ACER amends the harmonised allocation rules for long-term electricity transmission rights

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ACER amends the harmonised allocation rules for long-term electricity transmission rights

What is it about?

On 22 December 2023, with its Decision 18/2023, ACER approved the proposal of the Transmission System Operators (TSOs) to amend the Harmonised Allocation Rules (HAR) for long-term electricity transmission rights.

What is it about?

On 1 March 2023, ACER received the TSOs’ proposal for amending the HAR for long-term transmission rights under the Regulation on forward capacity allocation. On 1 August 2023, the TSOs completed their proposal with amendments to the provisions on collaterals.

To take an informed decision, ACER engaged with stakeholders through a public consultation and a workshop in summer 2023.

Why were the rules amended?

Amending the HAR was needed to introduce the flow-based allocation of long-term transmission rights and enable cross-zonal coordination. This will make the long-term electricity market more efficient and aligned with the day-ahead market design.

Flow-based allocation of long-term transmission rights is a mechanism that efficiently allocates cross-border transmission capacity in the electricity market. It takes into account the physical reality of the transmission network by calculating the available capacities of physical network elements for electricity exchanges between different areas, as well as sensitivity factors.

A flow-based mechanism enables cross-zonal coordination in the long-term electricity markets, which provides more accurate price signals for cross-border trade, reduces market distortions and ensures that the prices reflect the true cost of generating and transmitting electricity.

The amendment of the HAR allows for the implementation of two projects for long-term flow-based capacity calculation and allocation in the Core and Nordic capacity calculation regions. The HAR revision was the final step needed for the implementation of these projects, following ACER’s approval of other related methodologies in March 2023.

What are the next steps?

The amended HAR will apply from the date specified in the amendment notice published by the Joint Allocation Office.