These Framework Guidelines aim at setting out clear and objective principles for the development of network codes pursuant to Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 714/2009. They cover the areas pursuant to Article 8 (6) (h) and (j) of the Electricity Regulation, i.e. the rules for trading related to technical and operational provision of system balancing and the balancing rules including network-related power reserve rules, with the objective to contribute to non-discrimination, effective competition, efficient functioning of the market, completion and functioning of the internal market in electricity and cross-border trade,security of supply, benefits for customers, participation of demand response, EU’s targets for penetration of renewable generation as well as to ensure the optimal management and coordinated operation of the European electricity transmission network. To this end, these Framework Guidelines will strive for integration, coordination and harmonisation of the balancing regimes in order to facilitate electricity trade within the EU in compliance with Regulation (EC) No 714/2009 and Directive 2009/72/EC.
Invitation to respond
According to Article 10 of Regulation (EC) No. 713/2009 establishing an Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, "in carrying out its tasks, in particular in the process of developing framework guidelines (...), the Agency shall consult extensively and at an early stage with market participants, transmission system operators, consumers, end-users and, where relevant, competition authorities, without prejudice to their respective competence, in an open and transparent manner, in particular when its tasks concern transmission system operators".
ACER invites all interested parties to provide comments on the consultation document (Draft Framework Guidelines on Electricity Balancing) and, especially responses to the questions included in the consultation document by email to consultation2012E09@acer.europa.eu by 25 June 2012, 12:00 noon, Central European Time. Please note that a draft Initial Impact Assessment on the Framework Guidelines on Electricity Balancingis also enclosed but only as background information and is not subject to consultation.
ACER encourages large companies to coordinate as much as possible their answers internally, so that the submission sent to ACER gives a clear message about the policy option these companies wishes to represent.
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