HAPUA January 2014

 

Siem Reap, Cambodia - At the requests of Mr. Syaiful B. Ibrahim, HAPUA Secretary in-charge, and of Mr. Melchor P. Ridulme, Chairman of HAPUA Working Group #4, the READI Energy Component presented its activities and delivered several presentations on: "The European Experience in Developing Power Interconnection" at the 3rd Meeting of HAPUA WG#4 held on 14th of January 2014, and at the 12th Meeting of HAPUA ASEAN Power Grid (APG) Consultative Committee held on 15th January in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The meetings were attended by, respectively some 40 delegates and 60 delegates from 10 ASEAN countries, where both the Transmission System Operators (TSOs), electricity generators and power market authorities were represented. Participating delegations came from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Discussions were focusing on the present state of the respective TSOs in terms of performances and in terms of interconnector opportunities and planning perspectives, with a special focus on cross‐border regulation and regulatory frameworks and governance. A variety of issues were covered with Q&A’s from the audience. During the two Workshops, the READI Energy Experts had the opportunity to discuss with the participants and provided them with complementary information and recommendations concerning the Integration of the APG.

Presentations were given on the EU experiences in developing power market integration and on the roles and responsibilities of the respective national TSOs. The European presentations were coming from Prof. Thierry Lefèvre (READI Key Energy expert) and Mr. Jacques de Jong (READI Senior Short Term expert).

The main lessons learnt included: (i) EU Electricity Market Integration is based on an EU‐wide model; (ii) Cross Border issues and regulation are primarily a national implementing responsibility via National regulatory authorities (NRAs) and national governments; (iii) Bilateral and regional cooperation plays a large role in the whole process; (iv) the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) has a facilitating function with a coordinating platform, obligatory for all NRAs; (v) The EU Commission has the mandate for setting legally binding rules, such as the EU Network Codes; and (vi) It has to be underlined that the whole process is a political one, with major national interests.

Finally, in the light of the EU experience, some recommendations were formulated, such as: (i) the APG‐process could be further strengthened if a more concrete policy‐focus is to be developed; (ii) it could be useful to bring other stakeholders into the process, notably those that would benefit most from market liberalization and competition; and (iii) it could be seen as useful to create a “community of operators” - a network where operators at working levels could exchange best practices and mutual understandings on technical and operational procedures and standards.

 

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