How to Import/Export Electricity

The general terms and conditions for cross-border electricity transmission services provided by ČEPS can be found in the Grid Code, Part III. The basic conditions governing the scheduling of electricity transmission are as follows:

  • A valid and effective “Framework Agreement on Cross-Border Transmission of electricity via the Czech Transmission System in a given year” (hereinafter “Transmission Services Framework Agreement");
  • A valid and effective contract with the OTE, the electricity and gas market operator, for imbalance settlement;
  • Compliance with the terms and conditions set out by the relevant neighbouring transmission system operator for cross-border transfer and access to its network (either directly or via a foreign partner); and
  • Allocated transmission capacity on the relevant interconnector.

 

The procedure and terms and conditions for entering into a Framework Agreement on Cross-Border Transmission of electricity through the Transmission System in the Czech Republic are set out in the “Terms and Conditions for Entering into a Transmission Services Framework Agreement".

Procedure for entering into a Transmission Services Framework Agreement:

  1. Any party interested in cross-border electricity transmission is required to submit an request for a Transmission Services Framework Agreement; a valid application consists of a completed current version of the application form entitled “Application for a Transmission Services Framework Agreement” and should contain full and correct data accompanied by the required documentation. The request can be delivered by post to ČEPS’s headquarters, by fax or by e-mail to the following registration address: registrCBT@ceps.cz.
  2. ČEPS, upon receiving the request, will verify whether all the conditions specified in Point 1 above have been met; if so, the request will be registered.
  3. If the request has not been duly completed, ČEPS will notify the Applicant and set a date for rectification.
  4. The corrected and duly completed request will then be registered as a valid.
  5. Within 3 working days of the registration of the request, ČEPS will send to the Applicant via e-mail a draft Transmission Services Framework Agreement in the form of a *.pdf document. This document should not be modified by the Applicant.
  6. The Applicant should print the draft Framework Agreement in four copies. The Agreement should then be signed by the relevant statutory body of the Applicant or a representative authorised to act on behalf of the Applicant. The signed Framework Agreement, accompanied by the required documentation, should subsequently be returned to ČEPS.
  7. ČEPS will verify the correctness of the accompanying documentation. In case of doubt, ČEPS will notify the Applicant asking him to complete or correct the documentation concerned.
  8. ČEPS will notify the OTE that a new Transmission Services Agreement has been concluded.
  9. The Applicant should submit to ČEPS an application for opening a user account within the Damas Energy system; this application should contain, among other items, data on the Applicant’s electronic qualified certificate for electronic communication.
  10. ČEPS, upon receiving this application, will verify its correctness. If the application has been duly completed and the Applicant’s Transmission Services Framework Agreement with ČEPS is valid and effective, the Applicant will be granted the right of access to the Damas Energy system within 3 working days. If the application has not been duly completed, ČEPS will notify the Applicant asking him to rectify any outstanding issues. Upon receiving the corrected and duly completed application, ČEPS will grant the Applicant the right of access to the Damas Energy system.
  11. According to the applicable Terms and Conditions for Electricity (OPE) is each user of transmission system realizing cross-border electricity transmission obliged to register in the system of the Market Operator (CS OTE) a separate virtual supply delivery point (OPM) used to recording electricity transmission from / to abroad. This virtual OPM is used only in the cases of payments settlement in a special mode of settlement, i.e. Emergency of Prevent emergencies as defined in OPE under paragraphs 3.8.35 - 3.8.37.

 

Downloads are in part Useful Documents - Framework Agreement.

Scheduling of cross-border electricity transmission (Nomination)

Scheduling of cross-border electricity transmission involves nominating the transmission capacity allocated to the market participant in the yearly, monthly and/or daily auctions (with the exception of capacity on the ČEPS/SEPS interconnector); the market participant is not obliged to use all of the transfer capacity allocated.

ČEPS organises scheduling of electricity transmissions via its Damas Energy system.The scheduling of cross-border electricity transmission is harmonised throughout the whole of the CEE region. Detailed information on how to schedule cross-border transmissions on all interconnectors of ČEPS control area (with the exception of day-ahead transmissions on the ČEPS/SEPS interconnector) can be found in the User’s Guide. For long-term transmissions on the ČEPS/SEPS interconnector, however, the following variations apply:

  • Capacity Contract Type A06 (long-term capacity)
  • Capacity Agreement Identification (CAI) is fixed: LONGTERM_FREE
  • Gate closure for cross-border transmissions is (on D-2) 17:00 a.m. with correction cycles up to 18:00 a.m

Registration for intraday electricity transmissions:

  1. For those market participants interested in intraday electricity transmissions within the ČEPS control area: Registration Form is available in Useful Documents.
  2. For market participants interested in intraday electricity transmissions outside the ČEPS control area: The market participant is required to
  • register with the TSO of the transmission system which it wishes to enter for the purpose of intraday electricity transmission;
  • apply to open a user account by completing an “Application to Open a User Account” and sending it to ČEPS at the following address:

 

helpdesk.trade@ceps.cz

tomasek@ceps.cz

tomaschko@ceps.cz