South East Europe Regional Consultation Meeting

06 – 07 October 2016 |Bucharest, Romania


Ministry of Energy of Romania

As part of IRENA’s engagement in South East Europe, a Regional Consultation meeting was held in Bucharest, Romania, 6-7 October 2016. The meeting gathered more than 40 representatives from 11 countries of the region, including governments (Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia); regulators (Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania); Transmission System Operators (Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia); International Organizations (Energy Charter, Energy Regulators Regional Association, Council of European Energy Regulators); Development Partners  (EBRD, GIZ, KfW, French government); and Industry (Romanian Renewable Energy Association, ENEL Romania).

IRENA recently initiated a region-wide exercise to formulate a strategic regional approach. As an initial step, the Agency is conducting a regional gap analysis study to identify and analyse the major obstacles hindering more accelerated renewable energy deployment in the region and map out the current and planned programmes implemented by development partners to support uptake of renewables in South East Europe. The outcomes of this study will help IRENA, in close collaboration with the governments and key stakeholders, elaborate an Action Plan customized to the specific needs and priorities of the region, which will be built upon and complement the existing and planned work on the ground to maximize its added value in supporting renewable energy development in SEE.

This process is being synchronized with the Agency’s ongoing analytical study on the assessment of the technical potential for cost-effective renewable energy generation. The preliminary findings of this exercise have been already discussed at the joint IRENA/Energy Community workshop on cost-effective renewable energy in SEE

The aim of this Regional Consultation meeting was to discuss the main findings of the regional gap analysis study, receive feedback from participants on the needs and priorities of the region in further development of the renewable energy sector, and exchange views on IRENA’s potential role in supporting uptake of renewables in the region.  The workshop also allowed for an improved understanding on the key aspects of renewable energy, its socio-economic benefits, target setting and support schemes with presentations on best practices from the region and across the globe.

The participants of the regional consultation meeting welcomed IRENA’s aim to scale up its presence in South East Europe and provided valuable feedback on the needs and priorities of the region in further deployment of the renewable energy sector. IRENA also validated the findings of the regional analysis study which will constitute a basis for elaboration of the regional engagement Action Plan.

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The Summary Report of the South East Europe Regional Consultation

Session I: Welcoming Session:

Name of the presentation Name of presenter(s)

The GIZ and Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in South Europe

Bruno Wilhelm, GIZ

Session II: Opportunities and Challenges in Renewables Deployment in the Region

Name of the presentation Name of presenter(s)

Main findings of the gap analysis study

Katarina Uherova Hasbani, IRENA Consultant

Albania

Gjergji Simaku, Ministry of Energy and Industry

Bosnia and Hercegovina

Mujčinagić Alija, State Electricity Regulatory Commission

Bulgaria

Mariya Minova, Ministry of Energy

Croatia

Zdeslav Matić, Domagoj Validžić, Ministry of Economy

Kosovo

Nezir Myrtaj, Ministry of Economic Development

Republic of Moldova

Antolie Boscaneanu, National Agency for Energy Regulation

Romania

Raluca Florescu, Ministry of Energy

Serbia

Rastislav Kragić, Ministry of Mining and Energy

Slovenia

Mojca Vendramin, Ministry of Infrastructure

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Marko Filipovski, Energy Regulatory Commission

Session III: Mapping the RE Support in the Region

Name of the presentation Name of presenter(s)

Overview of the engagement of development partners in RE in SEE

Katarina Uherova Hasbani, IRENA Consultant

Investment in renewable energy generation and energy efficiency in the SEE region: The role of the Energy Charter Treaty

Sarah Keay-Bright, Energy Charter Secretariat

Session IV: Identifying Priority Actions

Name of the presentation Name of presenter(s)

Gurbuz Gonul, Marcin Scigan

IRENA

Session V: Renewable Energy Target Setting and Support Schemes (Auctions)

Name of the presentation Name of presenter(s)

Renewable Energy Policy Frameworks: Targets and Auctions

Arslan Khalid, IRENA

Key support elements of RES in Europe: moving towards market integration

 

Yvonne Finger, Council of European Energy Regulators

Renewable energy support schemes in the Republic of Moldova

Antolie Boscaneanu, National Agency for Energy Regulation

Experiences of Croatia

Zdeslav Matić, Domagoj Validžić, Ministry of Economy

Session VI: Socio-Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy

Name of the presentation Name of presenter(s)

Socio-economic benefits of renewable energy: Employment

Arslan Khalid, IRENA

Experiences of Romania

Elena Popescu,, Ministry of Energy

German-Serbian Development Cooperation Programme, Development of a Sustainable Bioenergy Market in Serbia“

Dr. Thomas Michel, GIZ