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Demand Connection Code (DCC)

​​The Network Code on Demand Connection will help to accomplish the tasks of facilitating the increase of Renewable Energy Sources (RES), ensuring system security and implementing the internal electricity market, also by means of smart grid models, DCC has been initiated to define common functional requirements and will mainly focus on the connection of industrial loads and distribution networks.

​​Latest Status Update (August 2016)

The Regulation establising a Network Code on Demand Connection was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 18 August 2016. ​

Read the Demand Connection regulation

The code and all the related documents can be downloaded from the links in the table below. An overview of the latest developments for all network codes is available.

T​he final code and supporting documents are available at the bottom of this page

The DCC forms an integral part of the larger package of network codes in development. It also begins to address some of the difficult aspects of the changing role and nature of electricity demand. For more information on this and the development process taken for DCC please read the ‘background information’

An overview of the latest developments for all network codes is available.​

What Happens Next?

The network codes have been developed to help realise Europe's three energy policy goals – of ensuring security of supply; creating a competitive Internal Electricity Market; and decarbonising the electricity sector. For this to happen the network codes need to be implemented and complied with across Europe.

ENTSO-E has published implementation guidelines for the Demand Connection Code (DCC). The DCC proposes a balanced framework with some parameters in the code being set at European level and others at national level, based on local system needs. The implementation guidelines support the code by highlighting the impact on specific technologies, the link with local network characteristics, as well the need for coordination between network operators and grid users.

Each network requires a series of steps to be taken before they can enter into force. This could be national decisions, the conclusion of regional agreements or the creation of more detailed methodologies. All market participants, DSOs, TSOs and regulators will be involved and there will be extensive development work and consultation required.

The connection related network codes employ a flexible framework, which allow some values to be set on a national basis, within ranges specified in the network codes, while other issues are tackled on a pan-European basis. This approach reflects the fact that electricity transmission infrastructure has developed differently in many European countries

Stakeholder Engagement

ENTSO-E’s stakeholder engagement has comprised of Public Stakeholder Workshops, DSO Technical Expert Group Meetings, User Group Meetings, a general Call for Stakeholder Input as well as ad-hoc meetings and exchange of views with any interested party as appropriate. The DSO Technical Expert Groups reflect the importance of involving Distribution System Operators, due to their significant role in contributing to overall system security. The technical experts in this group are designated from the DSO associations CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, Eurelectric and GEODE.

All material, including minutes and presentations from meetings will be made public.

Call for Stakeholder Input

The ‘Call for Stakeholder Input’ that ran from April to May 2012, enabled open discussion of some of the ground breaking domains of the DCC which aided in developing this code. Additionally this helped in writing the supporting documentation which explains how the DCC fits in the context of a rapidly changing power system where new demand measures are needed. ENTSO-E has used the contributions provided from the 18 organisations that responded to this throughout the DCC development process. An assessment of the feedback provided is given in the DCC – Explanatory Note which accompanies the network code.

 

Public Stakeholder Workshops & Early Bilateral Meetings

DateMeetingMinutesDocuments

12/12/12

Information Session

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Agenda
Presentations

09/08/12

Public Stakeholder Workshop

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Agenda
Presentations

18/04/12

Public stakeholder workshop

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Agenda
Presentations
Preliminary scope

29/02/12

CECED (European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers)

Minutes

Presentations

29/02/12

IFIEC, representing industrial energy users in Europe

Minutes

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05/12/11

CENELEC, in the context of Mandate 490 on smart grid deployment

Minutes

Presentations

23/11/11

IFIEC, representing industrial energy users in Europe

Minutes

Presentations

DSO Technical Expert Group Meetings
DateMeetingMinutesDocuments

13/11/12

12th

Minutes

Presentations

18/09/12

11th

Minutes

 

05/07/12

10th

Minutes

 

14/05/12

9th

Minutes

 

19/04/12

8th

Minutes

Presentations

24/02/12

7th

Minutes

03/02/12

6th

Minutes

07/12/11

5th

Minutes

29/11/11

4th

Minutes

04/11/11

3rd

Minutes

Presentations

14/09/11

2nd

Minutes

Presentations

06/07/11

1st

Minutes

User Group Meetings
DateMeetingMinutesDocuments

13/11/12

5th

Minutes

Presentations

18/09/12

4th

Minutes

Presentations

05/07/12

3rd

Minutes

14/05/12

2nd

Minutes

19/04/12

1st

Minutes

Related Documents and Links
DateDocuments
​​18/08/2016Commission Regulation (EU) Establishing a Network Code on Demand Connection
​16/10/13DCC Implementation Guidelines
​25/05/13ACER's Opinion on DCC

25/05/13

ACER's Recommendation on DCC

​21/12/12​​Network Code on Demand Connection
​21/12/12Justification Outlines on DCC
​21/12/12Evaluations of Consultations comments
​21/12/12FAQs on DCC
​21/12/12How can the Demand Connection Code facilitate Demand Side Response measures across Europe?

27/06/12

Demand Connection Code for public consultation

27/06/12

Frequently Asked Questions on the Demand Connection Code

27/06/12

Explanatory note on the Demand Connection Code

11/05/12

Stakeholder responses to ENTSO-E call for input on the DCC

22/02/12

Preliminary Scope Document

05/01/12

European Commission invitation to start drafting DCC

20/07/12

ACER’s Framework Guidelines on Electricity Grid Connections