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EU electricity grid connection code must give freedom to TSOs - consultation

12 Jul 2011 17:58:41 | edem

European stakeholders have asked for a certain degree of flexibility in the application of the EU's network code on grid connection requirements, particularly regarding the proposed responsibilities of national transmissions services operators (TSOs).

The comments come as part of a 1,500-strong response to ENTSO-E's consultation on a pilot grid connection network code, opened on 3 March and published on 11 July.

French utility EDF said in its response that the pilot code, which sets out minimum requirements for all grid users connected to a pan-European power grid, was "highly prescriptive".

"Our strong preference would be to have some clearly defined objectives outlined, leaving specific details to individual TSOs in their national context," EDF said.

Power industry association Eurelectric argued it was very important that TSOs have an ongoing responsibility within the pilot code on grid connection, particularly as TSOs could help streamline the code at national level.

"This opportunity is left totally unaddressed, for example, no guidance is given for potential additional specification on national level," Eurelectric said.

"The code as it is now does not deliver (yet) an attractive model for codes at national level."

Other stakeholders suggested that the pilot code's stringent requirements for joining a pan-European network would lead to a significant number of plants deemed non-compliant and very large volumes of energy becoming unavailable to the market.

It also was suggested that the view of power generators had not been dealt with satisfactorily in the code, which focused too much on TSO corporate interests.

This might affect nuclear plants, which may need particular frequency values at which to operate to comply with nuclear safety provisions, which is not sufficiently addressed in the pilot code.

The stakeholder responses will be used by ENTSO-E to draft a final pilot code between now and October 2011.

After this point, European stakeholders will be invited once again to comment on the network code, before it is finalised and becomes a legally-binding network code. JSH

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