This sections contain downloadable documentation, resources and links to online systems to support you working with the IFA Interconnector.
Following the amended Harmonised Allocation Rules for Long-Term Transmission Right (HARs) entering into force of on 1st January 2020, National Grid Interconnectors Ltd (NGIC and NGIFA2) and ElecLink Limited have reviewed and updated the France and Great Britain Border Specific Annex (FR-GB BSA) to ensure it is aligned with the amended HARs.
NGIC, NGIFA2, RTE and ElecLink Limited would like to invite feedback from IFA Customers and Market Parties on the France and Great Britain Border Specific Annex consultation document.
The consultation will be open for 28 days, therefore the deadline to respond to this will be 18.00 CEST on 23rd April 2020.
All responses should be titled “Response to FR-GB BSA consultation, March 2020”’ and are to be submitted via email to [email protected], [email protected] or directly on RTE’s website: https://www.concerte.fr.
National Grid IFA2 Limited (NGIFA2) is proposing a Long Term Auction Product Mix for the forthcoming IFA2 1000MW HVDC Interconnector, to be used from the start of its commercial operation planned for Q2 2020, and conclude on the 31st of December 2020.
NGIC and NGIFA2 would like to invite feedback from Customers and Market Parties on the Long Term Auction Product Mix and proposal, please see the attached cover letter for further detail.
The latest date for responses to this consultation will be 17:00 BST on 27th September 2019. All responses should be titled “Response to IFA/IFA2 Product Mix consultation” and are to be submitted via email to [email protected] or directly on RTE’s website https://www.concerte.fr.
Within our BREXIT contingency planning for IFA and IFA2, NGIC and RTE consider that a further version of Access Rules would be required in the event that the GB-France border loses access to the Internal Energy Market (IEM), that would be applicable following the implementation of these new capacity management platforms: RNP, JAO/eCAT (for Long Term, Explicit Day Ahead & Intraday auctions).
Industry participants will recall that a non-IEM (No Deal, CMS) set of IFA Rules was approved in March 2019, and a set of IEM (Deal, SAP/RNP/IAP) were consulted on in June 2019. However, this consultation which is live from 2nd August 2019 to 30th August 2019 proposes a new set of Access Rules to apply after 1st December in the event of a No Deal Brexit. Please find the cover letter and the rules attached.
The table below summarises the status of each set of Access Rules for clarity.
Access Rules Drafting Status
Approved and currently in force
Consultation closed (31/05/19 – 28/06/19)
IFA and IFA2
Approved (March 19) but not yet in force
This consultation (02/08/19 – 30/08/19)
IFA and IFA2
The latest date for responses to this consultation will be 18.00 CEST on 30th August 2019. All responses should be titled “Response to IFA/IFA2 No Deal Access Rules consultation, August 2019”’ and are to be submitted via email to [email protected] or directly on RTE’s website https://www.concerte.fr .
In parallel with the IFA/IFA2 consultation on No Deal Access Rules, NGIC and NGIFA2 are consulting on a proposed modified Charging Methodology. This methodology would apply in the event of GB ceasing to have access to the Internal Energy Market, and would apply for operation via IFA’s current DAMAS-based allocation platform, and also following migration to JAO/RNP.
Please see Cover Letter and Methodology Document attached.
Market Parties are invited to respond to this consultation by 18:00 (CEST) on Friday 30th August 2019.
NGIC (and RTE) are planning IFA’s migration to new capacity allocation systems in December 2019, and are consulting on proposed modified IFA access rules to support this implementation, which will be applicable to both IFA1 and IFA2.
New platforms will be as follows:
The changes and associated background are summarised within the cover letter.
NGIC and RTE would like to invite feedback from Market Participants on the following consultation documents.
Other documents that will make up the suite of IFA Access Rules are attached below. There are no modifications proposed to these other documents within this IFA consultation as they are all owned by the all-TSO community, and hence they are provided here for information.
Modified Participation Agreements will be required as part of the migration to the new platforms, and are also attached here, for information:
Intraday Participation Agreement (to follow)
The latest date for responses to this consultation will be 18.00 CEST on 28th June 2019.
NGIC and NGIFA2 are planning the implementation of new capacity allocation systems in December 2019, and are consulting on a proposed modified Charging Methodology Statement that will be applicable to both IFA1 and IFA2.
The new platforms will be as follows:
The proposed Charging Methodology is also attached.
The latest date for responses to this consultation will be 18.00 CEST on 1st July 2019.
All responses should be titled “Response to IFA/IFA2 Charging Methodology, July 2019” and are to be submitted via email to [email protected]
NGIC and RTE are consulting on modified Access Rules in case access to the European Internal Energy Market becomes discontinued under a No Deal Brexit from 30th March 2019. Specifically, the changes to the IFA business process would be to revert to explicit auctions in the day ahead timescale.
NGIC and RTE would like to invite feedback from Market Participants on the consultation documents. The latest date for responses to this consultation will be 17.00 GMT on 25th January 2019.
Please entitle your response “IFA Access Rules Consultation” and submit to [email protected], and/or via the RTE consultation website.
Consultation documents as follows:
IFA has amended the document structure for the IFA Access Rules and made changes where applicable to the documents to outline the difference between IFA as the Allocation Platform and IFA as the Interconnector Operator. In addition, IFA has also made changes to reflect the evolving contractual framework whereby some documents will be governed under the Joint Allocation Office PA and some documents will be governed under the Nomination PA. We have endeavoured to minimise the changes required to the IFA Access Rules as a result of the move to SAP/RNP.
NGIC and RTE would like to invite feedback from Market Participants on the above consultation documents.
All responses should be titled ‘[IFA Consultation on the proposed Contractual Framework and subsequent Rules documents for IFA’s move to Single Allocation Platform and Regional Nomination Platform]’ and are to be submitted via email to [email protected] and [email protected].
Harmonised Allocation Rules for long-term transmission rights in accordance with Article 52 of Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1719 of 26 September 2016 establishing a Guideline on Forward Capacity Allocation