ACER initiates the drafting of new framework guidelines on demand response
What is it about?
On 1st June 2022, the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) has been asked by the European Commission to submit non-binding framework guidelines setting out clear and objective principles for the development of a network code on demand response. The framework guidelines will ensure coherency with the existing regulatory framework by identifying relevant provisions in the existing network codes and guidelines.
The network code will aim at enabling market access for demand response, including load, storage and distributed generation (aggregated or not), as well at facilitating the market based procurement of services by distribution and transmission system operators. It will be applicable to all Member States.
Why is it relevant?
Demand response is key to integrate the growing share of renewable energy and new electricity loads (e.g. resulting from heat pumps and electric vehicles) in a cost-efficient way.
A future European framework must ensure that no undue regulatory barriers hamper their participation in any of the existing wholesale electricity markets.
In developing these framework guidelines, ACER is contributing to a more cost-efficient energy transition by facilitating market access for smaller actors, including consumers.
What are the next steps?
To inform its decision-making process, ACER opens a public consultation from 2 June to 2 August 2022 and invites interested stakeholders to submit their inputs.
To learn more about the draft framework guidelines, join ACER’s public workshop on 28 June, 9:30-11:30.
ACER will submit the framework guidelines to the European Commission by December 2022.
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