ACER consultation on Core Capacity Calculation methodology

04.12.2018

Complex issues require precise phrasing. Therefore the new public consultation of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) is called: “Public Consultation on the amendments of the proposal for common capacity calculation methodology for the Core region”. The consultation has opened on 4 December and will be accessible until midnight on Christmas Eve. Invited to participate are all interested stakeholders, including regulatory authorities, nominated electricity market operators (NEMOs) and transmission system operators (TSOs).

What exactly is the objective of the survey? The Capacity Calculation Methodology (CCM) quantifies the electrical capacity that can be offered across borders to the day-ahead and intraday markets. The Core CCM is valid within the Core Capacity Calculation Region (CCR), which comprises Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The TSOs from the Core CCR – among them are the twelve TSCNET shareholders 50Hertz, Amprion, APG, ČEPS, ELES, HOPS, MAVIR, PSE, SEPS, TenneT, Transelectrica and TransnetBW – have conceived and proposed amendments to the Core CCM.

The competent regulatory authorities of the Core CCR have not yet approved the TSO proposal and asked ACER to decide on whether the modified Core CCM complies with the European Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management (CACM) Regulation. Interested parties are invited to provide feedback on the consultation questions concerning the relevant aspects of the Core CCM.

ACER launches public consultation on the compliance of the Core CCM proposed by the Core TSOs with the European CACM Regulation

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> See ACER press release (html)
> Direct access to consultation (html)

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Acer decision on fallback procedures for Core CCR

09.10.2018

In March 2018, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) was asked by the competent regulatory authorities to decide on the amended proposal of the transmission system operators (TSOs) from the Core Capacity Calculation Region (CCR) regarding the Core CCR fallback procedures. In the following August, ACER invited all interested stakeholders to share their views on the issue in a public consultation. After evaluating the survey, ACER has now published its decision on revisions to the methodology for fallback procedures.

The Core CCR consists of sixteen Central European TSOs, twelve of which are TSCNET shareholders: APG (Austria), ČEPS (Czechia), ELES (Slovenia), HOPS (Croatia), MAVIR (Hungary), PSE (Poland), SEPS (Slovakia), Transelectrica (Romania), the Dutch-German TSO TenneT, and the three further TSOs from Germany 50Hertz, Amprion, and TransnetBW. ACER’s decision introduces minimal changes to fallback procedures in order to improve legal clarity and enforceability. Most importantly, instead of five different shadow allocation rules, only a single set of rules is adopted by the Agency, which specifies in its decision to which bidding zone borders these rules apply.

ACER has published its decision on the improvement of the fallback procedures proposed by the TSOs of the Core CCR

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> See ACER press release (html, with access to decision and consultation results)

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ACER consultation on fallback procedures

02.08.2018

The relevant regulatory authorities have asked the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) to review the fallback procedures in the Core Capacity Calculation Region (CCR) with regard to the European Regulation on Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management (CACM). The Core CCR consists of sixteen central European transmission system operators (TSOs), eleven of which are TSCNET shareholders: APG (Austria), ČEPS (Czechia), ELES (Slovenia), HOPS (Croatia), MAVIR (Hungary), PSE (Poland), SEPS (Slovakia), the Dutch-German TSO TenneT, and the three further TSOs from Germany, 50Hertz, Amprion, and TransnetBW.

The Core TSOs prepared an amended proposal for the CCR fallback procedures. ACER now has been given the task of verifying that this proposal complies with the respective guideline on CACM Regulation of the European Union. Since ACER has to adopt a profound decision on this matter, the Agency takes interest in the comments from different parties on some elements of the amended proposal in order to substantiate this decision. The related public consultation is open til 24 August and all interested stakeholders, including regulatory authorities, nominated electricity market operators and TSOs, are invited to submit their comments.

ACER opens public consultation on the compliance of the fallback procedures proposed by the TSOs of the Core CCR with the CACM Regulation.

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> See ACER press release (html, with access to consultation document)

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Consultation on TYNDP 2020 scenario storylines

04.07.2018

Following the release of the final Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) 2018 scenarios earlier this year, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has already begun devising the TYNDP 2020. The TYNDPs are biennial network development exercises executed jointly by ENTSO-E and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) on behalf of their respective member transmission system operators (TSOs).

The TYNDP 2020, just like its predecessors, will provide the framework for a thorough identification of necessary investments and promising infrastructure projects. The ENTSOs have prepared the 2020 scenario storylines and subsequently launched a public consultation on the proposals. The five TYNDP 2020 storylines include “National Trends”, “Global Ambition”, “European Focus”, “Distributed Energy”, and “Delayed Transition”. Stakeholders and interested parties are welcome to give feedback and vote on the storylines via the integrated ranking system. The consultation will be open until 7 September 2018.

ENTSO-E opens public consultation on the storylines of the TYNDP 2020 scenarios.

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> See ENTSO-E press release (html, with access to consultation and relevant documents)

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German TSOs open consultation on control reserve

13.04.2018

The four German transmission system operators (TSOs) 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT, and TransnetBW have opened a public consultation on their draft for the revision of modalities for reserve control providers. The four TSCNET shareholders thus fulfill a requirement from the EU Guideline on Electricity Balancing of 23 November 2017. Market participants are welcome to comment on the draft from 12 April to 13 May.

At the core of the consultation are the modalities for providers of control reserve for primary control power, secondary control power, and minutes reserve. The consultation will be accompanied by a workshop on 23 April in Nuremberg in the German state of Bavaria. Here, market players have the opportunity to discuss the new rules for reserve control suppliers with representatives of the TSOs.

> See Amprion press release, in German (html)
> See TenneT press release, in German (html)
> See TransnetBW press release, in German (html)
> Access to consultation and information on workshop at regelleistung.net (html)

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Europe Power System 2040

08.02.2018

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The Ten Year Network Development Plan 2018 (TYNDP 2018) is the forthcoming master plan for developing the European transmission system. Last autumn, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) issued several TYNDP 2018 Scenarios for public consultation. The reassessed scenarios form the basis for the next stage of the TYNDP 2018, the release of the first pan-European report “Europe Power System 2040: completing the map” and six correlating regional investment plans. Yet again, ENTSO-E invites all interested members of the public to participate in a consultation on these reports, which closes on 28 February and will be accompanied by a public webinar.

While the reports do not give final answers to all the vital questions concerning the sustainable, reliable and efficient “European Power System 2040”, they do provide assessments and analyses by the transmission system operators (TSOs) on future hardware, software or regulatory needs. Laurent Schmitt, Secretary General of ENTSO-E, explains: “Today’s reports have the strong advantage of for the first time attempting to put numbers on what would be the consequences of not upgrading our system.” Schmitt adds, that “already today about one third of the power generation mix is provided through variable renewables.” Hence, a profound modernisation and extension of the European grid turns out to be an indispensable must. “The power networks that were built in Europe since the early days of electricity have to adapt – meaning also be augmented as well as digitalised,” concludes Schmitt.

The final version of the TYNDP 2018, including a cost benefit analysis of about 200 transmission and storage projects, will be released in the course of this year. It will serve as decision-making tool to determine future European Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). Ideally, it will propose the right investments in the right places, with the right technologies and regulations.

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Picture: ENTSO-E

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> See ENTSO-E press release (html, with access to reports and consultation web form)

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TYNDP 2018 – participate and consultate!

03.10.2017

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) is working intensively on the design of the new Ten Year Network Development Plan 2018 (TYNDP 2018). Understandably, ENTSO-E depends on the close cooperation with its member transmission system operators (TSOs). TSOs and stakeholders are invited to become an integral part of the TYNPD 2018.

Concurrently with the publication of a draft TYNDP 2018 Scenario Report – for the first time in tandem with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) – the two ENTSOs have opened a public stakeholder consultation on the report, which is accessible until 10 November 2017. The document presents three different scenarios heading for a low-carbon future energy system in line with EU targets.

Apart from that, ENTSO-E welcomes the submission of projects to be included in the TYNDP 2018. Interested TSOs (and storage promoters) can apply for inclusion until 30 November 2017. From December 2017 to January 2018, ENTSO-E will assess the submitted projects with respect to the administrative and technical criteria and in February, ENTSO-E will communicate the decisions on acceptance or not to all applicants.

> See ENTSO-E news release on TYNDP consultation (html, access to Scenario Report and consultation web form)
> See ENTSO-E news release on TYNDP participation (html, access to exemplifying documents and online submission tool)

Picture: Illustration based on ENTSO-E and ENTSO-G Scenario Report

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Public consultation CCM packages

03.07.2017

ENTSO-E has published two documents that insiders consider to be milestones: The “Core TSOs’ proposal on the Day-Ahead Flow-based Capacity Calculation Methodology” (DA FB CCM) and the “Core TSOs’ proposal on the Intraday Flow-based Capacity Calculation Methodology” (ID FB CCM). The proposals were developed by the transmission system operators (TSOs) of the Core Capacity Calculation Region (Core CCR), among them the eleven TSC member TSOs 50Hertz (Germany), Amprion (Germany), APG (Austria), ČEPS (Czechia), ELES (Slovenia), HOPS (Croatia), MAVIR (Hungary), PSE (Poland), TENNET (Germany and the Netherlands), and TransnetBW (Germany), supported by the two Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) Coreso and TSCNET Services.

After the approval of the national regulatory authorities, the documents now have been published. Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback until the end of July. The public consultation process, as foreseen by the Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management Guideline (CACM GL), will be followed by the completion of the methodology and its final approval.

“Even though this is a very important milestone, it is still one of many,” says Predrag Vujovic, Capacity Calculation Operations Manager at TSCNET. “We are confident that our fruitful cooperation will put us in a position to reach the actual milestone: The successful implementation of the D-2 CC business process!”

> See ENTSO-E webpage on Core ID CCM (html)
> See ENTSO-E webpage on Core DA CCM (html)

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