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Representatives of Palestinian Electricity Transmission Company and of Palestinian Energy & Natural Resources Authority met the Secretary General of Med-TSO in Ramallah

Mr. Zafer Melhem (left) and Mr. Ferrante (right) during the meeting

Representatives of Palestinian Electricity Transmission Company and of Palestinian Energy & Natural Resources Authority met the Secretary General of Med-TSO in Ramallah
17/05/2019

The Secretary General of Med-TSO, Angelo Ferrante, met representatives of Palestinian Electricity Transmission Company (PETL) and of Palestinian Energy & Natural Resources Authority (PENRA), at the end of his participation at Medreg’s training in Jerusalem last Thursday 16 May (read the news).

Mr. Ferrante was received at PETL headquarter in Ramallah by the President of the Energy Authority, Mr. Zafer Melhem, by the General Manager of PETL, Mr. Nashat Abubakar and Mr. Bilal Hamad, Operation Manager of the Palestinian TSO.

Among the topics discussed during the meeting, the situation of the electrical power sector in Palestine, with its possible developments and the obstacles it might face. In particular, the discussion focused on the importance to develop a transmission grid in Western Bank territories and the need to enhance the cooperation between the two sides.

The visit of the Secretary General of Med-TSO in Palestine was also the occasion to foster the engagement and the cooperation of the Palestinian Transmission System Operator in the activities of Med-TSO, especially regarding the participation of Palestinian technical experts to the work carried out by the Technical Committees and Working Group of the association in the frame of the ongoing Mediterranean Project 2.

Palestinian Electricity Transmission Company is the first national government company of Palestine overseeing the construction and the operation of the system and of the national transport of electric power, representing the only authority to purchase and transfer electricity to Palestinian market.
The Company was founded on 1 October 2013, after the Palestinian Cabinet approved the registration of the National Transport Electricity Company as a general government decision.



Med-TSO Secretary General at Medreg training for the Israeli Electricity Regulator

Med-TSO Secretary General at Medreg training for the Israeli Electricity Regulator
16/05/2019

Medreg, the association of Mediterranean Energy Regulator, organized a training for the staff of Israeli Electricity Regulator (Public Utility Authority) in Jerusalem, on 14-15 May 2019, titled “The Economics of Regulation Moving from Monopolies to Competitive Wholesale Electricity Markets”.

The objective of the training was to enhance the knowledge of Israeli PUA’s staff on the framework for electricity market design in Europe that can provide guidance on how to address the market reform currently taking place in Israel. The major issue addressed was what market rules, market structures, and legal and regulatory institutions would be necessary to establish a competitive wholesale market that would provide the maximum possible benefits to consumers consistent with the long-term financial viability of the industry.

Med-TSO was invited to contribute to the training by providing the point of view of TSOs, in light of the intense cooperation program put in place by the two Associations.

The training was divided in two sessions, one per day: on 14 May, the session topic was “Market Design - Wholesale and Retail Markets”, during which it was discussed about the fundamental concepts of economics of wholesale power markets necessary to successful design, monitor electricity markets, and achieve different policy objectives. On 15 May, the topic was “Introducing Competition in National Electricity Markets: Examples” where they were provided concrete examples of regulators that managed the passage from a monopolistic to a competitive electricity market, focusing on the wholesale segment.

The Secretary General of Med-TSO, Angelo Ferrante, was invited to intervene in both sessions.

During the session “How to evaluate price formation to balance demand and supply” of the first day, Mr. Ferrante described the position of a modern TSO in a liberalized context and its role as a market facilitator. He also focused on the role of TSOs in ensuring stability and efficiency of the system, highlighting the main changes in the passage from a vertically integrated to a liberalized system. He concluded highlighting future developments in market design for supporting the energy transition.

On the second day, the Secretary General of Med-TSO intervened in the session “Models of organization of the transmission network” depicting the most used organizational models for the management of the Electricity Transmission Grid, based on the EU experience, namely the Ownership Unbundling, the Independent Transmission Operators and the Independent System Operators models. He concluded his contribution illustrating how this process has been implemented in some European countries, highlighting the lessons learnt.

Medreg is an Association born in 2007 under the Italian law and it currently gathers 27 energy regulators from the Mediterranean basin. This association promotes a transparent, stable and compatible regulatory framework in the Mediterranean Region, fostering market integration and infrastructure investments, as well as consumer protection and enhanced energy cooperation with the objective to implement the conditions for the establishment of a future Mediterranean Energy Community, based on a bottom-up approach.




Seventh anniversary of the Association of Mediterranean Transmission System Operators

The staff of the Secretariat of Med-TSO: from the left, Luca Ruffino, Sergio Notari, Gherardo Vichi, Antonio Moretti, Arianna Andreoletti, Emanuela Errichi; sitting, Simona La Cioppa and Angelo Ferrante

Seventh anniversary of the Association of Mediterranean Transmission System Operators
19/04/2019

Dear readers,

our Association has been set up on 19 April 2012 with the long-term vision of promoting the integration of the Mediterranean Power System, by reinforcing the multilateral cooperation among the Members and increasing the electricity exchanges across our countries.
Companies from twelve countries signed the funding act in Rome and, within the next seven years, TSOs from other seven countries joined the Association that now almost covers the entire Mediterranean basin, gathering 21 TSOs from 19 countries.

After a pioneering phase where we had to demonstrate at first the attitude of TSOs to cooperate in a fruitful manner, the Association is now entering into a more mature phase of its history.

The Mediterranean Project 1 (carried out from 2015 to 2018) and its deliverables have gained a lot of positive comments and evaluations, both from the European Commission, which co-funded our work, and from the regional stakeholders. The new project that we are running since June 2018 - the Mediterranean Project 2 - represents a new challenge but also a new opportunity to reinforce our position as a reference in the Mediterranean region.

Our role, recognized by all the regional actors, is of paramount importance. We strongly believe that the development of a more integrated and efficient electricity transmission infrastructure in the Mediterranean is a strategic driver for facilitating the energy transition in the region. The role of the transmission companies is changing everywhere: in many cases the energy transition has determined, or is going to determine, a full unbundling of the grid operation from the other activities in the power sector, with a consequent shift of paradigm for our companies. Integration is no more an opportunity but a real necessity for tackling efficiently and effectively this challenge and managing the relevant risks.

In this dramatically changing scenario, Med-TSO plays a crucial role, as an incubator of new practices and experiences in the region and as a catalyst of innovation and new technologies.

Angelo Ferrante,

Med-TSO Secretary General






img Mediterranean Project 2 (ongoing, 2018 - 2020)
The Mediterranean Project 1 is a first step in the roadmap towards the integration of the regional power systems. After the good results achieved, in the frame of the Mediterranean Project 1, Med-TSO intends to continue, consolidate and improve the activities carried out so far with a new project: the Mediterranean Project 2. The European Union supports Med-TSO with a new grant contract to develop the action plan of this new project from 2018 to 2020.
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