The ongoing transformation of the electricity industry with the development of decen- tralised generation, storage, smart grids and active consumer participation, together with the implementation of the Internal Energy Market (IEM), are having a significant impact on the functioning of the European power system – and more specifically on system operations.
ENTSO-E takes note of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package released last week by the European Commission, and agrees with the objectives to foster growth, improve market design, investment incentives and energy efficiency, and above all to put the empowered customer into the centre of the clean energy system. As in its Vision Package published last year, ENTSO-E strongly agrees with several of the main directions of the package, including bringing wholesale and retail markets together, and bringing renewable energy better into the market.
Variable renewable generation requires the power system to become more flexible to respond to the variability and uncertainty of operational conditions at various timeframes. Storage is one of the promising options to provide more flexibility to the system. This paper assesses the services that storage could provide and gives recommendations on how to maximise the benefits of storage in the most competitive manner in both the short and long term.
In view of the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) recast, ENTSO-E has reviewed the main types of current European renewables support schemes and provides with this paper recommendations on how RES development should be further incentivised to reach the EU’s 27% target for 2030.
This joint report provides input to the European Commission in their work on identifying an appropriate TSO – DSO framework, being part of the forthcoming “Market design and Renewables package. ENTSO-E, CEDEC, GEODE, EURELECTRIC and EDSO for Smart Grids are the authors of the report.
As markets integrate further and move closer to real time, there is an increasing need for TSOs to get involved in how power exchanges design and operate market coupling operation functions.
6 key recommendations and concrete market design solutions to boost Demand Side Response in Europe
These general guidelines set the basis for ongoing and future cooperation between TSOs and DSOs on data management, active/reactive power management, and coordinated network development planning.
ENTSO-E’s responses to the Commission’s market design consultation highlight the progress achieved with network codes and the target model, while suggesting how to close regulatory gaps.
Solar eclipses occur all the time, all over the globe. In the traditional generation
mix with fossil fuels, they were not a big deal for power system operators. This
changed with the increasing share of solar generation. An eclipse is thus a
button ‘off’ for solar, taking huge amounts out of the system, within seconds.
For power systems where every second needs to be in perfect balance as power
moves at the speed of light, very high variations in solar generation that take
place during an eclipse are indeed a challenge. The 20 March 2015 solar eclipse
was thus first of its kind event; a true stress test, passed successfully.
ENTSO-E publishes its initial proposals on the Energy Union. It outlines several recommendations for the design and implementation of the Energy Union framework.
Consumers have an increasingly active role in the electricity market, due to the development of renewable sources of energy and of demand-side response. This paper identifies needed changes in the TSO-DSO interface in order to unlock consumers’ potential as electricity producers and balancing actors while increasing consumers’ choice, electricity affordability and reliability.
This ENTSO-E policy paper focuses on the compatibility of national capacity mechanisms and on the design of cross-border participation solutions, presenting both the underlying guiding principles and concrete recommendations.
Because of their central, neutral role in the system and the market, TSOs will ensure that the shift in the generation portfolio, needed to reach Europe’s ambitious energy and climate policy targets, takes place in the most secure and cost-efficient way.
TSOs are calling Member States to take action to reduce significant operational risks to the European electricity grid represented by the possible uncoordinated disconnection of a high amount of dispersed generation, mainly photovoltaics (PV), in the Continental Europe synchronous area.
A strong and secure transmission network is a widely recognised prerequisite to achieve EU energy and climate policy goals, which would lead to a major increase of welfare for the European economy.
TSOs within ENTSO-E have decided to implement and enforce a higher level of coordination among the TSOs for operating the European transmission system, as an answer to the challenge of the transformation of the European electricity system.
The purpose of the paper is to outline the key issues facing Europe's power system today and lay out a series of recommendations which can set the EU on the path to addressing these challenges.
Demand Side Response is a decisive part of market design, for which all industry stakeholders – particularly policymakers, distribution system operators and TSOs – need to cooperate more closely to establish and define clear rules, roles, and market approaches.
A general principle of market design should be that market participants are incentivised to contribute to solving system scarcities (such as capacity and flexibility issues) for which they are responsible.
On 16 June, ENTSO-E responded to the ACER 29 April consultation 'European Energy Regulation: A Bridge to 2025'. ENTSO-E’s response includes specific comments on market design, governance, TSO-DSO coordination, finance, permitting and the role of network codes.
ENTSO-E has published its position on the EU’s policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030.
In response to a request from the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), ENTSO-E has completed a study analysing possible TSO capacity buy-back schemes.
In response to a request from the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), ENTSO-E has completed a study assessing the feasibility of multi-annual transmission rights.
The survey provides an overview of the different market arrangements in place throughout Europe with regard to Ancillary Services and Imbalance Charges.
ENTSO-E has welcomed European Commission (EC) proposals for a review of the Community Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection. ENTSO-E said the recommendation to broaden the scope of the Guidelines to include energy related issues is a positive move that will lead to increased legal certainty, and contribute to the quality of public spending by streamlining state interventions.
ENTSO-E has published its response to the EC public consultation on its Green Paper “A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies.”
In a paper entitled Incentivising European Investments in Transmission Networks, ENTSO-E which represents Europe’s 41 TSOs has called for a framework to be put in place which recognises the specific financial needs of TSOs building the transmission infrastructure required for EU policy goals to be met.
The EC launched a public consultation on the establishment of the annual priority lists for the development of network codes and guidelines for 2014 and beyond.
On 26 October 2012, the European Commission released a proposal to review directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment. As the proposal is being assessed by the European Parliament and the Council, ENTSO-E adopted its position reflecting the views of 41 European TSOs.
ENTSO-E has published its response to the EC public consultation on generation adequacy, capacity mechanisms and the internal market in electricity. ENTSO-E believes that in some regions additional market design features may be necessary in parallel to well-functioning energy markets. However, these should be well designed, complementary, reflective of the market signals and targeted to address real issues.