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EU & WBs / Albania Energy Publication Centre

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 8th Regional Area & EU 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.

ACERC main activities profiles briefly consists in the release reports, articles and periodicals. In cooperation also with collaborates 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 promoting 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

For a harmonisation of hydropower regimes in European Single Market, GLACHANT, Jean-Michel; RIOUS, Vincent; SAGUAN, Marcelo; DOUGUET, Sébastien

AEL Updates 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Wed, March 02, 2016 18:23:26

For a harmonisation of hydropower regimes in the European Single Market

Author(s): DOUGUET Sébastien, SAGUAN Marcelo

Editor(s): GLACHANT Jean-Michel, RIOUS Vincent

Find out more / Download it via EUI Repository: http://cadmus.eui.eu//handle/1814/38414

ABSTRACT

• Our study of hydropower regimes in European countries reveals the considerably variable terms of hydropower usage rights, in both their joint obligations and the degree of openness of the competition processes through which these rights are granted.

• The environmental and economic stakes and liabilities associated with the use of hydropower account for the in-depth public controls in granting these rights. Nevertheless, the strong differences among hydropower regimes in Europe cannot be explained by rational environmental or economic criteria while they bring competition distortion to the common European electricity market.

• Over the last decade, the European Commission has opened several infringement procedures to prompt the implementation of competitive processes. However, unfortunately, this has not been undertaken with a common ‘European’ approach, which would ensure similar efforts throughout Member States to open the competition process to access hydropower. The current discrepancies among Member States create obstacles for countries engaged in a competitive renewal process, as there is not a level playing field or a coherent European reference framework.

• Thus, the heterogeneous state of European hydropower regimes requires significant efforts from the European Commission, and the institutional stakeholders, to stimulate harmonisation. It would help if the Commission Directorates-General started debating the topic and coordinating their action. New, clear steps must be taken to prepare national and regional authorities to harmonise their rules of attribution and to mitigate competition distortions.



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ACERC research on Albanian Res Capacities and Market Perspectives within EU Policies of 2020 and 2030 by Dr Lorenc Gordani, December 21th, 2015

AEL Updates 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Mon, December 21, 2015 00:19:01

Albania in framework of Energy Community (EnC) is committed to binding renewable energy targets of the 2020. The decision is part of the adoption in 2012 of Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. In this regard, ACERC has prepared a research study on the progress in renewable energy and an evaluation of action to be taken by the country.

The research identifies, that several compliance gaps with respect to the Renewables Directive remain, in relation to administrative procedures in all sectors. The legislative framework is still not conducive to investments in renewable energy, which is reflected among others in the improper formulation of Power Purchase Agreements which are halting investments, complicated authorisation and licensing rules and unsatisfactory rules for connection to the networks. Biofuels sustainability criteria and establishment of certification schemes have not been adopted in the country.

The research study examine the consistency, effectiveness, relevance and viability of the national legislative measures with the provisions of the Directive 2009/28/EC. The analysis identified inconsistencies in the data reported with official energy statistics, mostly related to biomass consumption. A fully adaptation of directive and the revision of energy statistics based on energy consumption surveys is needed.

The study concludes that some progress has been achieved on the use of renewable sources for electricity generation. Nevertheless, the heating and cooling and transport sectors are severely lagging behind. Then the country is at least slightly below the trajectory for meeting the 2020 renewable energy targets in 2020. In certain sectors, a revision of policies currently in place is urgently needed.



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Albania publishes EITI reports 2013 and 2014, December 17, 2015

AEL Updates 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Fri, December 18, 2015 09:41:49

Albania stands among 49 countries complying with the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative.

As part of the ongoing implementation of this initiative the Albanian Government publishes this informative report on the extraction of oil, gas and other minerals, contribution of this industry to the State budget and allocation and spending of these income. The final aim of this initiative is to promote transparency in order to prevent corruption, and raise awareness among citizens to demand from their Government proper use of the fiscal and non-fiscal income generated from the exploration and exploitation of natural resources in Albania.

The EITI report for the years 2013 and 2014 provides an overview of the upstream oil and gas sector, mining sector and hydro-energy sector and reconciliation of main flows paid by licensees and collected from the government agencies in these sectors.

Based on data reported by AKBN and ERE production generated out of these sectors is estimated at USD 777 million in 2013 and USD 815 million in 2014. Whilst its contribution to the National Budget were 8.7% of revenue recorded in National budget in 2013 and 3.5% in 2014.

Contribution of the extractive industry to total employment in the country is almost insignificant. AKBN reports that companies licensed in oil, gas and mining sectors employee collectively less than 1% of total employee workforce registered in the country in 2013 and 2014.

Crude oil comprised about 67% of the total output in both years. Approximately 87% of total oil producedwas extracted from the Patos-Marineza oilfields. Chapter 2 provides an overview of regulatory and fiscal regime and exploration and production activities in the three sectors.

Selection of reporting entities

All companies operating an exploration license in oil, gas, and mining and a production license in oil and gas were required to report under the EITI Standard. Thus, cash flows reconciled for the oil and gas sector represent 100% of cash flowscontributed by the sector for the selected revenue streams.

Because of the large number of small-scale producers in the mining and hydro-energy sector, certain materiality criteria based on annual turnover and production were applied to select the most significant producers.

The selection resulted in 81 mining companies in 2013, which based on the data provided by AKBN, comprised 85% of the production value and 99 mining companies in 2014, which comprised 87% of the production value.

In the hydro-energy sector, the MSG selected to report the 10 largest producers and 5 largest investments in the pre-production phase.

By the date of this Report cash flows were reconciled to 99% of cash flows reported from licensees and the Government or licensees.

Section 5 and 6 present the reconciliation on an aggregated level. Company-by-company reconciliation is presented in the appendices to the report. Table 3 and 4 below present a summary of the cash flow reconciliation.



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ACERC in preparation to release a study on Albanian Res Capacity and Energy Market Perspectives, November 19th, 2015

AEL Updates 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Thu, November 19, 2015 22:08:05


Albanian Centre for Energy Regulation and Conservation - ACERC is preparing to a close release of a study on Albanian Res Capacity and Energy Market Perspectives on view of EU Policies of 2020 and 2030. A study presented on 19th November 2015 by Dr Lorenc Gordani at Conference Organized by Austrian Kosovo Society and the University for Business and Technology UBT in coordination with the Ministry for Economic Development in Kosovo.

The study that will focus on a general overview of the regulatory framework and the contemplation of the national targets regard the use of renewable resources in energy production (RES-E), heating and cooling (RES-R&R) and transportation (RES-T) in Albania. Presentation that will following with of the scenarios of the new installed capacity of electricity from water sources, solar, wind, and biomass for 2020, 2025 and 2030.

The study offer a quantitative estimates, using a Levelised Cost of Electricity - LCOE per unit of energy produced, offering a public and economic burdens for each consumer. Presentation concluded with a summary of the measures foreseen, to be introduced in view also as a part of the process of EU integration, in the pursue of the specific objectives regard the progress of the Action Plan for RES, in the comply with the Directive 2009/28/EU, in an effort to achieve the objectives of the national consumption by 38%.



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ACERC release a study on Albania RES and the EU Policy of 2020 and 2030, November 13, 2015 (Note in Italian)

AEL Updates 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Fri, November 13, 2015 18:09:25

ACERC ha lanciato uno studio sulle Capacità e Prospettive del Mercato Energetico Albanese Riguardo delle Politiche dell’UE del 2020 e il 2030, ACERC Note 13 Novembre 2015


Dr Lorenc Gordani at Conference "Energy from Biomass in Albania: the frontier of a new business? Training, Innovation, Technology", November 13, 2015 at Catholic University "Our Lady of Good Counsel" Tirana, Albania

La qui presentazione si concentrerà sull’inquadramento generale del quadro normativo e attuativo, alla contemplazione dei proiezioni di obiettivi nazionali preposti, riguardo l’utilizzo delle risorse rinnovabili nella produzione dell’energia (FER-E), riscaldamento (FER-R&R) e il trasporto (FER-T) in Albania. In seguito della quella si proseguirà con il mettere al focus la presentazione dei scenari su delle nuove capacità istallate dell’energia elettrica da fonti idriche, solari, eoliche, e biomasse per il 2020, 2025 e il 2030.

Il tutto prosegue con delle stime quantitative, mettendo a una comparazione livelizzata i costi di produzione per unita dell’energia (Levelised Cost of Electricity - LCOE), riguardo il budget pubblico richiesto e gli aggravi economici che il tutto comporterebbe per ciascun consumatore. Presentazione che si concluderà con una sintesi delle misure pubbliche prossime da introdursi nel proseguire gli obiettivi specifici riguardo l’avanzare del Piano d'Azione per i FER, per poter adeguarsi alla direttiva 2009/28/UE, nello sforzo al raggiungimento dei obbiettivi nazionali del consumo del 38% preposto prima di tutto anche dal processo stesso d’integrazione all’UE.



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Global energy transition is underway - IEA, Tuesday, 10 November, 2015

AEL Updates 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Tue, November 10, 2015 20:14:11

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched its 2015 World Energy Outlook. Covering major issues including the drop in world oil prices, the end of the rise in China's coal consumption and the 'critical' global climate summit in Paris this December, the Outlook makes for judicious reading for all in the energy sector.

The report says that there are "clear signs" an energy transition is underway, in particular since renewables powered almost half of the world's new power generation capacity in 2014. Moreover, pledges that have already been submitted in advance of the climate summit are "rich in commitments on renewables and energy efficiency."

Reacting to the report, Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for climate action and energy, said: "The good news is that the report shows the world is shifting towards clean energy. But while the direction of travel is changing, the destination is still not the 2 degrees. I am convinced that an ambitious global climate agreement in Paris will help accelerate the necessary global energy transition. The EU is ready to continue to do its part."

The WEO 2015 also includes energy projections up to 2040 and examines renewables, fossil fuels, energy efficiency and CO2 emissions. It finds that world energy demand is likely to rise by nearly one-third between 2013 and 2040 due to increases in energy consumption in developing countries.

IEA press release: Low prices should give no cause for complacency on energy security, IEA says

IEA world energy outlook

IEA



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World Energy Outlook 2015 - To be released on 10 November

AEL Updates 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Wed, November 04, 2015 10:30:12

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Gouverner les différences dans l'Union de l'énergie Le 22 octobre 2015

AEL Updates 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Thu, October 22, 2015 20:08:38
Policy paper par Jacques de Jong, Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Jean-Arnold Vinois

Ce Policy-paper de Jacques de Jong, Thomas Pellerin-Carlin et Jean-Arnold Vinois, analyse les divers niveaux auxquels les décisions publiques sont prises dans le domaine de l’énergie, avec un accent mis sur les coopérations régionales entre plusieurs Etats.
Lors des dix dernières années, le niveau européen est devenu prédominant avec ses objectifs pour 2020 et 2030.
La mise en oeuvre de cette politique, principalement laissée aux Etats membres, a été d’inégale qualité, menant à des incohérences.
Alors que l'UE lance son "Union de l'énergie", l'articulation entre les niveaux européen, régionaux et nationaux constitue un défi majeur.

Après avoir analysé ce contexte, ce Policy-paper formule plusieurs recommandations :
  1. Une revue des politiques énergétiques nationales par les paires, organisée tous les deux ans par la Commission européenne ;
  2. Dépasser la mentalité de silos qui affecte le secteur énergétique, en réduisant le large nombre de forums existant à trois forums horizontaux traitant de (1) transport & mobilité, (2) chauffage & refroidissement, et (3) électricité ;
  3. Créer une Service européen d’information sur l’énergie pour combiner toutes les sources d’informations concernant le secteur énergétique ;
  4. Utiliser la coopération régionale pour promouvoir des solutions innovantes pour optimiser la production d'électricité à base de sources d'énergies renouvelables.


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