Establishment of the annual priority lists for the development of network codes and guidelines for 2014 and beyond
Åpen konsultasjon igangsatt av Kommisjonen 2.4.2013
BAKGRUNN (fra Kommisjonens konsultasjonsdokument, engelsk utgave)
The Third energy package has created an institutional set up for developing network codes with a view to harmonising, where necessary, the technical, operational and market rules governing the electricity and gas grids. In this institutional setup there is a key role for the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators ("ACER"), for the European Network of Transmission System Operators ("ENTSOs") and for the European Commission to work in close cooperation with all relevant stakeholders on the development of network codes. The process of establishing network codes is defined in Article 6 and 8 of the Regulation (EC) No. 714/2009 ("Electricity Regulation") and of the Regulation (EC) No. 715/2009 ("Gas Regulation"). The areas in which network codes can be developed are set out in Article 8(6) of the Electricity Regulation and the Gas Regulation.
As a first step towards binding European network codes, an annual priority list identifying the areas to be included in the development of network codes has to be established by the European Commission in accordance with Article 6(1) of the Electricity Regulation and the Gas Regulation. Before setting the annual priorities, the European Commission has to consult ACER, the ENTSOs and the other relevant stakeholders.
Despite the possibility to develop network codes according to the process laid down in Article 6 and 8 of the Electricity Regulation and the Gas Regulation, the European Commission can develop guidelines by itself and subsequently initiate the adoption procedure to make them legally binding. The areas in which guidelines can be developed are set out in Article 18 (1), (2), (3) of the Electricity Regulation and Article 23 (1) of the Gas Regulation.
The European Commission together with ACER and the ENTSOs has set up a planning group to continuously monitor the work on network codes and guidelines. The planning group drew up a 3-year work plan for electricity and gas which is updated on a regular basis.
The purpose of this paper is to consult stakeholders on the priorities for the development of network codes and guidelines for 2014 and to get input for the further work on the 3-year work plans for electricity and gas.