23 January 2018
The Energy Community Permanent High Level Group has formally adopted two new pieces of acquis in gas and three in electricity. “I am delighted that Third Energy Package Network Codes and Guidelines will now become part of the Energy Community legal framework”, Director Kopač underlined. “These legal acts complement the existing gas and electricity acquis and will allow our countries to keep pace with European developments. Together with additional Network Codes and Guidelines yet to be adopted in the Energy Community, they constitute an essential element for the efficient functioning of the pan-European energy market, which puts energy consumers at the forefront”, he added.
Network Codes and Guidelines are technical rules developed based on the Third Energy Package aimed at setting common rules on secure system operation, market integration and market functioning. Previously, such rules were drawn up at the national level. However, the implementation of common rules for the whole pan-European energy market became essential for reducing barriers to cross-border trade, increasing the efficiency of system use, promoting network security, and, most importantly, allowing consumers to reap the full benefits of the Third Energy Package. The adopted documents are:
- Guideline on Congestion Management Procedures for gas;
- Network Code on Interoperability and Data Exchange Rules for gas
- Network Code on requirements for grid connection of generators in electricity
- Network Code on requirements for grid connection of high voltage direct current systems and direct current-connected power park modules in electricity; and
- Network Code on Demand Connection in electricity.
Deadlines for transposition and implementation of the gas network code and guideline have been set for 1 October 2018, with some exceptions foreseeing a deadline of 2020. In the area of electricity, transposition is required by 12 July 2018, while the deadline for implementation expires three years from there on, mirroring the model applied at the EU level.
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