Conclusions of the 18th EU Electricity Regulatory Forum in Florence
- 10 – 11 June 2010
The Electricity Regulatory Forum, or Florence Forum, was set up to discuss the creation of a true internal electricity market. It is currently addressing cross-border trade of electricity, in particular the tarification of cross-border electricity exchanges and the management of scarce interconnection capacity.
Participants included national regulatory authorities, Member State governments, the European Commission, transmission system operators, electricity traders, consumers, network users, and power exchanges. Since 1998 the Forum has meet once or twice a year.
Conclusions and recommendations
The Forum's conclusions and recommendations touched upon the following six
points. A brief overview is provided hereunder in respect of each of the areas:
The Forum envisaged the development of a coherent roadmap, which should include
a vision for regional
initiatives, as well as the creation, for each region, of a structure where the
Commission, Member States and the regulators/ACER would be represented. The Commission
has the intention to adopt a Communication
addressing these issues.
2. Internal Market: Codes,
guidelines and implementation of the 3rd package:
The Forum appreciated the European Regulators' Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG) work on the draft framework guidelines and the
related impact assessments on grid connection - the pilot -, capacity allocation and
congestion management and the initial preparatory work on system operation. In
addition, the Forum welcomed the activities aiming at market integration, needed in particular
for the integration of wind and other renewable energy sources.
3. Market integrity
framework and transparency:
During the Forum, ERGEG presented the status of its work on fundamental electricity data transparency.
This work includes the drafting of guidelines together with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E).
The drafting process will include a wide consultation of all
4. Infrastructure development:
In view of achieving the 20% renewables target, ENTSO-E and
Eurelectric stressed the urgency for Member States to accelerate the permitting
procedures so as to meet the 2020 targets. The Forum also welcomed the first ENTSO-E 10-year network development plan and its
delivery already this year. A plan which requires further
development and should be based on proper scenarios and market- and network
5. International Issues:
A paper on energy efficiency will be presented to the coming
6. Influence of renewables
on electricity market:
The Forum welcomed the ongoing work on the influence of renewables on
electricity markets which was presented by ERGEG, ENTSO-E (European Wind
Integration Study), and Eurelectric. The Forum recognised that addressing the issues
resulting from increased renewables in the market will require close cooperation
between Member States, regulators and stakeholders. The Forum also took note of the Commission's intention to carry out a study next year on
the impact of increased renewables on the internal energy market
[Full Text of the Conclusions
of the European Electricity Regulatory Forum]
Further information can be obtained at: