Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)
CEER is a voluntary body that brings together the independent national energy regulators from the Member States of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It acts as a focal point for cooperation, information exchange and assistance between Europe's national energy regulators and is their interface at EU and international level.
A number of CEER working groups have been established to take forward its activities. Ofgem is actively involved in many of these working groups as well as the Task Forces that carry out detailed work on gas and electricity markets. Much of our work on the implementation of the Third Package, market surveillance and consumer issues is directed through CEER. Lord Mogg, Ofgem’s Chairman, is currently President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER). For further up to date information, please refer to CEER website - link opens in a new browser window.
CEER also strives to share regulatory best practice worldwide through its through its membership of the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) - for more detail on Ofgem's international work please see the paragraph on ICER below.
Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)
Established under the Third Package, ACER's mission is to assist National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) to perform their duties at EU level and to coordinate their actions whenever necessary. Its tasks include:
- Complementing and co-ordinating the work of NRAs, particularly regarding the development of Framework Guidelines
- Participating in the creation of European Network Codes with the ENTSO-E and ENTSO-G, ensuring network codes comply with the corresponding Framework Guidelines
- Monitoring of Regional Initiatives following a project-orientated and pan-European approach
- Offering opinions and recommendations on the EU 10-year network development plans
- Decisions on cross-border congestion management or on third party access exemptions
- Implementing Regulation on Market Transparency, adopted on 15 September 2011 - includes monitoring of trading activities in wholesale and retail markets to detect and prevent insider trading and market manipulation
The Agency became fully operational in March 2011. Its headquarters are located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Lord Mogg was elected to be the Chair of the ACER Board of Regulators in April 2010.
Ofgem is actively involved in the work of ACER, contributing to the development of European Framework Guidelines and Network Codes, and cooperating with other regulators.
For further up to date information please refer to ACER's website
International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER)
ICER is a voluntary confederation that aims at exchanging information and best practices of regulation throughout the globe. It currently has over 200 members and is chaired by Lord Mogg.
ICER was established at the World Forum on Energy Regulation, in Athens, 2009. Its main purpose is to facilitate cooperation amongst energy regulators on the global scale and to raise public awareness of energy regulation and its role in tackling environmental, socio-economic and market issues.
Ofgem is actively involved in the work of the Confederation, and contributes to drafting reports and cooperating with other regulators. For further up to date information, please refer to ICER website - link opens in a new browser window.
European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG)
Ceased to exist from 1 July 2011. ERGEG was the forerunner to ACER - it was a formal advisory group to the European Commission, created by the Commission in 2003. Some of ERGEG's responsibilities were passed on to ACER (e.g. Regional Initiatives) and others (e.g. consumer issues) to CEER. All past works relating to ERGEG activity (documents, reports, public consultations etc.) can be found on the CEER website.