Mr Pototschnig, current ACER Director, to stay on as Director ad interim, until his successor is appointed
ACER Administrative Board, in its meeting of 23 July 2018, took note of the fact that the procedure for the selection of the next Director of the Agency, launched with the publication of the vacancy notice on 30 August 2017, did not result in any appointment and, therefore, determined to invite the current Director, Mr Alberto Pototschnig, to remain in office as Director ad interim beyond the end of his current mandate on 15 September 2018.
Austria takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union
On 1 July 2018, Austria took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, running under the motto "A Europe that protects". The Presidency has announced its priorities earlier in June, with the programme available for download here. On energy-related issues, Austria will focus its efforts on the completion of all legislative proposals from the Clean Energy Package on which work is still pending.
EU negotiators strike a deal on the Energy Efficiency and the Governance of the Energy Union
In a long session that started on 19 June and lasted until the early hours of 20 June, the negotiators from the European Commission, Parliament and Council reached a deal on the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union. The EC press releases can be found here and here respectively.
The EU co-legislators reach a political agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive
A political agreement on increasing renewable energy use in Europe was reached on 14 June between negotiators from the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council.
The new regulatory framework includes a binding renewable energy target for the EU for 2030 of 32% with an upwards revision clause by 2023.
Read the EC press release here.
GEODE Statement regarding EC Proposal for Regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) (recast)
GEODE believes the European Commission's Proposal is in contradiction to the stated aim. Read our full statement here.
Three DSO associations publish their side-letter on the EU DSO Entity
The three signatories - EDSO for smart grids, eurelectric and GEODE - have published the joint side-letter on the EU DSO entity. The side-letter outlines how the EU DSO entity should be regulated, which principles should be defined in the EU Regulation and which should be addressed in the upcoming Statutes. You can read more at this link.
DSO concerns on Key Organisational Requirements, Roles and Responsibilities (KORRR) on data exchange
The EU associations representing DSOs - CEDEC, EDSO for smart grids, eurelectric and GEODE - are convinced that the KORRR methodology proposal still contains several parts that conflict with EU legislation and risk the benefit of the system as a whole. Read more about the DSOs' concerns here.
Press release: GEODE welcomes new Chairman
Hans Kreisel, President of the municipally-owned Skellefteå Kraft, Sweden's fifth largest electricity producer and the owner of a 12,000-km electricity grid spanning across nine municipalities, has been appointed as new chair of GEODE. Read more in our press release.
The new GEODE brochure is available here.
Reports on the Flexibility in the Energy Transition: a Toolbox for Electricity and Gas DSOs
On 27 February 2018, the European associations representing electricity and gas distribution system operators (DSOs), namely CEDEC, EDSO, eurelectric, Eurogas and GEODE, presented two reports entitled “Flexibility in the Energy Transition: a Toolbox for Electricity DSOs” and “Flexibility in the Energy Transition: a Toolbox for Gas DSOs”.
Joint statement on the EU DSO entity
On 19 Februrary 2018, the European associations - EDSO, Eurelectric and GEODE - issued a joint statement expressing their support for a fair and proportional decision-making process of the EU DSO Entity. The full text of the joint statement is available here.
GEODE Working Groups
Brussels, 9 October 2018
Brussels, 3 December 2018
INNOVATION & DEVELOPMENT
London, 16 January 2019
Brussels, 30 January 2019