Forward Capacity Allocation Platform

 


 

 

Forward Capacity Single Allocation Platform (SAP) belongs to the biggest projects arising from the Network Code on Forward Capacity Allocation (FCA).

 

The purpose of the SAP is to allocate Long Term Transmission Rights (LTTRs) on the bidding-zone borders where these products are to be offered based on the EU Member States’ National Regulatory Authorities' (NRA's) decisions.

 

The Single Allocation Platform allocates Long Term Transmission Rights to its participants by way of explicit allocation (Article 27(1) of the Forward Capacity Harmonised Allocation Rules (HAR)).

 

The tasks of the SAP include the simultaneous determinaction for each forward capacity allocation, at least, the following results for each bidding zone border, direction of utilization and market time period:

 

a) the volume of allocated Long Term Transmission Rights expressed in MW;

 

b) the price of Long Term Transmission Rights; and

 

c) the execution status of bids.

 

 

Network Code on Forward Capacity Allocation 

Chapter 4

Single Allocation Platform

 

Article 48

Establishment

 

1. All TSOs shall ensure that the single allocation platform is operational and complies with the functional requirements specified in Article 49 within 12 months after the approval of the proposal for a common set of requirements and for the establishment of the single allocation platform. The competent regulatory authorities may extend this period upon request from the relevant TSOs due to delays relating to public procurement procedures by a period of no more than 6 months.

2. Forward capacity allocations on Direct Current interconnectors shall take place on the single allocation platform no later than 24 months after the approval as referred to in paragraph 1.

 

Article 49

Functional requirements

 

1. Within six months after the entry into force of this Regulation, all TSOs shall submit to all regulatory authorities a common proposal for a set of requirements and for the establishment of the single allocation platform. The proposal shall identify different options for the establishment and governance of the single allocation platform, including the development by TSOs or by third parties on their behalf. The proposal by TSOs shall cover the general tasks of the single allocation platform provided for in Article 50 and the requirements for cost recovery in accordance with Article 59.

2. The functional requirements for the single allocation platform shall at least include:

(a) the expected bidding zone borders to be covered;

(b) the technical availability and reliability of provided services;

(c) the operational processes;

(d) the products to be offered;

(e) the forward capacity allocation timeframes;

(f) the allocation methods and algorithms;

(g) the principles of financial settlement and risk management of allocated products;

(h) a harmonised contractual framework with market participants;

(i) the data interfaces.

 

Article 50

General tasks

 

The relevant TSOs shall use the single allocation platform, at least, for the following purposes:

(a) the registration of market participants;

(b) providing a single point of contact to market participants;

(c) the operation of auction procedures;

(d) the financial settlement of allocated long-term transmission rights with market participants, including management of collaterals;

(e) the cooperation with a clearing house, if required by the common rules for the implementation of FTRs - obligations pursuant to Article 34;

(f) the organization of a fallback procedure pursuant to Article 42 and 46;

(g) enabling the return of long-term transmission rights pursuant to Article 43;

(h) facilitating the transfer of long-term transmission rights pursuant to Article 44;

(i) the publication of market information pursuant to Article 47;

(j) providing and operating interfaces for data exchange with market participants.

 

The principal responsibility of the Single Allocation Platform is to perform the forward capacity allocation, and in particular:

 

a) the registration of market participants;

 

b) providing a single point of contact to market participants;

 

c) the operation of auction procedures;

 

d) the financial settlement of allocated Long Term Transmission Rights with market participants, including management of collaterals;

 

e) cooperation with a potential clearing house function;

 

f) enabling the return of Long Term Transmission Rights;

 

g) the publication of market information, pursuant to Article 52;

 

h) providing and operating interfaces for data exchange with market participants;

 

i) the organization of a fallback procedure;

 

j) providing a communication platform, on which market participants can indicate to other market participants their interest to transfer or purchase Long Term Transmission Rights which have been initially allocated by allocation platforms and on which market participants can contact each other in order to perform the transfer of Long Term Transmission Rights.

 

The formal requirement for market participants before being entitled to participate in the auction(s) or perform secondary trading is to register with the Single Allocation Platform and to meet all eligibility requirements under the corresponding allocation rules.

 

SAP is required to publish a list of registered participants eligible to transfer Long‐Term Transmission Rights.

 

Registered participants must notify the SAP in case of any change to the information submitted, at least seven working days before the change comes into effect and, where that is not possible, without delay after the registered participant becomes aware of the change (Article 9(3) of the HAR).

 

For standard forward capacity allocation timeframes (i.e. yearly and monthly) a provisional auction calendar for each calendar year is to be published no later than 1 December of the preceding year.

 

It must include at least provisional information on the form of the product, product period and bidding period (Article 27(4) of the HAR).

 

The default auction calendar encompass at least one auction per year for the yearly timeframe and one auction per month for the monthly timeframe.

 

The standard form of the auction product is base product by which a fixed amount of MW throughout the product period is allocated subject to announced reduction periods.

 

Also additional timeframes and/or an additional form of products may be offered.

 

 

Auction specification

 

 

The content of auction specification is stipulated in Article 29 of the HAR.

 

According to this provision the allocation platform is required to publish auctions specifications in a provisional one and final version:

 

- for yearly auctions - no later than 1 week before the end of the bidding period of an auction,

 

- for any other shorter capacity allocation timeframe - no later than two 2 working days before the end of the bidding period of an auction.

 

The provisional auction specification states, in particular:

 

(a) the code identifying the auction in the auction tool;

 

(b) type of Long Term Transmission Rights;

 

(c) capacity allocation timeframe (e.g. yearly, monthly or other);

 

(d) form of product (e.g. base, peak, off‐peak;

 

(e) identification of the bidding zone border(s) or a subset of the interconnectors on the bidding zone border and direction covered;

 

(f) deadline for return of the Long Term Transmission Rights allocated in previous auctions for the respective bidding zone border(s);

 

(g) the product period;

 

(h) reduction period(s) associated with the product period when applicable;

 

(i) the bidding period;

 

(j) the deadline for the publication of the provisional auction results;

 

(k) the contestation period;

 

(l) the provisional offered capacity which shall not include cross zonal capacity released via return of Long Term Transmission Rights and cross zonal capacity;

 

(m) any other relevant information or terms applicable to the product or the auction.

 

Not earlier than four (4) hours after publication of the provisional auction specification, the allocation platform publishes the final auction specification for that auction stating the final offered capacity and any other update of relevant information or terms applicable to the product or the auction.

 

The final offered capacity consists of:

 

(a) the provisional offered capacity;

 

(b) the available cross zonal capacity already allocated to registered participants for which a valid request for return of Long Term Transmission Rights has been submitted for this auction; and

 

(c) the available cross zonal capacity already allocated to registered participants which will be reallocated as a result of suspension or termination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Network Code on Forward Capacity Allocation, Articles 48 - 50

 

Harmonised allocation rules for long‐term transmission rights in accordance with Article 51 of Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1719 of 26 September 2016 establishing a Guideline on Forward Capacity Allocation (Annex I to the ACER Decision 03/2017) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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