Europe and Eurasia: Southeast Europe Regulatory Bridge

Southeast Europe Regulatory Bridge: Implementing Retail Competition

National energy regulators from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Armenia, Georgia, and Ukraine participated in the SEE Bridge project.

The Energy Sector

In Southeast Europe, a critical task in the electricity sector is the development and elaboration of secondary legislation related to the competitive retail market operations, especially duties of Distribution System Operators (DSOs) as the primary providers and neutral market facilitators. Regulators across the region are in the process of approving distribution grid codes prepared by DSOs in accordance with the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) requirements, refining market rules, consumer switching rules, preparing electronic data exchange protocols, and other critical regulatory instruments.


Our Work

With the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), NARUC’s Southeast Europe Regulatory Bridge (SEE Bridge) Project provided technical assistance and support to the national energy regulators from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Armenia, Georgia, and Ukraine. The project aimed to strengthen capability to supervise electricity network unbundling and to establish stable and transparent regimes for the regulation of the distribution/supply services.

The initiative allowed the regulators to learn from first-hand experience on how to implement such codes with respect to the DSO duties on the market, in particular, the obligations related to measuring, aggregating and timely information provision to market participants. NARUC, along with USAID and USAID’s projects advisors, provided regulators from Southeast Europe and the Black Sea region with resources and tools to lay the foundation and oversee the development of European Union-style competitive retail electricity markets in their respective countries.

Selected Results

Retail Competition
The project helped support the production of the Regional Electric Retail Competition Regulatory Implementation Guidelines, which informed the retail market implementation strategies of participating SEE Bridge regulators.

Data Management
Following a workshop on challenges and lessons learned from the EU, a NARUC consultant drafted a report on EU Data Sharing and Management. The report provided a comprehensive description of legally binding EU legislation and non-binding recommendations from the European Regulators' Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG)/Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER). The report also offered an overview of the diversity of policies and implementation strategies across the EU Member States.

At A Glance

Project Dates: 2015-2016 (Closed)

Primary Partners: National Energy Regulators from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Armenia, Georgia, and Ukraine

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