Following the adoption of the 2020 CEF Energy Work Programme on 13 March 2020, the 2020 CEF Energy call for proposals has opened, offering funding to support projects of common interest in the energy sector, in the areas of electricity, gas, smart grids and cross-border carbon dioxide networks. The European Commission will release €979.6 million of EU funding for supporting energy infrastructure projects of common interest that have significant societal benefits and that ensure greater solidarity among Member States. The 2020 CEF Energy Work Programme will contribute to the further development and implementation of projects of common interest (PCIs) in the energy sector, namely in electricity (including smart grids), gas and cross-border carbon dioxide networks. All the information about 2020 CEF Energy general objectives and actions planned for 2020 can be found in the Work Programme and its annex adopted on 13 March 2020. To be eligible to apply for CEF funding, projects must be designated as Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) in the EU’s fourth PCI list. PCIs are considered essential for completing the EU's internal energy market, and are required to have a significant impact on at least two EU countries. Proposed projects, which can be either studies or works, will be evaluated against several criteria. These include their state of maturity, their cross-border dimension, and to what extent they will remove bottlenecks and end energy isolation. In particular these criteria are as follows: Ending energy isolation Increasing competitiveness by promoting the integration on the internal energy market and the interoperability of electricity and gas networks across borders Enhancing the Union's security of supply Integrating energy from renewable [...]
Dear CEEP members, The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the selection process of the fourth list of projects of common interest (PCI). By participating in survey you can submit your opinion on specific candidate projects in electricity and their individual contributions to market integration, sustainability, security of supply and competition from an EU energy policy perspective. In order to submit your answer you should use this survey. Then, fill in your answer in the column next to each project in the attached in this e-mail table and upload the excel table with your input into the EUSurvey. The deadline for submission of input is 28 February 2019. We kindly ask you to provide us with your answer by 15 February 2019, thereby CEEP will submit own comments and support your projects. [...]
Dear CEEP members, We would like to inform you that the identification and selection process for the 4th Union list of Projects of Common Interest (for gas) was launched and you can apply until 16 January 2019 at midnight. As defined by the Regulation (EU) 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (TEN-E Regulation), all candidate projects must be included in the Ten Year Network Development Plan 2018 (TYNDP 2018) developed by the European network of System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). Projects, which are not included in the TYNDP 2018, cannot apply. Important: For a cross-border infrastructure to be considered eligible to enter the PCI process all of its projects must be submitted (e.g. Interconnector A-B= [country A to border] + [border to country B]). The cross-border project promoters are advised to discuss with their counterpart before submitting their part of the project. To apply, you are invited to submit an application via on-line submission platform: https://data.entsog.eu/DataCollectionPortals/default.aspx. The TYNDP data [including the cost data] will be directly retrieved from your TYNDP 2018 project sheet. After project submission, entitled projects will be assessed to identify if they address a European need. Projects that pass this test will be assessed against the criteria set out in the TEN-E Regulation to identify their contribution to the implementation of the respective energy infrastructure priority corridor and their fulfilment of the aforementioned criteria. Projects meeting all requirements of the Regulation and making the largest contributions will be proposed for inclusion in the 4th PCI list. The 4th PCI list will be adopted by the European Commission by the end of 2019 and officially published by early [...]
Central European countries have achieved significant results in the field of cross-border energy cooperation, both in gas and electricity sectors. A key reasonfor this progress is the increasing infrastructural interconnectivity and integration of the markets. There has also been remarkable progress achieved in the synchronization of the Baltic States with the continental European network. What’s more, due to the liberalisation processes and legal system in place, cross-border trade is growing dynamically in the region. These were the main conclusions of the 3rd Central European Day of Energy Conference held on the 5th of November in Bruxelles. Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union, Mr. Maroš Šefčovičpointed out that it is now clearer than ever that a single well-integrated energy market is a prerequisite for Europe for building a future-proof low-carbon economy. It is a prerequisite for facing the challenges of the 21st century; notably climate change, pollution, and the modernisation of our entire economy. No EU country can handle any of these challenges on its own; not in the West, nor in the East. Regional cooperation is a necessity. Given that Central European states have already acquired a strong level of interconnection and integration, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CEEP, Mr. Leszek Jesień stressed the importance of cooperation in the electricity sector as demonstrated by the example of Regional Security Coordinators (RSC). “The regional cooperation should follow bottom – up logic. In this regard the EU support and coordination is one of the crucial factors facilitating it. Flexibility, however, remains a key feature enabling the enhancement of the cooperation. On the other hand, [...]
Ahead of the first trilogue on Market Design, Central Europe Energy partners organized a high-level debate titled “What model of electricity market design needed for Central and South-Eastern Europe?” The event brought together high-level panelists representing the European Commission, European Parliament and stakeholders from Central and South-Eastern Europe, which discussed the future market design and the particularities that need to be considered. The debate was attended by more than 50 specialists representing energy companies, associations, and institutions from both the European and national level. The debate was opened by Leszek Jesień, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CEEP, who pointed out the urgent need to reform the electricity market in the EU, taking into account fast technological and operational changes occurring in the European industry. He highlighted also the main points from CEEP recommendations for trilogue. Krišjānis Kariņš, MEP, Rapporteur on the internal market for electricity declared in his keynote speech: “Our aim is to develop a clear set of rules, needed to implement investments in the next 20 years. We need to introduce more market and move away from system heavily dependent on state subsidies.” He focused also on the three contentious issues which will shape the negotiations during trilogue – adequacy assessment (European vs national), rules on the capacity market including EPS 550 and cross border capacity calculation. Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Director for Internal market from DG Energy added that the European Commission aims to develop more market based electricity system and to introduce more RES necessary for emission reduction and fulfillment of the Paris Agreement commitments. The national perspectives on the new electricity market design were [...]
Brussels, June 25th, 2018 Regulation and Directive on the internal market for electricity will provide a bedrock for the future electricity market in the European Union. From Central Europe Energy Partners’ (CEEP) point of view, the regulatory framework should acknowledge all particularities and discrepancies of electrical systems of EU Member States. While creating a reliable and secure Energy Union with a common set of rules for all European market players, we must take into account the differences among the structures of generation mixes, adequacy outlooks and differing energy system development strategies. Therefore, we strongly believe that these pieces of legislation should guarantee the principle of technology neutrality, which implies a free, market-based choice of energy sources to achieve the expected economic and environmental goals necessary to fulfill the EU’s energy and climate targets for 2030. We also would like to emphasize the importance of the level playing field for all market participants, which will be competing to deliver the best solutions on an equal footing. Moreover, CEEP steadily supports a regional approach to European energy policy. From our perspective, increased interdependencies between national electricity systems and cross-border exchanges are a logical step in the process of establishing a liquid internal market. However, we would like to point out, the current bottlenecks and persisting problems that limit such a regional approach and which the legislator should address. Bearing in mind the potential for further improvement of this file, CEEP calls for inclusion in the trilogue’s negotiations on the following issues: Adequacy assessment We support the Council position expressed in art. 19a paragraph 1 that foresees two-tier adequacy assessment: national based [...]
We represent the widely understood Central Europe energy sector (electricity generation, distribution and transmission, renewables, gas, oil, heat generation and distribution, chemical industries, etc.), universities and scientific institutions.
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