EU co-legislators endorsed the proposal to enhance the role of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)

12 Dec

The Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete welcomed yesterday the provisional political agreement on a proposal to enhance the role of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) in the energy market and in the area of security of supply.

“Today’s deal is another important achievement in our transition to a clean and secure energy system. This Regulation will adapt the Agency’s competences to the new challenges the electricity sector is facing, for example in the context of increased regional cooperation. We are now approaching the finishing line to complete the Clean Energy for All Europeans proposals before the end of this year. With the completion of the Package, we will be on the right path towards the Energy Union”, said the Commissioner.

Yesterday’s deal means that six out of the eight legislative proposals of the 2016 Clean Energy for All Europeans package have been politically endorsed by the co-legislators.

Following this provisional political agreement, the text of the Regulation will have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council. Once endorsed by both co-legislators in the coming months, the Regulation will be published in the Official Journal of the Union and will immediately enter into force.

ACER’s main role currently is confined to coordination, advising and monitoring. Regulatory oversight remains fragmented, leading to a risk of diverging decisions and unnecessary delays. ACER is the body established to provide regulatory oversight for situations which cover more than one Member State. The role of ACER as coordinator of the action of national energy regulators has been preserved and additional competences have been assigned to ACER in those areas where fragmented national decisions of cross-border relevance would lead to problems for the internal Energy Market. For example, ACER will have oversight on the future regional entities (“Regional Coordination Centers”) where TSOs (Transmission System Operators) will be able to decide on those issues where fragmented and uncoordinated national actions could negatively affect the market and consumers. The proposed approach will also streamline regulatory procedures (by introducing direct approval by ACER instead of separate approvals by all national regulators). National regulators, deciding within ACER on those issues through majority voting, will remain fully involved in the process.