Range of the Standard:
Available to other authorities
Character of the query:
Type of participation:
Prior public consultation

Objectives of the norm

The European Union's Clean Energy Package (also known as the "winter package") has led to the adoption of a set of EU rules designed to help meet environmental and economic decarbonisation targets. Among these rules, Regulation (EU) 2019/943 of the European Parliament and the Council, of 5 June 2019, on the internal electricity market, which establishes, among other things, a set of rules to ensure the functioning of the internal electricity market, should be highlighted.

Specifically, that regulation develops the principles and requirements relating to the coverage of demand, to which Chapter IV is devoted, and in which the regulation of capacity mechanisms is developed. Although the aforementioned Community regulatory framework unequivocally implies a certain limitation on the capacity of the Member States to articulate coverage solutions in the form of capacity mechanisms, there is still a certain margin of freedom to implement, where appropriate, measures in the form of capacity mechanisms that allow for the solution of coverage problems that may arise, and at the same time serve to accompany the energy policy priorities set at the national level.

In this sense, the implementation of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030 (PNIEC), which provides for a significant penetration of electricity generation facilities from renewable energy sources in order to comply with environmental and decarbonisation commitments in the energy sector, requires the effective availability of a series of production technologies and means of managing demand response and storage, making it possible to guarantee security of supply, given the inherent variability of generation attributed to renewable sources.

This effective availability of means to cover the demand in the periods with a lower contribution of energy from renewable sources may be affected by a short term and insufficient price signal in the electricity market, given the impact of the strong penetration of renewable energies expected in the Spanish electricity system.

Similarly, in order to comply with the objectives established in the PNIEC linked to the deployment of storage, it may be necessary to articulate complementary instruments to the income from the electricity market, given that the market price signal may be an insufficient inductor to justify the return on investment in this type of technology.

For all these reasons, the present public consultation is being carried out in order to obtain the opinion of all the agents involved with respect to the implementation of capacity mechanisms in the Spanish electricity system, under Regulation (EU) 2019/943 of the European Parliament and the Council, of 5 June 2019, on the internal electricity market.

Remission deadline

Deadline for submitting arguments until the day Friday, September 25, 2020

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