ENTSO-E Publishes Grid Connection Codes Implementation Guidelines

Brussels, (PresseBox) - ENTSO-E has published implementation guidelines for two of the network codes; the Network Code on Requirements for Generators (NC RfG) and the Demand Connection Code (DCC). Both network codes are scheduled to be adopted as European Regulations in the coming months.

As with all of the network codes being developed by ENTSO-E, the DCC and NC RfG propose 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, published today, will support these codes 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.

Creating an integrated European electricity market, building stronger connections between national grids and maintaining a high level of security of supply requires rules that allow the grid to develop in an efficient and safe manner. The connection codes set out transparent and proportionate processes for all generators and customers wishing to connect to the electricity system.

The implementation guidelines represent the next step in the process, setting out the practical considerations for the application of these codes. They will, in effect, assist in making the theory a reality, focusing on some of the most debated requirements and providing additional guidance for network operators, regulators and grid users who will all be required to adhere to the codes.

Discussions across Europe are intensifying and focusing on the practical reality of the national implementation and impact of these codes. These implementation guidelines will support Member States as they work to ensure the codes are applied in a manner appropriate to their individual system needs.

The DCC and NC RfG are amongst the first network codes to be delivered by ENTSO-E. Both codes received a positive recommendation from ACER in March 2013 and the EC is now preparing them for formal adoption through its Comitology process. Formal adoption in Comitology of the DCC and NC RfG is expected at the end of 2013 or early 2014.

Related documents and links:

NC RfG Implementation Guideline
DCC Implementation Guideline
Network Code Development webpages
ACER recommendation on NC RfG
ACER recommendation on DCC

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