Moscow, 25 June. On 23 June 2003, a joint meeting of the President of CIS Electric Power Council (CIS EPC) Anatoly Chubais and President of EURELECTRIC* Hans Haider was held in Prague.
At the meeting, the parties discussed the results achieved within the framework of co-operation between CIS EPC and EURELECTRIC, including implementation of decisions reached at the previous presidential meeting of 21 November 2002 held in Brussels. The parties assessed the work done in the direction of strengthening co-operation by means of information exchanges in the field of statistics, market reforms and interconnections development as fully satisfactory. The Presidents stressed the importance of receiving results of preliminary load-flow analysis on possible synchronous interconnection of networks of UCTE** and IPS/UPS*** delivered by UCTE. At the same time, EURELECTRIC highlighted its full support for UCTE in further investigations.
The parties voiced their support for starting co-operation between UCTE and CIS EPC on investigations of possibilities of synchronous interconnection of networks of UCTE and IPS/UPS. They decided to organize a seminar on 13-14 November 2003 to present and discuss results of reports prepared by two joint EURELECTRIC-CIS/EPC ad-hoc groups on “Markets” and “Environment”. The seminar is scheduled as a joint EURELECTRIC-CIS/EPC-UCTE event and will deal with market structure, environmental issues and interconnections. The projected seminar will be organized as a platform for triggering political discussion in this matter.
The Prague meeting is the third regular meeting held in accordance with the decision of the Joint Meeting of CIS EPC and EURELECTRIC in Warsaw on 20 March 2002. The next meeting of CIS EPC and EURELECTRIC Presidents is scheduled for 13 November 2003 and will take place in Brussels.
*EURELECTRIC - Union of the Electricity Industry - was created on December 7, 1999 through a merger of the two major associations representing European electric power companies, plus associates and affiliates on three other continents: UNIPEDE, the International Union of Producers and Distributors of Electrical Energy (founded 1925) and EURELECTRIC, the European grouping of electricity companies (founded 1989).
**The Union for the Co-ordination of Transmission of Electricity (UCTE) co-ordinates the interests of transmission system operators in 20 European countries. Their common objective is to guarantee the security of operation of the interconnected power system. Through the networks of the UCTE, 400 million people are supplied with electric energy; annual electricity consumption totals approx. 2100 TWh.
***IPS/UPS – Interconnected power systems of Russia, the CIS and the Baltic states.