What is a network code?
A network code is a new legal instrument created for the purpose of establishing common European rules for everyone involved in the operating, planning or to using the European electricity system. In terms of content, they cover the both operations, market and planning ('connection'), and will therefore have wide impact in the electricity sector.
These years, a number of European network codes are being developed, and in the coming years they will apply in form of European regulations.
The purpose of these pages is to create an overview of the development of each network code and clarify the stakeholders' possibilities for contributing with input.
Read more: ENTSO-E: What are Network Codes?
Network codes as regulation tool was introduced by the Electricity regulation in 2009, which also defines the issues, which will be created network codes about.
In a Danish context, network codes can best be described as 'European regulations' that lay down the rules to be complied with by the stakeholders. These must cover the cross-border aspects of market, operating and system development conditions.
Guidelines vs. network codes
The Commission may choose to write the rules. In this case, it would be as a binding guideline and not as a network code.
A set of rules can also begin as a network code, but in the course of the process be changed to a guideline. That happens, if the European Commission estimates that a network code is not specific enough. For example, a guideline can require that a method must be prepared. A network code cannot make requirements - it must be more specific and already in the rules define the actual method.
Irrespective of whether it is a network code or a guideline, the end result is a binding regulationtsk