMs;
  • Assessing the extent to which they comply with the design criteria already defined by the Commission;
  • Identifying a set of detailed specification for a “CRM Target Model”. Key questions in this respect are the degree of harmonisation required for national CRMs and the conditions under which cross-border participation in national CRMs can be implemented.

Accordingly, the Workshop will be structured in two sessions. Session I will review existing or planned CRMs and assess them vis-à-vis the criteria set by the Commission. Session II will address the challenge of developing a CRM Target Model.

An updated version of the programme can be downloaded below. To register, please fill out the registration form.

This workshop is exclusive for representatives from National Regulatory Authorities and donors of the Florence School of Regulation. Special registration requests must be submitted to the FSR Training and Events Coordinator, Hugo Gil, by e-mail or phone (+39 055 468 5875).