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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. 

Regulatory Technical Services for the Natural Gas Sector for the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) of the Republic of Armenia (NARUC/USAID)

08/07/2021
VIS has been commissioned by NARUC (assignment funded by USAID) to support the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) of the Republic of Armenia on elements of the gas market development. The assignment focuses on the development of a methodology and rules to calculate technical losses of the gas transmission system, development of templates to cover the reporting requirements of gas stakeholders to PSRC, and development, together with E3 Modelling, of a long-term gas and electricity forecasting tool.

Regulatory Technical Services for the Natural Gas Sector for the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of the Republic of North Macedonia (NARUC/USAID)

08/07/2021
VIS has been commissioned by NARUC (assignment funded by USAID) to support the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) of the Republic of North Macedonia with the development of key elements of the natural gas transmission grid code, focusing on capacity allocation, congestion management and balancing. The assignment includes update of existing rules for capacity allocation and congestion management, the development of balancing rules and methodologies, provision of capacity building to gas stakeholders of the North Macedonian market, and formulation of an action plan that operationalizes key network code elements.

Legal & Regulatory Technical Services for Development of Primary and Secondary Energy Legislation (NARUC/USAID)

23/06/2021
VIS has been commissioned by NARUC (assignment funded by USAID) to support the energy regulators, ministries and/or other organizations of the Europe & Eurasia countries in developing their primary and secondary legislation to comply with the requirements of the EU 3rd Energy Package and the Clean Energy Package. The contract covers a wide range of topics, including inter alia electricity and gas market development, de-carbonization, renewable energy integration, energy efficiency and demand response, grid modernization, cybersecurity, digitalization, net metering and prosumers, balancing and ancillary services, and energy storage.

Technical Assistance to Develop Network Code on Gas Balancing of Transmission Networks for the National Agency of Energy Regulation of the Republic of Moldova (NARUC/USAID)

27/05/2021
VIS has been commissioned by NARUC (assignment funded by USAID) to support the National Agency of Energy Regulation of the Republic of Moldova (ANRE) with the development of gas balancing rules for the transmission system. The assignment includes development of relevant rules and methodologies, provision of capacity building to gas stakeholders of the Moldovan market, and formulation of an action plan that operationalizes key network code elements.

Cost Benefit Analysis in the Egyptian Oil & Gas Sector

09/03/2021
DAI is leading a consortium that implements a large EU funded technical assistance project “Support the Technical and Financial Sustainability of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sectors” in Egypt. VIS is to support the consortium by conducting a cost-benefit analysis on major energy efficiency interventions to several oil & gas energy infrastructures (NG processing plant, refinery etc.). The economic benefits vs costs will be examined on a bespoke model by VIS where environmental and social externalities are defined, monetized, and evaluated under different scenarios.

Primer on the Impact of Electricity Tariff Reforms

22/01/2021
The reform towards cost-reflective tariffs, based on sound economic principles, is of crucial importance for safeguarding the financial viability of energy utilities and of the electricity sector as a whole, as well as for ensuring that appropriate incentives are in place for attracting necessary investments in the sector. Under this context, VIS along with E3M have been commissioned by NARUC (assignment funded by USAID) to develop a Primer on the impact of electricity tariff reform on investment and economic development that will serve as a basis for a further multiyear project (consisting of several Primers) by NARUC, aimed at creating a tool kit that will complement USAID’s efforts to encourage cost-based tariffs.

Study (2020/21) on the yearly monitoring of congestion at interconnection points of gas TSOs (ACER)

12/12/2020
Support to ACER for preparation of the gas congestion management report – VIS has been commission by ACER to provide support with preparation of the 8th edition of the Congestion Report at gas Interconnection Points, in line with Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 (amended by Decision of 24/8/2012). The support entailed collection and validation of data on capacity auctions (capacity offers and demand, tariffs, premia), development of an excel-based congestion analysis tool, analysis of congestion data, support ACER with drafting of the Congestion Report.

Support to RAE for the development of a framework for appraising gas distribution development plans

12/12/2020
Support to RAE for the development of a framework for appraising gas distribution development plans – VIS has been commissioned by the Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) to provide support in the development of a framework for appraising 5-year Network Development Plans (NDPs) submitted by the Greek gas distribution system operators. The assignment includes development of a template for the submission of the NDPs, the methodology for appraising the constituent investment projects and the process for monitoring the NDPs’ implementation.

Project Preparation and Tender of a New Natural Gas Distribution System – Lead Consultant

12/12/2020
VIS participates in a consortium led by Grant Thornton, commissioned by the EBRD to provide support to the Government of North Macedonia in a tender for a strategic investor that will develop the new gas distribution system in the country. The project includes inter alia analysis of the gas distribution systems’ development, structuring of the PPP and support to the Government throughout the competitive dialogue process and negotiations with investors.