News brief of 15.5.2017

News from the Greek Energy Market:

A. HEDNO's views in the Public Consultation on the 10-year Development Program of ESMIE (Hellenic Electricity Transmission System) for the period 2018-2027
HEDNO SA participated in the public consultation of ADMIE (IPTO) on the 10-year Development Program of ESMIE for the period 2018-2027. In this consultation, it was once again pointed out that the Network Operator is not a system user and therefore any relevant wording in the 10-year program should reflect its special status as specific affiliated entity. In addition, specific remarks and comments were made on specific provisions of the program, both for Non-Interconnected Islands interconnections and for Projects relating to the already interconnected system. Finally, it was proposed to include in the program a new project concerning the "Upgrading of the 110 V DC system of HV/MV Substations by providing a backup charger - accumulator battery system" (A1)

B. HEDNO's views in RAE’s Public Consultation on the use of storage media at RES stations to maximize the share of RES energy in the electric power mix of NIIs
HEDNO SA participated in the above RAE Public Consultation and welcomed the prospect of introducing storage systems in NIIs in combination with RES stations. In addition, it raised issues to be examined with regard to:
• The institutional framework
• The power capacity and SAOL (Conventional Normalized Operating Hours) meeting margins and
• The requirements for supervisory and management infrastructures (A2).

European News:

A. The proposal for the new Directive and Regulation of the European Commission on the internal energy market Clean Energy Package (CEP)
The two most prominent texts of the Clean Energy Package proposed by the European Commission are the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the internal market for electricity and the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for the internal market in electricity.
Please note that the proposed legislative documents (attached) are a revision of the current legislation, replacing current provisions or adding new ones
The Regulation includes, at first, General Electricity Market Rules, concerning, inter alia, energy prices and the operation of the Intraday, the Day-Ahead Market, the Forward Market and the Balancing Market. There are also revised provisions for the integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) within the electricity market
Network access provisions also include network usage charges, such as, for example, the proposed harmonization of System and Network charge methodologies.
It also deals with Power Efficiency and Capacity Mechanisms issues and, in relation to Transmission System Operators (TSOs), issues related to governance and ENTSO-E competences, as well as provisions on Regional System Operation.
With regard to Distribution Operators, the most important addition concerns the proposed EU DSO Entity, while, with regard to Network Codes, significant responsibilities are assigned to the Commission against ACER or the Member States.

The provisions of the Directive substantially give guidance to the Member States, but they are not directly applicable like the Regulation giving them freedom in terms of how they will be implemented.
The Directive includes issues pertaining to retail electricity prices, consumer rights and energy poverty issues, Active Consumer & Smart Metering, Energy Communities, as well as data management and Cyber Security.

In relation to DSOs, there are a number of provisions that concern them, either directly, as in terms of their Competences or Compensations, or indirectly, as in terms of Electric Cars and Energy Storage.

B. Positions of bodies on Clean Energy Package (CEP)
On the two above-mentioned documents (Regulation & Directive), Eurelectric has published two position papers commenting on the Commission's proposals and giving its views (attached 1 & 2)

Future Events:

A. Annual Eurelectric Conference

EURELECTRIC organizes its annual conference in Estoril, Portugal, on 19 & 20 June 2017. This is a high-level event and a unique opportunity for networking executives from the European and the international energy sector as well as business entities and partners. The conference's discussions will focus on four separate subjects

➢ Customers in a Digital and Electrified Society
➢ The value of electrification
➢ Beyond Utilities
➢ On the path to the 2050 Power System (C4)

B. EDSO for Smart Grids: The Network of Networks,

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO for Smart Grids) are to organize a conference on innovation in the European electricity networks on 26 & 27 June 2017 in Brussels where the key issues - questions on the agenda are:
➢ What advanced and mild technologies can lead to a smart and sustainable energy system?
➢ Which regulatory framework is required?
➢ Will the active client model and active network management become reality?
➢ What would this mean for the interconnection of networks and the issues of TSOs - DSOs interface?
➢ What is the role of data hubs and what are the European rules related to cybersecurity and privacy? (C5).

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