How to become an Outage Planning & Scheduling Agent

The responsibilities of Outage Planning Agents and Scheduling Agents are currently arranged through the CIPU contract, which is signed by the BRP.

CIPU contract

Elia currently coordinates generation units (including outage planning, scheduling and redispatching) through the CIPU contract (Coordination of the Injection of Power Units).

Generation units with an installed capacity of 25 MW or more that are connected to the Elia grid, are subject to the CIPU contract. Other generation units may also be covered by the contract with a view to enabling coordination by Elia (units which are liable to seriously affect the Elia grid) or offering specific system services (if a contract for coordination is a condition for delivery of the service).

The Balance Responsible Party (BRP) takes the role of Outage Planning Agent and Scheduling Agent for each of the relevant units in its portfolio by signing the CIPU contract with Elia.

Future transition

In the (near) future, Elia will replace the CIPU contract as part of the iCAROS program and in line with the new regulatory framework laid down by the European Guideline on Electricity Transmission System Operation.

In accordance with the Federal Grid Code (Article 377), by the end of 2019, Elia will submit proposals for contracts – including the Terms & Conditions for the Outage Planning Agent and Terms & Conditions for the Scheduling Agent  – for regulatory approval. Until the new contracts are approved, the CIPU contract will remain in use.

During a transitional period running until the implementation of the iCAROS design, the BRP will continue to act as the Outage Planning and Scheduling Agent. Following implementation, new conditions for the appointment of Outage Planning and Scheduling Agents will apply in line with the new design.

Anyone wishing to connect new units to the grid or looking into the possibility of doing so can apply to the Key Account Managers for a CIPU contract.
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