CEER’s Work Programme focuses on consumers and distributed systems
The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) released its “Work Programme 2018”, designed to facilitate the creation of a competitive and sustainable EU energy market for the benefit of consumers and to promote international cooperation with national regulatory authorities (NRAs) for energy around the world.
In 2018, CEER will continue to prioritise work in the areas of: (i) consumer and retail markets; (ii) new legislative/policy developments; (iii) distribution systems; and (iv) international work beyond the borders of the EU.
Consumer and retail markets will be an on-going priority in 2018, but with a new emphasis on addressing the challenges of emerging structures such as “prosumers” and local energy communities (e.g., the right to choose supplier, the right to be connected to a grid, issues of fairness and the implications of potentially many people going off-grid, etc.).
CEER claims it will remain committed to working with and advising the EC, in particular in relation to the development and implementation of the ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’ Package.
Distribution systems (gas and electricity) will remain a priority for CEER throughout 2018. Among other activities, CEER is planning to develop recommendations for the NRAs on how to stimulate flexibility use by DSOs when it is most efficient at minimal distortion to markets and competition, and in coordination with the needs of TSOs.
CEER’s international work in 2018 will be focused on holding a constructive dialogues with international partners, particularly near neighbours, and supporting the EC in relation to the external priorities outlined in the Energy Union.