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

PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

  • France
  • Portugal
  • Spain
                           


LEAD REGULATOR CONTACT PERSONS E-MAIL PHONE

CNE (Spain)

Carlos Sole

Rafael Gómez-Elvira González

csm@cne.es

rgg@cne.es

+ 34 91 7879811

+ 34 91 4329750


THE REGION AT A GLANCE

The South-West electricity REM is led by the Spanish Energy Regulator (CNE) and aims to integrate the electricity markets of France and the Iberian peninsula (MIBEL) into one electricity regional market.

Annual electricity consumption in the South-West REM is about 780 TWh of electricity consumption, around 30% of the EU 25 electricity market.

In the South-West electricity REM, since July 1998 a regional integration process has been taking place: the establishment of the Iberian Electricity Market (MIBEL), whose aim is the setting up of an electricity single market on the Iberian Peninsula, integrating the Spanish and Portuguese markets. Over the last few years, an important regulatory convergence has been achieved and the Portugal-Spain interconnection capacity has been doubled. As parallel processes and sharing the same aims, MIBEL and ERI must be coordinated in order to achieve positive synergies.

An action plan for 2007-2009 has been agreed for the region. The work in the Implementation Group started on 20th July 2007, and first progress on the action plan was released in the 1st Stakeholder Group meeting on 3rd October 2007.


Lead Regulator Letter to Stakeholders
ERGEG Electricity Regional Initiative South-West REM - Stakeholders Information

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR - January 2008

General issues

In 2006,  the work was focused on:

  • Identifying and defining priority topics and  
  • Drafting an action plan that establishes basic organizational matters and actions for the coming year.

In 2007, an action plan for this REM is being implemented. The Electricity Iberian Market (MIBEL) is delivering successful results since 2001 and in this context potential synergies between both initiatives will be explored.  

  • During the 2nd RCC meeting (Paris, 30 May 2007) a work programme was agreed.
  • During the 1st Technical RCC meeting (Madrid, 7 June 2007) an action plan 2007-2009 was approved in order to develop the above-mentioned work programme.
  • Regional stakeholders, Ministries, Regulators and TSOs active in the region met under the chairmanship of DG TREN in the framework of a “High Level Group” meeting on 27 June. The result of this activity was the implementation of a secondary capacity market on the French-Spanish market part of the region in July and the publication of the Regulators’ regional Action Plan. 
  • The 1st SG meeting (Madrid, 3rd October 2007) reported progress on priorities I, II, III and the additional deliverable.

    The 2nd IG meeting and the kick-off meeting of the ad hoc TF will take place in Lisbon on 24th January. The agenda is focused on congestion management improvements.

     

Priority I: Interconnections and available transmission capacity

Deliverable I.1 and a first input for deliverable I.2 was presented during the 1st SG meeting in October 2007.

TSOs made a first presentation on the current status of interconnection infrastructures in the region and plans to build new lines.

Priority II: Analysis of convergence in transparency and information managementThis topic is being addressed at this moment with the aim of identifying the starting position of the region. The questionnaire on transparency for deliverable II.1  has been answered by TSOs and PXs. The RCC will draft a paper with the main findings from the answers.
Priority III: Improvement of cross-border congestion management methods

Since MIBEL has significantly increased the interconnection capacity between and , work is now focused on how to push forward this issue at the Spanish-French border. 

First papers on deliverable III.2.a: "quick-win improvements in the long and medium term explicit auction mechanisms" have been drafted by TSOs. The RCC decided in its 3rd meeting (Madrid, 16th November) to push forward these improvements in a new version of the IFE rules.

Regulators had a first discussion on market coupling between MIBEL and the current TRILATERAL (and forthcoming Central West region) market coupling. It will be addressed during the 1st ad hoc TF meeting on 24th January. 

Priority IV: Analysis of the compatibility of the rules of the MIBEL and French markets

This topic will be addressed in a later phase.

Additional deliverable.

This deliverable was presented during the 1st SG meeting in October 2007. The lack of competences of CNE in cross-border issues is an important result of the study.


MEETING DATES
1st SW RCC Paris, 18 September 2006
2nd SW RCC Paris, 30 May 2007
1st Technical SW RCC Madrid, 7 June 2007
2nd Technical SW RCC  Madrid, 5 September 2007
3rd Technical SW RCC Madrid, 16 November 2007

IG - IMPLEMENTATION GROUP MEETINGS
1st SW IG  Madrid, 20 July 2007
2nd SW IG Lisbon, 24 January 2008

SG - STAKEHOLDERS' GROUP MEETINGS
1st SW SG Madrid, 3 October 2007
PRIORITIES IN THE REGION

 

Interconnections

Transparency

Cross-border congestion management

Compatibility of the rules

Regulatory gap

Interconnections and availability of transmission capacity. (S)

 

 

Cooperation with the European coordinator appointed by the E.C.

Analysis of convergence in transparency and information management. (M)

Cross-border capacity calculation. (M)

 Improvements in long and medium term explicit auction mechanisms. (S) and (L)

 Implementation of day-ahead market coupling. (L)

Analysis of the compatibility of the rules of the MIBEL and French markets. (L)

Administrative procedures for the changing of the legislation in force in each country. (S)

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

 

PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS IN THE REGION

All documents for public consultation will be available in this place

 

DISTRIBUTED DOCUMENTS
Action plan
Action plan 2007-2009 agreed for the region.
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