ACER und das Sekretariat der Energiegemeinschaft rufen zu regionalen Maßnahmen auf, um den Zugang zu Gasfernleitungskapazitäten an den Grenzen zwischen der EU und der Energiegemeinschaft und innerhalb der Energiegemeinschaft zu verbessern

 

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Over the years, market players have raised numerous issues with access to gas transmission capacity at the borders between the European Union (EU) and the Energy Community, as well as within the Energy Community itself. As a consequence, the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Energy Community Secretariat (ECS) jointly held a public consultation to investigate how the market assesses access to capacity in the region, receiving 15 responses. As a follow up of the analysis, ACER and ECS publish today a joint summary note of the responses.

Among others, market users identified obstacles related to transparency, lack of connection between transmission capacity and commodity markets and gas quality standards. They also pointed out possible solutions including:

  • full adoption and application of the EU and Energy Community regulatory framework (e.g. Network Codes)
  • greater regulatory oversight and
  • addressing market dominance.

ACER and ECS call upon the national regulatory authorities (NRAs) and transmission system operators (TSOs) to follow up with the relevant market players on these issues. These actions can take place at regional level through the Gas Regional Initiative South-South East, whereas specific interconnection points may require action from individual NRAs and TSOs.

Find out more in the Summary Note.

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Umsetzung der Netzanschlusskodizes: weitere Maßnahmen zur Gewährleistung der vollständigen Einhaltung erforderlich

 

What is it about?

11.11.2021

Umsetzung der Netzanschlusskodizes: weitere Maßnahmen zur Gewährleistung der vollständigen Einhaltung erforderlichThe EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) publishes an updated analysis on the implementation of the Grid Connection Network Codes, looking at the:

  • Network code on requirements for grid connection of generators,

  • Network code on demand connection, and

  • Network code on requirements for grid connection of high voltage direct current systems and direct current-connected power park modules.

The latest editions of the Implementation Monitoring Reports concerning the Grid Connection Network Codes were published in December 2020. The analyses showed an overall satisfactory level of implementation, but also highlighted a few compliance issues in various Member States.

Following these publications, ACER requested regulatory authorities to provide an update of their national information (in particular those that were not compliant with the Grid Connection Network Codes).

The analysis published today provides an update based on the replies collected from the national regulatory authorities.

What are the latest findings?

ACER confirms the satisfactory implementation status as indicated in the previous reports. However, the analysis shows that only a few of the identified non-compliances have been addressed.

The report also outlines some key policy recommendations and invites relevant parties to ensure full compliance with the Network Codes. In particular, it emphasises:

  • the importance of implementing the connection rules stipulated in the Network Code on requirements for grid connection of high voltage direct current systems, and

  • the need for further actions to bring national legal frameworks into full compliance with the harmonized rules of the Grid Connection Network Codes.

Access the report.


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Individual Decisions

 

19.10.2021
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 13-2021 withdrawing Decision 08-2021 on the definition of system operation regions

 

07.10.2021
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 12-2021 on the Methodology for Sharing Firmness and Remuneration Costs of Long-Term Transmission Rights
Annexes
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 12-2021 on the FCA-FRC Methodology – Annex I
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 12-2021 on the FCA-FRC Methodology – Annex Ia
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 12-2021 on the FCA-FRC Methodology – Annex II

 

16.08.2021
Individual Decisions  ACER Decision 11-2021 on the Core Capacity Calculation Region Methodology for Market-Based Allocation
Annexes
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 11-2021 on the Core Capacity Calculation Region Methodology for Market-Based Allocation – Annex I
Individual Decisions  ACER Decision 11-2021 on the Core Capacity Calculation Region Methodology for Market-Based Allocation – Annex Ia
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 11-2021 on the Core Capacity Calculation Region Methodology for Market-Based Allocation – Annex II

 

16.08.2021
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 10-2021 on the Baltic Capacity Calculation Region Methodology for Market-Based Allocation
Annexes
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 10-2021 on the Baltic Capacity Calculation Region Methodology for Market-Based Allocation – Annex I
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 10-2021 on the Baltic Capacity Calculation Region Methodology for Market-Based Allocation – Annex Ia
Individual Decisions  ACER Decision 10-2021 on the Baltic Capacity Calculation Region Methodology for Market-Based Allocation – Annex II

 

26.07.2021
Individual Decisions  ACER Decision 09-2021 on the Austrian and Czech Request for Extension on Incremental Capacity

 

30.06.2021
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 08-2021 on the Definition of System Operation Regions (SOR)
Annexes
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 08-2021 on SOR – Annex I
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 08-2021 on SOR – Annex Ia
Individual Decisions  ACER Decision 08-2021 on SOR – Annex II
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 08-2021 on SOR – Annex III
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 08-2021 on SOR – Methodological annex – Annex IV

 

14.06.2021
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 07-2021 on the Amendment of the Methodology for Coordinating Operational Security Analysis
Annexes
Individual Decisions  ACER Decision 07-2021 on the Amendment of the Methodology for Coordinating Operational Security Analysis – Annex I
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 07-2021 on the Amendment of the Methodology for Coordinating Operational Security Analysis – Annex Ia

 

26.05.2021
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 03-2021 on Nordic MACZT    
Annexes
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 03-2021 on Nordic MACZT – Annex I
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 03-2021 on Nordic MACZT – Annex IIa
Individual Decisions  ACER Decision 03-2021 on Nordic MACZT – Annex IIb
Individual Decisions  
ACER Decision 03-2021 on Nordic MACZT – Annex IIc
Individual Decisions  ACER Decision 03-2021 on Nordic MACZT – Annex III

 

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Board of Appeal Members

 

APPOINTED FROM 18 October 2021

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Andrea Biondi Alain Marien
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Matti Supponen Ivona Stritof
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ACER consults on the amendment of the EU electricity balancing pricing methodology

 

What is it about?

ACER consults on the amendment of the EU electricity balancing pricing methodologyACER is gathering views and information regarding the proposal for the amendment of the methodology for pricing balancing energy and cross-border capacity used for the exchange of balancing energy or operating the imbalance netting process, which was submitted to ACER on 26 August 2021.

A public webinar will be held on 27 October 2021 on the same matter to present and discuss with stakeholders the proposal.

The consultation will run until 10 November 2021, 23:59 hrs (CET).​

Access the Consultation.

Background

On 26 August 2021, all Transmission System Operators’ (TSOs) submitted to the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) their proposal for the amendment of the methodology for pricing balancing energy and cross-zonal capacity used for the exchange of balancing energy or operating the imbalance netting process in accordance with the EU Regulation establishing a guideline on electricity balancing .

Next steps

Having provided further amendments to the TSOs proposal, ACER is collecting comments from stakeholders in order to take an informed decision.


Source – ACER consults on the amendment of the EU electricity balancing pricing methodology

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ACER-CEER Webinar on the Energy Retail and Consumer Protection Market Monitoring Report

 

Online, 10 November, 2021. From 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

ACER-CEER Webinar on the Energy Retail and Consumer Protection Market Monitoring ReportThe EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) are holding a webinar to present the main findings and recommendations of the Energy Retail and Consumer Protection Volume of the Market Monitoring Report (MMR) to be published by early November 2021.

The event will focus on:

• the structure and performance of European retail markets for electricity and gas
• the trends and developments in 2020, including the impacts of COVID-19 and beyond
• the report’s main conclusions and recommendations

The Agenda will be available soon.

Registerfor the webinar by Friday the 5th of November.

Background​

The MMR comprises three volumes analysing Europe’s energy markets in 2020: the Gas Wholesale Market Volume, the Electricity Wholesale Market Volume and the Energy Retail and Consumer Protection Volume.

The volumes are released on different dates: the 2020 Gas Wholesale Market Volume​ was published in summer 2021, while the Electricity Wholesale Market and Energy Retail Market and Consumer Protection Volumes will be published on 5 and 9 November 2021 respectively.

Do not miss: the ACER-CEER Webinar on the Electricity Wholesale Market Volume​ will take place on 5 November.

Online, 10 November, 2021. From 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

The EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) are holding a webinar to present the main findings and recommendations of the Energy Retail and Consumer Protection Volume of the Market Monitoring Report (MMR) to be published by early November 2021.

The event will focus on:

• the structure and performance of European retail markets for electricity and gas
• the trends and developments in 2020, including the impacts of COVID-19 and beyond
• the report’s main conclusions and recommendations

The Agenda will be available soon.

Registerfor the webinar by Friday the 5th of November.

Background​

 

The MMR comprises three volumes analysing Europe’s energy markets in 2020: the Gas Wholesale Market Volume, the Electricity Wholesale Market Volume and the Energy Retail and Consumer Protection Volume.

The volumes are released on different dates: the 2020 Gas Wholesale Market Volume​ was published in summer 2021, while the Electricity Wholesale Market and Energy Retail Market and Consumer Protection Volumes will be published on 5 and 9 November 2021 respectively.

Do not miss: the ACER-CEER Webinar on the Electricity Wholesale Market Volume​ will take place on 5 November.


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ACER approves principles for sharing costs of ensuring firmness and remuneration of long-term transmission rights in the EU

 

Two sets of rules for sharing the costs incurred by TSOs

TransmissionpillarsThe EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) publishes a Decision on the principles for sharing the costs of ensuring firmness and remuneration of long-term transmission rights (LTTRs).

The decis​ion determines two sets of rules for sharing the costs incurred by Transmission System Operators (TSOs):

  • The first principle regulates the costs incurred in case of long-term cross-zonal capacity’s curtailment before the day-ahead firmness deadline. This can happen to ensure the operation remains within the operational security limits.

  • The second principle manages the costs incurred to remunerate the long-term transmission rights after the re-allocation of cross-zonal capacity to the single day-ahead coupling.

The principles will be applied together with the regional capacity calculation methodologies.

Process update from 7 October 2021

The previous decision on the same topic issued on 23 October 2020 is repealed.

Following an appeal by the Polish TSO in April 2021, ACER’s Board of Appeal found that if the flow-based approach for capacity allocation is used, the previous decision did not guarantee consistency with the congestion income distribution methodology, as required by the EU Regulation on forward capacity allocation.

For that reason, ACER adopted this new decision that ensures the above-mentioned consistency.

Find out more on ACER Decision 12/2021.

Access ACER Decision 25/2020 (repealed)​.

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ACER pledges to reduce its carbon footprint with its Greening Action Plan (2021-2022)

 

With the adoption of its Greening Action Plan 2021-2022, ACER pledges to reduce its own carbon footprint as an organisation.

ACER-Greening-Action-PlaACER’s desire to become greener and more digital as an organisation is not surprising for an EU Agency that plays such a pivotal role in the delivery of Europe’s ambition to be climate neutral by 2050.

Decarbonising the energy sector is a core pillar of the European Green Deal. Europe’s decarbonisation goals relies on integrated European energy markets. This lies at the heart of ACER’s work. Safe and sustainable energy is in turn a key enabler of a competitive and climate-neutral EU economy.

What’s in the ACER Greening Action Plan 2021-2022?

ACER has adopted its first Greening Action Plan identifying 17 concrete actions that aim to reduce the Agency’s carbon footprint in the course of 2021 and 2022, with a strong cross-departmental effort.

This commitment shows ACER’s readiness to implement concrete greening actions, and to support the efforts of its staff and members embracing innovation and sustainable ways of working.

ACER actions fall into six thematic action domains, inspired by the European Commission’s Feasibility and Scoping Study for the Commission to Become Climate Neutral by 2030:

  • Design sustainable buildings and working space;
  • Optimise energy consumption and systems for buildings;
  • Reconsider air travel and promote sustainable travel modes;
  • Reduce commuting emissions for transport and mobility;
  • Reduce GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions from purchase and consumption;
  • Manage and communicate for other sources of emissions.

The Agency was invited by its Administrative Board to prepare its first Greening Action Plan for 2021-2022.

ACER’s Greening Action Plan details the current state of play as well as the planned actions of the Agency factoring in the available resources.

Read more on the ACER Greening Action Plan (2021-2022).

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This edition will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the regulation with a series of events

 

25th of October 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the Regulation on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT), which came into force in 2011 to support open and fair competition in the European wholesale energy markets.

The massive decarbonisation of the European energy system will increasingly rely on more integrated energy markets. Otherwise, the cost of the transition is likely to be much higher, endangering social acceptance. One aspect often overlooked of such further reliance on integrated energy markets is the ability to have trust in these markets, ensuring they are free of manipulation and other damaging trading behaviour. This is the contribution of REMIT, the most advanced energy market monitoring effort on the planet. As such, making sure REMIT evolves alongside energy system change in Europe is the ‘political corollary’ of relying on the further integration of energy markets across Member States to secure the objectives set at the highest levels of government.

What is this year’s REMIT Forum about?

In the past 10 years, ACER successfully implemented practically all pieces of REMIT. In the years to come the REMIT landscape will either continue to develop and fine-tune or there may be a call for revision and changes. With a series of events in October this year, ACER aims to reflect back and to provide a high-level forum to discuss the future.

What format will the REMIT forum 2021 take?

The 5th REMIT Forum will be organised as a series of virtual events: On 25 October an introductory webinar to REMIT will be followed by the main plenary session, which will foster a high level political discussion among key stakeholders. On 26 and 28 October, the Forum will provide special interest groups sessions on data, reporting and technology as well as on the ACER Guidance.

Register for the Forum by Thursday 21 October.

Access the Agenda for the Plenary session.


Monday 25th October (10.00-12.00 CET).

Open webinar: Introduction to REMIT


Monday 25th October (14.00-17.00 CET).

Plenary session “10 years of REMIT – what is next?”


Tuesday 26th October (14.00-16.00 CET).

Special session: “REMIT data and technology”


Thursday 28th October (14.00-16.30 CET).

Special session: “6th version of the ACER guidance”

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ACER to decide on the amendment of the common pricing methodology for European electricity balancing markets

 

What is it about?

The EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) has received on 26 August 2021 all transmission system operators (TSOs)’ proposal to amend the common methodology for harmonising the pricing balancing energy and cross-border capacity across the European electricity markets. The methodology is used for operating the exchange of balancing energy in the EU platforms or the imbalance netting process. The amendment proposes a reduction of the technical price limits of the integrated balancing energy markets. 

What are the next steps?

ACER will reach a decision on the proposal by 26 February 2022.

To take an informed decision, ACER will collect inputs by discussing with TSOs and National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in the course of the decision making process.

To collect inputs from all interested stakeholders, ACER will:

  • open a public consultation from early October until early November 2021

  • hold a public workshop (mid-October 2021)

What is the benefit of having a common pricing methodology for Europe?

The common pricing methodology for balancing energy and cross-border capacity provides the rules for the efficient and harmonised pricing of the balancing energy at European level, resulting from:

  • bids activation

  • cross-border capacity used for the exchange of balancing energy.

How does ACER contribute?

ACER ensures the decision on all-TSOs’ proposal is in line with the objectives of the Electricity Balancing Regulation and fulfils the legal obligations set out by its Article 30(2), as well as with those of the Regulation on the internal market for electricity.

 

Source: ACER

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