New Rules for the Electricity Market and Grid Operation

Europe’s electricity networks are currently operated according to national rules that govern the actions of operators and determine how access is given to users. The European Union is adopting a common set of rules, commonly known as Network Codes, which will enable electricity network operators, generators, suppliers and consumers to operate more effectively in the pan-European electricity market. The harmonisation of national rules will promote the efficient use of cross-border interconnection between countries and will provide a more secure and reliable electricity system with an increased level of renewable generation.

Over the past several years we, together with other members of ENTSO-E, have been working hard to develop the Network Codes. The final rules are proposed by the European Commission and adopted by the European Parliament before becoming binding European law. The focus now is to identify what necessary changes are required in Ireland and Northern Ireland to ensure that our national legislation is compliant to these new rules when they begin to enter into force.

A substantial amount of work has already been achieved to prepare for these new rules, including the new design of the Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM). We continue to work with our regulators, governments and key stakeholders to ensure timely delivery.  

Network Codes and Guidelines

The current European Electricity Network Codes and Guidelines are as follows:

All-Island Forum for European Stakeholders

The All-Island Forum for European Stakeholders provides information on the development and implementation of new European rules for the electricity market and grid operation and on other areas of European electricity policy.

Previous forum information can be found in our online library or by clicking on the meeting date below.

For further information, please contact info@eirgrid.com.

Publications

As required by the European Network Codes and Guidelines, a number of additional documents are to be published either by ENTSO-E, TSOs or national regulatory authorities. Below are the documents and associated decision letters.

16.04.2018 Article 17 of the Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1719 establishing a guideline on forward capacity allocation (the FCA Regulation), requires the approval of all regulatory authorities of the Generation and Load Data Provision Methodology.

  • 11.07.17 All TSOs submit a proposal for a GLDPM. GLDPM-v2
  • 03.07.17 EirGrid submits the proposal to CRU.
  • 23.10.17 NRAs unanimously approve without NRAs requiring an amendment.
  • 14.12.17 CRU approves the GLDPM for FCA. Letter of approval

Article 16 of Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1222 of 24 July 2015 establishing a guideline on capacity allocation and congestion management (the CACM Regulation), requires the approval of all regulatory authorities of the Generation and Load Data Provision Methodology.

  • 27.05.16 All TSOs submit a proposal for a GLDPM. GLDPM-v1
  • 13.06.16 EirGrid submits the proposal to CER.
  • 28.10.16 NRAs unanimously approve without the NRAs requiring an amendment.
  • 17.01.17 CER approves the GLDPM. Letter of approval

 

16.04.18 Article 18 of the Commission Regulation EU) 2016/1719 establishing a guideline on forward capacity allocation (the FCA Regulation), requires the approval of all regulatory authorities of the Common Grid Model methodology.

  • 11.07.2017 All TSOs submit a proposal for a CGMM.
  • 03.07.2017 EirGrid submits the proposal to CRU.
  • 05.03.2018 CRU requests amendment to the CGMM. Letter requesting amendment

Article 9(6) of Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1222 of 24 July 2015, establishing a guideline on capacity allocation and congestion management (the CACM Regulation), requires the approval of all regulatory authorities of the common grid model methodology.

 

 

Article 44 of Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1222 of 24 July 2015, establishing a guideline on capacity allocation and congestion management (the CACM Regulation), requires a proposal for robust and timely fallback procedures to ensure efficient, transparent and non-discriminatory capacity allocation in the event that the single day-ahead coupling process is unable to produce results.

14.12.16 EirGrid submits proposal to CER on behalf of IU CCR TSOs. IU TSOs proposal for fallback procedures

Explanatory document

13.06.17 Approval by the IU Regulatory Authorities. Letter of approval

14.06.17 CER approves the proposal. Letter of approval

 

 

Article 69 of Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1222 of 24 July 2015, establishing a guideline on capacity allocation and congestion management (the CACM Regulation), requires a common proposal for a single day- ahead firmness deadline.

14.12.16 EirGrid submits proposal to CER on behalf of All TSOs. All TSOs proposal for day-ahead firmness deadline (DAFD) 

Explanatory document

15.05.17 Approval by All Regulatory Authorities. Letter of approval

19.06.17 CER approves the proposal. Letter of approval

 

Article 7 of Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1222 of 24 July 2015, establishing a guideline on capacity allocation and congestion management (the CACM Regulation), requires a plan that sets out how to jointly set up and perform the MCO functions.

14.12.16 The interim NEMO Committee submits a proposal to All NRAs. Letter for submission of proposal

All NEMO proposal for the MCO Plan

15.02.17 CER request an amendment to the MCO plan. Request for amendment

13.04.17 The interim NEMO Committee re-submits a proposal to All NRAs. All NEMO proposal for MCO plan

16.06.17 Approval by All Regulatory Authorities. Letter of approval

26.06.17 CER approves the proposal. Letter of approval

 

 

 

Consultations

A number of consultations will be held prior to the submission of proposed new local, regional and European rules.

For European and Regional consultations please visit the ENTSO-E consultation hub.

Local consultations related to the Network Codes are shown below.

06.07.2018 The Network Code Demand Connection Code is one of three Connection Codes which form part of the European Network Codes. It seeks to provide a clear legal framework for grid connections and facilitate electricity trading whilst ensuring system security, facilitating the integration of demand side system services and ensuring a more efficient use of the network.

DCC ‘entered into force’ on 7 September 2016, and applies to demand Units, demand facilities, distribution systems and closed distribution systems that conclude a final and binding contract for the purchase of their main plant after 7 September  2018.

As part of the national implementation of DCC, the relevant TSO of each member state needs to submit a proposal for requirements of general application. It is not a requirement of DCC to consult upon the proposal for requirements of general application prior to submission to the CRU. The TSO and DSO are issuing this consultation document in the interest of transparency and to ensure that the TSO and DSO have the best information available to them to submit an appropriate set of recommendations to the CRU for the proposal of requirements of general application

We look forward to receiving your feedback and using it to improve our proposal. A template has been provided to facilitate this feedback. Please email your submission by 10 August 2018 to gridcode@eirgrid.com with the subject title “DCC Consultation on Parameter Selection - Ireland”.

Download the consultation document here.

Download the response template here.

06.07.2018 The Network Code Demand Connection Code is one of three Connection Codes which form part of the European Network Codes. It seeks to provide a clear legal framework for grid connections and facilitate electricity trading whilst ensuring system security, facilitating the integration of demand side system services and ensuring a more efficient use of the network.

DCC ‘entered into force’ on 7 September 2016, and applies to demand Units, demand facilities, distribution systems and closed distribution systems that conclude a final and binding contract for the purchase of their main plant after 7 September  2018.

As part of the national implementation of DCC, the relevant TSO of each member state needs to submit a proposal for requirements of general application. It is not a requirement of DCC to consult upon the proposal for requirements of general application prior to submission to the UR. The TSO and DSO are issuing this consultation document in the interest of transparency and to ensure that the TSO and DSO have the best information available to them to submit an appropriate set of recommendations to the UR for the proposal of requirements of general application

We look forward to receiving your feedback and using it to improve our proposal. A template has been provided to facilitate this feedback. Please email your submission by 10 August 2018 to gridcode@soni.ltd.uk with the subject title “DCC Consultation on Parameter Selection - Northern Ireland”.

Download the consultation document here.

Download the response template here.

18.06.2018 EirGrid and ESB Networks submitted our ‘Proposal for the General Application of the RfG Requirements for Ireland’ to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities on 16 May 2018. 

Download the proposal document here.

13.02.2018 The TSOs and DSOs have received a number of requests for an extension to the consultation deadline. As this is the first major Network Code consultation for the implementation of the Connection Codes, we have decided to extend the deadline by an extra week until Friday 16th of February.

It is important to note that there are a significant number of consultations in relation to Network Code implementation and it may not be possible to allow deadline extensions in the future.

26.01.2018 Following the Workshop on the RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection Ireland, dated 16.01.2018, EirGrid and ESB Networks have updated the consultation document with a number of clarifications.

RfG Parameter Consultation Ireland Updated with Clarifications RED LINE VERSION

RfG Parameter Consultation Ireland Updated with Clarifications GREEN LINE VERSION

The slide deck from the Workshop on the RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection Ireland, dated 16.01.2018, is available here.

04.01.2018 To facilitate public engagement on the RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection – Ireland, the TSO (EirGrid) and the DSO (ESB Networks) will host an industry workshop in Dublin on 16 January 2018. This will provide an opportunity for discussion on the proposed RfG parameters for Ireland. This workshop will be hosted in the EirGrid Offices in Dublin and will also be available online through Skype for Business.

Registration for both onsite and online participation is required in advance and should be carried out using the following link: Registration for Workshop on RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection – IRELAND. Please register before close of business on Friday 12 January.

20.12.2017 The Network Code Requirements for Generators (RfG) is one of three Connection Codes which form part of the European Network Codes. It seeks to provide a clear legal framework for grid connections and facilitate electricity trading whilst ensuring system security, facilitating the integration of renewable energy and ensuring a more efficient use of the network.

RfG ‘entered into force’ on 17 May 2016, and applies to generators that conclude a final and binding contract for the purchase of their main generating plant after 17 May 2018.

The requirements in RfG apply to generators with a Maximum Capacity of 800W or greater connecting to either the transmission or distribution networks in Ireland. These requirements cover different technical criteria and apply to generators based on their RfG Classification Type  (i.e. A, B, C and D). As part of the national implementation of RfG, the relevant TSO of each member state needs to submit a proposal for requirements of general application. It is not a requirement of RfG to consult upon the proposal for requirements of general application prior to submission to the CRU. The TSO and DSO are issuing this consultation document in the interest of transparency and to ensure that the TSO and DSO have the best information available to them to submit an appropriate set of recommendations to the CRU for the proposal of requirements of general application

We look forward to receiving your feedback and using it to improve our proposal. A template has been provided to facilitate this feedback. Please email your submission by 09/02/2018 to GridCode@eirgrid.com with the subject title “RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection - Ireland”.

Download the consultation document here.

Download the response template here.

 

13.02.2018 The TSOs and DSOs have received a number of requests for an extension to the consultation deadline. As this is the first major Network Code consultation for the implementation of the Connection Codes, we have decided to extend the deadline by an extra week until Friday 16th of February.

It is important to note that there are a significant number of consultations in relation to Network Code implementation and it may not be possible to allow deadline extensions in the future.

26.01.2018 Following the Workshop on the RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection Northern Ireland, dated 11.01.2018, SONI and NIE Networks have updated the consultation document with a number of clarifications.

RfG Parameter Consultation Northern Ireland Updated with Clarifications RED LINE VERSION

RfG Parameter Consultation Northern Ireland Updated with Clarifications GREEN LINE VERSION

The slide deck from the Workshop on the RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection Northern Ireland, dated 11.01.2018, is available here.

04.01.2018 To facilitate public engagement on the RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection – Northern Ireland, the TSO (SONI) and the DSO (NIE Networks) will host an industry workshop in Belfast on 11 January 2018. This will provide an opportunity for discussion on the proposed RfG parameters for Northern Ireland. This workshop will be hosted in the SONI offices in Belfast and will also be available online through Skype for Business.

Registration for both onsite and online participation is required in advance and should be carried out via the following link: Registration for Workshop on RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection – NORTHERN IRELAND

To help us manage logistics we would kindly ask that anyone who plans to attend the workshop at the SONI offices registers their attendance before 5pm on Monday 08 January 2018.

20.12.2017 The Network Code Requirements for Generators (RfG) is one of three Connection Codes which form part of the European Network Codes. It seeks to provide a clear legal framework for grid connections and facilitate electricity trading whilst ensuring system security, facilitating the integration of renewable energy and ensuring a more efficient use of the network.

RfG ‘entered into force’ on 17 May 2016, and applies to generators that conclude a final and binding contract for the purchase of their main generating plant after 17 May 2018.

The requirements in RfG apply to generators with a Maximum Capacity of 800W or greater connecting to either the transmission or distribution networks in Northern Ireland. These requirements cover different technical criteria and apply to generators based on their RfG Classification Type  (i.e. A, B, C and D). As part of the national implementation of RfG, the relevant TSO of each member state needs to submit a proposal for requirements of general application. It is not a requirement of RfG to consult upon the proposal for requirements of general application prior to submission to the Utility Regulator. The TSO and DSO are issuing this consultation document in the interest of transparency and to ensure that the TSO and DSO have the best information available to them to submit an appropriate set of recommendations to the Utility Regulator for the proposal of requirements of general application.

We look forward to receiving your feedback and using it to improve our proposal. A template has been provided to facilitate this feedback. Please email your submission by 09/02/2018 to gridcode@soni.ltd.uk with the subject title “RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection – Northern Ireland”.

Download the consultation document here.

Download the response template here.

 

29.11.2017 This public consultation is a proposal for the determination of Load Frequency Control blocks in accordance with Article 6 (3) (g) and Article 141(2) of Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1485 establishing a guideline on electricity transmission system operation.

This public consultation document is produced jointly by EirGrid plc in its role as the Transmission System Operator in Ireland and SONI Ltd in its role as the Transmission System Operator in Northern Ireland.

This consultation applies to the synchronous area that spans Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Responses should be submitted to EirGrid and SONI at gridcode@eirgrid.com before 5pm on 8 January 2018.

Download the consultation document here.

 

22.08.18 EirGrid and ESB Networks submitted our ‘Proposal for RfG Banding Thresholds’ to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities on 16 May 2018. 

Download the proposal document here

07.04.17 The Network Code Requirements for Generators (RfG) is one of three Connection Codes which form part of the European Network Codes. It seeks to provide a clear legal framework for grid connections and facilitate electricity trading whilst ensuring system security, facilitating the integration of renewable energy and ensuring a more efficient use of the network.

RfG ‘entered into force’ on 17 May 2016, and applies to generators that conclude a final and binding contract for the purchase of their main generating plant after 17 May 2018.

The RfG defines the requirements applicable to new generators with a maximum capacity of 800 W or greater. Generators are placed into one of four ‘type’ categories A-D which determines technical capabilities to support System Operators.  As part of the national implementation of RfG, the relevant TSO of each member state needs to set banding thresholds. TSOs can either apply the maximum MW boundaries as defined in the RfG or, where it is reasonable, choose lower values. This consultation describes the EirGrid proposal for applying the boundaries as defined in the RfG.

We look forward to receiving your feedback and using it to improve our proposal. Please email your submission by 15/05/2017 to GridCode@eirgrid.com with the subject title “RfG Banding Threshold Consultation - Ireland”.

Download the consultation document here.

14.07.17 The TSO has considered the responses to the RfG Banding Threshold Consultation as published on 7 April 2017 and has issued a Minded-To Position Paper that can be downloaded here.