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TSOs publish revised draft on electricity grid connections

03 Nov 2011 18:13:04 | edem

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has unveiled a new version of the draft network code on connection requirements applicable to all generators.

The amendments were made in order to bring it in line with the framework guidelines published by the European Association for Energy Regulators (ACER) on 20 July and to take into account feedback from stakeholders.

When speaking to ICIS Heren about the changes made to the draft, ENTSO-E highlighted the introduction of what a cost-benefit analysis on grid users could look like. The need for a cost-benefit analysis on all grid users, existing and new, was outlined by ACER in order to ensure that the socio-economic benefits of being connected to the grid outweigh the compliance costs (see EDEM 21 July 2011).

Also in response to the ACER framework guidelines, the revised draft network code clarifies more explicitly the powers of national regulators in the derogation process. Any derogation will be based on the cost-benefit analysis performed by the relevant transmission system operator (TSO) or distribution system operator (DSO), in coordination with the relevant TSO, and any exemption will be granted by national regulators.

ENTSO-E now plans to hold further workshops and TSOs will hold information sessions in their national countries.

This may result in further changes being made to the draft network code before it is put up for an extensive formal consultation period between January and March. RB

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