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29.01.2018

Who are ‘protected customers’ for the EU Regulation(s) for security of gas supply? The Eni SpA and Others case (C-226/16) and the margin of discretion of Member States

By Lucila de Almeida and Lavinia Tănase The Russia-Ukraine crisis in January 2009 brought an unprecedented disruption for the gas supply in Europe. It also […] read more

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22.01.2018

Ensuring competitiveness and integrity of wholesale energy markets: the regulators’ view | Podcast with Clara Poletti

Competitiveness of wholesale energy markets is a fundamental goal of the EU since more than 20 years. Recently, specific pieces of legislation like REMIT have […] read more

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9.01.2018

Will the Bridge Span the Gap? The Political Debate on Governance

Written by Marie Vandendriessche   This Topic of the Month will zoom in on the EU’s Energy Union, and particularly a novel part of it: […] read more

Energy Policy

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15.12.2017

Mind the gap: the proposed governance of the Energy Union

Written by Marie Vandendriessche This Topic of the Month will zoom in on the EU’s Energy Union, and particularly a novel part of it: the […] read more

Energy Policy

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11.12.2017

The Road to the Energy Union

Written by Marie Vandendriessche This Topic of the Month will zoom in on the EU’s Energy Union, and particularly a novel part of it: the […] read more

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11.10.2017

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As the energy sector continues to evolve, practitioners and academics are working to solve some of the most difficult challenges of our time. The sector […] read more

Ensuring competitiveness and integrity of wholesale energy markets: the regulators’ view | Podcast with Clara Poletti

- Energy Policy

Competitiveness of wholesale energy markets is a fundamental goal of the EU since more than 20 years. Recently, specific pieces of legislation like REMIT have been introduced to foster market transparency and integrity. According to Clara Poletti – Head of the Energy Division at the Italian energy regulator ARERA (formerly known as AEEGSI) – national energy regulators are used to cooperate with national competition authorities and the European Commission to promote competition both ex-ante and ex-post. They are now obliged to adapt their procedures and praxis to the new rules. Beside traditional issues like abuse of market power and market foreclosure, they need to consider further cases of market abuse, not necessarily implemented by dominant players. Harmonised implementation across Europe is vital.

A relevant example is represented by excessive pricing. Unfortunately, due to the current deployment of more capital intensive electricity generation technologies, it is more and more difficult to assess whether a price is excessive or not. In other words: are the high prices recorded from time to time on wholesale markets the result of scarcity or the consequence of market power and other unfair conducts by market players? Academics are invited to contribute to the discussion.

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