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Improving cross-border trade: INOGATE supports the creation and operation of regional electricity markets

 

 

Brussels– Nine (9) Partner Countries took part in the Regional Seminar on Electricity Cross Border Trading – EU Perspectives organised by the INOGATE Technical Secretariat in Brussels on 31 January to 1 February 2013. The creation and operation of regional electricity markets in the INOGATE Partner Countries is vital for the efficient optimisation of regional resources and increase of efficiency and the environmental performance of the national energy sectors. While the majority of relevant stakeholders in the Partner Countries see it as a priority to identify and alleviate the obstacles for an enhanced cooperation on electricity cross-border trading based on market mechanisms, they do not have a common level of understanding on cross-border issues and trading based on market principles, which is a prerequisite for creating functional regional markets.

Participants to the Seminar included representatives of electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The event provided an excellent opportunity for technical exchange between the INOGATE Partner Countries with those organisations that actively contribute to shaping the EU Single Electricity Market such as European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) and the Association of European Power Exchanges (Europex).

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