WB6 Initiative continues efforts to create a regional electricity market

27 September 2018

The WB6 Electricity Initiative continued with a series of meetings organised by the Energy Community Secretariat on 24-26 September in Vienna. The WB6 stakeholders were joined by representatives of all neighbouring EU Member States - Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Romania, to discuss the way forward for day-ahead market coupling, cross-border balancing and coordinated capacity calculation. Entering the final stages of preparation, all three projects are expected to be transformed into concrete contractual and governance frameworks to be implemented by all stakeholders.  

The meeting on the regional day-ahead market discussed concrete activities and challenges in the implementation of the EU Regulation on capacity allocation and congestion management in the Western Balkans, including the contractual framework, concepts for NEMO designation and shipping. A special emphasis was put on the requirements for WB6 to couple with the Multi-Regional Coupling (MRC), in the light of the ongoing projects for market coupling of Bulgaria and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Albania, Italy, Montenegro and Serbia (AIMS). To explore further possibilities for cooperation between WB6 and MRC, it was agreed to hold a meeting between these two initiatives on 27 November at the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna.

Cross-border balancing was the focus of the second day, which served to present the result of pilot tests on a developed simulation platform for imbalance netting cooperation among WB6 transmission system operators. The tests demonstrated that an estimated EUR 16 million per year would be saved if WB6 parties put in place a common balancing mechanism based on imbalance netting cooperation. Real-time tests of exchange of balancing energy from a manual frequency restoration reserve will take place in October.

Finally, the third day was reserved for a workshop on the coordinated cross-border capacity calculation project, where the draft methodology for coordinated capacity calculation in the WB6 region and neighbouring borders was discussed. The final methodology will be delivered in November.

The week also saw the launch of the WB6 AIMS Regulatory Coordination Platform, which seeks to strengthen the cooperation and information exchange between implementing entities of the AIMS project and regulators. 

The meetings and deliverables are part of the “Technical Assistance to Connectivity in the Western Balkans - Component 2: Regional Energy Market”, which is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Energy Community Secretariat.

In Scope:

  • Serbia Serbia
  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Montenegro Montenegro