Market parties can discuss the development of the capacity remuneration mechanism (CRM) with the CRM Task Force.
What is the CRM?
The introduction of a capacity remuneration mechanism for the Belgian market is part of the federal government’s energy strategy, which lays out a number of new measures designed to guarantee Belgium’s security of supply in the long term.
The federal government decided to incorporate provisions for the creation of a capacity remuneration mechanism (CRM) into the Act of 29 April 1999 on the Organisation of the Electricity Market (‘the Electricity Act’).
In 2018, a working group – consisting of representatives from the office of Federal Energy Minister Marghem, the Federal Public Service Economy – DG Energy, the federal regulator CREG and Elia – produced a law proposal on the capacity remuneration mechanism. The law proposal was debated and adopted on 4 April 2019 and is published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 22 April 2019 (Dutch version – French version).
A CRM Task Force was created to discuss the design principles of a CRM with the market parties.
Information and documentation related to the Capacity Remuneration Mechanism to be put in place on the Belgian market is made available on this page.
Federal Grid Code
In order to guarantee the necessary level of competition between new generation projects, Elia identifies the need to modify some articles related to the connection process as currently described in the Federal Grid Code. This note explains the general principles behind the proposal and the proposed modifications.
Survey – June 2019
The topics of “strike and reference price” and “Pay-as-Bid versus Pay-as-Cleared” were discussed several times in the TF CRM meetings. For each topic different options were proposed and extensively discussed. During the TF CRM of 13 June 2019 it was requested to the stakeholders to state their preference related to these two topics.
The received answers are :
Several public consultations are held within the framework of the design and implementation of a Belgian CRM as foreseen by the law of 4 April 2019 modifying the Electricity Law and published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 22 April 2019 (“CRM Law”) (– ). Links towards these consultations are provided below :
- Elia - Formal public consultation on the CRM design notes (Part I) [13.09.2019-11.10.2019]
- CREG – Public Consultation on Investment Thresholds and Eligibility Criteria [01.10.2019 – 21.10.2019] (Dutch version – French version)
- Elia - Formal public consultation on the CRM design notes (Part II) [02.10.2019-30.10.2019]
- CREG – Public consultation on the parameters determining the amount of capacity procured in the capacity mechanism [22.11.2019 – 06.12.2019] (Dutch version – French version)
- CREG - Public consultation on the draft proposal on the parameters for determining the amount of capacity purchased under the capacity mechanism [13.03.2020 – 20.03.2020] (Dutch version – French version)
- FPS Economy - Public consultation on the methodology defining the parameters for determining the amount of capacity purchased under the capacity mechanism [23.03.2020 – 27.03.2020] (Dutch version – French version)
- Elia - Public consultation on the scenarios, sensitivities and data for the CRM parameter calculation for the Y-4 Auction for Delivery Period 2025-2026 related to the CRM [05.05.2020 – 05.06.2020]
- CREG - Public consultation on draft proposal 2086 on Gross Cost of New Entrant and Correction Factor X [01.07.2020-13.07.2020] (Dutch version – French version)
- CREG - Draft decision on the guidelines specifying the conditions for the eligible investment costs [30.10.2020 – 20.11.2020] (Dutch version – French version)
- CREG - Complementary proposal to proposal (C)1907 for a Royal Decree laying down the investment thresholds and the eligibility criteria for investment costs with a view to classifying capacities in capacity categories [30.10.2020 – 20.11.2020] (Dutch version – French version)
- CREG - Public consultation on the proposed functioning rules of the capacity remuneration mechanism, as submitted for approval to the CREG by Elia Transmission Belgium [27.11.2020 – 08.01.2021] ( – )
DocumentsWithin the framework of the design and implementation of a Belgian CRM as foreseen by the law of 4 April 2019 modifying the Electricity Law, Elia organized two batches of design notes for public consultation.
Given the multiple changes in the “Prequalification” and “Secondary market” design notes, only clean versions without track changes of those documents are available.