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.

14.11.2018 Regulation (EU) 2017/2196 establishing a network code on electricity emergency and restoration (NCER) aims to maintain operational safety and prevent the spread of an incident on the electricity network that could result in a widespread failure.

Consequential to a number of requirements mandated by NCER, EirGrid is seeking your feedback on a number of documents. The documents are available for download:

  1. System restoration plan for Ireland
  2. System defence plan for Ireland
  3. The terms and conditions to act as a defence and restoration service provider for Ireland
  4. The rules for the suspension and restoration of market activities for Ireland
  5. Response proforma

The consultation runs from 14 November 2018 to 5pm close of business 13 December 2018 inclusive.

We look forward to receiving your feedback and will use it to inform our submissions to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities. A response proforma has been provided to facilitate this feedback (see document 5 above). Please email your submission by 17.00 on 13 December 2018 to gridcode@eirgrid.com with the subject title “Emergency and Restoration Consultation - Ireland”.

09.11.2018 The Network Code HVDC 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 HVDC connections, including DC-connected Power Park Modules, as well as the associated system services while ensuring a more efficient use of the network.

HVDC ‘entered into force’ on 15 September 2016, and applies to high voltage direct current systems and direct current-connected power park modules that conclude a final and binding contract for the purchase of their main plant after 15 September  2018.

As part of the national implementation of HVDC, the relevant TSO of each member state needs to submit a proposal for requirements of general application. It is not a requirement of HVDC to consult upon the proposal for requirements of general application prior to submission to the CRU. The TSO is issuing this consultation document in the interest of transparency and to ensure that the TSO has 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 7 December 2018 to GridCode@eirgrid.com with the subject title “HVDC Consultation on Parameter Selection - Ireland”.

Download the consultation document here

Download the response template here

The Network Code HVDC 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 HVDC connections, including DC-connected Power Park Modules, as well as the associated system services while ensuring a more efficient use of the network.

HVDC ‘entered into force’ on 15 September 2016, and applies to high voltage direct current systems and direct current-connected power park modules that conclude a final and binding contract for the purchase of their main plant after 15 September  2018.

As part of the national implementation of HVDC, the relevant TSO of each member state needs to submit a proposal for requirements of general application. It is not a requirement of HVDC to consult upon the proposal for requirements of general application prior to submission to the Utility Regulator. The TSO is issuing this consultation document in the interest of transparency and to ensure that the TSO has 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 7 December 2018 to gridcode@soni.ltd.uk  with the subject title “HVDC Consultation on Parameter Selection – Northern Ireland”.

Download the consultation document here

Download the response template here

09.10.18 This consultation concerns the EirGrid and SONI proposals relevant to Ireland and Northern Ireland for the Synchronous Area Operational Agreements (SAOA) and the LFC Block Operational Agreements (LFCBOA). These have been developed in accordance with Articles 118 and 119 respectively of the Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1485 of 2 August 2017 establishing a guideline on electricity transmission system operation (SOGL).

SOGL requires that TSOs of each synchronous area responsible for operating load frequency control and reserves, which for Ireland is EirGrid, and for Northern Ireland is SONI, should develop SAOA and LFCBOA.

The SAOA and LFCBOA are contained in two respective documents with text relative to the legal articles.  These documents aim at presenting operational rules from Ireland and Northern Ireland according to the pan-EU framework, thereby facilitating greater cross-border cooperation in matters of security and the development of cross-border balancing services in terms of sharing and exchange of reserves.

Why are we consulting?

SOGL Articles 118 and 119 methodologies that are also referenced in SOGL articles 6(3)(d), 6(3)(e) and article 11 must have a statutory public consultation prior to National Regulatory Authority approval.  These are Title 2 Articles in the SAOA and LFCBOA documents.

Link to the Consultation

The consultation was launched on the ENTSO-E website on 08 October 2018. The consultation papers and the response details are hosted on the ENTSO-E website located here. Responses to the consultation should be sent to gridcode@eirgrid.com by 17h00 on 08 November 2018.

01.10.18 EirGrid submitted our Proposal for the General Application of the DCC Requirements for Ireland to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities on 20 September 2018.

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.

01.10.18 SONI and NIE Networks submitted our Proposal for the General Application of the DCC Requirements for Northern Ireland to the Utilities Regulator on 21 September 2018.

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.

26.11.2018 Commission for Regulation of Utilities issued a Decision Paper, it is available to download here.

16.05.2018 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.

17.01.2018 EirGrid and ESB Networks 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

16.01.2018 To facilitate public engagement on the RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection – Ireland, the TSO (EirGrid) and the DSO (ESB Networks) hosted an industry workshop. The slide deck is available here.

20.12.2017 (Consultation closed)

Download the consultation document here.

Download the response template here.

 

16.11.2018 Download the Utility Regulator decision paper here.

16.05.2018 SONI and NIE Networks submitted our ‘Proposal for the General Application of the RfG Requirements for Northern Ireland’ to the Utility Regulator. Download the proposal document here.

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

17.01.2018 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

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

11.01.2018 To facilitate public engagement on the RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection – Northern Ireland, the TSO (SONI) and the DSO (NIE Networks) hosted an industry workshop in Belfast. The slide deck from the Workshop on the RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection Northern Ireland, dated 11.01.2018, is available here.

20.12.2017 (Consultation closed)

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.

 

26.11.18 Commission for Regulation of Utilities issued a Decision Paper, it is available to download here.

15.05.18 EirGrid and ESB Networks submitted our ‘Proposal for RfG Banding Thresholds’ to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities on 15 May 2018. 

Download the proposal document here

14.07.17 The TSO has issued a Minded-To Position Paper that can be downloaded here.

07.04.17 (Consultation closed)

Download the consultation document here.