Regional Operational Centres (ROCs)
European Union Electricity Market Glossary

 


 

 

Regional Operational Centres (ROCs) are bodies envisioned by the so-called "Winter Energy Package" and, in particular, Articles 21(6), 32 - 44, Recitals 33 - 37 and Annex I of the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the internal market for electricity (recast), 30.11.2016, COM(2016) 861 final 2016/0379 (COD).

 

Regional Operational Centres will be organised in a legal form stipulated in Article 1 of Directive 2009/101/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (for example, in United Kingdom in the form of companies incorporated with limited liability).

 

Regional Operational Centres are intended to complement the role of transmission system operators (TSOs) by performing functions of regional relevance.

 

The ROCs' role will, in particular, consist in the annual calculation of the maximum entry capacity available for the participation of foreign capacity taking into account the expected availability of interconnection and the likely concurrence of system stress between the system where the mechanism is applied and the system in which the foreign capacity is located.

 

Such a calculation will be required for each bidding zone border.

 

Pursuant to Article 8 of the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (recast), 30.11.2016, COM(2016) 863 final 2016/0378 (COD) the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) is assigned the following tasks and competences as regards the Regional Operational Centres:

- monitoring and performance analyses,
- deciding on the ROC's configuration,
- requesting information from ROC's,
- issuance of opinions and recommendations.

 

It is particularly noteworthy that pursuant to Article 38(2) of the aforementioned draft Regulation Regional Operational Centres are granted the right to adopt binding decisions addressed to the transmission system operators in respect of the following functions:

- coordinated capacity calculation,

- coordinated security analysis,

- regional sizing of reserve capacity,

- calculate the maximum entry capacity available for the participation of foreign capacity in capacity mechanisms.

 

The draft regulation further stipulates that transmission system operators must implement the aforementioned binding decisions issued by the Regional Operational Centres except in cases when "the safety of the system will be negatively affected".

 

According to Article 39(3) of the draft Regulation, the request for revision shall not suspend such binding decision except in cases when the safety of the system will be negatively affected.

 

Under the 'Winter Energy Package' ENTSO for Electricity has the following tasks with respect to regional operational centres:

 

- adoption of a framework for the cooperation and coordination between regional operational centres,



- adoption a proposal defining the system operation region covered by each regional operational centre.

 

However, in the policy statement of 15 March 2017 "Key Recommendations for the Clean Energy Package", ENTSO-E has heavily criticised the European Commission's propositions, ENTSO-E, in particular, said: "having binding powers given to ROCs is incompatible with Member State responsibilities in terms of security of supply."

 

In the said document ENTSO-E added that the most troublesome elements of the proposed Regulation relate to:


- the geographical scope (regional) of reserve sizing is in conflict with the national legal framework: sizing of reserves is an essential element of secure system operation for which national TSOs are liable.


- the geographical scope of (regional) reserve capacity procurement may well not be the ideal geographical allocation for reserve capacity procurement.

 

ENTSO-E concludes that the decision on the amount of cross-border capacity for the participation of foreign capacity should be let to TSOs rather than assigned to Regional Operation Centres.

 

 

 



Last Updated on Sunday, 11 June 2017 14:20
 

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