Regulatory framework

8 January 2010

By means of Resolution GOP 1/10, the Italian Authority for Electricity and Gas (hereinafter: the Authority), adopted a three-year strategic plan for 2010-2012. The main goals to be achieved by these regulations are as follows:

  • promoting and developing competitive markets, including by harmonising the electricity and gas markets, restricting the power of dominant players;
  • supporting and promoting efficiency and good value of infrastructural services;
  • protection of customers with respect to energy services by means of the full openness of markets, and developing the levels of service quality and safety;
  • promotion of the idea to use energy in a reasonable manner and environmental protection;
  • supervision of the proper application of the rules with respect to the regulated parties;
  • strengthening the consultation instruments with operators and consumers;
  • increasing operating effectiveness and internal operations within the Authority.

8 January 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 1/10, the Authority established that distribution companies would have to notify the sellers of the separate values of the A, MCT and UC components for each supply point, separating them from the electricity transport costs on the distribution networks.

This obligation, running from 1 July 2010, is justified by the following:

  • most sellers have not fulfilled the obligation, as per Resolution ARG/elt 167/08, to provide the Authority with the data on the average monthly electricity prices on the final market, with the procurement costs, network costs and measurement costs, general system charges and taxes separated out, by 45 days from the end of each quarter;
  • by Resolution ARG/elt 202/09, sellers must indicate the following in the invoices sent to their end customers:
    • separation out of individual price components making up the payments invoiced if the end customer so requests;
    • detailed information, at least on an annual basis, of the components owed to cover the costs incurred in the general interest, and the general charges incurred by the system.

2 February 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 8/10, the Authority requested a notice to be included as an Annex to the bills issued to domestic customers who have electronic meters, commissioned and reprogrammed on a time-period basis. This notice, regarding the most recent two billing periods prior to application (which will start on 1 July 2010) of PED (energy and dispatching prices) fees, which will vary in accordance with the time period, must contain the following:

  • for the second last billing period (from 1 March 2010), an information sheet (Annex A) containing details on application of the two-hourly PED prices;
  • at the last billing period (from 1 May 2010), an information sheet (Annex B) which, along with the details already provided in Annex A, will note the option of accepting offers with two-hourly prices upon request or accepting offers with temporary two-hourly prices, with a greater degree of gradualness in the differential between the F1 slot and the F23 slot, in accordance with parameters that will be defined after the consultation process initiated by consultation document no. 36/09.

3 February 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 10/10, the Authority implemented procedures to define the standards regarding the communication flows between electricity distributors and sellers with respect to the metering data regarding the timed and non-timed supply points. This procedure completes the process which, following consultation document no. 14/07, led to formalisation, in accordance with resolution ARG/elt 162/08, of the flows of supply point customer information. As regards how to determine the communication standards in question, the Authority announced the commissioning of a work group that will include the interested parties, and the issuing of subsequent consultation documents.

4 February 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 13/10, the Authority introduced provisions regarding the standardisation of the contents and operation of the communication flows between electricity distributors and sellers for the commercial quality services governed by Annex A to resolution no. 333/07 (hereinafter: TIQE - Integrated Code to regulate the quality of electricity distribution, sales and measurement service):

  • making technical data that can be acquired by reading a meter unit available (M01);
  • making other technical data available (M02);
  • disconnection of the supply upon request of the end customer (D01);
  • reconnection/restoration of supply following suspension for non-payment (R01).

Specifically, by this resolution, the reference market where the provisions apply regarding the standardisation of communication flows was established, confirming, in accordance with consultation document (DCO) no. 35/09 proposals, its extension to all the LV and MV customers, even though at the consultation stage, comments were made to the effect that the range of application should be limited to the free market and the market subject to additional safeguards.

Regarding the introduction of the advanced instruments (AtoA type and/or portal), resolution ARG/elt 13/10 provided for the following time-frames:

  • supply of an advanced instrument starting from 1 October 2010 for distribution companies with more than 100,000 customers at 31 December 2009;
  • use of PEC files with attached files in Excel format or equivalent (not owned) or CSV starting from 1 March 2010 for distribution companies with less than 100,000 customers at 31 December 2009.

Compliance with the aforesaid time-frames may be waived in the event of early input subject to agreement between the parties, of an advanced instrument, in order to favour an increase in the efficiency of the information flows in any case.

In addition, the aspects governed by this provision include the provision regarding the definition of batch requests, for which processing can be carried out within one working day from receipt, establishing that batch requests are those that number more than 20. This is in line with the provisions of DCO 35/09, but was objected to by certain operators, who wanted to fix the number at 2 when they were consulted.

Finally, resolution ARG/elt 13/10 refers, to subsequent provisions, the definition of arrangements regarding the following:

  • minimum obligatory sequence of the messages;
  • minimum contents of each information exchange;
  • inadmissibility reasons for the requests governed by the TIQE.

11 February 2010

By means of Resolution no. 4/10, the Authority approved the Annual Operating Plan for 2010, which includes the operating objectives originating from the strategic objectives indicated in resolution GOP 1/10 (Three Year Strategic Plan 2010-2012). The Operating Plan provides specific facts on the resolutions and documents for consultation that are scheduled to be issued every four months.

Along with the Operating Plan, the Authority added the calendar of readings and information flows falling on regular dates attached to the resolution in question.

19 February 2010

By means of Resolution VIS 8/10, the Authority ordered the operators to fulfil the obligations to gather the economic and asset data of the separate annual accounts pursuant to resolution no. 11/07 (unbundling) for 2007 and 2008, providing for the staggered opening of access to the computerised communication system in accordance with the following time-frames:

  • the parties that, while having already implemented the computerised input of separate accounting data, have still not completed transmission of this data as of 1 February 2010 (including the parties from the Acea S.p.A. group), must do so no later than the final deadline of 19 March 2010;
  • the parties who must send the separate accounting data, or their assignees, who, as at 1 February 2010, still have not started input of this data, must input that data and send it starting from 29 March 2010 and by the final deadline of 7 May 2010.

25 February 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/com 25/10, the Authority modified resolution ARG/elt 117/08, regarding provisions on the supply of the electricity bonus. In fact, paragraphs 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 of Annex A of the resolution ARG/elt 117/08 were abolished, regarding payments for situations of insufficiency of the invoice amounts with respect to the payments made.

This modification incorporated the findings made by different electricity sellers, including through notification by the FederUtility association, regarding:

  • the operational difficulties, and the high finance costs that would result from a changed billing system;
  • the progressive decrease in the number of insufficiency situations following completion of the allocation of the retroactive bonus quotas.

In addition, resolution ARG/com 25/10:

  • noted that the Authority will issue a provision in the future to define the procedures to validate the electricity bonus requests, with identification of standardised means of checking the admissibility requirements for the electricity bonus;
  • modified resolution ARG/elt 185/09, regarding subsidies for the people affected by the seismic events in the province of L’Aquila, noting the provisions pursuant to paragraph 13.1, in the sense of specification of the compulsoriness of the payment of the bonus allocation;
  • corrected the errors in table 8 of the resolution ARG/com 211/09.

25 February 2010

By means of Resolution VIS 12/10, the Authority authorised the 3 inspection visits to the electricity distribution companies regarding tariff regulation, to be carried out by 31 December 2010. The inspections will involve:

  • the correct tariffs for the services;
  • application of the tariff components related to overheads in general;
  • management of the cases and allocation of the electricity bonus;
  • statements on the ways to check the general restrictions and equalisation measures;
  • consistency of the aforesaid statements with the energy budget.

8 March 2010

With consultation document DCO 2/10, the Authority presented its final guidelines on the checks to carry out on the distribution companies, in order to assess the existence of the conditions necessary to obtain the Ic incentive, provided under paragraph 12.1 of resolution no. 292/06, in the event of achieving the objective of installing and starting up electronic meters for a number of LV supply points with available power lower or equal to 55 kW, equal to 85% of the total. Previously, resolution ARG/elt 190/09 dealt with the matter, regulating: 

  • the means to carry out the controls at the offices of the Authority;
  • the option, for distribution companies that apply by 31 March 2010, to postpone the due date for checking achievement of the 85% objective to 31 December 2010, against obtaining an incentive reduced to 2/3 of the total.

DCO 2/10 confirmed the controls in place noted in the previous consultation document DCO 22/09, entailing the assessment:

  • of the commissioning of the electronic meters installed on the LV supply points;
  • of implementation of updates of the changes in numbers of the LV end-users on a continuous basis;
  • of registration of all the LV customers actually disconnected as disconnections;
  • of registration of the disconnected LV customers equipped with these electronic meters using electronic meters.

Therefore DCO 2/10 provided the specifications on the check-list of controls that will be carried out at the offices of the distributors, giving information:

  • on the documentation to provide before actually carrying out the controls;
  • on the means to check compliance.

The date by which comments and suggestions should be sent to the Authority was scheduled for 09 April 2010.

19 March 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 32/10, the Authority postponed the expiry date for the valuation of the relief service provided by the distributors to 1 July 2010, in accordance with paragraph 10.2 of resolution ARG/elt 341/07, with reference to the power failures that are not significant accidents and that regard HHV/MV or HV/MV transformation plants connected directly to the National Grid (hereinafter: RTN).

In addition, ARG/elt 32/10 resolution provided for implementation of a procedure for the definition of the way to manage the aforesaid financial items for the service provided for continuous service, and the top limit amount for incentives and penalties for transmission service continuity.

22 March 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 34/10, the Authority determined the total incentives and penalties for 2008 for the continuity of the electricity distribution service, in accordance with the continuity level trends established by the Authority for the different territorial areas.

In addition, the Equalisation Fund for the Electricity Sector (hereinafter: Fund) was charged to pay the aforesaid incentives, in accordance with the yield available supplied by the UC6 tariff component.

As regards Acea Distribuzione S.p.A., incentives of 7,191,664 euros were allocated.

25 March 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 39/10, the Authority presented the procedure and criteria for attribution of the incentive treatment pursuant to paragraph 11.4 letter d) of Annex A of resolution no. 348/07 (hereinafter: TIT - Transport Code), with respect to automation, protection and control of active MV networks.

The provision identifies the purpose of the incentive in the presentation of the pilot projects, to be presented by 30 September 2010, regarding the promotion and development of smart grid technology. This indication differs from what had previously been provided by the TIT, to the extent that:

  • it narrows the previous concept of investments, also including the investments already in place, replacing it with the pilot projects;
  • it expands the smart grid concept, including all technological innovations on the distribution networks that can benefit:
    • the distributed generation;
    • the active participation by the customers;
    • the rational use of the energy;
    • the support of electrical mobility;
    • the improvement of the quality of the service.

The ARG/elt 39/10 resolution identifies the following as the requirements for admissibility to the incentive treatment:

  • the definition of the project as the concrete demonstration in the field of MV distribution networks in operation;
  • the presence of energy flux reversals on the network, from inactive to active, for at least 1% of the annual operating time, with reference to an active MV network, or alternatively, to a portion of the active MV network;
  • provision for a control/regulation system of the voltage on the network and a system that can ensure automatic recording of the significant technical signals;
  • the use of non-proprietary communication protocols.

In order to value the aforesaid pilot projects, the ARG/elt 39/10 resolution therefore provided, in accordance with paragraph 11.7 of the TIT, for the appointment of an expert commission to attribute the incentives in accordance with the ratio between the expected benefits and the expected costs.

25 March 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 40/10, the Authority determined the 2008 amount of revenue equalisation for the low voltage metering service, pursuant to article 40 of the TIT, and the quantification of the RPMm penalty, in relation to the degree of discharge of the electronic meter installation obligations pursuant to paragraph 8.1 of resolution no. 296/06.

Acea Distribuzione S.p.A. was assigned a payment to the benefit of the Cassa (Fund) of 10,589,215.59 euros, to which RPMm penalties of - 2,783.04 euros should be added. In addition, the ARG/elt 40/10 resolution:

  • changed the TIT:
    • with the change in the expiry date for sending the general equalisation data to the Authority and/or the Fund. These data are no longer scheduled for 31 July, but 30 days from availability of the relative forms or the data collection computer system;
    • with the introduction of administrative indemnities, charged to the distribution companies and to be applied if the equalisation data sent are changed after the equalisation amount has already been notified by the Authority or the Fund to distributors;
  • this resolution introduced, to Annex A of the ARG/elt 40/10 resolution, the criteria for the official determination of the equalisation amount of revenues for the low voltage metering service, for that which concerns:
    • calculation of the gross financial increases and value of the accumulated depreciation amounts pursuant to paragraph 40.1 of the TIT, equal to 0 (zero) in the event of no communication;
    • the number of electromechanical meters installed at the low voltage supply points, distinguishing them in accordance with whether they have complied with the obligation to communicate to the Fund or not;
    • the volume of service supplied, or the number of supply points powered by low voltage, and the electricity levels supplied, equal to the data communicated to the Fund, or if this communication has not been made, from the most recent data communicated to the Authority or to other administrations;
    • the value of the penalties for failure to comply with the electronic meter installation levels required, officially putting the number of electronic meters installed at 0 (zero).

25 March 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 41/10, the Authority, with which it updated the economic terms of the sales service subject to additional safeguards, with reference to the second quarter of 2010 (April – June), also changed the equalisation of the cost of purchasing electricity used internally for transmission and distribution pursuant to paragraph 13quater of Annex A to resolution no. 156/07 (hereinafter: TIV - Retail Service Code), with the addition of the acknowledgement to the distributors that procure an amount of costs equal to those which would have been incurred for the purchase of electricity from the operators subject to additional safeguards.

26 March 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/com 44/10, the Authority updated the tariff components for the cover of the general charges and further charges for the electricity and gas sectors (A, UC and MCT tariff components) with reference to the 2nd quarter of 2010 (April-June), specifically establishing:

  • the reduction of the A2 tariff component in accordance with the estimates for the charges from nuclear power expected for 2010;
  • the increase in the A3 tariff component, in light of the increasing charges for the PV energy plant incentives;
  • the reduction of the A4 tariff component, due to the elimination of certain special tariff structures in accordance with Law no. 99/2009.

In addition, by resolution ARG/com 44/10 a material error in the TIT was corrected, in the part regarding payments for the transmission service (art. 16).

29 March 2010

By means of Resolution no. 2/10, the Authority established the operating instructions regarding communication standards between electricity sellers and distributors with reference to the following commercial quality supplies, regulated by the TIQE:

  • making technical data that can be acquired by reading a meter unit available (M01);
  • making other technical data available (M02);
  • disconnection of the supply upon request of the end customer (D01);
  • reconnection/restoration of supply following suspension for non-payment (R01).

With respect to the M01 flow, the Authority considered the opinions of certain operators, to exclude its applicability to LV and MV end customers with availability of power higher than 55 kW and with time treatment.

Therefore, by resolution no. 2/10 the Authority confirmed what had been proposed during the consultation stage, as regards:

  • the communication flow sequence that provides for:
    • sending the request to the distributor;
    • verification of the admissibility of the request by the distributor and if negative, the distributor will have to send the inadmissibility message, giving the reasons, the same day as the request arrives if single, or by the following working day in the event of batch requests. If there is a request that does not pass the admissibility check, the distributor will cancel it, while the vendor will send a new request if necessary;
    • the distributor will send the result of the requested execution of the service. 
  • the communication flow fields, in which the introduction of the “dispatching contract code” is noted as an optional field;
  • the reasons for inadmissibility, adding, with respect to DCO 35/09, further reasons “POD matched to a different customer than the one noted in the request” and “disconnection outside working hours not applicable as it is not a temporary LV connection”.

In addition, Resolution no. 2/10 governed:

  • standardisation of the objective of the PEC and the type of files attached to this;
  • the admissibility check time-frames, establishing a delay of no more than one day for requests higher or equal to 20 (known as batch requests), and in real time for requests of less than 20.

7 April 2010

By means of Resolution VIS 20/10, the Authority postponed the term for the completion of the enquiry on the application of the regulation regarding the electricity bonus to 30 June 2010. This regulation was implemented by Resolution VIS 141/09.

12 April 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 52/10, the Authority defined some lists of end-user internal grids, in line with provisions set out by Art. 33 of Law 99/09, while setting out, in particular:

  • a first list of end-user internal grids consistent with provisions set out by Art. 33, paragraph 1, of Law no. 99/09, i.e.:
    • an existing grid, or a grid in which, at the same date, the development works have been started or all authorisations, as per regulations in force, have been obtained;
    • connection of industrial end consumers, or connection of industrial end consumers and electricity production units essential for the industrial production process, provided that they are included in local areas composed of no more than three adjoining municipalities, or no more than three adjoining provinces. This only applies in the event the production units are powered by renewable sources;
    • no obligation of third-party connection, provided that each subject included in the same network has the right to connect, as an alternative, to the grid with compulsory connection by third-parties;
    • connection through one or more connection points to a grid with compulsory connection by third-parties, having a nominal voltage not lower than 120 kV;
    • presence of a subject in charge, acting as sole manager of the same grid, with the possibility that this subject may differ from the owners of the consumption or production units, but is not the owner of electricity transmission and dispatching or distribution concessions.
  • a second list of grids characterised by a compulsory connection of third parties. In this case, they are infrastructures to which, based on the previous rules, subjects other than distribution companies were connected;
  • a third list includes grids for which the following is to be provided for:
    • check of connection data of the first end consumer;
    • check of terms set out by Art. 2 of the Legislative Decree no. 115/08 on end-user efficient systems.
  • a fourth list of grids is composed of grids that are deemed not eligible to be included in the list of end-user internal grids as they are not compliant with terms set out by Art. 33, paragraph 1, of Law 99/09, but for which special assessments are under way.

19 April 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 56/10, the Authority set out some amendments to Annex A (TIT) and B (TIC) to Resolution no. 348/07, in order to:

  • facilitate the connection for the supply of heat pumps for household heating;
  • facilitate the dissemination of private recharge infrastructures for electric vehicles.

The above-mentioned targets are functional in:

  • the achievement of primary energy savings objectives;
  • the increase in the use of renewable energy;
  • the limitation of CO2 emissions.

Therefore, this resolution provides for the overcoming of:

  • the limit set out by paragraph 5.2 of TIC, thus allowing to request a second electricity input points for the separate powering of heat pumps with respect to the primary supply for households, also with an available power higher than 3.3 kW;
  • obstacles to the installation of private recharge infrastructures for electric vehicles, through:
    • the application of paragraph 5.2bis of TIC, which makes an exception to uniqueness of the withdrawal point for infrastructures destined for the private powering of electric vehicles;
    • the explicit extension to the above-mentioned infrastructures as well as of the possible inclusion amongst applications connected, or pertinent to households for domestic contracts as per paragraph 2.2, letter a), item ii) of TIT.

19 April 2010

By means of Resolution VIS 24/10, the Authority set out the supplement of the proceeding started with resolution VIS 72/09 with respect to the company Acea Distribuzione S.p.A. relating to a breach of the regulations governing the availability for sellers of data for withdrawal points not treated on a time-period basis, as per paragraph 18.3 of the TIV.

This proceeding follows the outcome of inspections provided for by resolution VIS 16/09, performed on 4 and 5 June 2009 in compliance with resolution VIS 16/09. These inspections highlighted the following:

  • the 20-day term from the recording or the metering attempt was not observed for the sending of data to sellers, as per paragraph 18.3 of TIV, Table 2;
  • information as per Table 2 is incomplete, and in particular, the following is not reported:
    • incremental values of active energy supplied by time period (line 3 of Table 2);
    • quantity of differential active electricity, by time period, recorded from the last metering (line 4);
    • incremental values of totally supplied reactive energy (line 5);
    • quantity of differential reactive electricity, recorded from the last metering (line 6);
    • quantity of differential reactive electricity, by time period, for the withdrawal points with available power higher than 16.5 kW (line 7).

Moreover, inspections also assessed the application, for supply points with available power higher than 55 kW, of time period treatment instead of hourly treatment, in breach of the provision set out by Art. 4 of Annex A to resolution ARG/elt 278/07 (hereinafter: TILP), whose entry into force, after subsequent postponements, was lastly fixed by resolution ARG/elt 135/09 to 1 April 2009.

The assessment of this harmful conduct has therefore determined the start-up of the proceeding under evaluation and the matching of this proceeding with the one started by resolution VIS 72/09.

19 April 2010

With consultation document DCO 7/10, the Authority submitted the following proposals to amend rules on incentives for transmission services, which were provided for with resolution no. 341/07:

  • the valuation of mitigation services rendered by distribution companies for service continuity, with the provision of a two-fold hypothesis of decreasing mitigation according to the duration of power failure, thus indicating either:
    • the application of the entire reduction compared to the total amount acknowledged immediately after the first four hours of power failure; or
    • the application of a unit value adjusted according to time periods (e.g.: 8-hour time periods).
  • the application of the compulsory issue of monitoring indicators of availability and non-availability of grid elements. It is proposed that these elements disclose the annual time percentage in which the grid element is in a temporary radial set-up, compared to the period of time in which the grid element is an integral part of the HV grid.

20 April 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 57/10, the Authority introduced amendments to rules on unbundling, according to resolutions of the Council of State taken on 16 December 2008, which highlighted the partial illegality of provisions on functional unbundling.

In view of the removal of some restrictions on functional unbundling currently provided for in Annex A to resolution no. 11/07 (hereinafter: TIU), the resolution approved before the consulting proceeding started by DCO 32/09 has therefore provided the following amendments:

  • a time limit of 31 December 2014 is fixed for provisions on functional unbundling and related action of independent operators;
  • the title of independent operator is extended to leading operators as well;
  • the repeal of paragraph 12.2 of TIU, regarding the definition by the Authority of the binding guidelines, while acknowledging that this provision is excessive compared to provisions set forth by the EU regulations. Resolution ARG/com 132/08 is therefore cancelled. This resolution included the above-mentioned guidelines, and set out that independent operators had to draw up and send the binding guidelines to the Authority;
  • the possibility of having one single database of distributors and sellers included in a vertically integrated company, provided that:
    • data related to distributors are logically separated from data related to sellers;
    • the ownership and responsibility of managing and maintaining the database is granted to distributors;
    • companies selling on a market subject to additional safeguards are legally separated from companies selling on a free market;
  • the possibility of rendering a joint distribution service of natural gas and/or electricity, with the distribution of various types of gas through networks or the management of other network infrastructures for the rendering of public services, provided that distribution and metering is maintained detached from selling;
  • the cancellation of metering activities from activities subject to functional unbundling, so as the latter, according to provisions set out by the Authority, is charged to distribution companies for which outsourcing restrictions in data processing and relevant information are still effective;
  • the possible creation of the “combined system operator”, within a vertically integrated operator, dealing with both electricity transmission and distribution services.

Moreover, resolution ARG/com 57/10 modified some provisions on administration and accounting separation, while introducing simplified ways of drafting separate annual financial statements for operators of small energy sources and self-producers.

22 April 2010

By means of resolution GOP 19/10, the Authority established the contribution for 2010 for the running of said Authority, confirming, for each party operating in the electricity and gas sectors, the rate applied in previous years, equal to 0.3 per thousand euros of revenue booked to the financial statements approved for the previous year (2009).

In addition, the GOP 19/10 resolution:

  • onfirms that the only payment method for the 2010 contribution is through bank transfer made to the appropriate current account of the Authority by 31 July 2010;
  • indicates the date of 15 September 2010 as the term to send data regarding contribution. These data shall be sent through the IT system developed following resolution GOP 35/08.

27 April 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 59/10, the Authority defined the transitory amendments to the tariff structures regarding very high voltage end-users, i.e. voltage higher than 220 kV, for years 2008, 2009 and 2010, in compliance with decisions taken by TAR (Regional Administrative Court) with sentence no. 6269/2009, in which the appeal filed by the user Acciaieria Arvedi S.p.A. was upheld, as well in compliance with decisions of the Council of State regarding appeals against the above-mentioned TAR sentence. The resolution provided that:

  • the cancellation of the component for the distribution service 3(disAT);
  • the application for the transmission service of a component TRASprov.

To offset the lower revenue resulting from the above-mentioned transitory regulation, the following is provided:

  • the offset by the Equalisation Fund through general equalisation mechanisms provided for by TIT;
  • the offset for 2008 within the equalisation for 2009.

29 April 2010

With consultation document DCO 10/10, the Authority submitted proposals aimed at defining regulations for retail sales monitoring, regarding the standardisation of methods of recording and fields of data and information to be collected in view of creating a centralised system of descriptive profiles of end-customers and managed by the Single Buyer based on data loaded by operators. In particular, the DCO 10/10 specifies indicators on the following:

  • structure, calculated in relation to market shares held by operators;
  • representing the so-called market power of operators, i.e. market results;
  • taking account of the level of customer satisfaction, i.e. customer satisfaction indicators.

The proceeding indicated in the DCO 10/10 foresees a substantial redefinition of some communication flows, which are already connected with sellers and distributors, while defining, however, solutions which would not increase the amount of information required from operators. The main change is, therefore, the significant increased disclosure frequency of data required, which, in most cases, would be on a quarterly basis, with highlights on each month of the reference period. As regards distributors, indicators proposed for monitoring regard the following:

  • structure data such as “the number of withdrawal/redelivery points, market volumes and number of customers, other concentration indexes”;
  • data on average consumption for withdrawal points and switching data. As for switching, information concerns “switching rate, return switching rate, switching rate for sellers in a market subject to additional safeguards, incomplete switching, availability indicator of switching measurements";
  • data on the number of complaints and information enquiries.

As regards the method adopted, the Authority has specified how, after an initial consulting phase, before the DCO 10/10, an investigation will follow, including an empirical analysis aimed at checking the feasibility of flows being defined. A second consulting phase will then follow.

6 May 2010

With consulting document DCO 12/10, the Authority submitted a number of alternative proposals aimed at eliminating any possibility for sellers to communicate estimated consumption data in the invoices of end-users in markets subject to additional safeguards and with remote controlled electronic meters. The above-mentioned provision is aimed at modifying the current provisions of paragraph 18.4 of TIV according to which the seller is still able to include a portion of estimated consumptions in invoices, usually related to the period included between the actual reading day and the issue date of invoicing (so-called billing queue).

The regulatory target set out by the Authority is justified by requests filed in by consumer associations which, in view of the imminent introduction of compulsory two-hourly prices, asked that the possibility of including data deviating from effective consumption in invoices be averted; this is to avoid any element which might be misleading for end-customers.

While evaluating the inclusion in invoices of only the effective consumption for end-customers in markets subject to additional safeguards and with remote controlled electronic meters, the Authority assessed that this would result in the loss of an instrument able to mitigate the credit risk and ensure stable cash flows. This modification would also have an impact on:

  • indebtedness;
  • higher finance costs to be recognised.

Three scenarios are therefore defined with DCO 12/10. They are alternatives able to “internalise” the consequent increase in the sale costs of the seller. Two of these solutions provide for an increase in the distributor’s commitment as follows:

  • a more structured service of metering data availability, especially if the following is envisaged:
    • the distributor is obliged to issue the timetable of metering data available;
    • sellers will be indemnified by distribution companies if the expected schedule is not fulfilled.
  • distributors have less time for data transmission, to date 20 days from reading of measurement data.

A third regulatory solution envisages, instead, that additional indebtedness borne by sellers is directly covered by end-customers through a one-off payment.

6 May 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 66/10, the Authority provided that end-user internal grids also include grids with an obligation to connect third parties, as per the second list attached to resolution ARG/elt/ 52/10, so as to re-include grids indicated in the first list.

Moreover, resolution ARG/elt 66/10 modified the lists so as to:

  • include subjects to whom the Authority required further information;
  • include the company ILTE S.p.A., whose request reached the Authority after the deadline for applications;
  • correct the material error related to the fact that Table 1 of resolution ARG/elt 52/10 does not include an industrial site with end-user internal grid in the availability of Herambiente S.r.l.

7 May 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 67/10, the Authority modified attachment B to resolution 348/07 (TIC) with reference to tariff regulations of LV and HV temporary connections. This resolution, which follows the consulting procedure started by DCO 8/09, modified the determination criteria of fees for development, therefore defining:

  • lump-sum amounts in the event of connections with a power level up to 30 kW, of up to a 20 metre distance between the place for which the connection is required and existing permanent distribution plants and the lack of a MV/LV substation, with the application of percentage discounts for multiple requests;
  • amounts calculated according to the relative expense criterion, based on the cost of materials, labour force and general costs, for the remaining cases of temporary LV connections and all temporary MV connections.

Based on the distinction made by Art. 2, paragraph 2 of resolution ARG/elt/ 67/10 between grid plants for temporary connection of the transitory type and of the permanent type, the possibility was however provided that development costs of temporary connection of the permanent type be charged to a subject other that the one requiring the activation, e.g. the Municipality, while envisaging the application of fees related to ordinary permanent connections.

As regards connections for special use, resolution ARG/elt/ 67/10 has however introduced a transitory period in which fixed fees for suspension and restoration of supply due to non-payment and a fixed amount to cover administration costs will be applied to these types of connection.

In addition, resolution ARG/elt 67/10:   

  • modified the maximum duration of temporary connections, reducing this term to one year, extendable to another year, except work sites, for which a term of 3 years maximum, extendable to other 3 years, is provided.
  • extended also to temporary connections the methods of consumption measurement, as well as power restrictions applied to all end-users, with the subsequent installation of meters;
  • introduced an equalisation mechanism for 2010 and 2011 to re-balance modifications of revenues deriving from the application of the new fees.

18 May 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 73/10, the Authority determined the percentage variations for years 2009 and 2010 of the value of tariff components of Csa ΔTARCIR n and ΔTARAMM n

19 May 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/ com 74/10, the Authority modified and supplemented the forms for the admission request to the equalisation regime as per resolutions ARG/elt 117/08 and ARG/gas 88/09, while providing, in particular:

  • the standardisation of the application forms for the admission to the electricity bonus and the gas bonus, with particular reference to the section dedicated to the permission to the processing of personal data, while indicating all subjects involved in the management and supply of equalisation to which such data, supplied in the application for the equalisation itself, might be communicated.
  • the postponement, to a subsequent provision, of the supplementary application related to the electricity bonus in the case of customers with physical limitations, while waiting for the subjects owning the sensitive data to receive the authorisation for handling said data from the Authority for the protection of personal data pursuant to Art. 26 of the Legislative Decree no. 196/03.

19 May 2010

By means of Resolution VIS 31/10, the Authority approved 12 inspections for distribution companies regarding the continuity of service, to be performed in the period starting from the entry into force of this provision and 31 October 2010, in order to assess the correct application of:

  • the obligation to record outages with or without advance warning, either long or short outages;
  • the calculation of service continuity indicators reported to the Authority in 2009, also with regard to the provisions for distribution companies already subject to incentive regulations set out in Articles 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 of Title 4 of the Annex A to resolution 333/07 (hereinafter: TIQE - Integrated Code to regulate the quality of electricity distribution, sales and measurement service).

21 May 2010

With document DCO 14/10, the Authority submitted some proposals on the implementation of an Integrated Information System for the electricity and gas sectors (hereinafter: IIS) for the management of description profiles of end customers and, in general, of relations between energy market operators.

In this document for consultation, the Authority outlined two models of IIS:

  • IIS responsible for data transfer;
  • IIS responsible for data transfer, as well as updating of the data and of the related databases.

The Authority underlines that the introduction of an IIS would make it possible to achieve a series of objectives, above all related to the increase in retail market competition, by overcoming some critical aspects connected with the management of relations between operators in the energy market, especially as regards switching processes. In the Authority’s opinion, in fact, these processes would be characterised by a number of situations in which an anomalous conduct was observed, including, but not limited to:

  • the non-compliance with data notification and communication terms;
  • the unavailability and incompleteness of identification data of supply points and end customers.

DCO 14/10 states that the implementation of an IIS would help to reduce the management costs of processes to the benefit of sellers in particular, in the assumption of a centralised management model.

25 May 2010

With document DCO 15/10, the Authority proposed some amendments to the regulations on active concessions as per Annex A to resolution ARG/elt 99/08 (hereinafter: TICA – Code for active connections), according to the following targets:

  • cancellation of speculative conduct connected with the occupation of transportation capacity on the grid;
  • streamlining of access to grids by production plants.

To achieve the above-mentioned objectives, the Authority expressed the following alternative proposals:

  • either the overcoming of the possibility to make a reservation of the grid capacity by those requiring the connection, upon acceptance of the cost estimate, while connecting, instead, the effectiveness of the grid to the authorisation for the construction to the plant;
  • or the provision of an open season, equal to three solar months, in which connection applications are to be submitted, so that the grid operator is in a position to jointly analyse them. This proposal would involve only concessions in HV/HHV, or MV connections.

To support the hypothesis of booking the grid capacity after obtaining the concession, a proposal was submitted for the payment of a supplementary guarantee by the applicant, in the form of a guarantee deposit or a bank guarantee.

Moreover, the DCO 15/10 submits the following proposals:

  • the introduction of an information portal for the management of connection applications that will allow applicants to load data relating to the progress of the application;
  • the issue of “maps” indicating the saturation levels of the grid, with reference to HV and HV/MV transformation cabins, as well as grid development plans;
  • the definition of methods of coordination for grid operators, while providing indemnity forms in case obligations are not fulfilled;
  • the introduction of a control panel, as part of the Terna project called GAUDI’ which, starting from 1 January 2011, will make it possible to monitor the phases of the plant construction process until the entry into operation of the plants.

31 May 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/elt 82/10, the Authority corrected material errors in resolutions ARG/elt 40/10 and ARG/elt 67/10, while rectifying:

  • some errors in Table 1 in resolution ARG/elt 40/10 regarding the amounts of metering equalisation;
  • a misprint in the description of the functioning of the equalisation mechanism introduced by resolution ARG/elt 67/10.

18 June 2010

By means of Resolution no. 3/10, the Authority updated the operating instructions regarding communication standards between electricity sellers and distributors with the inclusion of the following commercial quality services:

  • check of the metering group, upon request of the end customer;
  • check of the supply voltage, upon request of the end customer.

Similarly to provisions set out by resolution no. 2/10, the object of PEC and types of attached files are standardised within 60 days from issue of the resolution. As regards the introduction of advanced instruments (AtoA type and/or portal), reference is made to resolution ARG/elt 13/10, which provided for the following time-frames:

  • supply of an advanced instrument starting from 1 October 2010 for distribution companies with more than 100,000 customers at 31 December 2009;
  • use of PEC files with attached files in Excel format or equivalent (not owned) or CSV starting from 1 March 2010 for distribution companies with less than 100,000 customers at 31 December 2009.

Resolution no. 3/10 also indicated that a consultation process will be commenced on the standardisation of flows of the following services:

  • quoting of work;
  • execution of work (including scheduled work);
  • activation of supply.

25 June 2010

By means of Resolution VIS 46/10, the Authority launched an enquiry on the on-site exchange service as per resolution ARG/elt 74/08. This enquiry was initiated as a result of the number of claims received by the Authority in which exchange end users complained of delays and alleged malfunctioning in the payment of on-site exchange services for end users which might also result from the non-availability of metering data and information required to calculate the contribution that National Grid Operator (GSE) is due to pay.

In particular, resolution VIS 46/10 refers to:

  • information pertaining to sellers, to be communicated annually before 31 March of the year following the reference period, regarding:
    • customer details, such as the type of use (Art. 2.2 of TIT), and information on the payment of transport and dispatching contracts;
    • amount of charges borne by the switching end customer for the procurement of electricity supplied, including charges for transport and dispatching services (OPR);
  • information on distributors, as subjects in charge of the metering service, the amounts of electricity injected and electricity supplied through each exchange point, to be made available within the 20th day of the month following the reference month.

These reports were received by the Authority through the National Grid Operator, the subject in charge of the payment of on-site exchange and to whom the following tasks are also assigned:

  • reporting of any anomaly identified in the application of on-site exchange;
  • before 30 June of the year following the year of the contribution, annual reporting of the list of defaulting subjects as regards information to be supplied.

Therefore, through the enquiry started by the above-mentioned resolution, to be concluded within 90 days from its launch, the Authority intends to acquire useful information and data on the following:

  • methods and times of transmission of the data and information needed by the National Grid Operator to perform its own activities;
  • evaluation over whether to launch a procedure for the adoption of measures against those subjects that have not correctly applied the provisions set out with respect to the on-site exchange service.

Moreover, resolution VIS 46/10 envisages that, in the cases in which, as at 30 June 2010, data necessary to quantify the equalisation balance amount for the exchange account are not yet available, by 15 July 2010, the National Grid Operator would make a further advance payment for 2009, unless an equalisation balance is paid, for an amount equal to the amount already acknowledged as per point 2 of resolution ARG/elt 184/08.

25 June 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/com 93/10, the Authority updated the tariff components for the covering of general charges and additional charges for the electricity and gas sectors (A, UC and MCT tariff components) with reference to the 3rd quarter of 2010 (July-September), specifically establishing:

  • the increase in the A3 tariff component, in light of the higher charges compared to previous estimates due to:
    • higher than expected charges for incentives to PV plants for 2010;
    • higher charges deriving from the increase in the compulsory amount of green certificates for 2009. In particular, a significant structural imbalance between the demand and supply of green certificates on the Italian market occurred as, against total demand of around 8.5 TWh, supply was equal to double this value (16.5 TWh);
  • the mandate to the Fund to pay, before 31 July 2010, 15 million euros to Sogin, as prepayment and with equalisation excepted, on the A2 Account, in order to adjust the financial resources, already available to Sogin, to the higher costs forecast by the 2010 finance plan for nuclear job orders of the next few months.

28 June 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 99/10, the Authority introduced a mechanism for the economic valuation of mitigation services provided by distribution companies for the ordinary power failures of end customers and, also provisions concerning incentivising regulation of the quality of the transmission service.

In particular, as regards the economic valuation of mitigation services, provision is made for:

  • exclusion of the valuation of major incidents, i.e. power failures that involve an amount of energy not supplied of higher than 250 MWH;
  • subjecting the start of the valuation of mitigation services to the time of the communication of enabling by Terna;
  • decreasing compensation, equal to:
    • 10,000 euro/MWh for the first four hours;
    • 3,000 euro/MWh for subsequent hours.
  • a valuation ceiling on the compensation for each individual disruptive event of 3.5 million euros;
  • halved valuation ceilings for the July-December 2010 period;
  • a 40% forecast reduction in the valuation and the ceiling per individual event, for mitigation services provided with reference to the ELAT network, or for the collection of proprietary electrical power lines of Enel up to 31 December 2008;
  • differentiation of the valuation of mitigation services for HHV/MV or HV/MV transformation plants connected to the National Grid, so that payment is zero until reverse current feeding of the relevant end customers reached is 90%;
  • cancellation of the valuation in the event in which, following a single disruptive event, the measure implemented takes more than five minutes from the order to open or close the lines;
  • annual curtailment of the valuation of mitigation services, in the case of non-fulfilment of the line opening and closure instructions with energy conduction and remote control systems, until 100% is reached for more than two events.

The incentivising regulation of the transmission service makes provision, in particular, for:

  • a fixed ceiling on Terna revenues and a variable limit based on results, in order to promote a reduction in major incidents;
  • exclusion, throughout all of 2011, of the incentivising regulation mechanism for the portion of the ELAT network, while waiting for Terra to make the necessary database available, so as to draft a proposed update to the Annex to the network code.

Resolution ARG/elt 99/10 requires operators to carry out a series of communications within the prescribed terms. The first communications, to be made to Terna and copied to the Authority, by 30 July 2010, concern distribution companies with at least one HHV/MV or HV/MV transformation plant directly connected to the National Grid. In this regard, it is envisaged that the valuation of mitigation services will remain at zero until the last day of the month of full transmission of the required data.

30 June 2010

By means of resolution VIS 48/10, the Authority postponed the deadline for the closure of the enquiry on the application of the electricity bonus to 31 October 2010, launched by resolution VIS 141/09, and already extended as per resolution VIS 20/10.

30 June 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 103/10 the Authority introduced additions and amendments to the regulation pursuant to TIT, TIC and to resolution ARG/elt 67/10, regarding temporary LV and MV connections. In particular, resolution ARG/elt 103/10:

  • amended paragraph 11.4 of TIT, also extending the increase in the return on the invested capital rate, equal to 2% for 8 years, to new low level loss installations of transformers;
  • provided for offsetting, for distribution companies, of lower revenues as a result of exemption from application of the TRAS (transmission service tariff) component with withdrawals for auxiliary power generation services as part of the mechanism for the equalisation of the distribution costs on the MV and LV networks, starting from 2008;
  • introduced, to paragraphs 8.8 and 8.9 of TIC (Connection code), the possibility for the end customer to request a reduction in available power, with the prior payment of administrative charges set out in Table 2 of TIC;
  • arranged for the partial extension to 1 January 2011 of the provisions for the amendment of charges for temporary LV and MV connections introduced by resolution ARG/elt 67/10, making provision, in particular, for:
    • the deferment of the entry into force of the criterion of the distance of the connection plant from the substation, and the distinction based on road crossing requirements. Therefore, lump sum fees are envisaged for the transitory period, standing at 150 euros, in the event of failure to realise a substation and available power of less than 30 kW;
    • the optional introduction of the calculation of the amount according to the relevant expense criterion for individual cases identified by resolution ARG/elt 67/10;
    • the exemption from the equalisation mechanism for the compensation of revenues for distribution companies that have already signed up to the optional equalisation mechanism, as per resolution ARG/elt 203/09, making provision, however, for an amendment to the scope of the latter mechanism, based on changes made to the amounts of the temporary connections.

 

30 June 2010

With consultation document DCO 19/10, the Authority proposed a review of the methods of:

  • identification of non-domestic LV customers with the right to additional safeguards;
  • management and updating of information regarding fulfilment of the requirements.

 

The proposed mechanism for the identification of non-domestic LV customers requires sellers to obtain information on whether the requirements are met as regards the right to additional safeguards, through the receipt of a statement replacing the affidavit.

DCO 19/10 proposes:

  • the extension of the requirement, currently only involving the primary utility provider, to open market sellers;
  • reversal of the mechanism for the application of the DISPBT offsetting component, set to zero for non-domestic LV customers who have failed to provide a statement showing they meet the requirements for the right to additional safeguards;
  • obligatory communication of the outcome of the information request to the distributor:
    • within 120 days from the request for sellers in a market subject to additional safeguards and for supplies already in place on the open market;
    • by the fourth month after the entry into force of the switching in the event of subscriptions on the open market;
    • the receipt of information on the distributor’s right to additional safeguards, providing a confirmation to the seller on the receipt of the aforementioned information;
    • the archiving of information by the distributor, and availability of this information to the incoming seller in cases of switching;
    • the obligation of renewal of the statement by the non-domestic LV customer 36 months after the previous one, with prior reminder by the seller, under penalty of cancellation of the DISPBT offsetting component.

 

This measure is targeted at the precise identification of the scope of the customer with the right to additional safeguards, in order to:

  • correctly apply the DISPBT offsetting tariff component, currently automatically extended also to non-domestic LV customers for which no information is available on the right to additional safeguards.
  • allow the proper functioning of the indemnity system, established under resolution ARG/elt 191/09 to guarantee the credit of outgoing sellers.

14 July 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 106/10, the Authority introduced regulations governing sample checks for distribution companies that have applied to obtain the incentive for the recording of LV customer interruptions through electronic remote controlled meters. On the basis of art. 12.1 of resolution 292/06, the incentive will be provided if the objective is met regarding the installation and putting into service of electronic meters for a number of LV withdrawal points with available power lower or equal to 55 kW, equal to 85% of the total, before:

  • 31 December 2009 for distribution companies that, as at 31 March 2010, have confirmed their application for the full incentive (art. 12.3 of resolution no. 292/06);
  • 31 December 2010 for distribution companies that have availed themselves of the possibility, introduced by resolution ARG/elt 190/09, of obtaining an incentive reduced by two thirds (art. 12.5 of resolution no. 292/06).

 

With said resolution, the Authority acknowledged the proposal of consultation document DCO 2/10, introducing the following controls:

  • effective commissioning of the electronic meters installed on the LV withdrawal points (D4 control);
  • constant updating of the variation of the amount of LV use (D5 control);
  • registration of all the LV customers actually disconnected as disconnections (D6 control);
  • actual registration of the disconnected LV customers equipped with these electronic meters using electronic meters (D7 control).

For the execution of these controls, distribution companies must make available:

  • the outage log and report log for the reference period;
  • the list of LV withdrawal points with an active transportation contract;
  • the summary description of the procedure which continuously updates the change of amount of LV use;
  • the summary description of the procedure of reading the electronic meters put into operation involved in the outages.

The controls may be carried out effective as of:

  • 1 April 2011, at distribution companies which have submitted an application for the full incentive;
  • 1 April 2012, at distribution companies which have submitted an application for the reduced incentive.

26 July 2010

With consultation document DCO 26/10, the Authority submitted proposals for the completion of standard communication flows between sellers and distributors for the remaining commercial quality services governed by TIQE, so as to update the operating instructions previously issued following resolution ARG/elt 13/10.

The consultation process, aimed at defining the minimum fields to be contained in the request that the seller transmits on behalf of the end customer for the activation service, was launched by the Authority, given that, during a work group, different operating methods for the provision of certain commercial quality services came to light. In particular, it emerged how:

  • Enel Distribuzione allows sellers to input, into its own information system, all services that could alternatively develop into:
    • activation of supply;
    • quoting of work;
    • execution of basic scheduled work.

Enel Distribuzione then runs a preliminary check on the data loaded in order to establish whether the required service is scheduled or quoted, then returns the outcome of the check to the seller.

  • distribution companies linked in FederUtility have developed solutions consistent with the regulation, for which the flows associated to the aforementioned services are already originally separate.

Based on said non-conformities, DCO 26/10 proposes:

  • the presentation of the “supply/replacement activation” flow;
  • the option, for distributors, of using a “pre-checking” functionality, after which they can go ahead with the automatic conversion to service requests. To this end, the document proposes complementary rules in the event of adoption of the pre-checking phase by distributors.

 

3 August 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 123/10, the Authority launched a procedure for the adoption of provisions governing the operation of the indemnity system, introduced by Annex B of resolution ARG/elt 191/09. The system envisages the recognition, in favour of the outgoing seller, of non-collection of the payment of the invoices of the last two months of supply before the effective switching date.

In particular, resolution ARG/elt 123/10 provided for an addition to the preliminary format of the regulation of the system’s operating methods, drafted by the Single Buyer, so as to define additional aspects, not specified in resolution ARG/elt 191/09 and aimed at supplementing said regulation.

Publication of the format by the Single Buyer will be followed by a consultation phase, opened to the operators involved, lasting 45 days.

4 August 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 124/10, the Authority established GAUDI (system for the management of the unique details of production plants and the associated units). Said system, currently being implemented by Terna, is a centralised production plant database, which will allow various interested parties (requesting entities, network operators, National Grid Operator) to record the outcomes of activities to be performed. In particular, the system provides a control panel which allows the management and monitoring of the phases:

  • after the conclusion of the authorisation process;
  • before activation and commercial validation.

In particular, for the purpose of commercial activation of the production plant and its production units, it is envisaged that:

  • the requesting entity will record the plant details in GAUDI’;
  • the network operator must carry out the checking/validation of information input to GAUDI’ by the requesting entity, in order to enable the production units for recording (hereinafter: PUs);
  • the requesting entity will record the PUs;
  • the manager of the measurement collection, validation and recording service will enable the PUs as regards the measurement equipment installed;
  • Terna validates the PUs and carries out their commercial activation on GAUDI’.

As regards implementation of the system, resolution ARG/elt 124/10 requires Terna to provide the Authority:

  • by 20 September 2010, with the parts of the system already implemented, so as to permit testing and checking of compliance with the provisions.
  • by 15 October 2010, a project outline of the entire system.

4 August 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 125/10, the Authority amended and supplemented the Code for active connections (hereinafter: TICA).

The general objective of the measure is to rationalise the occupation of the transportation capacity, to reduce the number of possible speculative events that have occurred in some regions of southern Italy. To this end, the provision of an economic guarantee was introduced, in the form of a surety or bank deposit, which the entity requesting the connection must provide at the time of acceptance of the quote. This guarantee shall be paid for the areas or lines identified as critical by the so-called "network maps”, information tools whose preparation is the responsibility of network operators that, effective from 30 June 2011, must draft, publish and update them on a four-monthly basis. Whilst awaiting definition of the maps, resolution ARG/elt 125/10 established a temporary system, which requires network operators to provide evidence, by 15 October 2010, of the critical areas and lines, in order to also extend the submission of the economic guarantee to already existing connection requests.

In addition, resolution ARG/elt 125/10 made provision for:

  • the definition of more detailed information in the documentation prepared by the network operator (MCC and quotes);
  • the review of the connection management process, as regards:
    • the procedures concerning the preparation of a quote;
    • the amount to be paid;
    • the authorisation management process;
    • the procedures concerning connection activation.
  • the obligation of network operators to enhance information tools, providing not only maps, but the implementation of a dedicated portal for entities requesting the connection, to be prepared jointly by Terna and distribution companies;
  • the definition of procedures for coordination between network operators;
  • the definition of information flows between interested parties, with reference to:
    • obligations involving the inputting of information to the GAUDI’ system, through the loading of plant data;
    • the transmission of quarterly reports to Terna containing information on the power levels of each primary station, and annual reports to the Authority showing aggregate data on the connection requests received and information on the status of the connection processes.

 

4 August 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 126/10, the Authority amended the regulations governing the measurement of electricity generated by power plants, setting forth a specification, with respect to the provisions of resolution 88/07, in the case of nominal power on a single connection point:

  • with several production plants;
  • in cases where the measurement of the electricity generated is functional in the correct implementation of the applicable regulations governing the subject (production units with different commercial systems).

In these situations:

  • the producer will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of the measurement equipment, without the possibility of availing of the network operator;
  • network operators will be responsible for collection, recording and validation activities.

 

In return for carrying out these new activities, the network operator receives the sum of the tariff components, MIS1 (RAC) and MIS1 (VER), set out in the TIT (Transport Code), with reference to the level of voltage of the connection point to which the measurement of the electricity generated must be related.

As per the provision, the changes introduced are to take effect on 1 January 2011. For already existing plant configurations, a communication is required from the network operator so that the provision is implemented before 31 December 2011.

In addition, resolution ARG/elt 126/10 established that measurement equipment is to be positioned wherever possible, in the event if is not possible to position the measurement equipment immediately downstream of the generator terminals and auxiliary services or immediately downstream of inverters, in line with the provisions of resolution 88/07. In these cases, the appropriate algorithms should be defined, agreed between the parties, in order to calculate any network or transformation losses.

4 August 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 127/10, the Authority modified the regulations governing access to production plants under commercial regimes, making provision for a specific procedure for the addition of production plants to the dispatching service contract of the GSE (national grid operator) relating to dedicated withdrawals, on-site exchange and fixed tariff withdrawals.

Effective from 1 January 2011, the GAUDI’ system is required to send a communication to the GSE at the time of commercial validation of the production plant, which states the producer’s intention, declared at the time of the connection request, of joining one of the commercial regimes set forth, so as to be able to add the production plants to the dispatching service contract of the GSE from the date of entry into operation up until the activation of the associated agreements. Remaining part of the dispatching service contract of the GSE will be tied to:

  • the requesting entity’s submission to the GSE, of the application for membership of one of the commercial regimes within 60 days from the entry into operation of the production plant, with failure to do so resulting in a request from GSE to Terna for removal from its dispatching service contract;
  • meeting the requirements for access to the regime indicated, following an assessment of the application submitted.

 

4 August 2010

By means of resolution ARG/com 128/10, the Authority issued provisions for the development of the Integrated Information System (hereinafter: IIS) for the management of relations between the different free market operators.

The IIS, established under conversion law of decree-law no. 105 of 8 July 2010, approved on 4 August 2010, was introduced for the centralisation of information contained in the databases of the various entities operating in the electricity and gas retail sales markets, through the creation of a database of details and identifying data of end customers. The provision adopted the proposals put forward in consultation document DCO 14/10 regarding the creation of a system targeted at overcoming any criticalities that should emerge in relation to switching situations. DCO 14/10 contained a proposal regarding the extension of the functionalities of the IIS also to:

  • the management of situations of default (indemnity system);
  • the aggregation of measurements.

Therefore, resolution ARG/com 128/10 requires the Single Buyer to prepare and send to the Authority by 15 November 2010, the specifications and regulations for a public call for tenders aimed at the purchase of hardware and software resources and the necessary technical support and information systems.

4 August 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 129/10, the Authority altered the regulations governing the aggregation of electricity measurements for the purposes of the dispatching service, firstly providing for the extension of the pooling of distribution companies as regards aggregation activities, which was to expire on 31 December 2010, without specifying the new expiry, but implying that this may be incorporated in the tasks of the IIS, established by resolution ARG/com 128/10.

The following changes were also introduced, effective as of 1 January 2011:

  • a new measurement aggregation fee for withdrawal points not treated on an hourly basis, to be added to the amount already due as per the TIS (Integrated Code to regulate the physical amounts and related financial values of the dispatching service), for the aggregation relating to withdrawal points treated on an hourly basis;
  • re-adjusting of fees in accordance with performance-related efficiency and effectiveness parameters defined annually by Terna on the basis of given algorithms (articles 45-46 TIS), and data from the comparison between:
    • energy subject to transportation and aggregate energy of the time curves after the adjustments;
    • aggregate energy of the time curves after adjustments and the energy communicated to Terna on a monthly basis;
  • introduction of the following performance-related indicators (articles 47-48 TIS):
    • delay in making master records available;
    • delay in making time curves available;
    • divergence between master record data and time curve data;
    • inconsistency between the time curves sent to the Production Units and the time aggregates sent to Terna.

As regards indemnities, provision has been made for the following partial application:

  • the sole indicator of the delay in the transmission of master record details shall be effective from February 2011;
  • the indemnities applied in 2011 will be 30% of the values established.

 

2 September 2010

By means of resolution EEN 12/10, the Authority verified achievement of updated specific objectives regarding energy savings by obligated distributors in 2009, set out under art. 5, paragraph 1 of Ministerial Decree of 21 December 2007 and resolution 98/06.

Acea Distribuzione arranged for the disbursement of a tariff contribution of 6,520,948 euros, which will be paid by the Equalisation Fund within 30 days from the provision notification date.

2 September 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 135/10, the Authority cancelled resolution ARG/elt 59/10, introducing transitory provisions governing fees for the provision of electricity transmission and distribution services for very high voltage end users with a nominal voltage between the phases of above 220 kV.

The aforementioned transitory provisions envisage, for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010:

  • the cancellation of the component for the distribution service p3(disAT);
  • the application for the transmission service of a component TRASprov.

Therefore, as of 1 January 2008, the Authority restored the provisions of the TIT and of resolution ARG/elt 188/08 (tariff update for 2009), in compliance with the ruling of the Council of State on the dispute brought by Arvedi SpA.

Therefore, this provision aims to balance any adjustments to invoices issued pursuant to resolution ARG/elt 59/10.

2 September 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 136/10, the Authority launched the procedure for the formation of special provisions for the supply of transmission, distribution and metering services and the dispatching service for experimental regulation as regards the construction and management of the underlying recharge infrastructures for electrical vehicles in public places.

The measures will involve pilot projects pursuant to resolution ARG/elt 39/10, presented for the purposes of admission to incentive treatment for the development and promotion of smart grid technology.

The Authority is expected to publish consultation documents and hearings by 15 November 2010, the term set for conclusion of the procedure.

6 September 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 138/10, the Authority introduced provisions governing the supplementing of revenues to cover charges for discounts to electricity sector company employees, pursuant to art. 44 of the TIT (Transport Code). In particular, the following has been established:

  • exclusion from the mechanism of supplementing of revenues for discounts to electricity company employees admitted to the tariff supplement regime pursuant to art. 7 of Law no. 10/91, until said right is waived;
  • provision of the supplement in accordance with art. 44 of the TIT, to entitled companies, allocating, in particular, 978,436.67 euros to Acea Distribuzione, that shall receive this sum from CCSE (electricity industry equalisation fund) within 60 days from the entry into force of this provision (8 November 2010).

6 September 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 139/10, the Authority arranged for the modification of the regional areas for the protection service.

In addition, in the resolution in question, the Authority expressed its intention to monitor distribution company compliance as regards default providers with the times set out in resolution ARG/elt 4/08 for the suspension of electricity supply as a result of non-payment by end customers, also assessing the opportunity to review the automatic indemnity system.

22 September 2010

By means of resolution ARG/com 147/10, the Authority introduced additions and amendments to the quality of distribution and gas measurement services.

As part of said move, the Authority also changed the TIQE by introducing, effective from 1 July 2011, the obligation to include among the essential elements of a quote, information on the duration of the validity of said quote.

24 September 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 148/10, the Authority extended to 10 November 2010 the term for the submission of pilot projects aimed at the admission to incentive treatment pursuant to paragraph 11.4, letter d) of the TIT, relating to the promotion and development of smart grid technology.

The extension was arranged on the basis of:

  • the definition, by a group of appointed experts, of the weight of the expected benefits aimed at the definition of a priority indicator of the projects proposed by operators, which shall be approved by means of an Authority resolution before 20 October 2010;
  • the request for the postponement of the terms put forward by FederUtility, in order to:
    • favour greater technical completeness of the projects;
    • verify the potential involvement of the network transmission operator in the preparation of the projects;
    • take account of the weights attributed to the expected benefits in the preparation of the projects.

 

27 September 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 149/10, the Authority launched the procedure for the formation of provisions governing the quality of transmission, distribution and electricity metering services for the 2012/2015 regulatory period. In the provision, the Authority expressed its intention to:

  • improve the incentivising regulation of the quality of the transmission service and development of the mitigation service, making provision for the standard application to the entire National Grid;
  • increase the levels of protection for end customers for the next regulatory period, also through:
    • the extension of specific standards on short outages of LV customers;
    • the adoption of initiatives regarding voltage quality.

 

27 September 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/com 151/10, the Authority updated the tariff components for the covering of general charges and additional charges for the electricity and gas sectors (A, UC and MCT tariff components) with reference to the 4th quarter of 2010 (October-December), making specific provision to:

  • increase the A3 tariff component, given the considerable worsening of the correlated A3 account, attributable mainly to charges for the withdrawal of unsold green certificates pursuant to article 15, paragraph 1 of the Decree of 18 December 2008 (the objective is to reach, by the end of 2011, a trend-based cancellation of the accumulated deficit on the account);
  • increase the UC3 tariff component;
  • activate, starting from 1 October 2010, the UC7 component, expressed in euro cents/kWh, established under resolution ARG/elt 191/08, and intended to cover the charges deriving from measures and provisions for the promotion of end-use energy efficiency among electricity users, as regards the amount of charges exceeding the guaranteed yield from the tariff components on the withdrawals of reactive energy.

30 September 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 163/10, the Authority updated the value of the company-specific correction factor (Csa) for 2008, for the purposes of application of the company-specific equalisation pursuant to art. 49 of the TIT, intended to cover deviations of the actual distribution costs from the distribution costs recognised by tariff restrictions not covered by general equalisation mechanisms. On the basis of said Csa values, the Equalisation Fund will pay the amounts relating to company-specific equalisation.

The provision concerns the companies Acea Distribuzione S.p.A., AEM Elettricità S.p.A. (now A2A Reti Elettriche S.p.A.), ASM Distribuzione elettricità S.r.l. (now A2A Reti Elettriche S.p.A.), Deval S.p.A., Amaie Sanremo S.p.A. and ASSEM S.p.A.

As regards Acea Distribuzione, the company-specific correction factor for 2008 was set at 0.2338.

6 October 2010

By means of resolution EEN 13/10, the Authority disclosed the results of the evaluation performed by Enea, the institutionally appointed entity, on the project proposals and measurement programmes aimed at the achievement, by distributors, of the goal of increasing end-use energy efficiency. In particular, the project presented by Acea Reti e Servizi Energetici on 14 July 2010 was approved.

14 October 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 172/10, the Authority modified the regulation relating to the energy dispatching service, arranging, among other things, for:

  • the adjustment to the unit amount for the procurement of resources in the dispatching services market (uplift fee);
  • the introduction of rules on the maintenance and updating of the POD code for significant cases involving a change to the proprietary structure of the distribution network;
  • the removal of distributors’ obligation to send the value of the PRA delta (local residual withdrawal increase/decrease) to the Authority;
  • a change of the regulations governing the underlying distributors’ failure to communicate the data needed to calculate the PRA (local residual withdrawal);
  • a change of the indicator for verification of the consistency between the master records and time curves, excluding PODs activated during the month.

14 October 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 173/10, the Authority published:

  • the critical areas and lines on the high and very high voltage networks identified by Terna;
  • the method used for identification.

Definition of the critical areas and lines is targeted at the application of the economic guarantees provided for production plant connections, pursuant to art. 32 of Annex A to resolution ARG/elt 125/10 (TICA).

Based on the provisions of art. 4.2 of the TICA, the criterion proposed by Terna must take into account:

  • quotes already accepted;
  • evaluations of the possibility of building construction plants based on the planning carried out by the Regions.

 

18 October 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 175/10, the Authority provided for the automatic payment of the electricity bonus to end customers holding the Carta Acquisti (Social Card), setting out the operating methods for handling of the requests. In particular, provision has been made for:

  • the setting up of the necessary Social Card Information Management System (SICA system);
  • the sending of requests for financial compensation in favour of the POD, communicated by INPS (National Social Security Institute) to ANCITEL–SGATE system (electronic network of Italian municipalities which manages the bonus information system) through the SICA system;
  • the transmission of requests for the activation of the electricity bonus to distribution companies through the SGATE system, that should check whether the concession eligibility requirements are met;
  • the automatic payment of the electricity bonus on a yearly basis, unless INPS requests termination from the SICA system.

The actual launch of the automatic payment mechanism was put back to a later resolution of the Authority, taking into account the progress status of the activation of information flows between INPS and ANCITEL.

19 October 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 179/10, the Authority started the disbursement of the bonus set forth in Annex A to resolution no. 292/06 for distribution companies that use electronic meters and remote control systems for the recording of LV customers affected by electricity service outages starting from 1 January 2010.

Disbursement of the bonus pursuant to art. 12.1 of resolution no. 292/06 (so-called full bonus) concerns eleven distribution companies including those that, at the time of communicating the service continuity data on 31 March 2010, confirmed their application for admission to incentive treatment, and which, as of 31/12/2009 reached the objective of putting into service of at least 85% of electronic meters designed for the metering of LV customers affected by electricity service outages.

20 October 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 181/10, the Authority introduced the implementing provisions of Ministerial Decree of 6 August 2010, concerning the Terzo Conto Energia – Third Energy Account - (2011-2013), which will come into force when the current photovoltaic bonus system expires, i.e. 1 January 2011.

The provision contains the methods, times and conditions for disbursement of the new incentive tariffs. Similarly to the implementing regulation of the Second Energy Account, distributors are responsible for the monthly transmission to GSE of measurements of electricity produced in the previous month, for plants with nominal power lower or equal to 20 kW.

20 October 2010

With consultation document DCO 34/10, the Authority submitted alternative proposals with reference to the obligation – defined by Ministerial Decree of 6 August 2010 – to introduce indemnities for network operators, in addition to the ones already provided by the TICA, in cases where non-compliance with the time-frames for the connection of PV plants by distribution companies involves the loss, for the owners of said plants, of the right to a given bonus incentive paid on the basis of the Third Energy Account.

The indemnity would be paid on the basis of a justified request from a requesting entity while, as regards the quantification, three assumptions are made:

  • the value is related to automatic indemnities to be disbursed on the basis of the TICA and, therefore, is linked to the length of the delay in execution of the service;
  • the traditional value, separated from the amount of the automatic indemnities, is defined on the basis of a calculation algorithm which contrasts:
    • the unit value of the incentive tariff actually paid by the GSE (inc_ottenuto);
    • the unit value of the tariff that would have been obtained in the absence of network operator delays (inc_ottenibile);
  • mixed criterion, which envisages the application of one or two criteria shown previously, depending on whether the delay lasts more or less than 15 working days.

20 October 2010

By means of resolution 6/10, the Authority introduced the operating methods for the communications connected with the functional unbundling obligations set out in resolution 11/07 for vertically integrated companies that operate, inter alia, in the electricity distribution service. In particular, the resolution in question introduced an electronic system which permits the transmission, by 29 November 2010, of the following obligatory documents, where not already sent:

  • the annual and long-term infrastructural development plan prepared and sent to the competent corporate bodies for approval (art. 11.1, let. b) point ii TIU – Unbundling Code);
  • the approved annual and long-term infrastructural development plan (art. 11.1, let. b) point iii TIU)
  • the report on the measures adopted in fulfilment of the set of obligations.

Furthermore, resolution 6/10 identified the following time-frames for document updating:

  • reporting of any differences between the annual and long-term infrastructural development plan and the approved version within 30 (solar) days from approval of said plan;
  • reporting of changes to the set of obligations within 15 working days from approval of the same.

27 October 2010

By means of resolution 7/10, the Authority defined the priority indicator in the choice of pilot projects for the development and promotion of smart grid technologies, represented by the cost/benefit ratio of the new project investments. For the definition of the indicator, the following were identified:

  • the fields of evaluation which incorporate the individual benefits, relating to the size, level of innovation, feasibility and replicability;
  • the weight of each of the benefits, with an indication of the highest score for the following objectives;
    • increase in energy that can be injected into the network from distributed generation;
    • provision of an accumulation system.

2 November 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 191/10, the Authority supplemented the procedure for the evaluation of smart grid pilot projects by introducing the obligation, for distribution companies, to submit a technical report on the effectiveness and consistency of the pilot project to the Tariff Department. The technical report must be drafted and signed by an independent third party, i.e. one of the experts indicated in the list pursuant to Annex A to resolution 4/10.

The deadline for submitting the report is 30 days from the resolution of the Tariff Department Manager.

2 November 2010

With consultation document DCO 36/10, the Authority presented some proposals aimed at:

  • the extension of the field of application of the indemnity system to all LV end customers;
  • an increase in the amount of the indemnity.

Hence, with particular reference to distribution company operations, a proposal was put forward regarding the extension of the “switching with reserve” arrangement - already envisaged for cases of suspension or request for suspension of supply - to cases where the owner of a POD has failed to pay the indemnity already billed by the outgoing seller, so as to allow the incoming seller the right of revocation.

2 November 2010

With consultation document DCO 37/10, the Authority proposed the introduction of an experimental type regulation, with temporary validity in 2011, regarding the construction and management of the underlying recharge infrastructures for electrical vehicles in public places. The document incorporated:

  • a close examination of the industrial and organisational models of the recharge infrastructures;
  • a proposed tariff regulation of network services;
  • certain assumptions regarding the partial review of the dispatching service rules, with the introduction of the so-called POD-sharing.

In order to promote the circulation of initiatives linked to the construction of public recharge infrastructures, the Authority chose to subsidise the first three pilot projects presented, taking into account the completeness and significance of the project, laying down the following conditions:

  • sharing of the results with the system;
  • provision of a control panel for constant monitoring, including remote.

15 November 2010

With consultation document DCO 40/10, the Authority formulated three options for the regulation of the quality of electricity services for the 2012-2015 period. In particular, the following was proposed:

  • the introduction of a specific standard linked to the number of short outages recorded by MV customers, offering as an alternative, the introduction of an autonomous short outage indicator, i.e. the insertion of said check in the long outage indicator;
  • the raising of the threshold relating to the penalty ceiling;
  • the introduction of a specific form of incentive for distribution companies which uses the reduction in the number of defaulting customers served as a parameter, to be financed through a portion of the CTS (specific tariff payment) yield.

The document also proposes:

  • the simplification of the formula for calculating the specific tariff payment;
  • the diversification of the economic valuation of interrupted power supply (parameter Vp) between producers and end users.

Lastly, the Authority proposed the objective of defining a standard contractual model for the stipulation of individual contracts regarding quality, with reference to long and short outages, declaring its intention to start a work group composed of distribution companies, sellers and industrial consumer associations.

17 November 2010

By means of resolution ARG/com 201/10, the Authority defined the general criteria and the IIS operating and organisational model. In particular, resolution ARG/elt 201/10 defined:

  • the identification of the Single Buyer as the IIS Operator, responsible for:
    • the realisation, development and operation of the IIS, which consists of defining all aspects relating to the preparation of the technological model, including the possibility of proposing changes to existing processes;
    • the management of all relationships with users of the system, including the security guarantee, confidentiality of information and its protection over time, based on use of the appropriate procedures to ensure all access is traceable and uniquely linked to authorised users;
  • the assignment of the role of governance and coordination to said Authority, with the following responsibilities:
    • identifying and defining the processes that must be managed via IIS (this resolution outlined how the management of switching process activities will be attributed to the IIS in the first phase);
    • establishing priorities in the development of the IIS and the minimum requirements that the Single Buyer must comply with;
  • establishing of a Committee, composed of members of the Authority and of the IIS Operator, with the functions of monitoring and control of the IIS implementation process.

In addition, sale operators (dispatching users and primary utility providers) bore the System running costs.

18 November 2010

By means of resolution EEN 17/10, the Authority updated the unit tariff contribution amount paid to distribution companies for achieving the energy savings objectives for 2011, equal to 93.68 €/tep.

This contribution is updated annually based on the parameter E, a composite index made up of the performance of energy purchase prices (electricity, gas and diesel) relating to domestic end customers, which stood at +1.587% in 2011.

In particular, parameter E is made up of:

  • the value of the domestic D2 tariff before taxes (resident users with consumption of 2,700 kWh/year and a power use commitment of 3kW);
  • the value of the price for a family with individual heating and annual consumption of 1,400 m³;
  • the value of the national monthly average price for heating oil for the year of the obligation, 2011.

It should be noted that resolution EEN 17/10 corrected the erroneous value indicated in previous resolution EEN 16/10.

22 November 2010

By means of resolution EEN 18/10, the Authority defined the specific primary energy savings objective for energy distributors obligated in 2011. This objective was determined on the basis of the ratio of the quantity of energy distributed in the previous year by each distributor to the total energy distributed by obligated distributors and, as regards Acea Distribuzione, was set at 143,702 tep.

22 November 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 205/10, the Authority determined the incentives and penalties for all regional areas for which the trend-based level of electricity distribution service continuity for 2009 has been defined, taking into account the maximum limit on total incentives and penalties. Acea Distribuzione received an incentive of 7,023,755.17 euros.

24 November 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 209/10, the Authority suspended the term for the regulation by CCSE of economic items relating to the equalisation of the loss increase/decrease for late metering adjustments for 2007.

Pursuant to resolution ARG/elt 34/09, the equalisation was introduced in order to rectify metering errors by Terna, brought about by the redefinition of physical and economic items relating to 2007, and expires on 30 November of each year.

The suspension was set out given that CCSE demonstrated the need to carry out an in-depth examination of the methods of calculation of the economic items connected to the equalisation of the loss increase/decrease of each distribution company, in consideration of the differences identified between the amounts calculated by CCSE for each distribution company (reference and underlying) and the estimated amounts of Enel Distribuzione.

24 November 2010

By means of resolution EEN 19/10, the Authority launched a procedure aimed at the review and update of the technical and economic regulations for implementation of the energy efficiency bond mechanism.

The main objectives of the procedure are as follows:

  • greater incentives for the spread of technologies with a medium-long technical life;
  • protection of consumers, giving priority to measures with the best energy costs/savings ratio.

 

25 November 2010

By means of resolution 8/10, the Authority, defined the cases for which a temporary connection is possible without the installation of a meter unit and, therefore, applying flat rate billing to consumption.

In particular, the Authority established that:

  • in general, there are no technical problems which may obstruct the installation of meter units in the case of temporary connections;
  • criticalities may emerge in relation to the obtainment of the authorisations for the installation of meter units in sites of historical or artistic importance or environmentally protected areas, especially in the case of multiple connection requests with a particularly high number of withdrawal points or in the event of connection requests for power higher than 30 kW, given that these could require the construction of bulky structures needed to house the meter units;
  • electricity consumption relating to temporary connections for the powering of street lights may be estimated on the basis of the number of lighting hours and power of the lights installed.

Therefore, taking into consideration the criticalities linked to the issuing of the authorisations, an exception was made for the installation of meter units in the presence of temporary connections located in historical centres with power no higher than 30 kW and attributable to the “travelling shows and similar” category.

25 November 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 211/10, the Authority checked compliance of the proposed amendments with chapter 4 of the network code and the associated annexes A22, A23, A25, A54, A60, A65 and A66 prepared by Terna S.p.A.. In particular, the following proposed amendments were assessed favourably:

  • Annex A.54 (“Classification and recording of power failures of users directly and indirectly connected to the National Grid”);
  • Annex A.66 (“Procedure for the determination of mitigation services for distribution companies”).

In addition, the opportunity to refine the methods of calculation of the energy needs of mitigation services was presented, in relation to:

  • the presence of distributed generation;
  • the presence of significant production units;
  • the possibility of reverse flow of the HV/MV plant at the time of the start of the power failure;
  • the use of better power performance estimates.

25 November 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 213/10, the Authority extended to 28 February 2011 the deadline for the transmission, by distribution companies, of the data relating to the electricity bonus amount, with reference to consumption in 2009.

The term, originally set at 30 November 2010, was changed as a result of the Authority's decision to introduce the necessary on-line data collection system. The system will be defined following the conclusion of the investigation on the application of the electricity bonus, launched by means of resolution VIS 141/10.

30 November 2010

With consultation document DCO 42/10, the Authority formulated options for the 2012-2015 regulatory period aimed at analysing and promoting activities to improve the voltage quality on the MV and LV distribution network, with reference to:

  • voltage sags in relation to MV distribution networks;
  • slow variations in the supply voltage in relation to LV networks.

In particular, this document analysed and proposed the following regulatory actions:

  • periodic publication of local and national data on temporary outages which concern MV customers;
  • individual information to MV customers on voltage sags;
  • alternative options for the introduction of new obligations involving the measurement of the levels of voltage quality on the MV network;
  • definition of synthetic indicators of network performance as regards voltage sags and the periodic publication of local and national data on voltage sags;
  • monitoring of slow voltage variations on LV networks, also with reference to possible changes to the specific standard of commercial quality on the checking of supply voltage.

30 November 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 219/10, the Authority introduced provisions on the operation of the Indemnity System, defining:

  • the new version of annex B to resolution ARG/elt 191/09, containing the general Indemnity System regulations (Annex 1);
  • the regulations for the functioning of the system from 1 January 2012 (Annex 2);
  • the regulations for the temporary functioning of the system, valid for 2011 (Annex 3).


In particular, the resolution:

  • identified the Single Buyer as the Operator of the Indemnity System;
  • set forth that membership of the Indemnity System is:
    • obligatory for distribution companies and CCSE (electricity industry equalisation fund);
    • optional for sellers;
  • indicated a term of 60 days for publication by the Single Buyer, at its site, of the technical specifications required for the functioning of the Indemnity System;
  • indicated a term of 90 days as the deadline by which distribution companies and CCSE must register on the information system and communicate, via registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt, said registration to the Single Buyer.

Resolution ARG/elt 219/10 also supplemented resolution ARG/elt 4/08, as regards the section relating to exercising the right of switching revocation by the incoming seller, augmenting the situation where a customer is suspended due to non-payment with the case of the end customer for whom "an indemnity request is in progress".

1 December 2010

With consultation document DCO 43/10, the Authority submitted proposals for the updating of the technical and economic implementing regulations of the energy efficiency bond mechanism (white certificates), targeted, in particular, at reaching the following objectives:

  • promotion of the presentation of energy efficiency projects;
  • increase in incentive levels for structural work able to generate energy savings for longer periods of time.

DCO 43/10 not only proposes an overall review of the relevant regulations but the introduction of an energy efficiency bond “stock fee”, as a measure able, in the short-term, to counter the speculative actions of voluntary subjects (energy service companies and traders) which lead to a scarcity in the supply of energy efficiency bonds on the market, and which could make it very difficult to reach the objectives already set for 2010 and 2011.

2 December 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 223/10, the Authority published the results of monitoring of the development of distributed generation plants in Italy in 2009. In particular, the number of distributed generation plants installed was 74,348, and recorded:

  • a total gross electrical power of 7,509 MW (6.3% of the gross electrical power of the domestic generation segment);
  • gross production of 22.9 TWh (roughly 7.8% of gross domestic production).

Therefore, the growth trend in the installation of new distributed generation plants was confirmed, whose weight increased with respect to total domestic electricity production.

3 December 2010

By means of resolution VIS 175/10, the Authority closed the investigation with resolution VIS 46/10 relating to the application of the regulation of the on-site exchange service. The investigation highlighted some anomalies resulting, in particular, from the conduct of GSE and Enel Distribuzione, with reference to:

  • the provision of data;
  • inconsistencies between GSE system and Enel Distribuzione system data.

By contrast, Acea Distribuzione complied in full with the regulations governing equalisation in 2009 (100% of metering data provided as at 30 June 2010).

3 December 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 225/10, the Authority supplemented Annex A to the previous resolution of 20 October 2010, ARG/elt 181/10, for the purposes of the activation of the indemnities envisaged by Ministerial Decree of 6 August 2010 regarding the connection of PV plants.

As regards commercial quality, the resolution makes provision for an increase in the indemnity paid to the customer if a connection is carried out after the standard term and, simultaneously, if the customer misses the chance to access a better incentive tariff.

3 December 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 226/10, the Authority introduced provisions for the simplification and rationalisation of the information flows necessary for the application of the regulations of on-site exchange. The regulations, issued following the conclusion of the investigation as per resolution VIS 175/10, provide for:

  • indicators and terms relating to the transmission, by distribution companies and sellers, of the metering data and information needed for application of the regulation of on-site exchange for equalisation for the years 2010 and 2011;
  • the monitoring and preparation, by GSE, of an annual report to the Authority.

In particular, distribution companies are required to send 99% of metering data before:

  • 31 March 2011 for 2010 equalisation, with the possibility of adding data before 30 June 2011;
  • 31 March 2012 for 2011 equalisation, with the possibility of adding data before 30 June 2012.

10 December 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 227/10, the Authority determined the amount of equalisation of the commercial costs incurred by distribution companies for LV customers for 2008. As regards Acea Distribuzione, the Authority arranged for the payment of 22,959.79 euros. Furthermore, by means of this provision, the Authority:

  • modified the values of the components of the TV1 and D1 marketing tariffs for 2010, according to lower values than those fixed previously;
  • requested an in-depth examination by the Tariff Department based on considerable deviations in the unit costs for the marketing service incurred by distribution companies that unbundled the activities of sales on the market subject to additional safeguards.

10 December 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 228/10, the Authority updated the tariffs for the supply of electricity transmission, distribution and metering services for 2011, as well as the economic conditions for the supply of the connection service. In particular, the resolution in question provides for:

  • the updating of the TV1 and D1 tariffs and the obligatory tariffs for 2011, disclosing the main elements used;
  • the updating of the connection contributions (permanent/temporary and for other services) as well as administrative costs for 2011;
  • the temporary suspension in 2010 of the metering equalisation mechanism, while waiting for the Tariff Department to carry out in-depth examinations and report any needs for adjustment before 15 February 2011.

14 December 2010

By means of resolution 9/10, the Authority approved the XML, Excel and CSV formats to be used in exchanges of information between sellers and distributors for commercial services pursuant to the TIQE, which were previously regulated by resolution 3/10. For each individual service the following were outlined:

  • communication flows;
  • XSD documents describing the structure of XML files for each individual communication flow and one or more examples of valid XML documents;
  • XLS and CSV formats equivalent to XML documents for each individual communication flow.

14 December 2010

By means of Resolution ARG/com 236/10, the Authority updated the tariff components for the covering of general charges and additional charges for the electricity and gas sectors (A, UC and MCT tariff components) with reference to the 1st quarter of 2011 (January-March).

In particular, in view of the considerable disbursements GSE is required to make in the coming months due to the withdrawal of unsold green certificates, arrangements were made for the temporary suspension of the provisions pursuant to paragraph 56.5 of the TIT. This has allowed GSE to retain the excess yields of the A3 component, for a maximum value of 70% of the charges incurred in 2010 for the withdrawal of unsold green certificates. In addition, this provision sets out:

  • the downward adjustment of the A2 component;
  • the change to the A3 component;
  • the downward adjustment of the As component.

14 December 2010

By means of resolution ARG/com 238/10, the Authority extended to 31 January 2011 the deadline for the transmission, by vertically integrated companies that operate, inter alia, in the electricity distribution service, of obligatory information and documents for 2010, required by resolution ARG/com 11/07, with reference to functional unbundling. 

14 December 2010

By means of resolution ARG/com 239/10, the Authority changed some provisions of the Code of Commercial Conduct, approved by resolution ARG/com 104/10. In particular, this provision confirms the automatic indemnity, standing at 20 euros, in favour of end customers in the event of non-compliance with periodic billing by sellers in accordance with contractually established expiry dates. In addition, provision is made for:

  • the extension of the disbursement of the automatic indemnity also to distribution companies, in cases where the delay is attributable to the latter;
  •  the start, before 10 February 2011, of a consultation aimed at defining regulations for cases in which the indemnity must be paid by the distribution company;
  •  the suspension of the entry into force of said automatic indemnity to 1 September 2011 and, in any case, not before the conclusion of the aforementioned consultation process.

 

15 December 2010

With consultation document DOC 40/10, and regarding the regulation of the quality of electricity services for the IV regulatory period, the Authority started a consultation process relating to new initiatives for the extension of specific service continuity standards for MV customers to short outages. The Authority also introduced in-depth examinations of contracts for quality. The consultation process is expected to be concluded on 14 January 2011. 

15 December 2010

By means of resolution ARG/elt 242/10, the Authority introduced experimental regulation of the provision of transmission, distribution and metering services and the dispatching service for the purpose of experimentation with LV systems for the public recharge of electrical vehicles. In particular, the regulation introduced defined:

  • a new tariff type for network services to be applied to LV users for the supply of power to infrastructures for the public recharge of electrical vehicles;
  • the procedure of admission to the economic incentive for 6 pilot projects, setting the deadline of 31 March 2011 for the presentation of applications, and the term of 30 April 2011 for a decision by the Authority;
  •  new rules for the dispatching service, with distribution companies required to draft the necessary agreements for regulating POD-sharing situations.

As regards the economic incentive for pilot projects, the resolution envisages the:

  • provision, up to 31 December 2015, of en economic guarantee of 728 euros/year for recharge infrastructure;
  • a maximum limit on the amount for covering recharge service costs, including network costs.

 

28 December 2010

By means of resolution 9/10, the Authority identified the experts for the drafting of the independent technical report, set out in paragraph 3.1 of resolution ARG/elt 191/10, for the assessment of the pilot projects presented for experimentation with smart grid technologies, and which contribute to the recognition of a higher rate of return on invested capital.