EU legislation adopted in 2009 established a series of new tools to ensure more coordination among the 27 Member States: the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) received the mandate to develop a series of network codes related to system development, market integration and system operation.
Of particular importance for PV is the “Network code requirements for grid connection applicable to all generators”, which identifies the technical rules to allow a generating unit to connect to the grid.
Representing the whole PV value chain, EPIA plays an active role in these discussions to ensure that best practices are shared and to make PV a fully integrated part of the electricity system.
REserviceS Project - Economic Grid Support From Variable Renewables
REserviceS (Economic Grid Support From Variable Renewables) is a European project, supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme, that intends to establish a reference basis and policy recommendations for future network codes and market design in the area of ancillary services from variable renewables. This will be achieved by:
- Identifying which ancillary services wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) can provide, at what cost, and which ones are of interest for systems operators
- Creating a European harmonised cost basis to design a market for ancillary services provided by wind and solar PV
- Promoting an effective EU single electricity market with cost-efficient integration of variable RES, improved grid management and increased electricity system security
A secure management of the European transmission and distribution systems will require a drastic change in strategy for the procurement of ancillary services when variable renewables will produce large shares (regionally up to 50%) of the electricity demand.
The results of the project will be synthesised into guidelines and techno-economical guidelines and recommendations for the design of a European Market for ancillary services and the drafting process of grid and market codes within the third Liberalisation Package.
The REserviceS consortium consists of leading knowledge institutes, renewable power operators, network operators and European wind and solar PV industry associations.