European network codes
The Third Energy Package of European legislation created a requirement for European network codes (ENC), covering grid connections, markets, and system operation. The codes are designed to provide a sustainable, secure and competitive electricity market across Europe.
The Third Energy Package facilitates the development of a harmonised European internal energy market. It includes two directives and three regulations, which became law on 3 March 2011.
Clean Energy Package
The Clean Energy Package (CEP) is a suite of European legislation which entered into force over the course of 2018 and 2019 with the aim of decarbonising energy and facilitating better consumer outcomes. The CEP is made up of several pieces of legislation covering the following areas:
- Energy Performance in Buildings
- Renewable Energy
- Energy Efficiency
- Governance of the Energy Union
- Electricity Market Design
Electricity Market Design High-level Impact Assessment
In our ESO Forward Plan 2019-2021 we committed to publishing a high-level impact assessment in respect of the CEP. You can now download our high-level impact assessment for Electricity Market Design; this is the most recently ratified element of the CEP.
Commencement of ENCs
All EU Network Codes (ENCs) have now entered into force, and are EU Regulations in their own right. Implementation activities in Britain will continue for a number of years. Grouped into three areas, there are eight European network codes required by the Third Energy Package.