S.12. Clean Energy for All Europeans

D.2.3. Regional Initiatives

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EU negotiators reach agreement on sixth file of the Clean Energy Package

Friday, December 14, 2018

Under the new legislation, ACER will receive regulatory oversight powers on the future Regional Coordination Centres.

During the fourth trilogue held on 11 December, EU negotiators reached an agreement on the proposed recast of the Regulation establishing a European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). The newly agreed Regulation aims to strengthen ACER’s powers and add competences in areas where national decisions have a cross-border relevance for the wider internal Energy Market.

The establishment of Regional Coordination Centres is one of the most heatedly debated issues. ACER will have regulatory oversight on the future regional entities in which TSOs will decide on the issues that require a concerted regional action to avoid a negative effect on the wider market and consumers. The agreed text of the revised Regulation further strengthens ACER’s role by providing it with direct approval powers: majority voting within ACER replaces the current separate approvals by all national regulators.

This strengthening of ACER’s oversight of the regionalisation of system functioning and planning will logically have an impact on the regulatory regime in place, infrastructure developments and the European electricity market as a whole.

The adoption of the political agreement on the ACER Regulation is the sixth adopted file, leaving only two files from the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package outstanding, namely, the Directive and Regulation on the internal market for electricity, for which the sixth trilogue is scheduled for 18 December 2018 followed by the Energy Council meeting the next day.