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CEER Conference 2012

CEER seeks to build a 2020 customer vision of Europe’s energy markets.

Marek Woszczyk, the President of the Energy Regulatory Office took part in the annual conference of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) and moderated a panel discussion on changing consumer behavior in favour of energy efficiency.

This year's CEER conference, on 25th January 2012, organized in the impressive 300-year Palais des Academies in Brussels had two core themes - Energy Infrastructure and Energy Efficiency. The event brought together 24 top-level speakers and more than 250 delegates, among them representatives of the European Commission and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), two European Parliament Rapporteurs, ENTSO-E and ENTSO-G Presidents, NRAs representatives and stakeholders.

Lord Mogg, CEER President, opened the meeting and presented the CEER 2012 Work Programme. He underlined, that CEER will champion customers’ interests and seeks to place consumers at the heart of EU energy policy. During 2012 will work to build a 2020 customer vision of Europe’s energy markets in dialogue with stakeholders.

At the conference, CEER launched both its 2011 Annual Report and its 2012 Work Programme.

Considerable part of the meeting was devoted to the project of the Energy Infrastructure Package (EIP). Special guest - Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy headlined the event, setting out the ambitions of the Energy Infrastructure proposals. Antonio Fernando Correia de Campos - Rapporteur of the Energy Infrastructure Regulation and Alberto Pototschnig - ACER Director took part in the debate on aligning the Energy Infrastructure proposals and the 3rd Package. European Regulators called for efficient infrastructure investment and no money-wasting.

The panel discussion on the goal of an internal energy market by 2014 was lead by Philip Lowe - Director General for Energy of the European Commission. How can we build a bottom-up and top-down approach in the Ten Year Development Plans for the infrastructure needs of an internal energy market, how to attract investments - with new or traditional financing mechanisms and how to move from the theory of Gas Target Model to its application for cross-border pipelines, all these subjects were discussed by Daniel Dobbeni - ENTSO-E President, Stephen Kamphues - ENTSO-G President and Jean-Arnold Vinois - Acting Director of Internal Energy Market DG Energy and Walter Boltz - CEER Vice President and Vice Chair ACER Board of Regulators.

Marek Woszczyk, the President of ERO participating in the meeting as the CEER Vice President moderated the panel discussion on changing customers behaviour in favour of energy efficiency.

In this panel, Claude Turmes, Rapporteur of the Energy Efficiency Directive gave a key note address on brave and bold elements of the Energy Efficiency Directive that will achieve results. He sported his cycling helmet as he passionately defended his proposed measures to improve the draft energy efficiency Directive.

Leading into the discussion, the ERO President emphasized that in the relation customer vs. energy efficiency getting greater customer engagement in the energy market as well as building customer trust and confidence is crucial. Keeping customers informed about their consumption and cost is essential and at the same time will help them to adjust their consumption habits and safe money on energy bills. The President of ERO emphasized the substantial role of customers’ education on how to eliminate the energy wastage. Representatives of the energy sector (EURELECTRIC), gas sector (Eurogas), consumers’ organizations (BEUC), European DSOs (GOEDE), European NRAs (CEER) and industrial energy users (IFIEC) discussed whether the consumers are ready to become active energy market participants.

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The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) is a voluntary association affiliating 29 European regulatory authorities (EU-27 plus Iceland and Norway). During the conference the Swiss energy regulator (Elcom) was officially welcomed among the CEER Members, as on 1 February 2012, it joined CEER’s ranks as a non-voting Observer.

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09.02.2012

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