BAKU, Azerbaijan, October 14. Energy Ministers of Greece, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland have sent a joint request to the European Commission for a common approach on a set of measures to address high gas prices, Trend reports October 14 via the Greek energy ministry.
“We now jointly present the following request to the European Commission. First, we have identified a set of no regret measures aimed at addressing high gas prices and a preventive way forward.
Key measures include: 1. Leverage European market power through the a joint purchasing platform; 2. Coordinating and optimizing filling trajectories for gas storages (e.g., using the platform); 3. Coordinating and intensifying energy diplomacy on gas imports with all reliable partners; 4. Developing a new LNG benchmark to reduce the impact of the TTF index on gas contracts; 5. Need for enhanced efforts to reduce energy consumption, and 6. Boosting and accelerating the deployment of renewable energies, particularly by removing regulatory barriers immediately.
Second, we seek a solution which allows the strongly interconnected TTF zone to rely on a well-functioning market to match supply and demand without rationing, while at the same time, addressing the spillover effect for the non-TTF-zone since long-term contracts are often pegged to TTF. As a result, we would like the Commission to explore the following options and to propose possible solutions.
Option 1 is to amend references to the TTF index in the relevant contracts through a legal and/or regulatory EU measure. Views diverged on the legal feasibility of such option and the potential side effects of bifurcated markets.
Option 2 is to apply a price cap/corridor to the wholesale market and to create a separate mechanism to match supply and demand if the price cap is hit (e.g., through over the counter transactions, tenders, separate marketplace). Views diverged on this option and whether such measure is possible and economically efficient or whether it might lead to rationing, arbitrage or subsidies,” reads the letter.
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