Forward Capacity Harmonised Allocation Rules (HAR)
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Forward Capacity Allocation Rules contain the terms and conditions for the allocation of Long Term Transmission Rights.

 

In particular, the Forward Capacity Harmonised Allocation Rules (HAR) set out the rights and obligations of registered participants (who will accede to these rules by the signature of the participation agreement) as well as the requirements for participation in auctions.

 

Moreover, they describe the process of auction, including the determination of marginal price as a result of auction, the conditions for transfer and return of Long Term Transmission Rights, for remuneration of holders of such returned Long Term Transmission Rights, and the processes for curtailment of Long Term Transmission Rights and invoicing/payment.

 

HAR covers Physical Transmission Rights, FTRs-options and FTRs-obligations and takes into account the specificities of different types of products in compliance with Article 52(1) of the Network Code on Forward Capacity Allocation (FCA Regulation).

 

In 2015 ENTSO-E submitted the final version of the harmonised allocation rules to national authorities who approved it in the first quarter of 2015.

 

The first yearly allocation based on the harmonised allocation rules was organised by the Joint Allocation Office – joint service company of 20 TSOs at the end of 2015 (ENTSO-E Annual Report 2015, p. 21).

  

The development of Forward Capacity Harmonised Allocation Rules is envisioned in Articles 4(1), 6(d) and 51(1) of the FCA Regulation - see box.


Pursuant to Article 4(7)(e) of the FCA Regulation the regional rules for Forward Capacity Harmonised Allocation Rules require the approval by all regulatory authorities of the concerned region.

 

In the pursuance of Articles 4(6)(d) and 51(1) of the FCA Regulation all concerned Transmission System Operators (TSOs) submitted a common proposal regarding the harmonised allocation rules on Long-term transmission rights to their respective national regulatory authorities (NRAs) for approval.

 

However, the NRAs were unable to reach a unanimous decision on the above proposal as stated in their letter of 17 August 2017 because they were not able to agree on the provisions concerning the required credit rating for banks issuing collaterals for market participants, therefore, in accordance with Articles 4(10) of the FCA Regulation and Article 8(1) of Regulation (EC) No 713/2009, the ACER became responsible for the process and adopted:

 

- Decision of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Operators (ACER) No 03/2017 of 2 October 2017 on the electricity transmission system operators’ proposal for harmonised allocation rules for long-term transmission rights, and 

 

- 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).

 

 

 

Network Code on Forward Capacity Allocation 

 

Chapter 5
Harmonised Allocation Rules

 

Article 51
Introduction of harmonised allocation rules

 

1. Within six months after the entry into force of this Regulation, all TSOs shall jointly develop a proposal for harmonised allocation rules for long-term transmission rights pursuant to Article 52(2). The proposal shall be subject to consultation in accordance with Article 6. This proposal shall include regional and bidding zone border specific requirements if developed by the TSOs of each capacity calculation region pursuant to Article 52(3).

 

2. Once the regional requirements have entered into force, they shall prevail over the general requirements defined in the harmonised allocation rules. In case the general requirements of the harmonised allocation rules are amended and submitted to all regulatory authorities' approval, the regional requirements shall also be submitted to regulatory authorities' approval of the concerned capacity calculation region.

 

Article 52
Requirements for the harmonised allocation rules

 

1. The requirements for the harmonised allocation rules for long-term transmission rights shall cover physical transmission rights, FTRs – options and FTRs – obligations. TSOs shall consider and duly take into account specificities related to the different types of products.

 

2. The harmonised allocation rules for long-term transmission rights shall follow the principles of non-discrimination and transparency and at least contain the following general requirements:

(a) harmonised definitions and scope of applications;

(b) a contractual framework between the single allocation platform and the market participants including provisions on the applicable law, the applicable language, confidentiality, dispute resolution, liability and force majeure;

(c) harmonised UIOSI provisions in case of physical transmission rights pursuant to Article 32;

(d) a description of the types of long-term transmission rights which are offered, including the remuneration principles pursuant to Article 35;
(e) principle description of the applicable nomination rules pursuant to Article 36;

(f) harmonised provisions on eligibility and entitlement, suspension and renewal and costs of participation pursuant to Article 37;

(g) a description of the forward capacity allocation process including at least provisions on auction specification, submission of bids, publication of auction results, contestation period and fallback procedures pursuant to Articles 37, 38, 39, 42, 43 and 44;

(h) harmonised provisions on financial requirements and settlement pursuant to Article 41; 

(i) harmonised provisions for the return of long-term transmission rights pursuant to Article 43;
(j) harmonised provisions for notification of transfer of long-term transmission rights pursuant to Article 44;
(k) provisions on firmness and compensation rules pursuant to Article 53 and Article 55;

(l) harmonised provisions concerning netting policies and financial collaterals for FTRs - obligations, where applicable.

 

3. The harmonised allocation rules may also contain regional or bidding zone border specific requirements in particular for, but without limitation to:
(a) the description of the type of long-term transmission rights which are offered on each bidding zone border within the capacity calculation region pursuant to Article 31;
(b) the type of long-term transmission rights remuneration regime to be applied on each bidding zone border within the capacity calculation region according to the allocation in the day-ahead timeframe pursuant to Article 35;
(c) the implementation of alternative coordinated regional fallback solutions pursuant to Article 42;
(d) the regional compensation rules defining regional firmness regimes pursuant to Article 55.

 

 

 

 

Recitals 9 and 10 to the Network Code on Forward Capacity Allocation

 

(9) Currently there are multiple allocation rules across the Union governing the contractual arrangements for long-term transmission rights. TSOs should develop harmonised allocation rules for physical transmission rights, financial transmission rights - options (hereinafter "FTRs – options") and financial transmission rights - obligations (hereinafter "FTRs – obligations") at Union level.

 

(10) Those harmonised allocation rules should at least contain the description of the allocation process/procedure for long-term transmission rights, including the minimum requirements for participation, financial matters, type of products offered in explicit auctions, nomination rules, curtailment and compensation rules, rules for market participants in case they are transferring their long-term transmission rights, the use-it-or-sell-it (hereinafter "UIOSI") principle, rules as regards force majeure and liability. Those harmonised allocation rules should also outline the contractual obligations to be respected by market participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG 0744

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Network Code on Forward Capacity Allocation (FCA Regulation), Articles 51, 52, Recitals 9, 10

 

Decision of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Operators (ACER) No 03/2017 of 2 October 2017 on the electricity transmission system operators’ proposal for harmonised allocation rules for long-term transmission rights

 

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)

 

Evaluation of responses to the NRAs and TSOs consultation on the HAR Proposal (Annex II to the ACER Decision 03/2017)Annex II to the ACER Decision 03/2017)

 

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, mark-up version)

 

All TSOs' proposal for harmonised allocation rules for long-term transmission rights, 23 December 2016, and Annexes

 

ENTSO-E Draft for Harmonised Allocation Rules for Forward Capacity Allocation of 18 April 2016

 

ENTSO-E Annual Report 2015, p. 21 

 

 

 

 

 

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