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Framework Contract providing support to the CERA for the development of the natural gas market in the country (CERA)

16/05/2022
VIS is participating as subcontractor in this framework contract, providing expert support to the Energy Regulatory Authority of Cyprus (CERA) for the development of gas regulatory documents.

USAID Moldova Energy Security Activity (MESA)

13/05/2022
VIS, as part of the Tetra Tech team, will participate in the implementation in this USAID funded project, aiming to strengthen Moldova’s energy security, diversify gas supply, enhance energy efficiency, and reinforce domestic power generation and related transmission and distribution infrastructure. VIS will support activities focused on improving Moldova’s physical and market Integration with Europe, increasing Renewable Energy, and facilitating EE and power generation investments.

Technical Assistance to Develop an Analysis and Recommendations for Using Voltage Control Mechanisms on Distribution Circuits with Increased Solar PV Connections in Vietnam (NARUC/ US DoS)

25/03/2022
VIS has been commissioned by NARUC (assignment funded by United States Department of State) to support the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam (ERAV) in its role to review the implementation of voltage control mechanisms on distribution circuits as solar power connections increase in Vietnam. The analysis will assess Vietnam’s current approach to voltage regulation and provide best practices for establishing a regulatory framework to enable reliable integration of renewable energy.

Hydrogen – The risk of stranded assets in EU27

08/03/2022
The European Union aims to decarbonize its gas sector by 2050 via the use of “low carbon gases”, including “blue” and “green” hydrogen. In the short and mid-term, natural gas is also envisaged to play a significant role as a “transitional fuel”. This short report elaborates on the fact that the carbon neutrality target -to be achieved by 2050- is not fully compatible with the long lifetimes of “blue” hydrogen and new natural gas infrastructure, especially when considering the expected cost-competitiveness of “green” hydrogen in the coming years. In more detail, we present how the relevant EC policies, the Member States’ initiatives, the allocation of public and private funds and the pipeline of new natural gas projects raise concerns for probable lock-in effects and increase the risk of having natural gas and/or “blue” hydrogen stranded assets across the EU.

Technical Assistance to Analyze Thailand’s drafted Third-Party Access (TPA) Framework and Potential Provisions for a Pricing Mechanism and Congestion Management (NARUC/US DOS)

23/12/2021
VIS has been commissioned by NARUC (assignment funded by United States Department of State) to support the Thailand Office of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in overseeing the implementation of an open access regime in Thailand. The study will provide suggested revisions to the Third Party Access (TPA) Framework drafted by the ERC and a proposed pricing mechanism for wheeling charges. The study will assist the ERC in identifying crucial considerations governing non-discriminatory third-party access to electricity transmission and distribution networks, thus creating robust, open and effective competition in electricity sector markets.

HYDROGEN IN GREECE: The state of play

20/12/2021
Moving towards a net-zero emissions era, the role of hydrogen is not yet clear. Admittedly, hydrogen is the route to cutting emissions in sectors where carbon-free electricity cannot, such as road transport, heavy industry, ammonia, steel, shipping fuels, aviation. This short report is taking a look at the state of play in Greece regarding the plans, potential and existing barriers for producing and consuming H2 towards the country's decarbonization targets.

Study on Smart Grid Options in Jordan (World Bank)

17/11/2021
VIS is proudly teaming up with Tetra Tech for the implementation the World Bank financed “Study on Smart Grid Options in Jordan”. The study aims to support the Government of Jordan towards the development of a new smart grid Strategy.  The study demands technical and economic analyses of smart grid technologies, advice and prioritization of the different action areas, and review and update of the legal/ regulatory framework necessary for the materialization of the strategy. VIS will focus on two main aspects of the study; one on the necessary cost / benefit analysis of different smart grid options by weighing the costs against the monetized benefits (quantifiable and intangible) and two on the issue of cybersecurity and data management strategy of the smart grid technology to be employed in Jordan’s networks.

EC framework Contract Technical assistance activities in the field of energy

16/09/2021
VIS is delighted to be part of Ramboll’s winning team for the recently awarded 4-year EC framework Contract Technical assistance activities in the field of energy (Lot 3). VIS will take part in competing for and implementing a broad spectrum of assignments, involving inter alia technical assistance for  improving EU internal energy market operation, for assessment of infrastructure projects of Common Interest, and for supporting the implementation of Energy Dialogues with Third Countries and external aspects of the EU internal energy market.

EC Framework Contract Socio-economic assistance in the field of energy

27/08/2021
VIS is delighted to be part of Ecorys’ winning team for the recently awarded 4-year EC Framework Contract Socio-economic assistance in the field of energy (Lot 2). VIS will take part in competing for and implementing studies with a broad energy-related footprint, ranging from economic and cost-benefit analyses of energy networks and infrastructures, to policy impact assessments and market studies.

Study on the identification of barriers preventing prosumers being active in energy markets across the EU member states (ACER)

20/07/2021
VIS along with Grant Thornton are excited to have won a contract by ACER (The European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators) to execute a study that analyses regulatory barriers towards an ever-increasing electricity prosumerism landscape in the European Union. The activities, services and solutions that can be driven by prosumers are not fully explored yet and constitute a new complex element in the overall electricity market map. Under this context we will map out the regulatory regime with respect to prosumers, its application in the different 27 EU Member States, and will identify regulatory barriers towards the proliferation of prosumers. Based on this analysis, recommendations addressing regulatory barriers will be drafted.