On 2 November 2018, in Astana, the central office of KEGOC hosted the 53rd meeting of CIS Electric Power Council (CIS EPC).
It was attended by delegations of power regulators and companies of the electric power industry from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, and Uzbekistan and the representatives of the CIS Executive Committee, the Eurasian Economic Commission, and 'Energiya' Coordinating Dispatch Centre.
Alexander Novak, President of CIS Electric Power Council, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation opened the meeting with the opening remarks and gave the floor to Kanat Bozumbayev, the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan, who addressed the meeting with a welcoming speech.
The meeting participants discussed the most topical issues of interstate cooperation of the CIS electric power systems. In particular, the heads of the CIS delegations presented the information on the progress of preparing their respective power systems for the autumn-winter period 2018-2019, and a number of documents of the Commission for Coordination of the Operational and Technological Cooperation of the Energy Systems of the CIS and Baltic states (CCOTC).
Also, the meeting discussed and approved amendments to the Strategy (main areas) of interaction and cooperation of the CIS member states in power industry, the work plan of the CIS Electric Power Council for 2019 and other documents regulating personnel training, activities of CIS EPS working groups. During the meeting, it was decided to award the title of honour 'Honourable Power Engineer of the CIS' to a number of representatives of the CIS electric power systems.
The CIS Electric Power Council was established in accordance with the intergovernmental Agreement on coordination of interstate relations in the electric power industry of the CIS dated 14 February 1992.
The main goal of CIS EPS is to conduct joint and coordinated actions of the Commonwealth member states in the electric power industry aimed at ensuring the stable and reliable power supply to the economy and population of the Commonwealth member states based on the efficient functioning of the unification of power systems of the CIS member states.