What are Network Codes
European Network codes are a set of rules that, according to the “Third Energy Package”, are applied to different areas of the energy sector and are defined for cross-border issues regarding:
• the connections to the grid (Connection Network Codes),
• the integration of markets and the management of grid congestions (Market Network Codes),
• the safety and interoperability of transmission grids (System Operation Network Codes).
Network Codes drafting
EC Regulation no. 714/09 has assigned to ENTSO-E, the European Association of Transmission System Operators, the task of drafting European Network Codes, on the basis of an annual priority list defined by the European Commission in compliance with the framework directives adopted by ACER (the Agency for the cooperation of Energy Regulators), and following stakeholders’ consultation.
The relationship with National Network Codes
European Network Codes, adopted by the Commission through Comitology Procedure, are supranational and binding legislative acts that, as such, prevail over the national ones regarding cross-border issues.
National implementation process
Each Network code requires a series of steps to be taken before they can enter into force. This could be national decisions, the conclusion of regional agreements or the creation of more detailed european methodologies.
TSOs, DSOs, market participants, National Regulatory Authorities, ACER and ENTSO-E are involved in the implementation process of the Network Codes.
Status of the network Codes
Network Codes and Guidelines and entered into force are reported below, as well as the relevant implementing approved procedures.