Forward Capacity Allocation (FCA)

Principal objectives and contents

Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1719 establishing a guideline on forward capacity allocation entered into force on 17 October 2016. The Regulation defines the modalities for the allocation of forward transmission capacity. The goal is to coordinate and harmonise year-ahead and month-ahead capacity calculation and allocation. The core elements of the Regulation include facilitating the allocation of long-term transmission rights by establishing a single allocation platform that incorporates harmonised allocation rules.

Ongoing consultations

 

Approved requirements, terms and conditions and methodologies

  • Generation and load data provision methodology for long-term time frames

The methodology describes which generation and load data must be delivered to the TSOs, and when it must be delivered. The TSOs then use the data provided for capacity calculation purposes in a common grid model. The generation and load data provision methodology takes into account and complements the generation and load data methodology established in accordance with Article 16 of the CACM.

Approved methodology

  • Common grid model for long-term time frames  

The common grid model will be used by TSOs to calculate forward capacity. The methodology takes into account and complements the common grid model methodology provided for pursuant to Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1222 (CACM) and likewise complies with the common grid model methodology pursuant to Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1485 (SOGL).

Approved methodology

  • Common set of requirements for the single allocation platform (SAP)

  • SAP cost sharing methodology

The Forward Capacity Allocation (FCA) Guideline provides for establishment of a European platform by all EU TSOs for forward capacity allocation. The common set of requirements for the single allocation platform describe the establishment, development and operation of the platform. The common set of requirements for the single allocation platform also include a methodology for sharing the costs associated with the establishment, development and operation of the platform.

Approved methodology

  • Harmonised allocation rules (HARs)

  • The harmonised allocation rules define the minimum standards for participating in the process of allocating long-term transmission rights. They contain at minimum a description of the allocation process, including the minimum requirements for participation, provisions concerning financial matters, curtailment and compensation rules, rules for market participants transferring their long-term transmission rights and rules as regards force majeure and liability.

ACER decision on harmonised allocation rules

ACER decision, Annex 1

Approved Regional Specific Annex for the Italy North region

Approved Regional Specific Annex for the Core Region


  • Regional design of long-term transmission rights (RLTRs)

The TSOs in each capacity calculation region must jointly develop a proposal for the regional design of long-term transmission rights. The proposal must include a time schedule for implementation and at least a description of the type of LTRs, the FCA time frames, the form of product and the bidding zone borders covered.

Approved proposal by the TSOs for the Italy North region

Approved proposal by the TSOs for the Core Region


  • Nomination rules

All TSOs that issue physical transmission rights (PTRs) for bidding zone borders must define nomination rules for transmission schedules between the bidding zones.

Approved nomination rules for the AT-IT border

(effective from 19 April 2018)

Nomination rules for the AT-HU, AT-CZ and AT-SI borders: in progress


  • Congestion income distribution

The proposal describes the methods for distributing income from forward capacity allocation. The methodology is required to take into account the congestion income distribution methodology for the day-ahead and intraday time frames in accordance with the CACM Guideline.

In progress