European energy regulators in discrete Washington visit for ‘crisis’ talks

(EurActiv, 14 Oct 2022) European energy regulators are currently in Washington to discuss about energy crisis and to lay the groundwork for negotiating lower prices for gas imported from the US, according to information from EURACTIV.

Note: This article was updated with a statement from ACER clarifying that the visit is part of a regular dialogue with US regulators, which is not aimed at negotiating gas prices.

Since Europe is no longer supplied with Russian gas, wholesale prices on gas market have soared to unprecedented levels. This is a goldmine for EU suppliers such as Norway and the US, which have increased their flows to Europe on the back of continued strong demand.

Given this situation, some Member States, including Germany and Poland, called last week for frank discussions with these suppliers.

It seems that they have been heard, because according to our information, ten energy regulators from EU countries have been in Washington since Wednesday (12 October) to negotiate.

Representatives of the French and German regulators – the Commission de régulation de l’énergie (CRE) and the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) – are reportedly present, according to our sources.

Emmanuelle Wargon, the head of France’s CRE, later confirmed that she was in Washington as part of a visit with the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER).

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