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

Regulation on risk-preparedness in the electricity sector

Integrated energy markets and systems require EU countries to cooperate more closely when preventing and managing electricity crises.

As part of the 'Clean energy for all Europeans' package, the Regulation (EU) 2019/941 on risk-preparedness in the electricity sector, inforce since 4th July 2019, requires the EU Member States to cooperate with each other to ensure that, in electricity crisis, 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 electricity crises 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.

In a spirit of solidarity, Member States must now agree on measures to offer assistance to each other for the prevention and management of crises, notably with the purpose of protecting public safety and personal security. To help EU countries design and agree on the application of this assistance mechanism, the Commission has published a Recommendation on the key elements of the fair compensation and other key elements to be included in the technical, legal and financial arrangements between Member States for the application of the assistance mechanism under Article 15 of Regulation (EU) 2019/941.

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 risk-preparedness, 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).


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