27.3.2013

ACER recommends the adoption of the Network Code on Demand Connection

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On 25 March 2013, ACER adopted its opinion and a recommendation on the Network Code on Demand Connection ACER acknowledges that the Network Code is in line with the Framework Guidelines on Electricity Grid Connections, and the objectives stated therein, and thus recommends its adoption by the European Commission. ACER recognises the potential for notable benefits deriving from the timely, effective and efficient rollout of demand side response in the near future; however, it does not consider that the Network Code is the best vehicle for delivery of demand side response at distribution level. Moreover, ACER flags a number of areas in which the Network Code should be improved. Since these improvements mostly relate to drafting and do not affect the compliance with the Framework Guidelines on Electricity Grid Connections, ACER advocates that they are addressed by the European Commission when adopting the Network Code. The main areas of improvements relate to the provisions of the Network Code related to national scrutiny, the scope of the national scrutiny of the reactive power ranges to be implemented at the national level, the roles and responsibilities of different parties and processes with regard to the demand side response requirements, the roles and responsibilities of aggregators (including the clarification of the different possible approaches to demand aggregation) and the compliance testing and monitoring for small grid users. Additional information and annexes to opinion and recommendation: