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The OPS NC will help to ensure the coordinated operation of transmission networks and power systems across Europe. The code contribution focuses on the planning phase, ahead of real time operations. It determines the roles and responsibilities for Transmission System Operators (TSOs), Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and significant grid users towards the operational scheduling procedures and prescribes how these different parties exchange data.

By optimising the planning phase, this code will contribute to a satisfactory level of operational security delivered in a cost-efficient way. The approach taken is to define the minimum requirements needed to ensure a planning process that is coherent and coordinated across Europe. Firstly, the code determines common methodologies and principles that allows for a coordinated approach towards operational security analysis and adequacy analysis. Secondly, the code determines how to coordinate availability plans, allowing for a more optimal planning of outages for the maintenance of relevant assets.

When implemented, the measures proposed in this code will enhance our capacity to maintain operational security and support the efficient functioning of the European internal electricity market.

Latest Status Update (December 2015)

The Network Code on Operational Planning and Scheduling was recommended for adoption by European Regulators in November. The Regulators proposed a small number of amendments which will be considered by the European Commission before they begin the process of processing the network code into a European law. During this phase, ENTSO-E is seeking to provide the appropriate support and engage in discussions with Member States, Institutions and stakeholders to contribute to a smooth adoption later this year of the code in a form that will create strong benefits for European Consumers.

##Stakeholder Engagement

For the development of OPS code there were DSO Technical Expert Group Meetings and Public Stakeholder Workshops, as well as ad-hoc meetings and exchange of views with any interested parties as appropriate. The DSO Technical Expert Groups reflect the importance of involving Distribution System Operators, as they play a significant role in contributing to overall system security. The technical experts in this group are designated from the DSO associations CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, Eurelectric and GEODE.

For further information on NC OPS, please contact ENTSO-E.