Balancing capacity exchanges

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Development of methodologies for exchanges of balacing capacity

​Rules and processes for the exchange and procurement of balancing capacity


Pursuant to Article 33(1) of the EB Regulation, two or more TSOs exchanging or mutually willing to exchange balancing capacity need to develop a proposal for the establishment of common and harmonised rules and processes for the exchange and procurement of balancing capacity and submit it to all the concerned regulatory authorities for approval and to the Agency for information. Pursuant to Article 34(1) of the EB Regulation, these TSOs should allow balancing service providers to transfer their balancing capacity obligations, or they may develop a proposal for requesting an exemption and submit it to all the concerned regulatory authorities for approval and to the Agency for information.

Action 1: By June 2018, the TSOs of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands submitted to all the concerned regulatory authorities and the Agency the proposal for the establishment of common and harmonised rules and processes for the exchange and procurement of balancing capacity for Frequency Containment Reserves.

Action 2: By June 2018, the TSOs of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands submitted to all the concerned regulatory authorities and the Agency the proposal for the exemption from the obligation to allow balancing service providers to transfer their obligations to provide transfer of balancing capacity for Frequency Containment Reserves.

Action 3: By October 2018, the concerned regulatory authorities requested from the relevant TSOs to amend the proposal for the establishment of common and harmonised rules and processes for the exchange and procurement of balancing capacity for Frequency Containment Reserves and the proposal for the exemption from the obligation to allow balancing service providers to transfer their obligations to provide transfer of balancing capacity for Frequency Containment Reserves.

Action 4: In October 2018, the TSOs of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands submitted to all the concerned regulatory authorities and the Agency the amended proposal for the establishment of common and harmonised rules and processes for the exchange and procurement of balancing capacity for Frequency Containment Reserves.

Action 5: In October 2018, the TSOs of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands submitted to all the concerned regulatory authorities and the Agency the amended proposal for the exemption from the obligation to allow balancing service providers to transfer their obligations to provide transfer of balancing capacity for Frequency Containment Reserves.

Action 6: By December 2018, all the concerned regulatory authorities approved the amended proposal for the establishment of common and harmonised rules and processes for the exchange and procurement of balancing capacity for Frequency Containment Reserves and the amended proposal for the exemption from the obligation to allow balancing service providers to transfer their obligations to provide transfer of balancing capacity for Frequency Containment Reserves.

Action 7: In April 2019, the TSOs of Denmark, Finland and Sweden submitted to all the concerned regulatory authorities and the Agency the proposal for the establishment of common and harmonised rules and processes for the exchange and procurement of balancing capacity for Frequency Restoration Reserves with automatic activation.

Action 8: In April 2019, the TSOs of Denmark, Finland and Sweden submitted to all the concerned regulatory authorities and the Agency the proposal for the exemption from the obligation to allow balancing service providers to transfer their obligations to provide transfer of balancing capacity for Frequency Restoration Reserves with automatic activation.

Action 9: In October 2019, all the concerned regulatory authorities requested from the TSOs of Denmark, Finland and Sweden to amend the proposal for the establishment of common and harmonised rules and processes for the exchange and procurement of balancing capacity for Frequency Restoration Reserves with automatic activation.

Action 10: In October 2019, all the concerned regulatory authorities requested from the TSOs of Denmark, Finland and Sweden to amend the proposal for the exemption from the obligation to allow balancing service providers to transfer their obligations to provide transfer of balancing capacity for Frequency Restoration Reserves with automatic activation.

Action 11: In December 2019, the TSOs of Denmark, Finland and Sweden submitted to all the concerned regulatory authorities and the Agency the amended proposal for the establishment of common and harmonised rules and processes for the exchange and procurement of balancing capacity for Frequency Restoration Reserves with automatic activation.

Action 12: In December 2019, the TSOs of Denmark, Finland and Sweden submitted to all the concerned regulatory authorities and the Agency the amended proposal for the exemption from the obligation to allow balancing service providers to transfer their obligations to provide transfer of balancing capacity for Frequency Restoration Reserves with automatic activation.

Action 13: In February 2020, all the concerned regulatory authorities referred the amended proposals for (a) the establishment of common and harmonised rules and processes for the exchange and procurement of balancing capacity for Frequency Restoration Reserves with automatic activation and (b) the exemption from the obligation to allow balancing service providers to transfer their obligations to provide transfer of balancing capacity for Frequency Restoration Reserves with automatic activation, to the Agency for a decision in accordance with the procedure set out in Article 6(2) of the EB Regulation. The reason for the referral was that they were not able to reach an agreement on the proposal.

You can find documents related to the above actions here.

You can find the exact dates of the above actions in the implementation table here.

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