Grid users and companies in the electricity industry

Consultation Committee
As in the last few years, in 2011 Terna continued to promote the engagement of the electricity operators concerned by the regulation of the transmission and dispatching services performed by Terna, also through the activities of the users’ Consultation Committee.

The Committee is the technical consultation body established in compliance with Prime Minister’s Decree of May 11, 2004, which regulates the unified ownership and management of the grid. It is the permanent place for consultation of electricity operators: the Committee indeed includes representatives of the different operator categories, namely: distributors, producers from both conventional and non conventional sources, major industrial customers, wholesalers and consumers, with the participation of the Electricity and Gas Authority and the Ministry for Economic Development as observers.

The Committee, whose members are renewed every three years, has an advisory role (expressing non-binding opinions on the general criteria for grid development, interconnections, grid safety protection and on the general criteria for classifying sensitive information and their access); it proposes amendments to the existing regulations and carries out conciliatory duties since, upon request of the parties, it may facilitate the settlement of disputes among grid users deriving from the application of Grid Code regulations.

During 2011, the Committee was involved in the consultation process and in expressing its opinion on the following issues:

  • the agreement that regulates the relations between Terna and distribution companies regarding the metering aggregation service whose contract standard represents an attachment to the Grid Code (Attachment A.58);
  • the proposal for dividing the relevant grid into zones pertaining to the 2012-2014 three-year period in compliance with article 15 of the Resolution no. 111/06 issued by the Electricity and Gas Authority. This document also represents an attachment to the Grid Code (Attachment A.24);
  • proposals for new technical attachments to the Grid Code. A first document regards the minimum requirements for connecting and operating photovoltaic plants connected to the relevant grid; a second document pertains to the technical regulation of the system’s requirements for distributed electricity generation. Both documents were drafted based on the development of photovoltaic technology for producing electricity and on the growing number of grid connection requests of this type, requiring specific technical requirements in order to safely manage the electricity grid. An additional technical document defines criteria and operational connection modalities of the production plants used for Terna’s defence system;
  • the document integrating the 2011 Development Plan, in order to include a specific section regarding electricity storage systems aimed at facilitating the dispatching of production plants from non-programmable renewable sources, on the basis of the provisions of article 17, paragraph 3, of Legislative Decree no. 28 of March 3, 2011, “Implementing Directive 2009/28/EC for promoting the use of energy from renewables containing the amendment and subsequent repeal of Directives 2001/77/EC and 2003/30/EC”;
  • The amendments made to dispatching rules (chapters 4 and 7 of the Grid Code and Attachment A.25).

In addition to the above-mentioned topics on which the Committee was officially called to express its opinion, also in 2011, Terna ensured that the members in the Committee received ongoing updates and information regarding its activities in progress that were of interest to the operators.

In this context, the Committee received information and updates on the progress of the National Transmission Grid’s Development Plan with particular reference to work in progress in the building sites, the medium and long term forecasts of the national electricity demand and the required power supply, to initiatives underway for defining Grid Codes particularly focusing on the Network Code “Requirements for Generators”, and on the implementation of the Gaudì project.

As part of facilitating the broadest participation in establishing the technical regulation for transmission and dispatching services, concomitantly with revising the company’s website, the homepage contains a specific box “Operator consulting” through which interested operators can dialogue with Terna regarding amendment proposals for modifying the regulations included in the Grid Code.