The Energy Charter's Industry Advisory Panel held its last meeting of the year on 21 October 2014 in Washington, DC. The meeting was organised in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce and brought together senior policy makers and executives from American, European and Asian energy companies. Participants addressed the topics of geopolitical aspects of international cooperation, international energy security, international regulatory cooperation, as well as fostering innovation and technology transfer. The Panel also discussed the direction of its work for 2015.
The Energy Charter Secretariat organised a Technical Workshop on Electricity Transit on 15 October 2014 as a follow-up on its study "Price of Electricity Transit in Transition Countries". The aim of the workshop was to assist the countries of Central Asia in finalising the methodology for electricity transit, as well as to discuss broader issues of regional cooperation in the power sector. The workshop was attended by the energy officials and representatives of TSOs from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Representatives of ENTSO-E and the Belgian TSO Elia Group presented the European experience, knowledge and expertise on hosting power flows and their compensation within the framework of the Inter-TSO Compensation Agreement. Workshop participants discussed the various principles of the ITC mechanism and their applicability to the operation of Central Asia's integrated power system, as well as the practical implementation arrangements for such a mechanism.
On 14 October 2014, the Energy Charter Investment Group held a meeting in Brussels to discuss a wide rage of energy policy issues. The Group welcomed the In-Depth Review of the Investment Climate and Market Structure in the energy sector of Armenia. The review concluded that the government of Armenia had been successfully progressing with the institutional and structural reforms aimed at liberalising the country's energy sector, which had led to improvements in the country's overall investment climate. The Group agreed on policy conclusions and specific recommendations to the government of Armenia, which will be submitted to the Energy Charter Conference for adoption.
The Energy Charter was invited to the Ministerial Conference "Italy-Africa, Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future", which took place on 13-14 October 2014 in Rome within the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Participants included the energy ministers of Sub-Saharan countries, the African Union, Italian authorities, the European Union, IRENA, the African Development Bank, and the International Energy Agency, which presented its Africa Energy Outlook. A separate technical workshop focused on a "Dialogue Forum with the Private Sector in the Off-Grid Renewable Energy Market" in cooperation with the Africa-EU Energy Partnership.