6.7.2021

ACER consults on the high-level approach for identifying alternative bidding zone configurations

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ACER consults on the high-level approach for identifying alternative bidding zone configurations

What is it about?

ACER is gathering views from stakeholders in an attempt to improve the high-level approach for identifying alternative bidding zone configurations to be considered for the bidding zone review. This public consultation is launched following the public webinar held on 24 June 2021.

The consultation will run until 3 August 2021, 23:59 hrs (CET).​

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Background

On 24 November 2020, ACER adopted a Decision on the methodology and assumptions to be used in the bidding zone review process and for the alternative bidding zone configurations to be considered, according to the EU Regulation on the internal market for electricity. The proposed package for the bidding zone review was developed by the Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and was referred to ACER in July 2020 by the relevant regulatory authorities, as a unanimous agreement could not be found.

Next steps

In the absence of a TSOs’ proposal for alternative configurations for a large part of Europe, ACER envisaged to take two separate decisions. The first decision included the approval of the bidding zone review methodology and assumptions to be used for the bidding zone review process, subject to the necessary amendments, and a request to TSOs to provide the results derived from a Locational Marginal Pricing (LMP) analysis to enable ACER to take a decision on alternative bidding zone configurations. The second decision, expected to be taken in the first half of 2022, will include the approval of alternative biding zone configurations to be studied by TSOs during the bidding zone review.