Thematic Areas

Energy policy, Energy tariffs, Energy markets, Energy security

Preparing for Directives to be transposed into Moldova’s national legislation

2015-07-14 - Chisinau, Moldova

The INOGATE Technical Secretariat (ITS) is supporting the Ministry of Economy of Moldova in the transposition of EU Directives 2009/72/EC and 2009/73/EC into the country’s national legislation in a step to ensure compliance of the Republic of Moldova to ECT requirements.  A two-day workshop held in Chisinau in early July discussed the key issues to be addressed when transposing the EU’s Third Energy Package for an internal gas and electricity market in the EU to the Moldovan legal framework and power market model in both electricity and gas markets. Core elements of the package include ownership unbundling, establishment of a national regulatory authority and integration in the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).

During several missions, the ITS has managed public consultations, whereas the ministry has drafted and revised legislation in response. Responses from stakeholders in the electricity sector have included eight Moldovan suppliers and agencies representing consumers. Consultations in the natural gas sector have not yet been launched. 

Amendments to Moldova’s Energy Law are scheduled to be completed by 15 October 2015, with the draft electricity law already submitted and the draft natural gas law scheduled for 15 August.   

On the photo: Participants of the Meeting on Assistance to the Ministry of Economy for the transposition of Directives 2009/72/EC & 2009/73/EC into the national legislation



Thematic Areas

Energy policy, Energy markets

Easier trade across the border

2015-07-09 - Tbilisi, Georgia

From 30 June to 1 July 2015 Tbilisi hosted a meeting on Regional Electricity Cooperation in the South Caucasus, organised by the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Ministry of Energy of Georgia.

State officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Russia and Turkey met together with representatives from international organisations  to discuss trade of regional cross-border electricity and the steps required to attract investment in developing this area.

The meeting was opened by Ms. Mariam Valishvili, Deputy Minister of Georgia, and Deputy Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr. Selim Kuneralp; both stressed the need for regional cooperation in the energy sector.

The INOGATE expert, Ms. Rusudan Nonikashvili spoke of EU energy sector regional cooperation through the INOGATE Programme. She outlined the current status of technical assistance provided to the INOGATE Partner Countries within the framework of improving energy cross-border trade and cooperation for three regional markets – Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.

The development of regional energy markets allows electricity and gas to be traded easily across borders, moving from where it is produced to where it is needed and also to reduce price volatility.

On the photo from left to right: Rusudan Nonikashvili, INOGATE Expert, David Managadze, Principal Banker Power and Energy Team, EBRD and Sukru Bogut, Senior Energy Infrastructure Advisor, USAID



Thematic Areas

Energy policy, Energy tariffs, Energy markets, Energy standards, Energy security, Renewable energy, Energy efficiency, Energy investments, Energy statistics

Energy Community and INOGATE strengthen ties and cooperation

2015-07-08 - Vienna, Austria

A coordination meeting between the Energy Community Secretariat and INOGATE Technical Secretariat held in Vienna on 8 July proved to be very fruitful in exchanging experience in ENP East countries and especially, in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.  As a result, the cooperation between the two Secretariats was strengthened and new joint actions were agreed.  The aim is to strengthen the interest to transpose the EU's 3rd Internal Energy Market Package in participating countries while generating interest in even partial transposition for non-member countries.



Thematic Areas

Energy statistics

Energy planning: a seminar on creating effective energy policies

2015-07-06 - Chisinau, Moldova

A regional seminar on energy planning, “From energy statistics to energy policy” took place in Moldova from 30 June to 1 July 2015 organised by the EU-funded INOGATE Programme. Representatives from nine INOGATE Partner Countries, including representatives of ministries of energy, national statistical institutes, national energy agencies and all those responsible for energy system planning, participated in the two-day event.

The seminar emphasised governance of the energy planning process and current best-practice institutional frameworks and methodologies for the development of credible forecasts and long-term scenarios. It underlined the importance of quality energy statistics and data in the development and monitoring of fact-based energy policies and measures. Quality national energy statistics are the basic stepping stones for future energy cooperation with the EU in the field of energy statistics and energy policies.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Energy Community Secretariat (ECS) actively participated in the event, which included presentation of outcomes of the IEA-led Energy Policy Review and results of the INOGATE online survey on the use of energy statistics for energy planning. Each INOGATE Partner Countries had the opportunity to present how its medium and long-term energy policies and strategies are developed, addressing both sectoral and integrated energy strategies, their legal framework, the involvement of stakeholders, their use of energy statistics and models for planning and the main hurdles they face.

Roundtable discussions with IEA, ECS and INOGATE representatives featured shared good practice, discussing the pros and cons of various energy planning models and the methodology and tools required. Energy and economic policy making were the topic of one session, while data requirements for planning tools and practical recommendations for developing a roadmap were covered in others. Working groups were a major element of this seminar, where delegates shared good practices and draft recommendations to improve the medium and long-term energy planning processes in their countries.

The seminar provided both an overview of the challenges and achievements of other Partner Countries and a practical series of workshops to develop tools and methodologies in energy planning.

All presentations from the seminar and photo coverage of the event can be found here.          

On the photo: Nicolas Brizard, INOGATE key expert on Energy Statistics speaks on pros and cons of various energy planning models



Thematic Areas

Renewable energy, Energy efficiency

Helping to build the energy community at Sustainable Energy Week in Georgia

2015-06-26 - Tbilisi, Georgia

Sustainable Energy Week (SEW) was celebrated in Georgia by a “Sustainable Energy Days 2015” conference in Tbilisi. The one-day event brought together representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Tbilisi City Hall, NGOs, educational institutions, the private sector and local governments from the regions.

Raising awareness of how to use energy more efficiently and how to increase reliance on renewable energy were key topics to be conveyed to the Georgian public. A major goal of the entire SEW was to help change behaviour of the population for greater energy sustainability of the country. Tbilisi City Hall, which has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with INOGATE to build its first SE information centre, expressed its ongoing commitment to the Covenant of Mayors, Europe’s mainstream movement to increase energy efficiency and use renewable energy sources.

Delegates received first-hand explanations of how SE information centres can touch the public imagination with the recently-opened SE info centre in Dublin as an example. Ideas for interactive exhibitions were discussed, among them games for children such as easily assembled solar stations, wind turbines and hand generators, as well as interactive and educational computer games on energy saving. Energy efficiency in buildings and in the transport industry were also discussed, as were initiatives such as cycling paths and eco-driving, reducing thermal energy requirements and how EU countries manage their growing energy requirements.

Tbilisi was the site of these exchanges on sustainable energy, both by those managing energy resources, and those who will benefit from increased sustainability of energy use.

On the photo: Participants at the SEW Conference in Tbilisi City Hall, 22 June 2015