Proposal of a General Framework of the Tertiary Control Non-Reserved Power product (bidladder pilot project)


In case of residual imbalance in the Belgian control zone via the balancing market Elia calls upon both reserved (like contracts for R3 CIPU, R3 Non-CIPU and ICH) and non-reserved power (so-called “free bids”). Today such free bids can only be provided by remaining flexibility on large production units (so-called “CIPU-units”).

Elia’s ambition is to also create the possibility for offering free bids on the balancing market from flexibility coming from grid users, aggregators and smaller production units.

To realise this Elia created the product « Tertiary Control Non-Reserved Power » (presented in the past under the project « Bidladder ») in the framework of which all non-CIPU market parties will be able to offer their flexibility by the 30th of June 2017 from delivery points in the Elia grid.

Elia launches a public consultation on a General Framework for the Tertiary Control Non-Reserved Power that will enter into force on the 30th of June 2017. Elia reminds that in its current version the General Framework will only concern flexibility that can be activated without a “Transfer of Energy” (or ToE) in expectance of a new legislative framework that will make it possible that grid users, via a so-called Balancing Service Provider, can easily bring their flexibility to the market without requiring preceding arrangements with their supplier or without needing to become themselves Balance Responsible Party for their access/delivery point.

Market participants already had the opportunity to communicate their remarks and suggestions on the product concept during different interactions. This consultation only concerns the General Framework that describes the (already consulted) design principles and does not thus concern concept principles.

The General Framework is now subject to public consultation until 31 March 2017.

Practical details for participating to the public consultation can be found on the Elia website.