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ERI - Northern Region
 (Last Updated: 23-AUG-10)
GENERAL INFORMATION

PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Sweden
                           


LEAD REGULATOR CONTACT PERSONS E-MAIL PHONE

DERA (Denmark)

Peter Hoffmann

ph@ks.dk

+45 72268058


Lead Regulator Letter to Stakeholders
ERGEG Electricity Regional Initiative Northern - Stakeholders Information

THE REGION AT A GLANCE

The Northern region includes countries presently comprising the Nordic electricity market and two other major EU member states. The good practice in terms of regional market arrangements presented by the Nordic participants is expected greatly improve regional and, eventually, European integration. Investment for interconnections, transparency and information availability and accessibility to market actors, joint intra-day and balancing markets and are the key priorities of the Northern electricity REM.


KEY ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR - November 2007

General issues

  • A Stakeholder Group Meeting in June 2006 generally supported the work and more specifically the draft priorities. The next Stakeholder Group Meeting in June 2007 welcomed the progress made and further plans on day ahead market coupling and transparency in the whole sale market.
  • The Northern REM has agreed that the “Focus will be on improving the whole sale market interface between the Nordic countries on one side and Germany and Poland (“Continental Europe”) on the other side. However, other interfaces as those stemming from the coming EstLink and the NorNed interconnectors must be taken into account as well”.
  • The Northern REM has agreed on an “Indicative Road Map” for the period until 2010, which will serve as a basis for its work.
     
     
     
     
     
     

Priority I

Optimizing use of interconnectors (capacity
allocation and congestion
management)

 

 

 

 

 

  • TSOs E.ON Netz, Vattenfall Europe Transmission, Energinet.dk and exchanges European Energy Exchange and Nord Pool Spot in October2006 signed a MoU on work to establish day ahead market coupling on Danish-German interconnectors. This work is the basis of the Northern REM work on these interconnectors. The work during 2007 entered from the conceptual phase into the implementation phase including establishment of a joint auction office in Hamburg. The planned date of start on day ahead market coupling is 3-4 June 2008.
  •  A survey among market participants (relevant to DE-DK interconnectors) has been undertaken on their preferences for the balance between day ahead implicit auctions and longer term explicit auctions (before day-ahead market coupling). Based on this as well as other deliberations it is decided from the start to operate the Eastern of the two interconnectors (KONTEK) entirely by implicit auctions as at present and the Western by a “hybrid” solution of day-ahead implicit and longer term explicit auctions.
  • The work initiated on the “merchant” interconnectors Baltic Cable (between and ) and SwePol Link (between and ) until now has focussed on legal aspects as well as the de facto operation of the interconnectors. However, also the visions of owners on future plans for operation of these interconnectors are crucuial elements of the work.
     
     
     
     
     
     

Priority II

Transparency and information to market actors 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Following extensive consultation during the summer 2007 the final Transparency Report concerning the region was published in September 2007, calling for a two step introduction during 2008 of harmonized publication in the region of information relevant for the whole sale market
  • The final report among other things is based on The ERGEG Guidelines, a status on wholesale market transparency in the participating countries and intensive stakeholder consultations.
     
  • The draft proposals on transparency have been circulated for comments also in the regions Central East and Central West. 
  • The work now focuses on monitoring of the implementation.
     

     

     
     
     
     

Other Priorities 

  • Initiation of the work on the medium term priority “Joint intra-day and balancing markets” has been prepared in RCC, but the work will not be actively started until the work on day ahead market coupling is more advanced. However, specifically on intra-day market, prospects for an early establishment of an intra-day day platform on German-Danish interconnectors are good.
  •  The work on other medium term priorities on “Cooperation on investments in new interconnectors”  and “Cooperation on dealing with major shares of wind energy in the systems” is planned to be initiated during 2008.
     
     
     

 


PRIORITIES IN THE REGION

 

Interconnections

Transparency

Balancing

Regulation

Congestion Management

Other (region specific)

Optimizing use of interconnectors (S).

Cooperation on investments in new interconnectors (M).

Transparency and information to market actors (S).

Joint intra-day and balancing markets (M).

 

 

Cooperation on dealing with major shares of wind-energy in the systems (S).

Short term: (S) Medium term: (M) Long term: (L)