Minister urges target model readiness for smooth launch

Energy minister Costis Hatzidakis has urged all target model officials – including RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy; power grid operator IPTO; the energy exchange and EnExClear – to have resolved any pending issues so that a smooth launch of the model may be achieved on November 1.

Describing the upcoming date as historic for Greece’s energy sector, the minister was essentially conveying concerns of energy producers, traders and suppliers, not yet fully convinced that all market systems will be in full working order for the imminent launch.

The balancing market, in particular, remains a concern. The energy exchange is overseeing the day-ahead and intraday markets and IPTO will manage the balancing market.

Simulated dry-run testing of these markets, conducted for a period of over two months to test their limits and operating ability ahead of the target model launch, was completed about a fortnight ago.

Greece’s lead-up to the EU target model has been affected by a series of delays. Hatzidakis, the energy minister, is clearly determined to see the target model procedure through, not only because it is an EU commitment but also because of its prospective market and consumer benefits.

The target model will result in market coupling, or harmonization of EU wholesale markets, the intention being to eliminate market distortions and intensify competition.

A final full-scale test of all market systems is scheduled for October 27 while all is anticipated to be ready on October 30 ahead of the November 1 launch.

New market dry-run testing to end this week, target model launch on Nov. 1

The dry-run testing procedure for market systems ahead of the forthcoming target model launch, scheduled for November 1, will be finalized at the end of this week, RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, the energy exchange and power grid operator IPTO have jointly decided.

Dry-run testing of the day-ahead, intraday and balancing markets began on August 3 to test their limits and operating ability ahead of the target model’s launch, aiming for market coupling, or harmonization of EU wholesale markets.

Market coupling, to increase competition and lower wholesale energy prices, will ultimately lead to energy union, the EU strategy seeking to offer consumers secure, sustainable, competitive and lower-cost energy.

All domestic parties involved, as well as the energy ministry, have ascertained the Greek launch will take place on November 1 following previous delays.

Even during these final days of simulated testing, day-ahead market prices have, at times, continued to display discrepancies with Day-Ahead Schedule price levels.

This has been attributed to the absence, from dry-run testing, of many traders who participate in the Day-Ahead Schedule, meaning the price levels of the two situations are based on different data.

Though balancing market prices have improved considerably as the simulated testing has progressed, following discrepancies, conclusions cannot be made until actual market conditions come into effect.

Meanwhile, public consultation by RAE on a market monitoring mechanism and a market surveillance mechanism for the new markets is due to be completed next Monday.

The market monitoring mechanism will seek, through structural and performance indicators, to evaluate levels of concentration and the market power of each participant, while the market surveillance mechanism will focus on identifying and combating strategies detrimental to competition.

The next step, once the new markets are launched, will be to market couple, initially with the Italian market, by the end of the year, followed by the Bulgarian market, in the first quarter of 2021, Greek energy minister Costis Hatzidakis recently informed.

 

 

Target model ‘dangerous without monitoring mechanism’

The launch of target model markets without a fully functional market monitoring mechanism from the very first day, if not sooner, threatens to undermine the entire effort, two industry associations, ESAI/HAIPP, the Hellenic Association of Independent Power Producers, and ESEPIE, the Hellenic Association of Electricity Trading & Supply Companies, have reiterated in warnings to RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy.

RAE is currently preparing a market monitoring mechanism, with support from a specialized consultant from abroad, for the target model markets, but the project is still a long way off, energypress sources have informed. RAE is believed to have received an initial draft of the monitoring mechanism plan now being processed in detail for a finalized version.

The market monitoring mechanism, needed to ensure healthy electricity market competition, will accumulate data from power grid operator IPTO and the Greek energy exchange to identify possible market manipulation practices.

The target model, aiming to harmonize Greece’s electricity market with wholesale electricity markets in the EU, faces a delay of a few weeks. Authorities identified pending issues in the lead-up to the previous launch date, scheduled for September 17.

Even the smallest of flaws in a market as limited in size and depth as the Greek market can prompt major financial consequences for participants, ESEPIE warned in its letter to RAE.

The implementation of an effective monitoring mechanism can prevent such setbacks and is essential for creating a climate of confidence in the new markets, the association stressed, adding the mechanism should have been applied during dry testing staged in the lead-up to the target model launch.

Extra week for dry-run tests ahead of target model launch

A dry run procedure offering simulated testing of all market systems and resolving any glitches ahead of the target model launch, scheduled for September 17, has been extended for another week until September 6.

Authorities met last Friday for a latest review of dry-run results. ESAI/HAIPP, the Hellenic Association of Independent Power Producers, in its observations, primarily focused on the balancing market.

The association also objected to integrated programming process revisions proposed by power grid operator IPTO, as well as the timing of these proposals, just days ahead of the official launch of markets.

ESAI/HAIPP is expected to forward its views on the issue, in writing, to the energy ministry, later today or tomorrow. The matter essentially concerns the calculation of reserves to be covered by the system for its security.

The Energy Exchange, to operate the day-ahead, intraday and forward markets, and IPTO, operating the balancing market, are both scheduled – based on a ministerial decision – to deliver an interim report this week for the energy ministry and RAE on the progress and level of readiness of market systems.

These systems have been undergoing continual testing since August 3. The number of dry-run participants has increased in recent days, while price levels are now at far more rational levels, especially in the day-ahead market.

All market participants, approximately 60 in total, have until September 4 to submit required supporting documents to the Energy Exchange in order to receive membership registration certificates by September 11.

 

Safety mechanism to limit energy exchange fluctuations

Sizeable electricity price discrepancies – compared to day-ahead scheduling market levels – observed by officials in ongoing dry-run testing of Energy Exchange markets ahead of the target model launch scheduled for September 17 and attributed to unrealistic offers made by participants, are expected to narrow as more participants become involved.

Even so, officials supervising the simulated testing of all four Energy Exchange markets – day-ahead, intraday, forward, balancing markets – plan to introduce a safety mechanism enabling participants to make improved follow-up offers if price levels fluctuate beyond upper and lower limits.

Officials at related agencies and the energy ministry are confident the dry run will be completed on time despite being up against a very tight schedule.

The head officials of RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, the energy exchange, and power grid operator IPTO held a summit meeting yesterday with energy minister Costis Hatzidakis and the ministry’s secretary-general, Alexandra Sdoukou, to discuss the progress of the dry run. Other officials meet on a weekly basis to discuss the effort.

To date, any technical issues that have arisen have been resolved. Both the Energy Exchange and IPTO appear ready for the real-life launch. Market systems have been undergoing continual testing since August 3.

However, a shortage in the number of dry-run participants, especially traders, has been observed. This is concerning as current evaluations of the market system performances cannot be considered entirely accurate. All key players – gas-based electricity producers, suppliers, traders, RES producers and aggregators – must be involved in the simulated testing for a dependable picture.

Once the Energy Exchange and IPTO have declared their readiness, RAE will need to offer its approval of the dry run on September 11, a week before the target model’s scheduled September 17 launch.

The aim is for all players to have entered the market systems on September 15 to prepare their orders for the launch two days later.

Crucial week for target model’s dry-run tests of market systems

Though any glitches that have emerged during ongoing simulated testing of all energy exchange market systems ahead of a target model launch scheduled for September 17 have been quickly resolved, officials remain concerned about the venture’s level of readiness.

The number of participants for the dry run’s virtual transactions, especially traders, has been insufficient, while participants are submitting unrealistic offers, officials have observed.

This has prompted major fluctuations as well as sizable electricity price discrepancies compared to day-ahead scheduling market levels.

Market systems at the Energy Exchange, to operate the day-ahead, intraday and forward markets, and at the power grid operator IPTO, operating the balancing market, have been undergoing continual testing since August 3.

This week will be crucial as an increase in the number of participants is anticipated, while heightened maturity in bidding methods is also expected, all of which should result in safer conclusions.

For the time being, a deferral of the target model’s September 17 launch date is not being considered. All operators must declare complete readiness to RAE by September 11 if this launch date is to be maintained.

Electricity price levels, once the target model is launched, cannot be forecast at present. This could be possible within the next few days.

Officials at the energy ministry, RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, the energy exchange and IPTO, all monitoring the effort, are scheduled to stage their next weekly meeting tomorrow.

Greek wholesale electricity prices topping European levels

Greek wholesale electricity prices are currently among Europe’s highest, energy exchange data covering the past few days has shown.

On August 11, the System Marginal Price, or wholesale price, in Greece’s day-ahead market reached 52.3 euros per MWh, Europe’s second-highest level following Poland.

On the same day, Germany’s SMP was significantly lower, at 36.3 euros per MWh, the level in Italy was 41.15 euros per MWh, Bulgaria registered 41.17 euros per MWh and Romania 40.82 euros per MWh.

In yesterday’s day-ahead market, Greece’s SMP was 52.3 euros per MWh, once again virtually topping European levels, exceeded only by the Polish price. Elsewhere, Germany registered 35.86 euros per MWh, Italy’s level was 42.96 euros per MWh, Bulgaria registered 39.13 euros per MWh, Romania 38.25 euros per MWh, while Spain and Portugal both registered 39.27 euros per MWh.

Greece’s SMP was once again second-highest, behind Poland, in the day-ahead market for today, registering a level of 42.5 euros per MWh. Germany registered 38.59 euros per MWh, Italy was at 41.34 euros per MWh, the Czech Republic’s level was 39.02 euros per MWh, Bulgaria registered 39.33 euros per MWh, Romania registered 40.14 euros per MWh, while the SMP level in Spain and Portugal was 40.52 euros per MWh.

Energy exchange dry run starts, target model launch nearing

Simulated testing of all energy exchange market systems, the dry run, began yesterday, as officially scheduled, putting the launch of the target model on the final stretch.

Market systems linked to power grid operator IPTO, the Greek energy exchange, as well as EnexClear, an energy exchange subsidiary tasked with clearing transactions, are now operating under conditions of virtual reality, signaling the beginning of final-stage testing to be completed at the end of this month.

During the dry run, participating producers and buyers will be making simulated offers and purchases, the objective being to identify possible operational faults or insufficiencies for correction ahead of the official launch of the target model, scheduled for September 17.

All four energy exchange markets – the day-ahead, intraday, forward and balancing markets – are being tested. The energy exchange is in charge of the first three while IPTO is operator of the fourth.

Following August 11, EnexClear will take on a more active role for transaction clearances, a procedure to be performed on a weekly basis.

The overall procedure’s schedule was formalized by a ministerial decision signed on July 10.

High-voltage power demand up during lockdown, exchange data shows

Industrial high-voltage electricity demand during lockdown in Greece registered an unanticipated increase, rising by 12.46 percent in March, 21.86 percent in April, 30.62 percent in May and 19.71 percent in June, all compared to the equivalent month a year earlier, according to figures provided by the energy exchange.

Prior to lockdown, high-voltage electricity demand registered a milder 2.46 percent increase in February compared to the same month a year earlier.

Overall, in the first half of 2020, demand for high-voltage electricity rose by 14.87 percent compared to the equivalent period a year earlier, the energy exchange figures showed.

On the contrary, demand for mid-voltage and low-voltage electricity between February and May fell to lower levels compared to last year, according to the energy exchange data, reflecting inequalities in the impact of the pandemic on various economic sectors.

Mid-voltage electricity demand slumped 18.89, 22.43 and 22.08 percent in April, May and June, respectively, compared to the equivalent months a year earlier.

In the low-voltage category, concerning households, electricity demand fell considerably during the five-month period from February to June, registering drops of 6.08, 10.96, 19.1, 12.77 and 18.45 percent, respectively.

Figures provided by power grid operator showed an overall decrease, for all categories, of 4.3 percent in the first half of 2020 and a high-voltage demand decrease of 9.4 percent.

Natural gas, electricity imports most influential for Greek SMP levels

Natural gas and electricity imports are playing an increasingly important role in shaping System Marginal Prices, or wholesale prices, while the influence of more traditional energy sources is waning, latest monthly data provided by the Greek energy exchange has shown.

Natural gas’s influence on SMP levels grew between January and May this year, compared to other fuels and electricity imports and exports, the data showed.

Throughout the five-month period, natural gas-fueled power stations consistently ranked first in number of hours used for SMP levels, peaking in May with 491 hours. Electricity imports consistently followed as a the second most influential factor for all five months.

Lignite-fired power stations, previously a key factor for SMP levels, are now limited to a marginal role, their lowest contribution, one hour in an entire month, recorded in April, the January-to-May figures showed.

Greece’s international grid interconnections are playing an increasingly influential role in shaping the country’s SMP as well as covering energy demand, the data showed.

Power grid operator IPTO has increased capacities for electricity imports via Greece’s grid interconnections in the north.

Safety measures vital for target model markets, producers stress

The introduction of energy exchange spot markets, in September, when they are scheduled to begin operating, without the adoption of safety measures facilitating competition and preventing manipulative methods, primarily by power utility PPC, the market’s dominant player, could lead to undesired results and strengthen the market’s monopolistic character, independent electricity producer representatives have told energypress.

The officials expressed their concerns as a monitoring mechanism being prepared by RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, with consultancy support, may not be fully functional at the time of the target model’s launch.

The monitoring mechanism is considered the basic tool in the effort to ensure healthy competition in electricity markets as it will be used to collect data from power grid operator IPTO and the Greek energy exchange and identify any manipulative practices in the wholesale market.

Interventions needed, according to independent electricity producers, include restricting PPC’s ability to establish two-way agreements; offering support to the new target model market with a supplementary market offering capacity availability; and protecting markets, overall, through powerful, consistent and independent monitoring mechanisms.

 

Energy exchange launch date rescheduled for September 17

The energy ministry is set to reschedule the energy exchange market’s launch date for September 17, two-and-a-half months beyond the original June 30 date, following commitments made yesterday, during a virtual conference, by the power grid operator IPTO and Hellenic Energy Exchange (HENEX) administrations on the delivery of information systems and time required for trial runs.

The energy ministry is now expected to soon deliver a related ministerial decision, probably next week, setting the new schedule for the target model, or, more specifically, the energy exchange’s spot markets.

The compatibility of platforms and other applications being co-developed by the Greek energy exchange and IPTO for the balancing market is seen as crucial to the success of the new schedule.

As has been previously reported, a delay in the delivery of a balancing market platform to IPTO by General Electric, commissioned this project, has been a key factor behind the inability of officials to meet the original June 30 launch date.

A GE team that was stationed in Athens for this project left the country without notice, citing the possibility of greater pandemic danger ahead, in reaction to the outbreak.

IPTO, now closely coordinating with GE for a specific delivery date following the relaxation of lockdown measures, has promised to gradually deliver required information systems as of this month, prompting Greek authorities to set a new launch date.

According to the new schedule, certain trial runs testing combined energy exchange and IPTO systems will begin on June 22. Simulated testing, or a dry run, of all systems is expected to start on August 3 and last until markets are actually launched on September 17, given no issues arise.

Energy exchange preparing spot market for natural gas

The Greek energy exchange has started working on the creation of a modern gas trading platform, energpress sources have informed.

A related study taking into account the needs and interests of companies has been completed as part of the preliminary work. A finalized decision on the effort’s schedule is soon expected.

At present, Greece does not possess an organized wholesale market for natural gas. Commercial transactions are mainly based on two-way agreements between producers and suppliers.

The Greek energy exchange, combining its efforts with gas grid operator DESFA, intends to create a spot market offering conditions that will determine natural gas prices through supply and demand amid a transparent environment to be trusted by all parties involved.

Energy exchange officials believe Greece’s geopolitical role will be pivotal in establishing the country as a central natural gas supply route to markets in southeast Europe.

Target model, energy exchange plans shaped by meeting today

The energy ministry intends to set new launch dates for the target model and energy exchange markets once it has drawn conclusions from a crucial meeting today with representatives of RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, the Greek energy exchange, and power grid operator IPTO.

A previous June 30 target model launch date will definitely be missed as a result of various delays, including a pandemic-related hold up in the delivery of a balancing market platform by General Electric to IPTO.

The revised target model schedule, to be included in a related ministerial decision, will be based on the new feasible launch date for energy exchange markets.

No pending issues remain concerning the operating regulations to apply for the new markets. All rules have been approved.

Certain formula details, including a much-debated formula concerning the percentage of production each producer will be able to secure through contracts, are expected imminently, prior to June 22, when the tenure of RAE’s head official is set to expire.

A GE team that was stationed in Athens for the balancing market platform project left the country without notice, citing the possibility of greater pandemic danger ahead.

IPTO is now closely coordinating with GE for a specific delivery date, following the relaxation of lockdown measures.

Well-informed authorities insist that the energy exchange’s spot markets cannot be launched before mid-September.

 

Monitoring mechanism ‘needed prior to target model markets’

A monitoring mechanism enabling RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, to protect target model electricity markets from abusive, non-competitive behavior by electricity producers, must be ready before target model markets are launched, the European Commission has stressed in its latest post-bailout report on the Greek economy.

Legislation ratified by the Greek government late in 2019 strengthened RAE’s powers by giving it authority to raid company offices and impose fines for abusive behavior.

The crucial role of the monitoring mechanism has also been pointed out in Greece’s revised National Energy and Climate Plan.

The monitoring mechanism, to collect data from power grid operator IPTO and the Greek stock exchange, will be able to identify wholesale trade irregularities.

The European Commission report projects Greece’s target model will be launched in the third quarter of this year, beyond a June 30 target date. The pandemic has negatively impacted the delivery date of a trading platform by General Electric.

Earlier this week, market officials contended that a launch of spot markets at the Greek energy exchange is not possible until September, rejecting IPTO claims of an earlier target model start within August.

RAE starts target model delay investigation, hearing possible

RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, has launched an investigation seeking to pinpoint the causes behind the delay of the target model’s first stage.

An April 10 deadline was missed for trial runs of all market systems in a procedure involving power grid operator IPTO, the energy exchange and EnexClear.

IPTO was unable to complete the development of a balancing market platform needed for the trial runs. The operator attributed its delay to a coronavirus-related inability by General Electric to deliver required software on time. This delay has now clocked up some 60 days.

The energy authority wants to determine whether any other factors, besides the coronavirus pandemic’s inevitable effect, have played a role in the delay of the trial run.

RAE also wants to examine the impact of the delays until now on the target model’s next stages. A full-scale launch scheduled for June 30, when day-ahead, intraday and balancing markets are expected to begin operating, now appears to be out of the question, while a delay beyond summer is feared.

The authority could summon all parties involved to a hearing to determine whether penalties need to be imposed.

Target model schedule’s first major deadline hit by coronavirus

Trial runs of energy exchange market systems, the target model’s first major deadline, were officially scheduled to commence today but have been postponed as a result of coronavirus-related delays, power grid operator IPTO has informed.

IPTO, the energy exchange and EnexClear were scheduled to start system tests today.

General Electric, citing the period’s extraordinary conditions, has explained it is not in a position to deliver finalized version of a platform needed for the balancing market.

The company estimates a 50-day delay in the delivery of the related software, based on current data.

This delay will have a knock-on effect on the schedule mapping out an energy exchange launch on June 30.

According to law, RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, will need to begin an investigation process on the matter and determine responsibilities for the delay. Presumably, IPTO and the energy exchange will need to offer explanations.

A new official date will then need to be set once the investigation has been completed. Now set to be dragged into the summer period, the energy exchange launch may be further delayed, beyond August.

 

Target model’s June 30 launch date headed for delay, extent unclear

The target model and energy exchange launch date, scheduled for June 30, is no longer possible, unless unforeseeable changes occur, the main issue now being the extent of the expected delay, officials agreed during a virtual conference staged on Wednesday by RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy.

Energy exchange and power grid operator IPTO officials took part in the session, held to evaluate preparations of the launch.

Officials admitted the target model’s delay could be over one month long. Given the August summer break, its launch may need to be made even later, they noted.

Similar thoughts were expressed during a preceding European Commission conference, on Monday, to check the target model’s progress.

Despite the extraordinary period’s accumulation of difficulties, the energy ministry still considers the existing target model launch date as official and contends it will make all efforts to achieve it.

General Electric, citing the unforeseeable coronavirus circumstances, has stated it cannot deliver a finalized platform for IPTO’s balancing market over the next few days, as had been planned.

Consequently, a trial run of market systems officially scheduled for April 10 is no longer possible, according to the energy exchange.

On the contrary, IPTO believes trial runs can still be performed without the balancing market’s finalized platform.

Futures market launched in adverse conditions, PPC the market maker

The energy exchange’s futures market begins operating today, far sooner than planned following considerable efforts from all agencies and authorities involved, but the launch comes at a time of adverse conditions.

Authorities, given the currently unfavorable abnormal market conditions, will be content to see this new platform operate without technical glitches. Trial runs ahead of today’s launch did not produce problems.

The current pressure felt by financial markets and electricity suppliers has reined in early expectations.

Power utility PPC will assume the crucial role of market maker, bringing in the embryonic market’s first futures products.

The early launch of the futures market was promoted by the energy ministry to help cover electricity supplier needs following the premature termination of NOME auctions.

Ministerial decision on target model schedule set for delivery

The energy ministry is close to issuing a ministerial decision that will offer a specific and binding schedule concerning the implementation of the target model, including the launch of energy exchange markets, ministry sources have informed.

Deputy energy minister Gerassimos Thomas, who attended yesterday’s opening energy exchange session for 2020, stressed the target model will be fully functional by the second half of 2020 following a series of delays. This development will offer greater market transparency and eliminate many distortions, he added.

Any violation of the target model schedule will require RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, to impose penalties within 20 days, according to new regulations.

The ministerial decision setting the target model schedule is required by recent energy-sector legislation.

This legislation sets a road map of commitments for power grid operator IPTO and the Greek energy exchange leading to the launch of energy markets.

 

 

Authorities in rush for new futures product as NOME replacement

Authorities and agencies, primarily Greece’s energy exchange, tasked with designing a futures product intended to replace the country’s NOME auctions, being abolished, are racing against a time limit imposed by the European Commission.

The introduction of a six-month product, to run from this coming January to June, is being considered, according to a recent update provided by the government to Brussels.

Preparations leading to the establishment of required platforms by the end of the year are being pushed ahead.

Various developments have shrunk the available time for the new product’s introduction by six months, placing all authorities involved under considerable time pressure.

The Greek energy exchange, aiming to start operating in February, is currently working closely will all other relevant agencies on various issues, including the delivery of a product to replace the NOME auctions.

The level of readiness of power utility PPC to assume the role of market maker of the new futures product is pivotal.

Independent suppliers fear post-NOME auctions void

Independent electricity supplier representatives will be going into their first meeting today with recently appointed deputy energy minister Gerassimos Thomas preoccupied by concerns over the plausibility of the deputy’s plan for an organized futures market, as an intermediate measure until the target model is implemented. They fear this plan may not be actualized.

Thomas, who requested today’s session as part of a series of meetings with energy sector players, has so far shown an eagerness to listen and seek solutions to various market issues.

The supplier representatives will be hoping the deputy minister has reassuring news on the launch of the target model and energy exchange markets in June, 2020.

They will also want firm news on a satisfactory hedging tool for competitive prices as a temporary substitute for NOME auctions – if they are abolished and the year’s final session, scheduled for October 16, is scrapped – until the target model’s implementation.

Suppliers fear being exposed to elevated wholesale electricity prices and other uncertainties that would endanger their sustainability if the year’s final NOME auction is not held. Suppliers have counted on the year’s final session, planned to offer a substantial electricity amount, as a growth catalyst over the next year.

Introduced about three years ago as a tool to reduce power utility PPC’s dominant retail market share, the NOME auctions have obligated the utility to offer rivals below-cost wholesale electricity.

 

Plan to end NOME auctions raises fears among suppliers

A government plan to prematurely end the country’s NOME auctions has unsettled some of the Greek retail electricity market’s independent suppliers, who fear the absence of an effective transitional model until the establishment of the target model would expose them to unforeseen dangers.

Energy minister Costis Hatzidakis has declared he wants to abolish NOME auctions, including the year’s final session, scheduled for October 16, noting the measure – introduced by the previous government as a tool to help end power utility PPC’s market dominance – is forcing the state-controlled utility to sell wholesale electricity at below-cost levels and consequently further aggravating the troubled firm’s financial performance.

Electricity suppliers, not including the major vertically integrated players, have expressed concerns as a further delay in the implementation of the target model and launch of energy exchange markets is considered likely.

Some suppliers have asked their legal departments to examine possible moves.

“On the NOME auctions, we would like to point out that we are confident the ministry will find the fairest solution for healthy competition,” commented Federico Regola, CEO at Zenith. “We are open to discussing our experience with authorities in order to relay our experience for utilization and the proper functioning of the market to the benefit of consumers. We are monitoring developments and awaiting related announcements while also maintaining our legal rights, like all companies, as this issue does not only concern Zenith but the entire sector,” he continued.

 

Energy exchange chief confident of full launch by next June

The Hellenic Energy Exchange’s (HENEX) outgoing chief executive Michalis Philippou is confident a road map leading to the exchange’s full launch next June will remain on schedule.

Philippou, who delivered an opening speech yesterday at a HENEX seminar titled “Derivatives Market Introduction”, asserted all energy exchange systems will be ready for use by the end of this year ahead of the exchange’s full launch on June 1.

During the preceding six-month period, participants will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the exchange’s systems, while HENEX can make any necessary corrections ahead of the full launch, Philippou pointed out.

The official explained it is crucial for the exchange’s various markets – day-ahead, intraday, futures and balancing – to begin operating concurrently so that harmony can be generated, otherwise the effort to establish a new model would run into problems.

This essentially means the energy exchange’s full launch next June should, more or less, signal the start of the target model, envisioning the harmonization of EU wholesale markets.

RAE pressuring for target model launch before June, 2020

RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, is pressuring the Energy Exchange and power grid operator IPTO for swifter procedures leading to the establishment of a new model for the electricity market, the target model.

The authority wants the target model to be launched sooner than June, 2020. According to a recent schedule, the new model, which should have been launched in 2015, is slated for a launch in the second half of 2020.

IPTO and the Energy Exchange need to respond, by next month, to questions raised by RAE at a July hearing on the reasons for the model’s series of deferrals by next month.

RAE supports the establishment of one liquidator for four new spot markets to emerge under the target model.

The country’s lender representatives will be in Athens next month. If unfinished target model matters are not sorted out by then, Greek authorities will have serious explaining to do.

 

HENEX, IPTO face RAE hearing over target model, exchange delays

The administrations of the Hellenic Energy Exchange (HENEX) and power grid operator IPTO have been summoned to offer explanations for significant delays holding back the launch of the target model and full operation of the energy exchange at a RAE (Regulatory Authority for Energy) hearing today.

RAE has expressed concern over a series of delays and continual schedule revisions for the new markets.

The authority has warned that these delays are detrimental for market participants, including industrial enterprises currently unable to establish bilateral agreements.

According to the most recent update, the Greek energy exchange is expected to be fully operational by June, 2020, when all its platforms should be up and running following trial runs.

This will enable Greece to proceed with an EU market coupling plan via Italy before a grid link with Bulgaria is also established.

The target model is planned to offer market coupling, or harmonization of EU wholesale markets.

 

HENEX, IPTO to face RAE hearing over target model, exchange delays

The administrations of the Hellenic Energy Exchange (HENEX) and power grid operator IPTO have been summoned to a hearing later this month by RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, to offer explanations for significant delays concerning the launch of the target model and full operation of the energy exchange.

The hearing is planned to take place at the end of July, energypress sources have informed.

RAE has expressed concerns over a series of launch deferrals of the target model, to offer market coupling, or harmonization of EU wholesale markets.

The authority sees these delays as being abnormal while also negatively impacting prospective market participants such as industrial enterprises, currently not able to proceed with bilateral agreements.

In its most recent update, IPTO noted that the energy exchange will be fully operational in about a years’ time, in June, 2020.

RAE, concerned by target model delay, requests report

RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, concerned about Greece’s delayed implementation of the target model, aiming for market coupling, or harmonization of EU wholesale markets, has requested a detailed progress report from the Energy Exchange and power grid operator IPTO.

The authority also wants the two bodies to deliver a binding finalized schedule detailing when this preparatory work will be completed for the new model to be ready to operate.A series of target model deferrals have raised concerns at RAE, now preparing to apply increased pressure, sources noted.

According to the latest schedule, the electricity market’s new model, which should have been launched in 2015, is now expected to be ready to operate in the second half of 2020.

A tender for logistics required in the market coupling procedure between the Greek and Italian markets is expected to be completed by this date.

Delays have also been identified in the establishment of three spot markets at the energy exchange – intraday, day-head and balancing markets.

RES output payments troubled by new system delay

Major delays in the implementation of a new renewable energy support system, requiring full coordination between various industry agencies, threaten to leave producers unpaid for their output.

The power grid operator IPTO and the energy exchange are among the bodies that need to introduce new systems and tools, but technical issues confronted along the way have severely delayed the process, whose launch has been scheduled for July 1, now seen as an impossible target.

The energy ministry has been fully informed on the matter and prepared a legislative amendment to offer a three-month extension. However, the execution of this act is now in doubt as a result of the government’s call, last weekend, for snap elections on July 7. Legislative activity is highly unlikely, if not impossible, in the lead up.

RES producers will not be able to be paid for their output as of July 1 if the new support system has not been implemented because of a resulting legal void.

Sensing the danger of this problem in the making, energy ministry officials are now seeking solutions, energypress sources informed.

Spot market upper, lower limits would distort target model, EVIKEN warns

Industrial sector officials have warned that an Energy Exchange proposal for upper and lower limits in the spot market’s day-ahead and intraday markets, forwarded for consultation by RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, would lead to target model distortions.

The target model is aiming for market coupling, or harmonization of EU wholesale markets, in order to unify energy markets.

Though RAE acknowledges bailout terms do not permit the imposition of any upper or lower limits for offers and prices in these markets, the authority has put forward upper and lower limit proposals noting a need for a smooth transition towards the target model without any extreme price fluctuations.

EVIKEN, the Association of Industrial Energy Consumers, has responded by forwarding a letter that argues such price limits would neither comply with existing terms nor prices determined by decisions at ACER, Europe’s Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators.

The proposal would lead to severe market distortions by limiting the free setting of market prices and also delay the Greek market’s coupling with the Italian and Bulgarian markets, EVIKEN stressed in its letter.