Proposal for the new Network Code on Cybersecurity submitted for ACER review
The joint proposal from ENTSO-E and the DSO Entity for a new Network Code on Cybersecurity (NC CS) was submitted on 14.01.2022 to ACER for review. This is the first milestone for the cooperation between ENTSO-E and the DSO Entity, as established in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) from January 2022. ACER has now 3 months to review the proposal according to the Framework Guideline. ENTSO-E and the DSO Entity would have the opportunity to update the proposal and submit it again to ACER if changes are necessary. ACER would then submit the proposal for a new NC to the EU-COM with a recommended timeline for its implementation.
ACER 1st Monitoring Report on the Emergency and Restoration Network Code
ACER published at the end of 2021 the first Implementation Report which analyzes the national implementation of the E&R NC and presents key findings as well as recommendations for improvement. Outside of the scope of the report is the pending provisions to be implemented by December 2022, as established in Article 55, NC ER Regulation. The report can be found on ACER website.
Deadline for the Public Consultation on Drafting of the NC Cybersecurity (NC CS)
VDE FNN is organizing a consultation response with experts in the relevant gremiums. Please get in touch if you are interested in participating in the joint response until 03.12.2021.
A response for the consultation can be submitted through this form online by any natural or juridical Person.
2nd Workshop on Drafting of the NC Cybersecurity (NC CS)
Another workshop has been planned by ENTSO-E as the last opportunity for a wider audience to have a say on the development of the NC CS. ENTSO-E will finalize the NC from the 13th of December until the 14th of January 2022.
You would like to attend? Then simply save the Outlook meeting file from ENTSO-E Website and you can follow the link on the 8th of December.
1st Workshop on Drafting of the NC Cybersecurity (NC CS)
The ground was laid by ACER in July 2021 with the Framework Guidelines. ENTSO-E has since then worked on developing the NC CS with a Drafting Committee involving stakeholders such as ACER, DG ENERGY, DSO Entity and various European associations. This 1st workshop offers the wider industry actors to consult on the NC CS.
You would like to attend? Then simply save the Outlook meeting file from ENTSO-E Website and you can follow the link on the 19th of November. There you can also find more information about the development of the NC CS.
ACER organizes the 1st Workshop on Demand Side Flexibility Framework Guidelines
In response to a request from the European Commission according to Article 59 (Regulation for an internal market for electricity 2019/943) , ACER is organizing the first Workshop to collect Input from Stakeholders on a Framework Guideline for the new Network Code on Demand Side Flexibility. This NC will include rules on aggregation, energy storage and demand curtailment. The European Commission proposed already some potential topics on its request to ACER (see here). Follow the link on the title to register for the virtual event until the 11th of November.
How compliant are EU Countries with the Connection Network Codes? ACER releases analysis on national implementation
ACER has released a new report as a follow up to the last Implementation Monitoring Reports from December 2020. This new analysis provides an update based on feedback from NRAs following requests from ACER for more Information on their national implementation. The result of the analysis: confirms the implementation status as satisfactory (as established in previous reports) although shows non-compliances still not being addressed where necessary.
DA/RE Platform for Redispatch 2.0 - ENTSO-E identifies main Flexibility Platforms from EU Member States
ENTSO-E and Frontier Economics investigate in this report eight local flexibility platforms, their use cases as well as challenges that impede their development.
First Meeting of the Expert Panel investigating the short outage of the French-Spanish interconnection
An expert Panel formed by ACER and relevant NRAs is meeting in October 2021 to propose recommendations to Prevent incidents such as the French-Spanish System Separation in July 2021 based on the Interim Report from ENTSO-E (in development).
For more information, see the press conference from ACER here.
The Interim Report for the disconnection event of January 2021 can be found on ENTSO-E website here.
4th Cybersecurity Workshop organized by E.DSO, ENCS and ENTSO-E
The European organizations got together to discuss the challenges faced by the EU synchronous grid and the role that the new Network Code on Cybersecurity has to ensure the grid is resilient against cyberattacks. The main take-away from the discussion was: all relevant stakeholders must collaborate to be able to fence off these attacks.
The presentation slides from the event can be found here.
2nd paper on unsupported Renewable Energy Sources (RES) from the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)
This paper investigates the dimension of RES plants close to or beyond their end of support in various European countries, the challenges in terms of regulation and recommendations for viable business streams for these RES plants. The report can be found on CEER´s website here.
First Meeting of the German Coordination Group of German DSOs
The associations BDEW, VKU and GEODE Germany organise the coordination Group "VEKO" which serves as a network to inform the German DSOs in the DSO Entity about current work, to exchange information with active members of the DSO Entity committees and to contribute to the European regulatory process. By coordinating similar interests, the voice of German DSOs in Europe is to be strengthened. VDE FNN will follow the work of the VEKO closely and support the DSOs with expertise from FNN Committees and experts.
More information about VEKO can be found here.
The Grid Codes European Stakeholders Committee (GC ESC) meets in September 22th
The GC ESC continues to work on the development of the Connection Codes and meets again in September to discuss changes to NC RfG as well as the work from the Expert Groups. The group will discuss the final reports of the last Expert Groups and decide on the topics for the 3 new Expert Groups.
The agenda and documents for the meeting can be found on the ENTSO-E Website: https://www.entsoe.eu/network_codes/esc/#gesc
DSO Entity Appoints a new Secretary General
The EU DSO Entity has appointed Peter Vermaat as Secretary General. Peter is already performing work for the EU DSO Entity and will officially start his mandate as of 1 October. The President thanked Hans Craen, who acted as Interim Secretary General, for his work over the past months. Peter Vermaat will focus, in a first phase, on the operational side of the organization while also ensuring that the Entity’s voice is heard in the on-going processes for developing network codes on, among other topics, demand side flexibility, data interoperability and cybersecurity.
DSO-TSO Roadmap on the Evolution of the Regulatory Framework for Distributed Flexibility
The recommendations of the report are the outcome of 5 months of analysis and discussion between TSO and DSO experts involved in a Joint Task Force on Distributed Flexibility, which was set up in the framework of the Distribution & Transmission Cooperation Platform. Two diverging perspectives appeared regarding the necessary evolution of the regulatory framework, whereby TSOs advocated for amendments to existing NCs and guidelines (GLs) and DSOs favoured the development of a new NC. The proposed roadmap lays out the necessary changes in regulation but the implementation as a separate NC is still not decided.
ACER publishes its Framework Guideline to establish a Network Code on Cybersecurity
The next step towards the development of a Network Code is the publication of a Framework Guideline which provides hihg-level principles for the development of the NC on Cybersecurity. The document was consulted with stakeholders in April 2021 and updated according to the comments received. FNN Experts from the Expert Network on EU NC submitted their opinions putting emphasis on the importance of standardization as the basis for the NC. The Framework Guideline was then submitted to the EU COM, who will request ENTSO-E a drafting of the NC within 12 months. This will be done together with the DSO-Entity, particularly through ist Expert Group dedicated to the NC on Cybersecurity.
Call for Experts: Expert Group for Demand Side Flexibility by ACER
According to the scope for the Expert Group: "the group may also be called on to provide advice for amendments to existing network codes and guidelines, as well as for developing new framework guidelines, or to submit opinions on any other issue related to ACER’s tasks in the demand side flexibility Domain."
The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) analyses the actions from Energy Regulators on the first half of 2021
This is a good overview of the regulatory actions in the energy industry across Europe so far this year.
GC ESC 22. Meeting
The EG CSM presented its final report. EG ISSM and EG BtfA reported their developments. All final reports are expected to be released by the end of June. VGB presented comments on the VDE FNN study on temporary overvoltage (Spannungsfestigkeit).
DSO Entity's first General Assembly
The DSO Entity celebrated its first General Assembly with all DSO members and the elected Board from April this year. Johan Mörnstam (E.ON Group) was elected one of the Vice President for the category representing the DSOs over 1 million connected customers of the EU DSO Entity. According to Eurelectric "The activities of the body have since officially started, centered around three expert groups on cybersecurity, data access and interoperability, and distributed flexibility. This work will enable the Entity to set up a constructive collaboration with, among others, the European Commission, ACER and ENTSO-E."