Monitoring the implementation of EBGL

European platforms for the exchange of balancing energy

Pursuant to Articles 19 to 22 of COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2017/2195 of 23 November 2017 establishing a guideline on electricity balancing (EBGL), there are four European platforms for the exchange of balancing energy to be developed by European TSOs:

  • European platform for the exchange of balancing energy from replacement reserve – (which is developed under TERRE implementation project)
  • European platform for the exchange of balancing energy from frequency restoration reserves with manual activation (mFRR) – (which is being developed under MARI implementation project)
  • European platform for the exchange of balancing energy from frequency restoration reserves with automatic activation (aFRR) – (which is being developed under PICASSO implementation project)
  • European platform for imbalance netting process – (which is developed under IGCC implementation project)

From 1 February 2019, HOPS has implemented and is operationally active on the platform for the imbalance netting process (IGCC project).

From 1 October 2018, HOPS is a full member of PICASSO and MARI projects and together with other European TSOs is actively involved in the process of designing and establishing of European platforms for aFRR and mFRR balancing services. The aim of these projects is to maximise social welfare by increasing competition, while maintaining security and increasing security of energy supply. 

HOPS is responsible for a national implementation and harmonisation of business processes and IT systems in order to successfully connect and interact with European platforms for aFRR and mFRR and balancing service providers. 

HOPS is not performing the reserve replacement process thus it is not a member of TERRE project.    


Implementation Frameworks

On 23 January 2020, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) adopted the Implementation Framework mFRR and Implementation Framework aFRR for European platforms for the exchange of balancing energy  from mFRR and aFRR  (mFRR Implementation Framework, mFRR IF and aFRR Implementation Framework, aFRR IF).

On June 24, 2020, ACER adopted the Implementation Framework for the European Platform for the Imbalance Netting Process (INIF).


Derogation from the obligations laid down in Article 53 of Regulation EB GL

Article 53 (1) and (2) of EBGL prescribe the mandatory application of a 15-min imbalance settlement period in all scheduling areas while ensuring that all boundaries of market time unit coincide with boundaries of the imbalance settlement period, 3 years after the entry into force of EB GL.

Pursuant to Article 62 of the EBGL, Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency (HERA) at its 13th session of the Management Board, held on 9 June 2020 adopted, a Decision on granting approval to the Croatian Transmission System Operator for derogation from the obligations laid down in Article 53 of EB GL for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022.

Croatian Transmission System Operator is obliged, in accordance with Article 8 (4) of Regulation (EU) 2019/43 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the Internal Market, to implement imbalance settlement period of 15 min from 1 January 2023.


All continental European TSOs’ proposal for Common settlement rules for intended exchanges of energy as a result of the frequency containment process and ramping period in accordance with the Article 50 (3) of EBGL

Article 50 (3) of the EB GL defines that all transmission system operators that are intentionally exchanging energy within a synchronous area shall develop a proposal for common settlement rules applicable to intended exchanges of energy, as a result of one or both:

    a)   The frequency containment process pursuant to Article 142 of Regulation (EU) 2017/1485 (SOGL)

    b)   The ramping period pursuant to Article 136 of Regulation (EU) 2017/1485 (SOGL).

Pursuant to Article 5 (3) of the EBGL, Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency (HERA) at its 13th session of the Management Board, held on 9 June 2020, adopted a Decision approving the Proposal of All continental European TSOs’ proposal for Common settlement rules for intended exchanges of energy as a result of the frequency containment process and ramping period in accordance with the Article 50 (3) of Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2195 of 23 November 2017 Establishing a Guideline on Elecrticity Balancing.


All continental European TSOs’ proposal for Common settlement rules for unintended exchanges of energy in accordance with the Article 51 (1) of EBGL

Article 51 (1) of the EB GL defines that all transmission system operators of a synchronous area shall develop a proposal for common settlement rules applicable to all unintended exchanges of energy. The proposal include the following requirements:

    c)   The price for unintended exchanges of energy withdrawn from the synchronous area shall reflect the prices for activated upward balancing energy for frequency restoration process or reserve replacement process for this synchronous area

   d)   The price for unintended exchanges of energy injected into the synchronous area shall reflect the prices for activated downward balancing energy for frequency restoration process or reserve replacement process for this synchronous area.

Pursuant to Article 5 (3) of the EBGL, the Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency (HERA) at its 13th session of the Management Board, held on 9 June 2020, adopted a Decision approving All continental European TSOs’ proposal for Common settlement rules for unintended exchanges of energy in accordance with the Article 51(1) of Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2195 of 23 November 2017 Establishing a Guideline on Electricity Balancing.