Consultation on the methodology for pricing intraday cross-zonal capacity

The Nordic national regulatory authorities (“Nordic NRAs”) are launching a consultation on the methodology for pricing intraday cross-zonal capacity developed by all TSOs in EU in accordance with Article 55 (3) of Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1222 of 24 July 2015 establishing a guideline on capacity calculation and congestion management (“CACM Regulation”).

The Nordic NRAs will assess and evaluate the proposal in cooperation with the other NRAs in EU for approval by “all-NRAs” within a period of 6 months or request changes to the proposal before the proposal can be approved.

The Nordic NRAs welcome written input on the methodology before the 6th of October 2017. Comments (in English) shall be sent to post@energitilsynet.dk with copy to slrs@energitilsynet.dk  Please mark your answers to the consultation with the following reference: Methodology for pricing intraday cross-zonal capacity.

Contact persons in NordREG

Johan Leymann, Ei johan.leymann@ei.se

Mari Salo, EV mari.salo@energiavirasto.fi

Kristin Kolseth, NVE krk@nve.no

Søren Lorenz Rask Søndergaard, DERA slrs@energitilsynet.dk

7 September 2017

Consultation on the CCR Nordic TSOs’ proposal for establishment of Fallback Procedures

The Nordic national regulatory authorities (“Nordic NRAs”) are launching a consultation on the all TSOs’ of the Nordic Capacity Calculation Region Proposal for Fallback Procedures in accordance with Article 44 of Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1222 of 24 July 2015 establishing a guideline on capacity calculation and congestion management (“CACM Regulation”).

The proposal covers fallback procedures in the Nordic capacity calculation region.

The Nordic NRAs welcome written input on the proposed Fallback Procedures in the Nordic Capacity Calculation Region within the 9th of June 2017. Comments (in English) shall be sent to post@energitilsynet.dk with copy to kblp@energitilsynet.dk. Please mark your answers to the consultation with the following reference: CCR Nordic Fallback Procedures

Contact persons in NordREG

Linda Weman Tell, Ei
linda.weman.tell@ei.se

Mari Salo, EV
mailto:mari.salo@energiavirasto.fi

Helena Mellison Lindstad, NVE
hem@nve.no

Kimmie Byriel Laage-Petersen, DERA
mailto:kblp@energitilsynet.dk

19 May 2017

Consultation on shipping arrangements between different central counter parties for the exchange of energy for the Nordic bidding zones

The Nordic national regulatory authorities (“Nordic NRAs”) are launching a consultation on proposed shipping arrangements for the Nordic bidding zones.

The Nordic NRAs were informed in December 2016 by EPEX SPOT SE and Nord Pool AS that they could not decide on shipping arrangements for the Nordic region. The Nordic NRAs have therefore initiated the process of deciding on shipping arrangements in accordance with article 68(6) in Regulation (EU) 2015/1222 establishing a guideline on capacity calculation and congestion management (“CACM Regulation”).

The Nordic NRAs welcome written input on the proposed shipping arrangements within the 9th of June 2017. Comments (in English) shall be sent to registrator@ei.se. Please mark your answers to the consultation with the following reference number 2017-100343.

Contact persons in NordREG

Linda Weman Tell, Ei
linda.weman.tell@ei.se

Kimmie Byriel Laage-Petersen, DERA
KBLP@energitilsynet.dk

Mari Salo, EV
mari.salo@energiavirasto.fi

Helena Mellison Lindstad, NVE
hem@nve.no

16 May 2017

NordREG workshop on incentivising reduced losses in the networks

On Thursday 7 April the NordREG Network Regulation Working Group organised a seminar on how to reduce losses in the Nordic networks.

The workshop included presentations both by regulators and DSOs, who discussed how loss reductions can be incentivised through regulation and what DSO’s can do practically to reduce their own losses. There was also a European perspective with a presentation about ongoing work on benchmarking network losses throughout Europe.

All presentations can be found here:

1. Network losses in the regulation – Denmark

2. Network losses in the regulation – Iceland

3. Network losses in the regulation – Sweden

4. Network losses in the regulation – Finland

5. Network losses in the regulation – Norway

6. Preliminary findings from CEER Report on network losses

7. A DSOs perspective on network losses – Skagerak Nett

8. The effect of renewables, How to address increased network losses – Dansk Energi

4 May 2017

NordREG publishes a position paper on aggregation services and demand response

NordREG publishes today a paper presenting the Nordic energy regulators’ views on the European Commission’s proposals on aggregation services and demand response, as seen in the legislative package “Clean Energy for all Europeans”.

By this, NordREG aims at assisting Member States and EU institutions in improving the proposals for a revised Electricity Directive, to better reach the important objectives of efficient demand response for all Europeans.

NordREG has several concerns with the European Commission’s “one-size-fits all” approach to aggregation, as proposed in the revised Electricity Directive, and fears it could lead to system-wide inefficiencies. NordREG therefore recommends discretion to decide if, and in which situations, a regulated framework for independent aggregation may be efficient to implement. Further, NordREG recommends flexibility to define the details, if models for independent aggregation are chosen in specific parts of the market.

27 April 2017

NordREG publishes a new report regarding the electricity customers’ situation in the Nordic countries

Today, NordREG, a cooperation between Nordic energy regulators, publish a report that describes the customers’ situation in the five Nordic retail markets for electricity. The report shows what offers, prices and problems customers face in each of the markets. National data is presented together with statistics on complaints from customers and the results from the European Commission´s survey Consumer Markets Scoreboard.

Electricity customers in all Nordic countries, except Iceland, have a wide range of contracts and suppliers to choose from and are relatively active. They all have access to independent price comparison tools and have a clear economic incentive to switch supplier or renegotiate contracts with the current supplier.

Few customers complain about the switching process itself. Instead, problems customers experience are typically when they have misunderstood the terms of the contract or there has been an unfair selling process. Many customers contact the national regulators to question if a contractual change is legal or if the supplier has provided them with all the required information before entering into a new contract.

So far, only Denmark has implemented mandatory combined billing, were the supplier bills the customer for both the electricity and network fee in one bill. However, all countries have regulations concerning billing and information required on invoices. Still, when customers were asked how well they understood their bill, the results varied between the Nordic countries.

Retail prices in Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden are characterised by a close connection to the underlying common Nordic electricity wholesale market. Different kinds of spot price contracts settled against wholesale markets are the most common and, on average, the cheapest contract types. In the last five years, Customers in Norway and Sweden have experienced more price changes than customers in Finland. At the same time, prices seems to be higher in Finland than, for example, Norway.

 

For more information, please contact:

Mattias Johansson, Energimarknadsinspektionen, +46 16-16 27 42
Cathrine Hagen, Norges vassdrags- og energidirektorat, +47 22 95 95 95
Jori Säntti, Energiavirasto, +358 29 50 50 079
Lukas Lindgreen, Energitilsynet, +45 41 71 43 12
Rakel Jensdóttir, Orkustofnun, +354 569 6000

Facts about NordREG: Since 2005 NordREG has worked towards a harmonised retail market for electricity. Many important steps have been taken. However, the common objective is not yet achieved. The Nordic countries still have five separate Retail markets with many similarities and some differences. In recent years, NordREG has focused on establishing joint recommendations in order to achieve a harmonised Nordic retail market for electricity.

20 April 2017

Nordic Energy Regulators establishes Energy Regulators Regional Forum (ERRF)

The NordREG Board agreed to establish Energy Regulators Regional Forum on 8 March 2017, in order to facilitate common and consistent national decisions in the Nordic region.

According to Third Package Network Codes and Binding Guidelines, TSOs and NEMOs in the Nordic region shall develop terms and conditions or methodologies regarding a number of specific issues.

These proposals are subject to approval by each national regulatory authority in the Nordic region.

In order to reach consistent national approvals throughout the region, Nordic energy regulators are obliged to consult, closely cooperate and coordinate with each other to reach an agreement on the content of the subsequent national approvals. To this end, Nordic energy regulators have agreed to organize such coordination within the framework of NordREG.

The ERRF is intended to facilitate common and consistent national decisions to be made subsequently by each Nordic energy regulator according to Network Codes and Binding Guidelines. It gives practical effect to EU provisions requiring cooperation among regulators for the abovementioned purposes, by serving as a tool to reach unified solutions among the Nordic energy regulators.

7 April 2017

Workshop on incentives to reduce network losses in the Nordic countries

One challenge all the Nordic countries face is how to provide incentives to reduce electric power losses in the network through regulation. NordREG therefore invites all interested parties to join a workshop on incentives to reduce network losses in the Nordic countries.

The workshop’s main goal is to share experiences on how to provide incentives for reducing losses, both in regards to current and future regulation. The workshop will also include practical examples of how losses are reduced by the network companies.

Target group: All interested parties.

When: The 27thof April 2017, 9:30 – 16:00.

Where: Stockholm, Odenplan 7A. The address is Norrtullsgatan 6 in Stockholm.

Admission: Free.

Registration: Please do your registration on the website of Swedish Energy Market Inspectorate (Ei)  stating full name, organization and dietary requirements if relevant. Please register by April 17. Participation is limited to 60 people and places are assigned on a first come first served basis.

Program: Program of the day

22 March 2017

Update on the process of assessment of the Nordic forward market

Methodology

The Nordic energy regulators in NordREG have had a close cooperation on the development of a coordinated methodology for an assessment of the functioning of the Nordic electricity forward market. The assessment will be carried out following requirements in Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1719 of 26 September 2016 establishing a guideline on forward capacity allocation (FCA GL).

NordREG finds it crucial that the assessment covers the most important indicators that are relevant for market participants in the Nordic electricity market. NordREG also finds it important to use indicators that are well-founded in economic theory and applicable in light of the specific characteristics of electricity markets. Hence, NordREG has engaged consultants and organized workshops about the implementation of the FCA GL in order to gain more insights related to methodology for evaluating the Nordic financial electricity market. In November 2016 EC Group delivered the report “Methods for evaluation of the Nordic forward market for electricity” which gave valuable input to the regulators on how to carry out the assessment following the FCA GL.

Consultation

Finland, Sweden and Denmark will perform a consultation in accordance with the FCA GL (Norway is formally not yet obliged to follow the FCA GL since the third package has not been implemented in Norway). This will take place during February/March 2017.
Further information on these processes can be found on the national regulators’ homepages.

Finland
Finland has an ongoing consultation in accordance with FCA GL about the market participants’ needs for cross-zonal hedging opportunities, which can be found in:

FCA -suuntaviivojen mukainen markkinaosapuolten kuuleminen

Finland has also conducted a study to review the market data using an external consultant. The results of this study can be found here: Calculations for the evaluation of the functioning of the wholesale electricity markets on the Finnish bidding zone borders as required in the FCA GL

Sweden’s consultation will shortly be published at:
www.ei.se

Denmark’s consultation will shortly be published at:
www.energitilsynet.dk

23 February 2017

Documentation from seminar on DSO tariffs in the Nordic countries

NordREG organized a seminar on DSO tariffs in the Nordic countries from the perspective of regulators, DSOs and customers on November 3rd 2016. The seminar was held in Copenhagen, with more than 50 participants representing among others distribution system operators, industrial associations and national regulatory authorities. This was a follow-up seminar from a seminar arranged in 2015 about load tariffs in the Nordic countries from the perspective of network users.

Presentations from each of the national regulatory authorities on country specific issues related to DSO tariffs showed that the Nordic countries in varying degree consider tariff changes. One of the main topics regarding changes is related to a transition from energy based tariffs (kWh) to more capacity based tariffs (kW). Capacity based tariffs are already implemented in Denmark and Norway, but in Norway only for customers with a high demand for electricity. For the time being, both Sweden and Norway are discussing ways to implement either capacity based or time differentiated tariffs for all customers.

In addition, there were a presentation of CEER’s work on distribution tariffs providing a European perspective, as well as a presentation of how demand response influenced different customer segments in Sweden. Results from a Norwegian study indicated that prosumers, customers with their own electricity generation, in varying degree were affected by different tariff models. NordREG’s work with the supplier centric model across the Nordic countries illustrated the current state and the ongoing development of a Nordic retail market.

Finally, there were short comments from stakeholders like industrial associations and a Swedish customer organization. The active participants at the seminar raised several interesting questions, and the seminar provided a good opportunity to discuss DSO tariffs from a Nordic perspective.

Documentation

2 February 2017