Forward Capacity Allocation

The Network Code on Forward Capacity Allocation deals with rules for long term markets, the forward markets. These have an important role in allowing market participants to secure capacity on cross border lines a long time in advance and therefore have a sort of trade insurance.

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COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2016/1719

of 26 September 2016

establishing a guideline on forward capacity allocation

Implementation - Making the code a reality

Harmonisation of Allocation Rules

It sets out rules regarding the type of long term transmission rights that can be allocated via explicit auction and the way holders of transmission rights are compensated in case their right is curtailed.

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Capacity calculation region methodologies

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Latest Updates (9)

Events (18)

FCA Deliverables

A 10.1 Submit proposal for a common capacity calculation methodology...
Full Title
Submit proposal for a common capacity calculation methodology for long-term time frames
Responsible
TSOs of CCR (capacity calculation region)
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Regional
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
A 16.1 Develop a proposal for a methodology for splitting...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for a methodology for splitting long-term cross-zonal capacity
Responsible
TSOs of CCR (capacity calculation region)
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Regional
A 17.1 Develop proposal for a single generation and load...
Full Title
Develop proposal for a single generation and load data provision methodology
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
A 18.1 Develop proposal for a common grid model methodology...
Full Title
Develop proposal for a common grid model methodology for long-term time frames
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
Full Title
Responsible
Cluster
Geographical Scope
A 30.2 NRA decision on implementation of LTR - in...
Full Title
NRA decision on implementation of LTR - in case no LTRs exist at entry into force
Responsible
Cluster
Geographical Scope
A 30.2 NRA decision on implementation of LTR - in...
Full Title
NRA decision on implementation of LTR - in case no LTRs exist at entry into force
Responsible
Cluster
Geographical Scope
A 30.2 NRA decision on implementation of LTR - in...
Full Title
NRA decision on implementation of LTR - in case no LTRs exist at entry into force
Responsible
Cluster
Geographical Scope
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
A 31.3 Develop a proposal for the regional design of...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for the regional design of long-term transmission rights
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
A 31.3 Develop a proposal for the regional design of...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for the regional design of long-term transmission rights
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
TSOs final submission
14/04/2017
NRA final approval
18/04/2018
A 31.3 Develop a proposal for the regional design of...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for the regional design of long-term transmission rights
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
TSOs final submission
12/11/2017
NRA final approval
21/03/2017
A 31.3 Develop a proposal for the regional design of...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for the regional design of long-term transmission rights
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
TSOs final submission
18/04/2017
A 31.3 Develop a proposal for the regional design of...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for the regional design of long-term transmission rights
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
TSOs final submission
14/04/2017
A 31.3 Develop a proposal for the regional design of...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for the regional design of long-term transmission rights
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
TSOs final submission
14/04/2017
A 31.3 Develop a proposal for the regional design of...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for the regional design of long-term transmission rights
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
TSOs final submission
17/04/2017
NRA final approval
17/10/2017
A 31.3 Develop a proposal for the regional design of...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for the regional design of long-term transmission rights
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
TSOs final submission
17/04/2017
NRA final approval
13/10/2017
A 31.3 Develop a proposal for the regional design of...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for the regional design of long-term transmission rights
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
TSOs final submission
17/04/2017
A 31.3 Develop a proposal for the regional design of...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for the regional design of long-term transmission rights
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
TSOs final submission
17/11/2017
NRA final approval
4/04/2018
A 31.3 Develop a proposal for the regional design of...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for the regional design of long-term transmission rights
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
A 36.2 Submit proposal for nomination rules for electricity exchange...
Full Title
Submit proposal for nomination rules for electricity exchange schedules between bidding zones
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/10/2017
TSOs final submission
17/10/2017
A 51.1 Develop a proposal for harmonised allocation rules for...
Full Title
Develop a proposal for harmonised allocation rules for long-term transmission rights
Responsible
All TSOs
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Pan-European
TSOs proposal deadline
17/04/2017
Full Title
Responsible
Cluster
Geographical Scope
A 63.1 Monitor the implementation of forward capacity allocation and...
Full Title
Monitor the implementation of forward capacity allocation and the establishment of single allocation platform/(a) the progress and potential problems with the implementation
Responsible
TSOs of CCR (capacity calculation region)
Cluster
Geographical Scope
Regional
TSOs proposal deadline
14/08/2018
TSOs final submission
14/08/2018

European Stakeholder Committee

History & Development of the network code

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Below you will find the Frequently asked questions relating to the network code Forward Capacity Allocation.

ENTSO-E is working to develop pan-European markets in all timescales. These timescales range from markets for securing capacity several years ahead of real time, to day ahead, intra-day and real time balancing markets. Putting in place harmonised cross border markets in all timeframes will lead to a more efficient European market and benefits to customers. Forward markets have an important role in allowing parties to secure capacity and hedge positions ahead of the day-ahead timeframe. The network code on Forward Capacity Allocation will ensure that this can happen in the future pan-European market.

Latest Status Update (December 2015)

On 1 October 2013, ENTSO-E delivered the Network Code on Forward Capacity Allocation (NC FCA), and supporting document with a letter, to the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). In December 2013, ACER published an opinion on the code, where the Agency outlined a number of issues on which adjustments were required.

On Friday 30 October, the draft Forward Capacity Allocation (FCA) Regulation, was adopted by Member States, the 5th in the last year. The text will now enter a period of scrutiny during which the European Parliament and European Council will analyse its compliance with the 3rd energy package and the general principles of the European Union. The draft 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.

Early implementation

Network codes need to be finalised and adopted by Member States, and are therefore expected to evolve over time. TSOs have however decided to begin the early implementation of a number of projects, as suggested by regulators. This will contribute to faster delivery of the IEM. One of these projects is the Harmonisation of long term Allocation Rules (HAR), which is expected to be delivered before 1/1/2016. A stakeholder advisory group was set up, and a public consultation organised in Q1 2015. Further information is accessible on this page.

Stakeholder Engagement

ENTSO-E’s stakeholder engagement will comprise of Stakeholder Advisory Group Meetings and Public Stakeholder Workshops, as well as ad-hoc meetings and exchange of views with any interested party as appropriate. The FCA Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) consists of 15 members from 6 different associations and companies as well as from ACER and National Regulatory Authorities. The chosen composition of representatives is to ensure that the full spectrum of impacted stakeholders can express their views during the discussions. The draft Terms of Reference of the FCA SAG can be viewed here.

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

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