New Rules for the Electricity Market and Grid Operation

Europe’s electricity networks are currently operated according to national rules that govern the actions of operators and determine how access is given to users. The European Union is adopting a common set of rules, commonly known as Network Codes, which will enable electricity network operators, generators, suppliers and consumers to operate more effectively in the pan-European electricity market. The harmonisation of national rules will promote the efficient use of cross-border interconnection between countries and will provide a more secure and reliable electricity system with an increased level of renewable generation.

Over the past several years we, together with other members of ENTSO-E, have been working hard to develop the Network Codes. The final rules are proposed by the European Commission and adopted by the European Parliament before becoming binding European law. The focus now is to identify what necessary changes are required in Ireland and Northern Ireland to ensure that our national legislation is compliant to these new rules when they begin to enter into force.

A substantial amount of work has already been achieved to prepare for these new rules, including the new design of the Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM). We continue to work with our regulators, governments and key stakeholders to ensure timely delivery.  

All-Island Forum for European Stakeholders

The All-Island Forum for European Stakeholders provides information on the development and implementation of new European rules for the electricity market and grid operation and on other areas of European electricity policy.

Previous forum information can be found by clicking on the meeting date below.

For further information, please contact info@soni.ltd.uk

Publications

A number of consultations will be held prior to the submission of proposed new local, regional and European rules.

For European and Regional consultations please visit the ENTSO-E consultation hub.

Local consultations related to the Network Codes are shown below.

 

25.01.2019 On the 14th September 2017, the Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1485 establishing a guideline on electricity transmission system operation (SO GL) entered into force. Article 40(6) of SO GL required all TSOs to agree on Key Organisational Requirements, Roles and Responsibilities (KORRR) relating to Data Exchange. KORRR was approved by the All Regulatory Authority on 19th December 2018, and will serve as the basis for what TSOs, DSOs and Significant Grid Users (SGUs) will need to do to comply with Articles 41 to 53 of SO GL. TSOs, DSOs and SGUs will need to comply with KORRR from 14th March 2019.

SGUs are the target audience of this consultation. SGUs are as defined under Article 2(1) of SO GL, which are;

(a) existing and new power generating modules that are, or would be, classified as type B, C and D in accordance with the criteria set out in Article 5 of Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/631;

(b) existing and new transmission-connected demand facilities;

(c) existing and new transmission-connected closed distribution systems;

(d) existing and new demand facilities, closed distribution systems and third parties if they provide demand response directly to the TSO in accordance with the criteria in Article 27 of Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1388;

(e) providers of redispatching of power generating modules or demand facilities by means of aggregation and providers of active power reserve in accordance with Title 8 of Part IV of SO GL; and

(f) existing and new high voltage direct current (‘HVDC’) systems in accordance with the criteria in Article 3(1) of Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1447.

The requirements of KORRR apply to new and existing SGUs.

Under Article 40(5) of SO GL, the TSO is required to co-ordinate with DSOs and SGUs within its Observability Area on the applicability and scope of data exchange. Also, under Article 40(7) each TSO is to reach an agreement with relevant DSOs on the processes and formats of data exchange between them. The purpose of this consultation is:

  1. To define the TSO’s and DSO’s proposed applicability and scope of KORRR.

  2. To enable the accurate incorporation of SGU interactions under KORRR to the TSO-DSO agreement.

  3. To provide SGUs with clear information of the TSO’s and DSO’s proposed SGU commitments under KORRR, and a mechanism for SGUs to provide feedback to the TSO and DSO ahead of the TSO-DSO agreement in March 2019

 

Current data exchange practices are already largely aligned with KORRR. As a result, the proposals in this KORRR consultation align with current practices and the requirements of the Grid Code and Distribution Code. SONI is seeking your feedback on a number of proposals which reflect this, with the below documents available for download:

  1. KORRR SGU Consultation – Northern Ireland

  2. KORRR

  3. KORRR SGU Consultation Response Template – Northern Ireland

The consultation runs from 25 January 2019 to 17:00 close of business 25 February 2019 inclusive.

We look forward to receiving your feedback and will use it to inform our submissions to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities. A response template has been provided to facilitate this feedback (see point 3 above). Please email your submission by 17:00 25 February 2019 to gridcode@soni.ltd.uk  with the subject title “KORRR SGU Consultation”.

 

This proposal document is produced jointly by SONI Ltd. in its role as the Transmission System Operator in Northern Ireland and NIE Networks in its role as the Distribution Network Operator in Northern Ireland.

EirGrid in its role as the Transmission System Operator in Ireland and ESB Networks in its role as the Distribution System Operator in Ireland are holding a similar consultation with SGUs in Ireland.

 

 

16.11.2018 Utility Regulator issued a Decision Paper, it is available to download here.

16.05.2018 SONI and NIE Networks submitted our ‘Proposal for RfG Banding Thresholds’ to the Utility Regulator. 

Download the proposal document here.

14.07.17 The TSO has issued a Minded-To Position Paper that can be downloaded here

07.04.17 (Consultation closed). Download the consultation document here.

 

18.12.2018 EirGrid submitted the following proposal documents to the Utility Regulator:

14.12.2018 Consultation closed.

14.11.2018 Regulation (EU) 2017/2196 establishing a network code on electricity emergency and restoration (NCER) aims to maintain operational safety and prevent the spread of an incident on the electricity network that could result in a widespread failure.

Consequential to a number of requirements mandated by NCER, SONI is seeking your feedback on a number of documents. The documents are available for download:

  1. System restoration plan for Northern Ireland 
  2. System defence plan for Northern Ireland 
  3. The terms and conditions to act as a defence and restoration service provider for Northern Ireland 
  4. The rules for the suspension and restoration of market activities for Northern Ireland 
  5. Response proforma for Northern Ireland

The consultation runs from 14 November 2018 to 5pm close of business 13 December 2018 inclusive.

We look forward to receiving your feedback and will use it to inform our submissions to the Utility Regulator. A response proforma has been provided to facilitate this feedback (see document 5 above). Please email your submission by 17h00 13 December 2018 to gridcode@soni.ltd.uk with the subject title “Emergency and Restoration Consultation – Northern Ireland”.

 

04.02.2019 SONI submitted our Proposal for the General Application of the HVDC Requirements for Northern Ireland to the Utilities Regulator on 21 December 2018.

08.12.2018 Consultation closed.

The Network Code HVDC Code is one of three Connection Codes which form part of the European Network Codes. It seeks to provide a clear legal framework for grid connections and facilitate electricity trading whilst ensuring system security, facilitating the integration of HVDC connections, including DC-connected Power Park Modules, as well as the associated system services while ensuring a more efficient use of the network.

HVDC ‘entered into force’ on 15 September 2016, and applies to high voltage direct current systems and direct current-connected power park modules that conclude a final and binding contract for the purchase of their main plant after 15 September  2018.

As part of the national implementation of HVDC, the relevant TSO of each member state needs to submit a proposal for requirements of general application. It is not a requirement of HVDC to consult upon the proposal for requirements of general application prior to submission to the Utility Regulator. The TSO is issuing this consultation document in the interest of transparency and to ensure that the TSO has the best information available to them to submit an appropriate set of recommendations to the Utility Regulator for the proposal of requirements of general application.

We look forward to receiving your feedback and using it to improve our proposal. A template has been provided to facilitate this feedback. Please email your submission by 7 December 2018 to gridcode@soni.ltd.uk  with the subject title “HVDC Consultation on Parameter Selection – Northern Ireland”.

Download the consultation document here

Download the response template here

01.10.18 SONI and NIE Networks submitted our Proposal for the General Application of the DCC Requirements for Northern Ireland to the Utilities Regulator on 21 September 2018.

06.07.2018 The Network Code Demand Connection Code is one of three Connection Codes which form part of the European Network Codes. It seeks to provide a clear legal framework for grid connections and facilitate electricity trading whilst ensuring system security, facilitating the integration of demand side system services and ensuring a more efficient use of the network.

DCC ‘entered into force’ on 7 September 2016, and applies to demand Units, demand facilities, distribution systems and closed distribution systems that conclude a final and binding contract for the purchase of their main plant after 7 September  2018.

As part of the national implementation of DCC, the relevant TSO of each member state needs to submit a proposal for requirements of general application. It is not a requirement of DCC to consult upon the proposal for requirements of general application prior to submission to the UR. The TSO and DSO are issuing this consultation document in the interest of transparency and to ensure that the TSO and DSO have the best information available to them to submit an appropriate set of recommendations to the UR for the proposal of requirements of general application

We look forward to receiving your feedback and using it to improve our proposal. A template has been provided to facilitate this feedback. Please email your submission by 10 August 2018 to gridcode@soni.ltd.uk with the subject title “DCC Consultation on Parameter Selection - Northern Ireland”.

Download the consultation document here.

Download the response template here

16.11.2018 Download the Utility Regulator decision paper here

16.05.2018 SONI and NIE Networks submitted our ‘Proposal for the General Application of the RfG Requirements for Northern Ireland’ to the Utility Regulator. Download the proposal document here

13.02.2018 The TSOs and DSOs received a number of requests to extend the consultation deadline. As this is the first major Network Code consultation for the implementation of the Connection Codes, we decided to extend the deadline by an extra week until Friday 16th of February.

17.01.2018 SONI and NIE Networks have updated the consultation document with a number of clarifications.

RfG Parameter Consultation Northern Ireland Updated with Clarifications RED LINE VERSION

RfG Parameter Consultation Northern Ireland Updated with Clarifications GREEN LINE VERSION

11.01.2018 The slide deck from the Workshop on the RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection Northern Ireland, dated 11.01.2018, is available here.

11.01.2018 To facilitate public engagement on the RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection – Northern Ireland, the TSO (SONI) and the DSO (NIE Networks) hosted an industry workshop in Belfast. The slide deck from the Workshop on the RfG Consultation on Parameter Selection Northern Ireland, dated 11.01.2018, is available here.

20.12.2017 (Consultation closed)

Download the consultation document here.

Download the response template here.

29.11.2017 This public consultation is a proposal for the determination of Load Frequency Control blocks in accordance with Article 6 (3) (g) and Article 141(2) of Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1485 establishing a guideline on electricity transmission system operation.

This public consultation document is produced jointly by EirGrid plc in its role as the Transmission System Operator in Ireland and SONI Ltd in its role as the Transmission System Operator in Northern Ireland.

This consultation applies to the synchronous area that spans Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Responses should be submitted to EirGrid and SONI at gridcode@eirgrid.com before 5pm on 8 January 2018.

Download the consultation document here.

Please find the final submitted version (dated 31 July 2018 and submitted to Utility Regulator on 6 September 2018) of the LFC Block agreement here

The Utility Regulator approved the LFC Block Agreement on 5 November 2018. The approval document can be found on the Utility Regulator website here.

 

15.07.19 Following the RAs’ Request for Amendment (RfA) on the submitted SAOA and LFCBOA, SONI and EirGrid have updated the documents. SONI and EirGrid are now carrying out a one month consultation on the revised versions and welcome any feedback, in particular on Title 2 of each document. The updated SAOA can be found here and the updated LFCBOA can be found here. Responses to the consultation should be sent to  gridcode@soni.ltd.uk or gridcode@eirgrid.com by 17h00 on Wednesday 14/08/2019. Responses will be shared with the Regulatory Authorities and may be published on our websites. Please indicate if you would prefer for your response not to be published.

24.06.19 The CRU and Utility Regulator published their Request for Amendment to the proposed SAOA and LFCBOA which can be found on the CRU website here and the Utility Regulator website here.

24.01.19 EirGrid and SONI submitted draft proposals on the SAOA and LFCBOA to their respective Regulatory Authorities on 21.12.18. The draft SAOA can be downloaded here and the draft LFCBOA can be downloaded here.

09.11.18 Consultation is now closed.

This consultation concerns the EirGrid and SONI proposals relevant to Ireland and Northern Ireland for the Synchronous Area Operational Agreements (SAOA) and the LFC Block Operational Agreements (LFCBOA). These have been developed in accordance with Articles 118 and 119 respectively of the Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1485 of 2 August 2017 establishing a guideline on electricity transmission system operation (SOGL).

SOGL requires that TSOs of each synchronous area responsible for operating load frequency control and reserves, which for Ireland is EirGrid, and for Northern Ireland is SONI, should develop SAOA and LFCBOA.

The SAOA and LFCBOA are contained in two respective documents with text relative to the legal articles.  These documents aim at presenting operational rules from Ireland and Northern Ireland according to the pan-EU framework, thereby facilitating greater cross-border cooperation in matters of security and the development of cross-border balancing services in terms of sharing and exchange of reserves.

Why are we consulting?

SOGL Articles 118 and 119 methodologies that are also referenced in SOGL articles 6(3)(d), 6(3)(e) and article 11 must have a statutory public consultation prior to National Regulatory Authority approval.  These are Title 2 Articles in the SAOA and LFCBOA documents.

Link to the Consultation

The consultation was launched on the ENTSO-E website on 08 October 2018. The consultation papers and the response details are hosted on the ENTSO-E website located here. Responses to the consultation should be sent to gridcode@soni.ltd.uk by 17h00 on 08 November 2018. We look forward to receiving your feedback.