ACER to decide on the electricity cross-zonal capacity allocation methodologies for the exchange of balancing capacity in 19 EU Member States

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What is it about?

The National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) for energy from the Hansa, Core and Baltic regions asked the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) to decide on the respective region's market-based cross-border capacity allocation process.

To take an informed decision, ACER is inviting all interested parties to submit their comments by 2 May 2021.​

The Hansa region comprises of 5 countries: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden.

The Core region includes 13 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.

The Baltic region comprehends 6 countries: Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden.

Additionally, regulators from the Core region asked ACER to decide on the regional cross-border capacity allocation process to be based on economic efficiency.

What are the benefits?

The cross-zonal capacity allocation methodologies ensure efficient, transparent, and non-discriminatory capacity allocation for the exchange of balancing capacity or sharing of reserves.

The market-based process applies in case the allocation takes place not more than a week in advance of the provision of balancing capacity, while the process based on economic efficiency applies in case the allocation takes place more than one week in advance of the provision of balancing capacity.

How does ACER contribute?

ACER Decisions will contribute to the integration of the balancing capacity markets by establishing the rules for allocating the cross-border capacity needed to facilitate the balancing capacity procurement at regional level.

Among the next steps:

​A Decision will be reached per each capacity calculation region (CCR) by:

  • 27th July 2021 (Hansa CCR)
  • 22nd August 2021 (Core CCR)
  • 26th August 2021 (Baltic CCR)
Would you like to learn more about the topic? Join the ACER public workshop on 20th April (10 am - 12 pm).