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Enhancing Member States' cooperation

​​​​​​​​​​​The Risk Preparedness Regulation introduces important rules for the cooperation between Member States with the aim to prevent, prepare for, and manage electricity crises. It also establishes common provisions for risk assessment, risk preparedness plans, managing electricity crises, evaluation and monitoring.

Each Member State's competent authority must establish a risk-preparedness plan, based on the regional and national electricity crisis scenarios. This plan consists of national, regional and where applicable, bilateral measures planned or taken to prevent, prepare for and mitigate electricity crises.

The Regulation foresees the adoption of two methodologies during the course of 2020:

  • methodology for identifying regional electricity crisis scenarios

  • methodology for short-term and seasonal adequacy assessment.

Methodology for identifying regional electricity crisis scenarios

​ENTSO-E must submit to ACER a proposal for identifying the most relevant regional electricity crisis scenarios. Based on risks, the proposed methodology will consider the system adequacy and security, as well as fuel security. It should also include an analysis of all relevant national and regional circumstances, interaction and correlation of risks across borders, simulations of simultaneous electricity crisis scenarios, ranking of risks according to their impact, as well as probability and principles on how to handle sensitive information in a transparent manner.

Action 1: From July to October 2019, ENTSO-E has conducted a public consultation on its proposal for a methodology identifying the most relevant regional electricity crisis scenarios. 

Action 2: On 6 January 2020, ENTSO-E submitted the proposal to ACER. Find out more about the ENTSO-E proposal and the Explanatory document accompanying the document.

Action 3: On 6 January 2020, ACER opened a public consultation for all stakeholders on ENTSO-E proposal.

Action 4: ACER is expected to consult the proposal with the ECG, composed only by the Member States' representatives.

Action 5: Within two months following the receipt of the proposal, ACER is expected to approve or amend it.

Action 6: On 6 March 2020, ACER issued the Decision on the methodology for identifying regional electricity crisis scenarios.

Methodology for short-term and seasonal adequacy assessment

​ENTSO-E must submit to ACER a proposal for a methodology assessing seasonal an​​d short-term adequacy (monthly, week-ahead to at least day-ahead adequacy). The proposal must cover at least the probability of a transmission capacity outage, the probability of an unplanned power plants' outage, severe weather conditions, variable demand, variable generation from renewable sources, as well as the probability of occurrence of a single or simultaneous electricity crises.

Action 1: From July to October 2019, ENTSO-E has conducted a public consultation on its proposal for a methodology for short-term and seasonal adequacy assessment.  

Action 2: On 6 January 2020, ENTSO-E submitted the proposal to ACER. Find out more about the ENTSO-E proposal and the Explanatory document accompanying the document.

Action 3: On 6 January 2020, ACER opened a public consultation for all stakeholders on ENTSO-E proposal.

Action 4: ACER is expected to consult the proposal with the ECG, in its formation composed only of Member States' representatives.

Action 5: Within two months following the receipt of the proposal, ACER is expected to approve or amend it.

Action 6: On 6 March 2020, ACER issued the Decision on the methodology for short-term and seasonal adequacy assessments.