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Examine The European National Energy Regulatory Landscape

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The European National Energy Regulatory Landscape

As energy liberalisation gains momentum across the EU, the role of the national energy regulator assumes greater importance for new entrants and cross border trade. However, within the energy sector the competencies of energy regulators vary widely, underlying the importance of gaining an overall understanding of the European regulatory landscape.

A detailed analysis of EU energy regulatory policy, combined with insight into the relative strategic and resource approaches employed by each. An assessment of the key factors that determine regulatory independence and insight into the jurisdictions of each regulatory body. An investigation into the expanded roles regulators could potentially play in the energy sector to further market development. An analysis of the impact of the EU's third energy package on national regulators and how a European super regulator will affect the sector.

The mandates of many national regulators extend beyond energy, raising questions of efficiency and synergy. A regulator with duties beyond its core energy mandate would have difficulty in being efficient and achieving synergies, particularly if the responsibilities are substantially different from each other.

National energy regulators are obligated to demonstrate objectivity in executing their mandates. Industry independence is paramount since their positions as impartial arbitrators will be severely compromised if they hold vested interests in the energy sector.

The energy sector plays a significant role in the climate change debate. As such, energy regulators are best positioned to collaborate with their national governments to implement policy, though few actually do.

Gain a panoramic understanding of how the mandates and authorities of national energy regulators vary across the EU. Compare how EU national energy regulators differ in terms of political, financial and industrial independence. Understand how the EU's third energy package will empower European national energy regulators.

DATAMONITOR VIEW 1

CATALYST 1

SUMMARY 1

SERIES 1

ANALYSIS 2

This brief analyses the status of national energy regulators in the EU-27 2

This brief analyses the status of national energy regulators in the EU-27 2

Independence is pivotal in determining regulatory effectiveness 3

Industry independence is critical for ensuring regulatory credibility 4

Financial autonomy maintains regulatory effectiveness 5

Sole dependence on the state for funding compromises independence 6

EU energy legislation stipulates the need for national energy regulators 7

The majority of energy regulators have been established since 2001 7

The mandates of many national regulators extend beyond energy, raising questions of efficiency and synergy 9

Most energy regulators' budget per household is less than EUR 2 10

Despite EU legislation, not all energy regulators are mandated to determine network tariffs 11

Within the energy sector, regulators' competencies vary widely 12

Licensing should play an important part of the market oversight function 12

Contrary to EU legislation, many regulators play a passive role in determining tariffs 13

Regulators should become more involved in environmental policy 14

Regulators should be included in the national security of supply debate 15

Regulators are handling the ongoing network unbundling debate very differently 16

The EU's third energy package will empower national energy regulators 17

Energy watchdogs will be able to carry out their mandate with more force 17

Regulators will be better positioned to promote competition 19

Appendix 20

Definitions 20

Further Reading 20

Sources 20

Datamonitor Consultancy 20

Ask the Analyst 20

Disclaimer 21

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ACTIONS 24

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APPENDIX 26

Definitions 26

Use Heading 3s, if required, to add structure to sections in the Appendix 26

Methodology 26

Further reading 26

Ask the analyst 26

Datamonitor consulting 26

Disclaimer 27

List of Figures

Figure 1: List of regulators and EU member states 2

Figure 2: Regulatory budget sources 2006 6

Figure 3: Year of establishment 7

Figure 4: Year of establishment 8

Figure 5: Mandates of EU27 national energy regulators 9

Figure 6: Budget per household of EU27 regulators 2006 10

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