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Cross-border exchanges in electricity
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Cross-border exchanges in electricity
WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?
It aims to lay down rules for cross-border exchanges in electricity with a view to improving competition and harmonisation in the EU’s single market for electricity.
Certification of transmission system operators (TSOs)
National regulatory authorities send the European Commission notification of decisions concerning the certification of a transmission system operators (TSO)*. The Commission has 2 months to deliver its opinion to the national regulatory authority. The authority then adopts the final decision concerning the certification of the TSO.
European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSOE)
The ENTSOE is responsible for managing the electricity transmission system and for allowing the trading and supply of electricity across borders in the EU.
Tasks of the ENTSOE
The ENTSOE is responsible for drawing up and/or adopting:
ACER reviews all network codes developed by ENTSOE. If it is satisfied that it meets the guidelines, ACER submits it to the Commission recommending its adoption.
Regional cooperation of transmission system operators
TSOs must establish regional cooperation within the ENTSOE and publish a regional investment plan every 2 years, on which investments may be based.
Inter-transmission system operator compensation mechanism and charges for access to the networks
TSOs receive compensation for costs incurred as a result of hosting cross-border flows of electricity on their networks. The compensation is paid by the operators of national transmission systems from which cross-border flows originate. The costs are established on the basis of forecasted costs. Charges for access to networks are also applied by network operators.
General principles of congestion management
Network congestion* problems are to be addressed with non-discriminatory solutions based on mechanisms which give economic signals to the market participants and TSOs. Once capacity is allocated, it can only be ‘curtailed’ by a TSOs in emergency situations once all other reasonable alternatives have been exhausted to deal with the issue. In the event of curtailment of allocated capacity, compensation must be paid to market participants except in cases of force majeure.
Rules for new interconnectors
New interconnectors* may request a temporary exemption from the general rules governing the use of congestion revenues, the unbundling* of distribution systems and TSOs and third-party access. Exemption would be on the condition that:
There is a general obligation to make available to market participants the maximum possible capacity of interconnectors for cross-border flows, while respecting safety standards related to the secure operation of the network.
National regulatory authorities send the Commission draft decisions concerning the exemption of a new interconnector from all or part of the following rules:
The Commission has 2 months to request the national regulatory authority to amend or withdraw the exemption. The authority then adopts the final decision concerning the exemption.
FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?
It has applied since 3 March 2011. It repeals Regulation (EC) No 1228/2003 with effect from 2 March 2011.
Regulation (EC) No 714/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 on conditions for access to the network for cross-border exchanges in electricity and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1228/2003 (OJ L 211, 14.8.2009, pp. 15-35)
Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 714/2009 have been incorporated in the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.
Commission Regulation (EU) No 838/2010 of 23 September 2010 on laying down guidelines relating to the inter-transmission system operator compensation mechanism and a common regulatory approach to transmission charging (OJ L 250, 24.9.2010, pp. 5-11)
last update 08.05.2018