News brief of 7.4.2017

European news:

Α. Common statement: ENTSO-E, ENTSOG, SolarPower Europe, WindEurope, EDSO, SEDC, T&D Europe on the sixty years after the Treaties of Rome

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome establishing The European Economic Community, ENTSO-E, ENTSOG, SolarPower Europe, WindEurope, EDSO, SEDC, T&D Europe issued a common statement (attached), therein affirming that they share the European Dream for a Climate and Energy policy aiming at:

• a Europe that leads in innovation and on the 4th Industrial Revolution;
• successfully combating climate change;
• ensuring opportunity and unmatched living standards to its citizens;
• innovative businesess unleashing their potential;
• customers moving centre stage;
• having new jobs created around the value pools of digital transformation;
• having Climate and Energy policy reinforce the bonds between Europeans (Β2).

Β. Energy Expert Cyber Security Platform (EESCSP) report on Cyber Security in the Energy Sector

Energy Expert Cyber Security Platform (EESCSP), which has been set up by the European Commission, has published a report identifying challenges for cyber security and suggesting actions to enhance security and minimize risks for energy insfrastructure.
Challenges are identified as follows:

• Grid stability in a cross-border interconnected energy network;
• Protection concepts reflecting current threats and risks;
• Handling of cyber attacks within tje European Union;
• Effects by cyber attacks not fully considered in the design rules of an existing power grid or nuclear facility;
• Introduction of new highly interconnected technologies and services;
• Outsourcing of infrastructures and services;
• Integrity of components used in energy systems;
• Increased interdependency among market players;
• Availability of human resources and their competences;
• Constraints imposed by cyber security measures in contrast to real-time/availability requirements.

Suggested actions are as follows:

• Identify operators of essential services for the energy sector at EU level;
• Carry out risk analysis and implement treatment;
• Establish a framework of rules for a regional cooperation;
• Establish a EU framework for vulnerabilities disclosure for the energy sector;
• Define and implement cyber response framework and coordination;
• Implement and strengthen the regional cooperation for emergency handling;
• Establishment of a European Cyber Security Maturity Framework;
• Establish a cPPP for supply chain integrity;
• Foster European and international collaboration;
• Capacity and competence build-up of resources in the Cyber Security in the Energy Sector (Β3) (attached).

C. Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) public consultation on flexibility use at the distribution level

The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) has launched an online public consultation on the CEER paper (Ref.: C16-DS-29-03) (attached) which explores the DSOs role in facilitating flexibility use at distribution level; it also aims to gather views from respondents in order to define the Guidelines of Good Practice. These guidelines will assist National Regulatory Authorities to design regulatory frameworks to facilitate flexibility use at the distribution level. (Β5).
Consultation will end on Thursday, May 25, 2017. 

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