Grid users and companies in the electricity industry

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Terna maintains relations with the grid users and operators of the electricity service using various channels, including the MyTerna and Gaudi portals and the Consultation Committee, described below)

Consultation Committee  

As for some time now, in 2012 Terna continued to promote the engagement of the electricity companies affected by the regulation of the transmission and dispatching services performed by Terna, including through the activities of the Users’ Consultation Committee.

The Committee is the technical consultation body established in accordance with the Prime Minister’s Decree of May 11, 2004 which regulates the unified ownership and management of the grid. It is the permanent place for consultation with companies in the electricity industry. In fact, the Committee includes representatives of the various categories of companies, namely: distributors, producers (from both conventional and renewable sources), large industrial customers, wholesalers, and consumers, with the participation of the Electricity and Gas Authority and the Ministry for Economic Development as observers.

The members of the Committee are renewed every three years. During 2012 membership of the Committee was renewed for the three years 2012-2014.

The Committee has consultative duties (in fact, it expresses non-binding opinions on general criteria for development of the grid and interconnections, on defending grid security, and on general criteria for classifying sensitive information and for access to the same), proposes changes in current regulations, and arbitrates, because, at the request of parties, it can facilitate the resolution of any disputes between users of the grid deriving from application of the rules of the Network Code.

During 2012 the Committee was involved in the consultation process and expressed its opinion on the following elements:

  • 2012 Development Plan;
  • amendment to the dispatching rules (Chapters 3, 4 and 7 of the Network Code and annexes A.22, A.23, A.25 and A.60). These are amendments prepared by Terna implementing the provisions of the resolutions of the Electricity and Gas Authority ARG/elt 211/2010 and 180/2012/R/eel, and in order to incorporate a number of observations formulated by operators during the previous consultations. The documents are part of the reform of the dispatching rules begun in 2010 and continued in 2011 which is aimed mainly at precisely identifying the services rendered by the operators on the dispatching services market in order to ensure remuneration that better reflects costs;
  • Annex A. 72 to the Network Code - Procedure for the Reduction of Distributed Generation in emergency conditions of the National Electricity System (RIGEDI). The document is part of the measures adopted in order to ensure the necessary integration of distributed generation (that is to say production plants connected with medium- and low-voltage electricity grids) into the national electricity system. This document defines, in particular, the methods of implementing the reduction of production from distributed generation plants connected with medium-voltage electricity grids in critical operating conditions, distinguishing cases in which generation plants can be disconnected directly by the distribution companies from cases in which intervention of the producers is necessary, after giving notice;
  • A. 21 - De-activation of overhead lines at 380-220-150-132 kV on the occasion of forest fires or dangerous situations. The document was updated essentially to adjust it to the field of application.

In addition to the above themes, on which the Committee was formally called upon to express its opinion, during 2012 Terna provided constant information to members of the Committee on its activities in progress of interest to operators.

In this context the Committee received information and updates on the implementation status of the National Transmission Grid Development Plan with particular reference to the progress of the projects and on new needs and development scenarios.

With reference to European regulations, the main information concerned:

  • the initiatives in progress in the European context in relation to the process of defining the Network Codes with a particular focus on the Network Codes “Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management for Electricity” and “Demand Connection”,
  • Regulation No. 1227/2011 EU (REMIT), that is to say the new legislation on the subject of integrity and transparency of the wholesale energy market, aimed at establishing monitoring of the cross-border market.