Alberto Pototschnig, currently chair and CEO of energy consultants Mercados EMI Europe, has been designated as the first director of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).
His term of office is 5 years, renewable once for up to 3 years.
Pototschnig has worked on regulatory and related issues in a number of different capacities over a long period, including with the Italian Energy Regulatory Authority (AEEG) during its early days, as the first CEO of the Italian Electricity Market Operator, and as advisor to the Italian government. Since 2004, he has been an advisor to the Florence School of Regulation. He is an econometrician by training.
“We warmly welcome the designation of Mr Pototschnig as the Agency’s first director who is charged with setting up and managing the Agency. He can count on the full support of all national regulators represented in the Agency’s Board of Regulators,” said ACER’s Board of Regulators’ chair, Lord Mogg.
ACER has been established to provide oversight and advice at the European level, complementing the regulatory tasks performed at national level. The organization, which will become fully operational by March 2011, will play a key role in the integration of the European markets in electricity and natural gas.