European network codes
The Third Energy Package of European legislation created a requirement for European network codes (ENC), covering grid connections, markets, and system operation. The codes are designed to provide a sustainable, secure and competitive electricity market across Europe.
The Third Energy Package facilitates the development of a harmonised European internal energy market. It includes two directives and three regulations, which became law on 3 March 2011.
Commencement of ENCs
The final ENCs are expected to come into force during 2017. Implementation activities in Britain will continue for a number of years. Grouped into three areas, there are eight European network codes required by the Third Energy Package.