Public consultation on the revision of the connection contract
ThemaElia is organising a public consultation on the revision of the connection contract in line with the proposal for adaptation of the Federal Grid Code (FGC) to implement the capacity remuneration mechanism (CRM). The articles of the connection contract submitted for consultation have already been extensively discussed with market players within the framework of the Working Group Belgian Grid.
In June 2020, a proposal was submitted to the FPS ECONOMIE (DG Energy) to amend the Federal Grid Code (FGC). The proposed modifications aim to define and implement the capacity remuneration mechanism (CRM) and its impact on the connection process, more specifically in terms of capacity reservation.
In order to be prepared for the adaptation of the FGC and in parallel with the public consultation on the CRM 'Functioning Rules', which took place over the summer period, Elia worked on the necessary adaptation of the connection contract.
The purpose of the proposed amendments to the connection contract is to create a ‘level playing field’ between the various connection projects of power generation units. The aim is to give projects that do not wish to participate to the yearly auction of the capacity remuneration mechanism (CRM) the necessary ‘incentives’ to realise their project on time. This to avoid unnecessary capacity being unnecessarily reserved and allocated to projects that will ultimately not be realised. Elia strives to achieve a far-reaching alignment between the CRM ‘Functioning Rules’ and the capacity contract on the one hand and the connection contract on the other. Therefore, this public consultation runs in parallel with the public consultation on the capacity contract.
This revision of the connection contract is limited to the adjustments necessary for the implementation of the capacity remuneration mechanism. An in-depth review of the connection contract will be launched in the course of 2021.
In addition to the proposal to amend the connection contract, an explanatory note was drafted to explainthe proposed changes article by article.
Elia invites all stakeholders to submit any comments and suggestions they may have on the document submitted for consultation. The consultation period runs from 20 November to 18 December 2020 included.
After the consultation period, Elia collects all comments and feedback from the market parties. Elia will analyse these comments and integrate them into a consultation report together with Elia’s responses. In addition to the consultation report, Elia will publish the reactions of the market parties (including names) on the website, unless it is explicitly stated that the contribution is to be considered confidential.
Documents for consultation