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Electricity Documents and Reports

See Public Consultation section for open or expired consultations. 

ERGEG Status Review on Building and Construction Authorisation and Permit Process - Case Examples - February 2008

 

Following a request from the European Commission, ERGEG prepared a brief Status Review on Building and Construction Authorisation and Permission (BCAP) Processes, using case examples from the electricity sector for interconnections between Spain and Portugal; Romania and Hungary; Italy and Switzerland and Finland and Estonia.

These examples serve to illustrate some typical timescales and requirements for new build in the electricity sector and also illustrate that it is possible to build cross-border lines within five to six years.  

Status Review on Construction and Authorisation and Permit Process - Case Examples  
ref. nr. E08-EFG-27-04, 6 February 2008

Compliance with Regulation 1228/2003 and Congestion Management Guidelines - Criteria for Compliance - December 2007

 

At the request of the European Commission, ERGEG prepared a report in July 2007 (see below) on the ERGEG’s experience with the Member States’ compliance with the Electricity Regulation.

Heading into the second Compliance Monitoring exercise, the ERGEG has prepared a detailed list of criteria to assist regulators in measuring compliance in the areas of inter-transmission system operator compensation (ITC) mechanism, transmission tarification (TT), congestion management (CM) and, within that scope, transparency and new interconnectors. This criteria document consists of tables containing the issues to be assessed, their interpretation and the related criteria regulators will use in assessing compliance. The criteria provide a checklist for each of the topics, and their fulfilment is the necessary condition for qualifying as being compliant.

The criteria document will be used as a basis for the questionnaire for collecting the information from the ERGEG member regulatory authorities for the second compliance report, which will be prepared and presented at the next Florence Forum in autumn 2008.

Compliance with Regulation 1228/2003 and Congestion Management Guidelines - Criteria for Compliance 
ref. nr. E07-EFG-25-03, 10 December 2007

Compliance with Electricity Regulation 1228/2003 - An ERGEG Monitoring Report - July 2007

 
ERGEG has monitored the compliance of Member States, regulators and TSOs with the obligations of the Electricity Regulation 1228/2003 in the areas of Inter-Transmission System Operator Compensation (ITC) mechanism, Transmission Tarification (TT) and Congestion Management (CM).  The report shows that compliance with the Regulation requirements varies widely.
 

The CM Guidelines require that capacity allocation is coordinated and implemented using common allocation procedures among TSOs, but the ERGEG report shows that the regions are not fully complying.  On transparency, only a few TSOs publish all relevant information related to network availability, access and use together with a report on congestion and its future management.  Furthermore, publication of data is not yet coordinated within regions.

Electricity Regulation Compliance Report 
Ref. nr. E07-EFG-23-06, 18 July 2007

 Towards Voltage Quality Regulation in Europe – An ERGEG Conclusions Paper - July 2007

 

Following an ERGEG public consultation, the Regulators published their recommendations on what they see as necessary revisions to CENELEC’s voltage quality standard EN 50160.

The Conclusions Report (E07-EQS-15-03) underlines the basic principles of the regulators' action on voltage quality, customer protection (as voltage disturbances can have heavy costs on customers, especially industrial ones), and maintaining or improving actual levels of quality.  The report lists a series of actions to revise voltage quality standard EN 50160.  A role is also suggestion for the European Commission; labelling electrical products according to their behaviourr on the occasion of severe voltage events like dips, and promoting research on Voltage Quality issues in the liberalised market. ERGEG has also published an Evaluation of the comments received during the Public Consultation (E07-EQS-15-04).

Voltage Quality Regulation
Evaluation of the comments received in the public consultation

Cross Border Framework for Electricity: Conclusions Paper - April 2007

 

The Cross Border Framework for Electricity Transmission Network Infrastucture - An ERGEG Conclusions Paper (E07-ETN-01-03), is the advice of ERGEG to the European Commission, following a public consultation process.

Key Recommendations of the Conclusions Paper
- Buildings and construction authorisations and permissions to build new electricity lines need to be clarified and speeded up. Political support is needed. An independent view of a project's wider benefit is needed.
- There must be: EU obligations on TSOs both collectively (to develop EU rules for an EU grid) and indvidually (to comply with such rules); the development of a European networks body in electricity; and a European regulatory function in the form of an enhanced ERGEGplus to oversee the work of the European network bodies.
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 ERGEG will work to clarify the criteria and exemptions for Merchant Lines.

See Press Releases of 30 April 2007 (PR-07-06
).

Open and transparent public consultation
- From 5 October to 1 December 2006, there was an ERGEG public consultation on Cross Border Framework for Electricity Transmission Network Infrastucture - An ERGEG Consultation Paper.
- 13 responses were received.  All responses were published on the ERGEG website/public consulation.

The European regulators also hosted an workshop on electricity transmission infrastrucure in February 2007. See the workshop presentations on the CEER website (www.ceer-eu.org).

Blackout of 4 November 2006: ERGEG final report - February 2007

 

ERGEG has submitted to Commissioner Piebalgs (6 February 2007) the ERGEG Final Report on the lessons to be learned from the large disturbance in European power supply on 4 November 2006. 

The ERGEG Interim Report was already published on  20 December 2006.

See also press releases of 6 February 2007 (PR-07-03), 20 December 2006 (PR-06-17),
13 December 2006 (PR-06-15) and 7 November 2006 (PR-06-11) and ERGEG's letter to Commissioner Piebalgs, which sets out ERGEG's first impressions of the lessons to be learned not just from this disturbance but also from earlier events


ERGEG Final Report   
Ref. E06-BAG-01-06, 6 February 2007
ERGEG Interim Report   
Ref. E06-BAG-01-05, 20 December 2006
ERGEG letter to Commissioner Piebalgs   of 12 December 2006.
   

ERGEG advice on Transmission Tarification Guidelines - December 2006

 

In July 2005, ERGEG gave its advice to the European Commission on the Transmission Tarification Guidelines. The objective of these guidelines was, as a first step, to harmonize charges paid by generation (G charge) on the transmission network level.  In principe, to ensure a level playing field for all generators, all voltage levels instead and not only transmission voltages should be covered by the Tarification Guidelines.

The Application of G-charge across EU according to draft Guidelines on Transmission Tarification paper, approved by ERGEG on 6 December 2006, considers the need for widening the tariff harmonisation to the lower voltage levels.  It is ERGEG's view that as a first step, harmonisation of G-charges on transmission voltage level should be applied.  ERGEG  continues to address the issue of tariff harmonisation in the Work Programme 2007 where more studies on the transmission tariff structures and the need and ways of their further harmonisation are planned.

In its paper "Reporting to the European Commission on TSO charging structures and values of  annual national G", also approved on 6 December 2006, ERGEG has defined the details for calculating and reporting of transmission tariff levels of the proposed Tarification Guidelines.  Furthermore, ERGEG will prepare the first report on transmission charging structure and G-values during the first half of the year 2007 according to the proposed reporting structure.

Application of G-charge across EU according to draft Guidelines on Transmission Tarification paper   
Ref. E06-CBT-12-04,6 December 2006
Reporting to the European Commission on TSO charging structures   
Ref. E06-CBT-09-06, 6 December 2006
ERGEG Transmission Tarification Guidelines 
ERGEG, following a request from the European Commission and an ERGEG formal public consultation during May and June 2005, has developed guidelines on Transmission Tarification. ERGEG forwarded these guidelines on 28 July 2005 to the European Commission as its formal advice on these topics. It is expected that these guidelines will now enter a formal Comitology procedure as foreseen by Regulation 1228/2003.
The Regulation requires that guidelines on Transmission Tarification must be adopted at the same time as guidelines on Inter-TSO Compensation, and so the timing of the entry into force of both will depend, among other things, on the later of the two. ERGEG's evaluations of responses received during the written consultation process can be downloaded from below.
TT Guidelines - Written consultation process
TT Guidelines - Written consultation process (late inputs) 

Electricity Balancing: ERGEG initial advice - December 2006

 

The GGP-EBMI (E05-ESO-06-08), approved by ERGEG on 6 December 2006, consititutes the initial advice of the European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG) to the European Commission on the aspects of electricity balancing markets integration of the Electricity Directive and in line with the Congestion Management Guidelines were adopted in accordance with the Article 8 of the Electricity Regulation on cross-border exchanges in electricity.

The final advice to the European Commission will be provided after the development and consideration of the aspects on intra-day markets and automatically activated reserves.  This work is foreseen in the ERGEG Work Programme for 2007/2008.

Open and transparent public consultation
ERGEG has developed the GGP-EBMI through extensive and transparent consultation with market participants:

- Following ERGEG's presentation to the XII Florence Forum in September 2005 of its Position on Balancing Mechanisms Compatibility, ERGEG developed draft Guidelines of Good Practice for Electricity Balancing Markets Integration (GGP-EBMI).

- From 8 June to 3 August 2006, there was an ERGEG public consultation procedure on the draft Guidelines of Good Practice for Electricity Balancing Markets Integration (GGP-EBMI).

- Within the public consultation, 15 responses were received.  All responses were published on the ERGEG website.

- ERGEG's evaluation of responses to this public consultation is published as a separate document (E05-ESO-06-08a) on the ERGEG website.  Based on this evaluation, the present Guidelines of Good Practice for Electricity Balancing Markets Integration (GGP-EBMI) were produced and approved on 6 December 2006 by ERGEG.


Guidelines of Good Practice for Electricity Balancing Markets Integration (GGP-EBMI)   
Ref. E05-ESO-06-08, 6 December 2006
GGP-EBMI: Evaluation of comments received   
Ref. E05-ESO-06-08a, 6 December 2006
Draft Guidelines of Good Practice for Electricity Balancing Markets Integration   for public consultation (8 June - 3 August 2006)
Ref. E05-ESO-06-08, 7 June 2006
   

ERGEG Compatibility Report - December 2006

 
Compatibility of National Legal Conditions concerning Regulatory Competences   
Ref.: E06-REM-08-03, 6 December 2006
This report on the compatibility of electricity regulators' powers identifies the gaps between the reality and the desired set of competencies of regulators and makes recommendations on how to close these gaps.
   

Electricity Regional Intiative launched - February 2006

   
Below you will find the ERGEG Conclusions Paper to the ERGEG 2005 Public Consultation Paper on the Creation of the Regional Electricity Markets (Electricity Road Map) paper.

It forms the basis of the launch (on 27 February 2006) of a major EU-wide Electricity Regional Initiative (ERI) designed to identify and remove barriers to competition in 7 EU regions. This regulator-led initiative, which aims to involve all stakeholders including Member States, TSOs and industry, is a practical and achievable way of delivering step-wise progress towards a competitive single European market for electricity.
See also Press Release (27 February 2006) and Fact Sheet on Electricity Regional Initatives. <br>

The Creation of Regional Electricity Markets - An ERGEG Conclusions Paper 
Ref.: E05-ERF-03-06a, 8 February 2006
Electricity Regional Initiative - Fact Sheet 
Ref.: E05-ERF-03-06b, 27 February 2006
The Creation of Regional Electricity Markets - An ERGEG Dicussion Paper for Public Consultation 
8 June 2005

ERGEG Position and Recommendations on the UCTE Operation Handbook - presented at Florence Forum, September 2005

 
ERGEG Position and Recommendations on the UCTE Operation Handbook 
   

ERGEG advice on Congestion Management Guidelines - July 2005

ERGEG Congestion Management Guidelines ERGEG, following a request from the European Commission and an ERGEG formal public consultation during May and June 2005, developed guidelines on Congestion Management. ERGEG forwarded these guidelines on 28 July 2005 to the European Commission as its formal advice on these topics. A formal comitology procedure, as foreseen by Regulation 1228/2003, began in January 2006 and is currently in train. The Commission proposal (which is not the same as the ERGEG text) in this comitology process is in large part based on the ERGEG advice. ERGEG's evaluations of responses received during the written consultation process and the public hearings can also be downloaded from below.
CM Guidelines - Written consultation process
CM Guidelines - Written consultation process (late inputs) 
   

ERGEG assessment of Congestion Management Mini Fora - March 2005

CM Mini Fora Assessment Global Assessment of the Results of the 1st Series of Mini Fora on Congestion Management and Potential Impacts on the Draft Guidelines. 02 March 2005

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