Security of electricity supply

Security of electricity supply

Network code on emergency and restoration

The Regulation establishing a network code on emergency and restoration entered into force on 18 December 2017 and sets down rules relating to the management of the electricity transmission system in emergency, blackout and restoration states.

More about electricity network codes and guidelines

A new regulation on risk preparedness in the electricity sector

Integrated energy markets and systems require EU countries to cooperate more closely when preventing and managing crises situations. Today, crisis measures are often taken at national level, taking account of the national context only.

As part of the 'Clean energy for all Europeans' package, a new regulation on risk preparedness has been agreed. The regulation requires the EU Member States to cooperate with each other to ensure that, in crisis situations, electricity goes where it is most needed. The regulation ensures that the Member States put in place the appropriate tools to prevent, prepare for and manage possible crisis situations in a spirit of solidarity and transparency. It also introduces common methodologies at European level to identify crisis scenarios and to assess short term and seasonal adequacy between generation and consumption of electricity in order to preserve the stability of the grid and avoid shortage.

Following the political agreement on 22 November 2018,  the regulation is scheduled for publication in the EU Official Journal in June and entry into force a few weeks later.

Electricity coordination group

The Electricity Coordination Group is a forum for the exchange of information and coordination of electricity policy measures having a cross-border impact. It also shares experiences, best practices and expertise on security of supply in electricity, including generation adequacy and cross-border grid stability, and assists the Commission in designing its policy initiatives.

The group's members represent national government authorities, in particular ministries responsible for energy; national energy regulatory authorities for energy; the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E).