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Balance management is regulated in the natural gas act § 11 – § 17.

Elering as the transmission system operator (TSO) is responsible for the Estonian gas system’s balance and the balance settlement with the Balance Responsible Parties. The Open Supply contract between the TSO and the Balance Responsible Party is called balance agreement – its general terms and conditions are publicly available and applicable to all the Balance Responsible Parties.

 

Standard terms and conditions for the balancing contract


Estonian Competition Authority has approved the standard terms and conditions (unofficial translation) of Elering for the balancing contract with their decision no 7.1-11/16-001 of 15.01.2016. The standard terms and conditions set out the principles for the balancing service, including the time schedule for balancing, the rights and duties for Balance Responsible Parties etc.

Elering applies the approved standard terms and conditions as of 01.04.2016.

In case of any questions please contact via balance.gaas@elering.ee.

 

Data exchange


In order to ease the daily data exchange and management of the balancing portfolios all the entities of the gas marker are coded according to EIC schema. The coding schema has been developed by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity and it is in Europe-wide use.

According to the natural gas act § 22 (13) the distribution system operator (DSO) is obliged to submit the metering data necessary for balance settlement to the TSO and Balance Responsible Parties. Each DSO has been assigned an EIC code range for all of its metering points.

Methods for the determination of the price of balancing gas

According to the natural gas act §16 (1) 41, system operator on the basis of data relating to balance determination and other relevant data, submits invoices to the balance provider for each calculation period regarding the charges payable for the balancing gas purchased by the balance provider and any other charges payable to the system operator by virtue of legislation or contract.

A system operator shall establish the price of balancing gas such that it enables the system operator to:

  1. cover any justified expenses incurred in the purchase of balancing gas;
  2. cover other justified expenses incurred in connection with the purchase and sale of balancing gas;
  3. ensure justified profitability.

A system operator shall develop methods for the determination of the price of balancing gas and obtain approval for those methods from the Competition Authority.

Imbalance gas prices and methods for the determination of the price of balancing gas approved by the Competition Authority with their decision No 5.1-25/08-001 of 20.03.2008 (in Estonian) are available in attachments.

Methods for the determination of the price of balancing gas

According to the natural gas act §16 (1) 41, system operator on the basis of data relating to balance determination and other relevant data, submits invoices to the balance provider for each calculation period regarding the charges payable for the balancing gas purchased by the balance provider and any other charges payable to the system operator by virtue of legislation or contract.

A system operator shall establish the price of balancing gas such that it enables the system operator to:

  1. cover any justified expenses incurred in the purchase of balancing gas;
  2. cover other justified expenses incurred in connection with the purchase and sale of balancing gas;
  3. ensure justified profitability.

A system operator shall develop methods for the determination of the price of balancing gas and obtain approval for those methods from the Competition Authority.

Imbalance gas prices and methods for the determination of the price of balancing gas approved by the Competition Authority with their decision No 5.1-25/08-001 of 20.03.2008 (in Estonian) are available in attachments.

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