CEEP feedback on Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy

CEEP acknowledges a great potential of offshore renewable energy, particularly offshore wind, which can become an important element of the future EU energy system. This is why, we welcome the Commission’s initiative to draft the Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy. The deployment of RES onshore and offshore in Central and Eastern Europe would constitute a cornerstone of a swift transition towards a climate-neutral European economy. This strategy will play a vital role in supporting companies and Member States in their efforts to reshape their energy mix with an increased share of RES and other low emission sources. CEEP believes that an appropriate fine-tuning of the EU action in this sector will allow for both private and public entities to better prepare for the upcoming increase in utilisation of various low-emission energy sources and the energy sectors integration. Given the need to speed up the deployment of offshore RES in the region, particularly in the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas, CEEP believes that it is crucial for the strategy to provide clear view on how to shape the EU legislation in this sector for the upcoming decades. We encourage the Commission to develop these ideas in a two way approach. Firstly, there is clearly a need for stable legislation at the EU level which is a key element for investment decisions, but at the same time, some challenges will have to be addressed at regional or national level. The situation in the Baltic and Black Sea offshore sectors will differ significantly from the North Sea and the Mediterranean. Therefore, the new regulations should allow for flexibility to apply to regional or [...]
The Polish electricity network operator introduced a smart grid system – the Special Protection Scheme (SPS)

The Polish electricity network operator introduced a smart grid system – the Special Protection Scheme (SPS)

PSE (Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne) the Polish network operator introduced a innovative solution the SPS system, which automatically eliminates the overload on the transmission and distribution network 110 kV. The system is the first result of a project of Polish and Japanese companies: PSE, ENERGA-OPERATOR (EOP), Energa OZE (EOZ), Hitachi, Hitachi Chemical and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). The cooperation was possible thanks to an agreement signed by the Polish Ministry of Energy and the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in 2017. The system covers north of Poland and increases the security of the electricity network by eliminating the overload occurring from the power generation of the northern wind parks and making recommendations to distributers on how to eliminate the overloads. The implementation of the SPS is the beginning of a cooperation of Polish and Japanese companies. The construction of a hybrid electricity storage unit (BESS) is underway, which will be connected to the Bystra wind park owned by ENERGA OZE. Both systems will help regulate the fluctuations in power generation, power reserves and frequency. PSE is one of the first companies in Europe to implement smart grids. SPS can significantly improve the functioning of the national electricity network facing wind power generation and therefore help increasing the share of renewable energy. The system will be monitored for one year until October 2020. During this time the effectiveness of the system will be measured also combined with the electricity storage unit. Source: [...]

Countries of 4M Market Coupling to be connected with Multi Regional Coupling by end of 2020

Interim Coupling project enters implementation phase. The Nominated Electricity Market Operators (NEMOs) and Transmission System Operators (TSOs) from Austria, Germany, Poland and the 4M Market Coupling (4M MC) countries, namely the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, announce the connection of 4M MC with the Multi Regional Coupling (MRC) foreseen in Q3 2020. The DE-AT-PL-4M MC Project, also referred to as Interim Coupling project, has completed the design phase and now enters its implementation phase. The project aims to connect the borders of 4M MC with the Europe-wide MRC by introducing NTC-based implicit capacity allocation on six borders (PL-DE, PL-CZ, PL-SK, CZ-DE, CZ-AT, HU-AT). This will establish a connection of these 4M MC countries with MRC, establishing a Single Day-Ahead Coupling across 23 European countries. On 6th November 2019, National Regulatory Authorities welcomed the progress made and reconfirmed their support for the project implementation. They approve of the synergies emerging from the Interim Coupling project, which will facilitate the move towards the introduction of Flow Based Market Coupling in the Core region, which is ultimately the target model. The Core capacity calculation region consist of the borders between the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Source: [...]

Joint Statement of five energy associations on the Just Energy Transition Fund

Energy associations from Central Europe call for a robust Just Energy Transition Fund with significant resources constituting new money allocated to the EU budget and clear eligibility criteria, which will take into account the different starting point and level of economic development. Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP), Romanian Energy Centre (CRE), National Energy Chamber of Bulgaria (NEC), Lithuanian National Energy Association (NLEA), Union of Electricity Industries of Estonia (ETL) issued today a Joint Statement on the Just Energy Transition Fund (JET Fund), where they draw attention of the European Institutions and interested stakeholders to the need of special support for energy transition in order to avoid a surge in energy prices for consumers, a loss of competitiveness of the European industry and a reduction of security of supply. Joint_Statement_JET_Fund   JET [...]
CEEP has been granted the status of an observer organization to the UNFCCC process

CEEP has been granted the status of an observer organization to the UNFCCC process

We are happy to announce that Central Europe Energy Partners has been granted the status of an observer organization to the UNFCCC process. This means we have been selected among many other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as an observer at sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP). As of 2018, over 2,200 NGOs and 130 IGOs are admitted as observers. The NGOs represent a broad spectrum of interests, and include representatives from business and industry, environmental groups, farming and agriculture, indigenous populations, local governments and municipal authorities, research and academic institutes, labor unions, women and gender and youth groups. We are looking forward to participate in the next COP in Glasgow and contribute to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [...]