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EU & WBs / Albania Energy Market Updates

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

Turkish Stream good for 'Europe's energy security', 09 June 2015

AEM Updates June 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Sun, June 28, 2015 13:21:22

The Turkish Stream gas pipeline will help increase Europe's energy security, Boris Abramov, Russia's trade representative to the U.K. said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the 2nd Russian Energy Forum, sponsored by Turkey's Anadolu Agency, Abramov stated that Russia signed a deal in December 2014 with Turkey's state-owned natural gas company, BOTAS on constructing a pipeline with a capacity of 63 billion cubic meters.

Projects like the Turkish Stream pipeline are set to enhance Turkey's position in the international energy market, since the country is considered to be a secure route for infrastructure and economically stable.

The 1,100-kilometer pipeline will transfer 47 billion cubic meters of gas initially to the Turkey-Greece border, Abramov said.

"Our partners in Greece support the project," said Abramov, reminding that Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras marked the need for diversification of natural gas supply to Europe. Enhancing Turkish Stream to Greece is vital for the project's future, according to Abramov.

The Turkish Stream project plans to carry Russian natural gas through the Black Sea to reach Turkey's Thrace region in its northwest and take the gas to the Turkish-Greek border.

However, it is not certain which southeastern European countries will join the Turkish Stream.

Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia are possible countries through which to reach central Europe.

Abramov also highlighted that Europe will keep being Russia's major partner. "I hope the political crisis in Ukraine will not prevent Russia's gas supply to the country," he added.

The forum, hosted by the London-based conference and event organizer Eurasian Dynamics, will be attended by high-level executives from energy companies, as well as representatives from the private sector and of governments.

The Russian energy sector's future under the current Western sanctions, its financial environment, risks and opportunities in the medium- and long-term are some of the topics to be discussed.



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ENTSO-E unveils ambitious European agenda, 24 June 2015

AEM Updates June 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Sat, June 27, 2015 11:58:31


“ENTSO-E’s role for European system and market integration is set to increase - as is the role of ACER. This must go along with constantly improving performance and transparency. And it requires vision. We share ours today, and will deepen it with four policy papers ‘from promise to practice’ in the next months. Transmission is where all actors in the electricity market meet: consumers, suppliers, aggregators, distributors, generators, traders. This is a unique position – with high responsibilities”, says Peder Andreasen, Energinet.dk, new ENTSO-E President, as he is to preside over the launch of ENTSO-E’s vision package this evening. “ENTSO-E and its members are highly committed to help make the Energy Union real. European citizens have a lot to benefit from strong EU integration in the field of electricity”.

Peder Andreasen and Bente Hagem, Statnett, new ENTSO-E Chair, will hand over their vision package for the Energy Union to Juraj Nociar, Chief of Cabinet of the European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, and to Dzintars Kauliņš and Frédéric Thoma, representing respectively the outgoing Latvian Presidency and the incoming Luxembourg Presidency.

“Around 30% of electricity in Europe is produced from renewables. In 15 years, this will go up to about 50%”, adds Bente Hagem. “A paradigm shift is well underway in electricity!”

Renewables integration and EU market integration are at the heart of ENTSO-E’s vision package built around four blocks: energy regions, smarter regulation, market design and security of supply. “Getting 41 TSOs from 34 different countries to agree on and implement common solutions is not always easy. Regions can be stepping stones for innovation and implementation”, Peder Andreasen explains. “But the internal energy market remains the objective. All regions have to be on board. EU neighbours should not be forgotten“.

Bente Hagem insists on the constant evolution of ENTSO-E. “We will always strive to improve our work products". Stakeholder feedback is for us not only a legal obligation. It is our barometer. Together with ACER, the Commission, the Council and the Parliament, it show us if we are heading in the right direction.” The new chair of ENTSO-E Board highlighted progress made so far. “We have common rules and network codes for one of the largest electricity markets in the world serving over 500 million consumers.” Bente Hagem also mentions price coupling, common network planning and regional security centres. “In all this we worked closely with partners. None of us can claim to achieve the Energy Union on its own. It is teamwork we need”.

For Peder Andreasen “putting the citizen at the heart of the power system is not only genuinely legitimate. It also has huge potential”. Konstantin Staschus, ENTSO-E Secretary-General, goes on saying that “with the right price signals, proper data handling and interface between distribution and transmission, and demand side response in all markets, the electricity paradigm shift will speed up. Cost increases can be limited and all will benefit.”

Peder Andreasen and Bente Hagem thank their predecessors Nick Winser, National Grid, and Pierre Bornard, RTE. “We are very grateful to them having brought ENTSO-E so far! We will act European to fight climate change, support sustainability and affordability, keep our electricity supply secure and increase transparency”, concludes Bente Hagem.

>> Download ENTSO-E's Vision for the Energy Union



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Sol-Bright PV Panels Intelligent Cleaning Robot, ACECR post 24 June 2015

AEM Updates June 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Wed, June 24, 2015 19:09:18

In recent years, with the rapid development of the photovoltaic industry, large-scale solar power plants are being built at a rapid speed around the world. However, with large scales of solar panels, soiling has caused a significant decrease in efficiency in power generation and has become a prominent issue to operators and owners of large-scale solar power plants. Sol-Bright Technology grasped the significance of this problem and regarded it as an opportunity for innovation and growth.

After many researches, trial and errors, Sol-Bright Technology successfully developed their first generation of intelligent cleaning robot in 2013. The advanced technology behind the innovation has obtained patents both domestically and internationally. It is also highly acknowledged by many industry experts and has been recognized at SNEC expo in 2015.

Increase in efficiency

Removes 99% of soiling pollution on photovoltaic panels.

10-20 meters per minutes, which is 1800-3600 square meters per hour on a 3 meters’ wide component.

Tested in large solar power stations, our robots improves 7~15% of their electricity generation rate.

Cost Effective

Add tracks only in between components for robots transfer freely, fewer robots for more panels.

Full automatically operation to achieve zero manual cost.

No added supplemental costs such as water, electricity etc.

Customers can gain back their investment within 6-18 months. Income continuously improves year after year.

Integrated Technology

All robots can be control and monitored by a master application on a computer or mobile device.

Self-alarm system and can show on the CCS computer when robots are not functioning well, need no routine manual check.

Can scheduled robot to run automatically during the night to avoid shadowing.

Environmentally Adaptive

Cleaning without using any water, self-powered using no wires, more economic and easier.

Functions properly between temperature from -40℃ to 70℃.

Designed to use over 10 years and we provide 18 months’ warranty

Optional: Snow shovel and laser scan system to detect defected panels can be equipped

If you want to get more information about the robot. Please feel free to contact jack.

E-mail: jack.li@wyltonhk.com



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Serbia, Kosovo Under Pressure to Reach Deals, 23 JUN 15

AEM Updates June 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Tue, June 23, 2015 13:43:22


The office of the EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on June 19 said the new round of Kosovo-Serbia talks on Tuesday would focus on implementing agreements on energy, telecommunications and the establishment of the Association of Serbian Municipalities in Kosovo.

The two leaders will also discuss the barricade on the bridge in the divided northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica.

A source close to Serbia’s negotiating team told BIRN on June 22 that some agreements could be reached.

“It may be possible to reach some kind of an agreement regarding the bridge in Mitrovica although I doubt it could be opened for car traffic at this point,” the source said.

Agreements on the energy system in Kosovo and the Association of Serbian Municipalities would also be difficult.

“That Association is the priority for us, since it is crucial for the survival of the Kosovo Serbs. We cannot let it become an Association with no real authorities, as Kosovo would like it to be,” the Serbian source told BIRN.

On the other side, Kosovo MP Besnik Tahiri maintained that no agreement should be signed if it allows the Association executive powers "because this would limit the sovereignty of Kosovo and compromise the constitution,” Tahiri wrote on Twitter on June 22.

The dispute over the bridge in Mitrovica has run on for years. Kosovo wants it reopened to traffic as soon as possible while the Serbian side is more cautious.

Kosovo media reports say a possible deal could include moving the barricade, which Serbs call a "park".

“EU representatives in Kosovo have met with the representatives of the North and South Mitrovica and proposed moving the park off the bridge, northwards,” the Kosovo daily Koha Ditore reported.

Such an agreement would mean that the park would be moved off the bridge itself, but would still block the passage of vehicles.

Valon Murtezaj, an advisor to Prime Minister Isa Mustafa of Kosovo, said the outcome of the Mitrovica Bridge issue depends largely on the EU.

Both sides meanwhile are aware that the outcome of the talks will affect their EU membership aspirations.

The European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia, David McAllister, said in Belgrade on June 8, that the next round of dialogue in Brussels on June 23 would be crucial for both sides in terms of the EU integration process.

"Both Belgrade and Pristina should take additional steps toward the normalization of ties for to demonstrate commitment and credibility," McAllister said.

Serbia's Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, on June 19 that he was aware that the talks in Brussels would be difficult but added that the success of Serbia's European agenda depends on the continued dialogue with Kosovo.

Vucic said in Belgrade that the opening of the first chapters in Serbia's membership talks with the EU depends on the outcome of Tuesday's meeting, as does the whole investment and economic climate in the country, since political stability was the key condition for economic prosperity.



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Albania's FDI up 53 percent to USD289m in Q1 Join our daily free Newsletter MENAFN - 18/06/2015

AEM Updates June 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Mon, June 22, 2015 16:47:30

Data showed that Albania has witnessed a strong inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first quarter, which amounted to USD289 million, Xinhua reported.

The figure represented a 53 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago. Around 60 percent of the bulk of investment was in the hydrocarbons sector, banking and telecommunication.

The biggest foreign investor in the oil field was "Bankers Petroleum", which invested USD56 million in drilling 21 wells in the January-March period, Albanian telegraphic agency said.

Albanian central bank released data shows that FDI in the hydrocarbons sector has surged to USD44.8 million, while in banking sector, FDI increased to USD18 million.

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Albania's FDI up 53 percent to USD289m in Q1 Join our daily free Newsletter MENAFN - 18/06/2015

AEM Updates June 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Mon, June 22, 2015 16:47:28

Data showed that Albania has witnessed a strong inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first quarter, which amounted to USD289 million, Xinhua reported.

The figure represented a 53 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago. Around 60 percent of the bulk of investment was in the hydrocarbons sector, banking and telecommunication.

The biggest foreign investor in the oil field was "Bankers Petroleum", which invested USD56 million in drilling 21 wells in the January-March period, Albanian telegraphic agency said.

Albanian central bank released data shows that FDI in the hydrocarbons sector has surged to USD44.8 million, while in banking sector, FDI increased to USD18 million.

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Map of the different countries that have visited the Official Page of the ACERC from the April 29, 2015

AEM Updates June 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Fri, June 19, 2015 12:51:27

Map of the different countries that have visited the Official Page of the ACERC from the April 29, 2015. For more: http://s03.flagcounter.com/gmap/Tknt/




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Graph of the week: Assessing economic reform programmes in the Western Balkans and Turkey Acerc 19 02 2015

AEM Updates June 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Fri, June 19, 2015 12:39:33
Graph of the week: Assessing economic reform programmes in the Western Balkans and Turkey
Acerc 19 02 2015



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