What is the minimum 70% cross-zonal electricity capacity target?
Europe's Clean Energy Package (CEP) has set a binding minimum 70% target for electricity interconnector capacity for cross-zonal trading (the 'minimum 70% target'), to be met by all Transmission System Operators (TSOs).
The minimum 70% target is legally binding since the start of 2020, but Member States may also adopt transitory measures, such as action plans or derogations, thus allowing TSOs to reach gradually the minimum 70% target, by the end of 2025 at the latest.
Why is monitoring the 'minimum 70% target' important?
The lack of sufficient cross-zonal capacity in between Member States is one of the main barriers to the integration of electricity markets, and market integration is key to deliver on Europe's energy goals. Larger amounts of cross-zonal capacity made available for trade increase cross-border competition and enhance the integration of renewable energy sources.
ACER's monitoring aims to identify consistently across the EU the scope for improvement to meet the minimum 70% target.
How are Member States doing? Efforts needed in all countries to reach the 70% target
ACER's second “70% Target Report" provides an overview of the levels of margins for cross-zonal capacity compared to the minimum legally binding 70% target for the second half of 2020, and on action plans and derogations. It also highlights the changes compared to the first report (which related to the first half of 2020).
Main findings of the report:
- On high-voltage Direct Current (DC) borders, the 70% target was met most of the time but with a few notable exceptions.- On Alternating Current (AC) borders, there is a very diverse picture with significant room for improvement to meet the 70% target for most regions and borders.
- On high-voltage Direct Current (DC) borders, the 70% target was met most of the time but with a few notable exceptions.
- On Alternating Current (AC) borders, there is a very diverse picture with significant room for improvement to meet the 70% target for most regions and borders.
Access to the ACER's comprehensive Report and detailed Annexes