National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) narrows the siege of the gas sector. The steady rise in fuel prices has forced the energy authorities in Spain and Brussels to pay attention to the billing and consumption of companies involved in this business. Growing oversight zeal has overwhelmed CNMC, which is nationally responsible for making settlements in the gas system. No wonder the regulator that presides Kani Fernandez He decided to seek outside help to help his team “audit” the information sent by these companies.
Competition has moved in, hunting for administrative backing to oversee the size of the gas sector at a time of growing concern in Europe, where Russia’s cuts in gas supplies this winter are already taken for granted. CNMC gave one month for applications. The deadline is next Monday. Although the main purpose of the contract is the management, maintenance and data analysis of the gas system, the future bidding winner will not be limited to documentary work.
“The service includes checking the reliability of the information receivedcompliance with current regulations, control over compliance with delivery dates, ”says the terms of reference document published by the Competition. In short, the future bidder will have to “audit” of collected information and let me know if something doesn’t add up.
The war in Ukraine and the energy crisis resulting from the armed conflict put CNMC in an extreme position. The “anti-war” plan included in Royal Decree 6/2022, approved last March, was mentioned 68 times by the leader. It’s still an anecdote in the data, but the scope of the rule has left a mark on the body that Cani Fernandez is running. The regulator has been demanding additional funds from the government for several months., according to knowledgeable sources consulted by these facilities. Finally, he decided to resort to outside help to cope with the huge amount of work assigned to him.
The duration of the above technical support contract is three years. Its estimated amount is 250,000 euros. CNMC will pilot the entire data processing and analysis process. In fact, the future bidder must undertake to work under the supervision of persons designated by CNMC, to whom they must provide any information or documentation requested.
CNMC estimates that it will need external support to monitor the performance of the gas sector over the next three years.
The signing of the contract will control information from all agents in the gas system, from distributors and carriers to Enagás himself as the technical manager of the system. All of them must submit before the 25th of each month, data for billing tolls, canons, fares and system fees, for direct consumers and merchants. Regardless of this, Enagás must also provide information on the movement of gas in the system, by installations, as well as by sellers and carriers, with the same margin.
intensive regulatory activity accompanied by a lack of control in the energy market in Spain, led to significant delays in the issuance of receipts, which caused a bottleneck in the supervisory tasks of the regulator. In addition, adjustments approved by the government to ease the tax burden on electricity and gas bills have forced companies in the sector to adjust their billing models. This regulatory frenzy, as well as the growing concern of the government to control the profits of companies in this sector, The amount of data exchanged between CNMC and various energy agents has grown dramatically.. But so far the regulator has worked by the same means.
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