Secretariat calls for step-wise integration of Energy Community Contracting Parties into EU capacity calculation regions

26 January 2021

Yesterday, the Energy Community Secretariat submitted its response to the public consultation on the definition of capacity calculation regions under the EU Guideline on Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management (CACM Regulation) organized by the Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).

In its submission, the Secretariat underlines that all Contracting Parties that are part of the Continental Europe synchronous area should be integrated step by step into the EU capacity calculation regions and invited ACER to reflect this process in its definition of capacity calculation regions. The Secretariat proposes a three-step approach, starting with the integration of the bidding zone borders between the South East Europe (SEE) Contracting Parties and between these Contracting Parties and neighbouring EU Member States into the so-called “Shadow Region SEE”.

The Secretariat believes that such an approach would smoothly address the existing interdependencies between EU and Contracting Party bidding zone borders, facilitate implementation of the key principles of coordinated capacity calculation by Contracting Parties’ transmission system operators and ensure efficient use of cross-zonal capacity for the benefit of consumers.