The package aims at harmonising the European electricity and gas markets by introducing a common set of rules and better integrated European cooperation.
ENTSOG and market development
To Energinet.dk, a particularly important element in the third liberalisation package is the establishment of ENTSOG (European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas). The main objective of the new organisation is to improve the cooperation of European transmission system operators and to enhance the framework for joint European development of the energy markets.
Energinet.dk has opted to focus on the cooperation in ENTSOG, where Torben Brabo, Energinet.dk's Vice President, Gas Market, is a board member.
Working groups and ten-year plan
In 2010, ENTSOG created working groups with supporting secretariats, which cover a number of fields, eg capacity allocations, congestion management, balancing and investment. A ten-year network development plan for the period 2010-2020 and a number of opinion papers on gas-related matters have also been drafted. Employees from all corners of Energinet.dk's Gas Division participate actively in working groups tackling capacity allocation (elaboration of network rules) and investment (10-year infrastructure plans), interoperability etc.
In the period 2009-2012, Energinet.dk has the chairmanship of Baltic Gas, which is an organisation of gas companies and transmission system operators in the Baltic Sea region. The organisation focuses particularly on security of supply and development of the gas market, but has also made analyses into development of biogas and gas in the transport sector in the Baltic Sea region.
Energinet.dk's Senior Vice President, Gas Division, Peter A. Hodal is chairman of Baltic Gas.
In 2010, Baltic Gas was assigned the responsibility for heading the work done by the West Baltic Task Force, which is a working group created by the EU Commission with a view to investigating alternatives in the face of diminishing Danish gas production in the North Sea.