Albania: EnC closes case over OSHEE unbundling

, SEE Energy News

The Energy Community Secretariat has closed the case against Albania for lack of unbundling of the electricity distribution system operator OSHEE. The decision follows the complete transposition of the Electricity Directive’s provisions related to DSO unbundling in national law, the completion of legal unbundling and substantial progress in functional unbundling, Energy Community Secretariat announced. The latest measures ensuring functional unbundling were the adoption of a compliance program and the appointment of a compliance officer.

Deputy Director and Legal Counsel Dirk Buschle said that Albania has gone a long way and made significant efforts to ensure unbundling of its distribution system operator. As long as it was still bundled with supply activities on both the regulated and non-regulated markets, the previous structure of the company implied bottlenecks for market opening.

Together with the go-live of the electricity exchange ALPEX last week, unbundling ensures that Albania is in an excellent position to develop its power market further.

The case against Albania was opened in January 2018, based on the Secretariat’s view that Albania failed to fulfill its obligations under the Energy Community Treaty related to lack of implementation of the rules for legal and functional unbundling in the electricity sector.

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