Network Code on Requirements for Grid Connection Applicable to all Generators submitted to ACER 13 July

(PresseBox) ( Brussels, )
ENTSO-E is very pleased to submit the Network Code on Requirements for Grid Connection Applicable to all Generators (NC RfG) to the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) today, 13 July 2012, and to publish it for all interested parties. This first Network Code is essential to ensure a reliable EU power system with an increasing share of renewable energy sources. It was elaborated with an extensive consultation process involving all relevant stakeholder associations so as to define conditions necessary to achieve the European energy policy objectives. The Network Code is now subject to a reasoned opinion by ACER, before later steps by the European Commission and Member States can approve it as EU law.

The web publication is a comprehensive package including the final Network Code, a paper on “NC RfG in view of the future European electricity system and the Third Package network codes”, an evaluation of consultation comments, updated Frequently Asked Questions, the justification outlines and the NC RfG requirements in the context of present practices.

On 26 June, the Transmission System Operators members of ENTSO-E unanimously approved during their Annual Assembly the Network Code on Requirements for Grid Connection Applicable to all Generators after incorporating minor changes to the code published on 15 June, which were discussed along with the supporting documentation in the last stakeholder user group meeting on 28 June 2012. In order to allow ENTSO-E to include the minutes of the stakeholder user group meeting in the final network code package, the European Commission had approved that the delivery of the code, initially foreseen for 30 June 2012, could be postponed by two weeks.

The NC RfG will now be subject to a three month evaluation period by ACER according to Regulation (EC) 714/2009 ensuring that it is in line with the Framework Guidelines on Electricity Grid Connections. Given a positive opinion, the subsequent step would be its adoption as binding European Regulation via the European Commission’s comitology process.

ENTSO-E President Daniel Dobbeni commented that ‘ENTSO-E and its members are proud to submit the first network code to ACER after over one year of preparations, including major stakeholder involvement in workshops, meetings and through the web based public consultation. ENTSO-E is grateful to all stakeholders for their strong support contributing to the delivery in due time of a high quality network code, which will secure operation of the European power systems in a context of fast changing generation technologies and energy-mix.”

The NC RfG package:

The final Network Code
Paper on “NC RfG in view of the future European electricity system and the Third Package network codes”
Evaluation of consultation comments
NC RfG Frequently Asked Questions
NC RfG justification outlines
NC RfG requirements in the context of present practices
Agreed minutes of the last RfG User Group meeting (28 June 2012)
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