|European Union Electricity Market Glossary|
Scheduling area is the smallest building block for system operation (The EU electricity network codes, Technical report, Leonardo Meeus, Tim Schittekatte, European University Institute, Badia Fiesolana, February 2018, p. 12).
Scheduling area is equal to one or more control areas, but can never be bigger than a bidding zone.
Network Code on System Operation (System Operation Guideline - SOGL) lays down the following rules for establishing scheduling areas (Article 110(2)):
- where a bidding zone covers only one control area (for example Belgium), the geographical scope of the scheduling area is equal to the bidding zone,
- where a control area covers several bidding zones (for example Sweden), the geographical scope of the scheduling area is equal to the bidding zone,
- where a bidding zone covers several control areas, like for example Germany, Transmission System Operators (TSOs) within that bidding zone may jointly decide to operate a common scheduling process, otherwise, each control area within that bidding zone is considered a separate scheduling area.
The SOGL in Article 111(1)) also stipulates that balance responsible parties (BRPs) communicate contractual positions to the TSO at the level of the scheduling area.
This is the follow-up to the underlying rule of Article 54(2) of the Electricity Balancing Network Code (Electricity Balancing Guideline - EBGL) that the measurement of the system imbalance is performed per scheduling area.
The above provisions are complemented by Article 16(8) of the EBGL according to which balancing service providers (BSPs) participating in the balancing capacity or balancing energy market belong to the same scheduling area.
Network Code on System Operation (System Operation Guideline - SOGL), Article 110(2)
Electricity Balancing Network Code (Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2195 of 23 November 2017 establishing a guideline on electricity balancing - EBGL), Article 54(2), Article 16(8)
|Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2019 23:04|