Feedback to DG ENER-Trinomics-LBST draft study “Sector Integration – Regulatory Framework for Hydrogen”

Brussels, 11 September 2020 | Europex fully supports efforts in this study to identify the appropriate EU regulatory framework for dedicated hydrogen networks and markets. Traded hydrogen markets, supported by certificates for hydrogen (based on GOs), have the potential to play a key role in the decarbonisation of the EU energy system. The first priority is the development of both supply and demand of hydrogen, enabling access to hydrogen for a wide variety of actors from all sectors. However, while hydrogen markets may well develop on a regional basis, or in clusters, it is important to already put in place
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‘The Impact of Financial Services Regulation on European Wholesale Energy Markets – A Post-MiFID II Analysis’

Brussels, 10 September 2020 | Europex launches today its new report: ‘The Impact of Financial Services Regulation on European Wholesale Energy Markets – A Post-MiFID II Analysis’, a collaboration between Europex and Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. Since the introduction of MiFID II / MiFIR in January 2018, the relationship between energy markets and financial services regulation has fundamentally changed. The main lesson from the last two and a half years of experience is that the broad brush of financial services regulation sometimes fails to reflect the specific nature of energy commodity markets. Against this backdrop, the report analyses the effects of
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Statement on the Electricity Bidding Zone Review (BZR) Methodology

Brussels, 25 August 2020 | Following referral on 7 July 2020 by all NRAs, ACER became competent to decide on the Bidding Zone Review (BZR) methodology i.e. the Proposal for the methodology and assumptions that are to be used in the bidding zone review process and for the alternative bidding zone configurations, pursuant to Article 14(5) of Regulation (EU) 2019/943 (BZR proposal). We welcome the fact that ACER are now assessing and deciding on key aspects of the proposed methodology, and fully support efforts to ensure a meaningful and effective review. The announcement that ACER will consider stakeholder feedback to
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Europex response – REMIT fee design & implementation consultation

Brussels, 24 July 2020 | Europex welcomes the opportunity to take part in the present consultation. Below we provide our input to the Commission’s online questionnaire in an amended format to facilitate its publication on the Europex website. Europex considers the following points, among others, to be of key importance: Charging the fees directly to Market Participants would the most efficient approach with RRMs collecting the fee as intermediaries. There would be significant risk of distortion of competition between different types of RRMs should the fee be charged directly to RRMs; The fee calculation must not discourage trading on regulated
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Europex response to Revision of Regulation (EU) 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure (TEN-E Regulation)

Brussels, 13 July 2020 | Europex fully supports efforts to ensure trans-European energy infrastructure is fit-for purpose and consistent with the 2050 climate neutrality objective. The TEN-E Regulation and related CEF Energy funding has made important contributions towards improved connection levels of the Internal Energy Market, allowed energy to be traded across borders and increased security of supply. We believe the revised TEN-E Regulation should now reflect the needs of a rapidly evolving energy system, with a view to enabling the integration of higher shares of renewable energy, at a more decentralised level. Greater integration between the different energy sources
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Joint EFET-Eurogas-Europex-IETA letter on the future of carbon pricing and emissions trading in the UK

Brussels, 22 June 2020 | Together with the European Federation of Energy Traders, the International Emissions Trading Association and Eurogas, Europex has sent a letter to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to request more clarity on the UK’s future approach to carbon pricing and emissions trading. The joint letter urges the UK Government to provide clarity on the following matters: The approach to carbon pricing in the UK post-Brexit and a timeline indicating the main actions foreseen for the development and implementation of the given approach. Should a linked UK ETS be the chosen option for
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Europex Response to the ESMA MiFID II / MiFIR Review Report on the Transparency Regime for Non-Equity Instruments and the Trading Obligation for Derivatives

Brussels, 12 June 2020 | Europex fully supports the objectives of MiFID II / MiFIR and the G-20 Pittsburgh commitments to “improve the functioning and transparency of financial and commodity markets and address excessive commodity price volatility”. We equally agree with the general intention of the MiFIR pre-trade transparency regime which is meant to work towards this larger policy objective. However, we believe the current calibration of the illiquid (“IL”) and Large in Scale (“LIS”) waiver thresholds severely limits the development of niche and nascent contracts traded on secure and transparent exchanges and cleared through risk mitigating CCP clearing houses.
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Europex response to Commission consultation paper for the EU climate ambition for 2030 and for the design of certain climate and energy policies of the European Green Deal

Brussels, 11 June 2020 | Europex, the Association of European Energy Exchanges, welcomes the opportunity to take part in the present consultation. The European Green Deal must be a central pillar of the EU’s recovery efforts in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and in response to the looming climate and environmental crisis. Against the background of the intended 2030 Climate Target Plan and its subsequent legislative implementation, the opportunity should now be taken to put in place a coherent EU-wide policy framework to deliver the raised emissions reduction ambition at the least cost. With this in mind, it is
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Europex feedback on the Preparation of the EU Hydrogen Strategy

Brussels, 8 June 2020 | Europex welcomes the Commission’s initiative to develop a dedicated EU Hydrogen Strategy. We are convinced that traded markets can and will act as enablers for a future usage of hydrogen on a broader scale, including in those sectors where it still has very limited penetration such as transport, buildings and power generation. Given the importance and complexity of the topic, there should be strong stakeholder involvement in both the development and implementation of the EU Hydrogen Strategy. It is key that the integration of hydrogen into the Internal Energy Market is considered from the beginning
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