In the first implementation monitoring report of its kind, the Agency finds that implementation of the Network Code on Requirements for Grid Connection of Generators (NC RfG) is well on track. However, full implementation is still outstanding in the areas of the publication of criteria for granting derogations and the transitional arrangements for emerging technologies. The basis for this assessment is the non-binding guidance on implementation by ENTSO-E and the list of the relevant information for implementation monitoring by the Agency. Based on National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) answers to questionnaires and detailed analyses, the first Implementation Monitoring Report of the Network Code on Requirements for Grid Connection of Generators delivers the following recommendations:
- Granting derogations: the Agency understands NRAs may amend the criteria for granting derogations once per year at the most. The Agency recommends that, in doing so, NRAs take into account best practice, as shared in the framework of the Agency.
- Transitional arrangements for emerging technologies: the Agency recommends NRAs to coordinate any withdrawal of classification as emerging technology with other NRAs, using the framework of the Agency. Also, the Agency recommends that the cumulative maximum capacity of power-generating modules classified as emerging technologies for each Member State be published on a dedicated website. All NRAs and/or other authorities, where applicable in Member States, should commit to provide the Agency with relevant information on a regular basis.
- NRA empowerment: the lack of NRA empowerment for the approval and withdrawal of classification as emerging technology influences the efficiency of coordination at the Synchronous Area level. Therefore, the Agency urges MSs to empower their NRAs for the approval and withdrawal of classification as emerging technology, so as to ensure that all relevant information is taken into account when deciding on the approval and withdrawal of classification as emerging technology.