ENTSO-E Submits the Network Code on Operational Planning and Scheduling to ACER

(PresseBox) ( Brussels, )
On 29 March 2013 ENTSO-E submitted the Network Code on Operational Planning and Scheduling (OPS NC) to the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). "ENTSO-E and its members are proud to submit the OPS NC to ACER in due time. The code defines minimum operational planning and scheduling requirements to ensure coherent and coordinated operational planning processes of the synchronous areas. ENTSO-E is grateful to all stakeholders for their strong support during the drafting of the code and is looking forward to further close co-operation on the delivery of these requirements once the code is adopted," said ENTSO-E President Daniel Dobbeni.

The OPS NC is the fifth network code developed by ENTSO-E. In addition to minimum operational planning and scheduling requirements, it determines parameters to carry out co-ordinated operational security and adequacy analyses in order to maintain operational security. The code takes into account the significant development of renewable energy resources and supports the efficient functioning of the European internal electricity market. It furthermore determines conditions to coordinate availability plans allowing for a more optimal planning of asset maintenance.

The OPS NC has been developed over the last year in an open and transparent process involving all interested stakeholders at European and Member State levels. This process includes a number of public workshops and a public consultation, as well as meetings and discussions on specific issues of interest at every stage. The code therefore reflects a wide range of views: on the one hand it takes stakeholder needs into account. On the other hand, it addresses the operational security of the electricity system and the security of supply in Europe as a top priority.

The OPS NC is accompanied by a supporting document explaining the context in which the code was developed and which changes have been implemented to accommodate stakeholders' comments. The document provides an exhaustive set of explanations of the concepts used within the OPS NC and responds to frequently asked questions. Finally, it demonstrates that the code complies with the corresponding ACER Framework Guidelines on Electricity System Operation.

The Network Code on Operational Planninng and Scheduling will now be subject to a three month evaluation period by ACER. Provided that a positive recommendation is given, the code will pass to the European Commission where, upon the Commission's decision, it will become law after progressing through the Comitology process.

Related links:

Network Code on Operational Planning (March 2013)
Network Code on Operational Planning supporting document (March 2013)
Network Code on Operational Planning webpages
Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) website
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