Area in focus
Electric power systems in the countries of South East Europe (SEE) are at different degrees of technological development. They have different generation mixes, efficiencies, problems, system organisation and operate within different regulatory frameworks. Nevertheless, they have a number of intervining areas of strategic importance. These are the basis for creating synergies that are not sufficiently exploited.
South East Europe
Synergy & development potential
EU's common energy policy should be the general strategic framework for the development of national power systems in the SEE.
Co-operation within the Energy Community and harmonisation of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) should lead to a wider coordination of strategic and operational development plans.
Exchange of energy surpluses can be improved with the aim of optimizing the functioning of national systems.
All the power companies in the region are, to a greater or lesser extent, still faced with the transformation from vertically integrated state monopolies into modern and competitive corporations operating in the open market.
Production capacities are on average old and there is a universal need for their strategic renewal. Similar issues are present with transmission grids, as well.
There is also a large untapped space for achieving strategic synergies through joint ventures into new production capacities and / or joint participation in national markets. All things considered, SEE region offers numerous possibilities and possesses vast potential, but is often dragged back by the lacking regulatory frameworks and lengthy bureaucratic procedures.
There are several key outputs of the EPLL Energy Observatory Program. Most notable are highlighted below.