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Information to be published before the annual yearly capacity auction and the tariff period 

Publication by Open Grid Europe GmbH according to the network code on harmonised transmission tariff structures (Regulation (EU) 2017/460)

Information to be published before the annual yearly capacity auction for 2021 

Art. 29 a)

Information for standard capacity products for firm capacity (reserve prices, multipliers, seasonal factors, etc.)

Link to the OGE price sheets for capacity sales in the market areas NetConnect Germany and GASPOOL

For the justification of the level of multipliers, OGE refers to the Federal Network Agency (German: Bundesnetzagentur [BNetzA]) Decision BK9-19/612 (Decision ‘MARGIT 2021‘).

Art. 29 b)

Information for standard capacity products for interruptible capacity (reserve prices and an assessment of the probability of interruption)

Link to the OGE price sheets for capacity sales in the market areas NetConnect Germany and GASPOOL

The BNetzA determined the discounts for interruptible capacity at interconnection points in its decision BK9-19/612 (Decision ‘MARGIT 2021’) Annex I until 01/10/2021. The methodology to calculate these discounts is described in chapter 6 of the decision. The final decision BK9-19/612 of 11/09/2020 determines the discount for interruptible capacity to be applied at the interconnection points from 01/10/2021. 

The data to calculate the discounts have been published during the consultation of decision MARGIT.

The methodology to calculate discounts for interruptible capacity of storage points is specified in the decision of the BNetzA BK9-18/608 (chapter 3.2). Further explanations on the determination of the probability of interruptions according to the decision BK9-18/608 (Decision ‘BEATE 2.0‘) can be can be found at the bottom of the page for download.

Information to be published before the next tariff period

Art. 30 (1) a)

Information on parameters used in the applied reference price methodology related to the technical characteristics of the transmission system

All used input parameters (i.e. forecasted contracted capacity) are included in the simplified model

Art. 30 (1) a) i)

technical capacity at entry and exit points and associated points

This parameter is not used in the postage stamp reference price methodology. Consequently, the publication is neither possible nor necessary.

Art. 30 (1) a) ii)

forecasted contracted capacity at entry and exit points and associated points

Forecasted booked capacities at entry points in the market area of Net Connect Germany: 73.119.393 kWh/h

Forecasted booked capacities at exit points in the market area of Net Connect Germany: 121.495.048 kWh/h

Forecasted booked capacities at entry points in the market area of Gaspool: 4.936.937 kWh/h

Forecasted booked capacities at exit points in the market area of Gaspool: 256.865 kWh/h

Forecasted booked capacities at entry points in the market area of THE: 68.874.761 kWh/h

Forecasted booked capacities at exit points in the market area of THE: 122.472.641 kWh/h

Underlying capacity structure

Network fees are calculated on the basis of a forecast of the capacities booked in calendar year 2021 using the method described below, with a distinction being made between the following groups of handover points:

A) Border and market area interconnection points as well as storage and network connection points:

The precise forecast of the booking quantities for each point and direction (including the distribution to the different capacity products and contract periods) was based on various input parameters (e.g. transport bookings and allocations over the last three years) using a standard forecasting procedure. In individual cases where the forecasting procedure did not provide a plausible forecast of the quantities, the forecast was done manually based on the quantities booked in the previous years.

Virtual Interconnection Points (VIP)

B) Internal orders: 

The capacity framework for outgoing zones and interconnection points to downstream network operators is based on the long-term forecasts of the downstream network operators for the period from 01.01.2021 to 01.01.2022, which are available to OGE on 01.05.2020.

Art. 30 (1) a) iii)

the quantity and the direction of the gas flow for entry and exit points and associated assumptions, such as demand and supply scenarios for the gas flow under peak conditions

This parameter is not used in the postage stamp reference price methodology. Consequently, the publication is neither possible nor necessary.

Art. 30 (1) a) iv)

the structural representation of the transmission network with an appropriate level of detail

This parameter is not used in the postage stamp reference price methodology. Consequently, the publication is neither possible nor necessary.

Art. 30 (1) a) v)

technical information about the transmission network, such as the length and the diameter of pipelines and the power of compressor stations

This parameter is not used in the postage stamp reference price methodology. Consequently, the publication is neither possible nor necessary.

Art. 30 (1) b) i)

Information on the allowed and/or target revenue

The allowed revenues of OGE in 2021 are:

943,952,061 € in Net Connect Germany market area

-2,241,739 € in Gaspool market area

Art. 30 (1) b) ii)

Information related to changes in the revenue

Revenue cap forecast 2020 as included in preliminary tariffs (31.05.2019):

965,079,203 € in Net Connect Germany market area

4,982,675 € in Gaspool market area

 

Revenue cap forecast 2021 as included in preliminary tariffs (31.05.2020):

943,952,061 € in Net Connect Germany market area

-2,241,739 € in Gaspool market area

 

Change:

-21,127,142 € in Net Connect Germany market area

Change in revenue cap (2021 vs. 2020) in Net Connect Germany market area is mainly related to a decrease of revenues from investment measures.

-7,224,414 € in Gaspool market area

Change in revenue cap (2021 vs. 2020) in Gaspool market area is mainly related to effects from regulatory account.

Art. 30 (1) b) iii) (1)

Information related the following parameters: types of assets

Regulated asset base

2,970,430,690 € in Net Connect Germany market area

47,447,012 € in Gaspool market area

Regulated asset base in cost base for the third regulatory period (base year 2015); does not include assets for investment measures according to § 23 Ordinance on Incentive Regulation (ARegV), which are approved for a period after 2017.

Incl. share of pipeline companies and leased pipelines.

Art. 30 (1) b) iii) (2)

costs of capital and its calculation methodology

Cost of capital of the cost base year 2015:

268,568,391.56 € in Net Connect Germany market area

4,355,428 € in Gaspool market area

Cost of capital is calculated according to § 6-8 Ordinance on Gas Network Tariffs (GasNEV) for the base year 2015. Cost of capital includes the share of pipeline companies and leased pipelines.

Art. 30 (1) b) iii) (3)

a) methodologies to determine the initial value of assets
b) methodologies to re-evaluate the assets
c) explanations of the evolution of the value of the assets
d) depreciation periods and amounts per asset type

Capital expenditure is determined by the acquisition and production costs of the fixed assets.

  1. The capital expenditures are determined on the basis of the historical procurement and manufacturing costs of the asset as evaluated according to German Accounting Principles (HGB).
  2. According to GasNEV, there is no re-evaluation of assets foreseen that are capitalized from 2006 onwards. Older Investments are partially considered at replacement values according to § 6a GasNEV.
  3. There is a linear depreciation of the regulated asset base lied out in § 6 GasNEV.
  4. Depreciation period and values for asset types:

Net Connect Germany market area

  1. General assets: 3-70 years (no depreciation for land); 23,558,695 €
  2. Gas container: 45-55 years; 0 €
  3. Compressor stations: 20-60 years; 30,608,231 €
  4. Pipelines: 30-65 years; 76,251,225 €
  5. M+R stations: 8-60 years; 6,049,432 €
  6. Remote control systems: 15-20 years; 4,156,085 €

Sum: 140,623,668 €

Gaspool market area

  1. General assets: 3-70 years (no depreciation for land); 100,283 €
  2. Gas container: 45-55 years; 0 €
  3. Compressor stations: 20-60 years; 577,434 €
  4. Pipelines: 30-65 years; 1,108,065 €
  5. M+R stations: 8-60 years; 17,566 €
  6. Remote control systems: 15-20 years; 11,696 €

Sum: 1,815,043 €


Depreciation included in the cost base for the third regulatory period (base year 2015).

Incl. share of pipeline companies and leased pipelines.

Art. 30 (1) b) (iv)

operational expenditures

413,759,945 € in Net Connect Germany market area

4,136,754 € in Gaspool market area

Art. 30 (1) b) iii) (5)

incentive mechanisms and efficiency targets

German transmission system operators are subject to the incentive regulation system. The revenue cap of a transmission system operator (TSO) that is determined for a regulatory period with a duration of 5 years is based on the costs incurred at the TSO in the base year (year 3 before the new regulatory period) and that were checked by the regulatory authority. Moreover, an efficiency benchmark is conducted between the TSO and, based on their cost and structure parameters, individual company efficiency values are calculated. Possible inefficiencies are to be rectified over the duration of a regulatory period. Furthermore, the regulatory authority calculates a general sector productivity factor that is consistently applied to all transmission system operators.

The general sector productivity factor for the third regulatory period is 0.49%.

The individual efficiency score of FNB is 100 %.

Art. 30 (1) b) iii) (6)

Inflation indices

105.3 (-1.5 vs. prior year)

(CPI of 2019, § 8 ARegV)

Art. 30 (1) b) iv)

the transmission services revenue

The revenue from transmission services in 2021 amounts to

770,472,126 € in Net Connect Germany market area. Payments received in line with the decision AMELIE (BK9-18/607), amounting to 40,757,476 €, were taken into account.

-2,354,012 € in Gaspool market area. Payments made in line with the decision AMELIE (BK9-18/607), amounting to -19,611,418 €, were taken into account.

768.118.115 € in THE market area. Payments received in line with the decision AMELIE2021 (BK9-19/607), amounting to 44.727.637,56 €, were taken into account. 

Art. 30 (1) b) v)

the following ratios for the revenue referred to in point:
 

(1) capacity commodity split
(2) entry-exit split
(3) cross-border-domestic split

(1) OGE offers capacity-based tariffs only. Consequently, the share of capacity-based tariffs is 100%.

 

(2) Entry-Exit-Split:

Market Area Net Connect Germany
32.80 % Entry
67.20 % Exit

Market Area Gaspool
42.70 % Entry
57.30 % Exit

Market Area Trading Hub Europe
36.0 % Entry  
64.0 % Exit

 

(3) Cross-border-domestic split in entry-exit system Gaspool/Net Connect Germany:

Market Area Net Connect Germany
81.1 % domestic usage (1,009,971,733.94 €)
18.9 % cross-border usage (235,869,078.57 €)

Market Area Gaspool 
64.0 % domestic usage (771,141,922.10€)
36.0 % cross-border usage (434,549,455.36€)

Market Area Trading Hub Europe
74.9 % domestic usage (1,834,140,988.69 €)
25.1 % cross-border usage (615,703,881.19 €)

In conjunction with Art. 26 NC TAR consultation, the cost allocation test was carried out by the BNetzA. The test results, including an assessment, are published on the website of the Federal Network Agency via REGENT for the market areas Net Connect Germany (BK9-18/610-NCG), Gaspool (BK9-18/611-GP) and Trading Hub Europe (BK9-19/610) entry-exit systems. 

Art. 30 (1) b) vi)

Information related to the previous tariff period regarding the reconciliation of the regulatory account

(1) In Net Connect Germany market area:

Actual regulated revenues obtained of 2019: 902,129,905 €

-       thereof transmission service: 770,579,712 €

-       thereof non-transmission service: 131,550,193 €

Aggregated balance of the regulatory account of the closed financial year 2018: -2,674,988 € (revenue shortfall)

Total balance of the regulatory account until 31.12.2018: -+8,400,533 € (excess revenues)

 

In Gaspool market area:

Actual regulated revenues obtained of 2019: 38,558,024 €

-       thereof transmission service: 38,343,881 €

-       thereof non-transmission service: 214,142 €

Aggregated balance of the regulatory account of the closed financial year 2018: +20,891,624 (excess revenues)

Total balance of the regulatory account until 31.12.2018: +26,884,679 € (excess revenues)

 

(2) Reconciliation of the regulatory account for the concluded business year 2019 is determined in the year 2020 and it will be reconciled in equal instalments – including interest payments – over the subsequent three calendar years.

Incentive mechanisms specifically for the regulatory account do not exist in the German regulatory system.

Art. 30 (1) b) vii)

Information on the intended use of the auction premium

Auction revenues are booked on the regulatory account in accordance with Article 5 ARegV. This transaction thus develops a tariff-reducing effect in the years in which the regulatory account is reconciled.

Art. 30 (1) c)

Information on transmission and non-transmission tariffs accompanied by the relevant information related to their derivation

As part of the REGENT-NCG, REGENT-GP and REGENT 2021 decision, the Federal Network Agency has decided the application of the reference price methodology postage stamp in the entry-exit system Net Connect Germany/Gaspool and Trading Hub Europe. According to this, the transmission service revenues are to be divided by the forecasted contracted capacities of the entry and exit points of the calendar year.

Art. 30 (1) c) i)

where applied, commodity-based transmission tariffs referred to in Article 4 (3)

Open Grid Europe does not apply commodity-based transmission tariffs.

Art. 30 (1) c) ii)

where applied, non-transmission tariffs for non-transmission services referred to in Article 4 (4)

According to the decision of the FNA (BK9-17/609 (Festlegung ‘INKA’), the non-transmission services are set to metering point operation, metering service, biogas levy according to §20b GasNEV, market area conversion levy according to §19a Abs. 1 EnWG as well as the nomination replacement procedure according to §15 Abs. 3 GasNZV. The non-transmission service fees valid as of 01.01.2021 are published in the price sheets on the website of OGE.

 

Biogas levy calculaction

According to article 6 of the REGENT-NCG or REGENT-GP and REGENT 2021 decision, the biogas levy is classified as a system service according to § 20b GasNEV. The calculation of the biogas levy is described there as well as in § 7 of the cooperation agreement between the operators of gas supply networks located in Germany from 30.09.2019. According to this, the nationwide total biogas costs of 2021 amounting to 191,593,308 € are divided by the nationwide capacity booked or rather ordered from transmission system operators at network connection points to final consumers and grid connection points to downstream network operators, regardless of multipliers or seasonal factors of the year 2021, amounting to 306,560,401 (kWh/h)/a. This results in a biogas levy of 0.6250 €/(kWh/h)/a.

 

Market area conversion levy calculation

According to article 5 of the REGENT-NCG or REGENT-GP and REGENT 2021 decision, the market area conversion levy is classified as a system service according to § 19a (1) EnWG. The calculation of the market area conversion charge is described there as well as in § 10 of the cooperation agreement between the operators of gas supply networks located in Germany from 30.09.2019. According to this, the nationwide conversion costs of the year 2021 amounting to 223,527,688  € are divided by the nationwide capacity booked or rather ordered from transmission system operators at grid connection points to final consumers and grid connection points to downstream grid operators, regardless of multipliers or seasonal factors of the year 2021, amounting to 306,560,401 (kWh/h)/a. This results in a market conversion levy of 0. 7291 €/(kWh/h)/a.

 

Calculation of fees for metering service and metering point operation

Fees for metering services and metering point operation are charged at the network connection points for which Open Grid Europe GmbH assumes the relevant market roles. The fee for metering point operation includes the measurement and is given in the appendix of the price sheet valid at 01.01.2021. The fee for metering point operation is determined on the basis of a uniform fee for each bookable point plus a fee for each gas meter assigned to the bookable point. Consequently, the fee for metering point operation is calculated as follows:

Fee for metering point operation = fee for bookable point + (fee per gas meter x number of gas meters)

The fee per gas meter and the fee per bookable point are given in the appendix of the price sheet valid at 01.01.2021. The multipliers described for capacity booking with a run-time of less than 1 year do not apply to the fees for metering services and metering point operation.

 

Link to the OGE price sheets for capacity sales in the market areas NetConnect Germany and GASPOOL

Art. 30 (1) c) iii)

the reference prices and other prices applicable
at points other than those referred to in Article 29

The reference prices for exit points of internal orders and network connection points are the same as the stamps of the corresponding market area. This corresponds to the tariff calculation method which the FNA has determined in the REGENT decision. The reference prices are the result of the sum of forecasted capacity bookings for all entry and exit points as well as the revenue cap and the entry/exit split of the calendar year t.

Art. 30 (2) a) i)

Information on transmission tariff changes and trends

The stamp of the entry-exit system NCG will be reduced by 30 ct./(kWh/h)/a in 2021 compared to 2020. This change is based on regular fee adjustments taking into account changes in input parameters allowed revenues and forecasts of contracted capacity of the transmission system operators involved. With the launch of the entry-exit system Trading Hub Europe (THE) on 1 October 2021, the postage stamp will increase slightly by 3 ct/(kWh/h)/a compared to the NCG postage stamp. In the past, the postage stamp of the entry-exit system NCG was higher than the postage stamp of the entry-exit system GASPOOL. At the start of the nationwide entry-exit system THE, the capacity forecasts had to be adjusted to reflect, among other things, the elimination of previous interconnection points between the entry-exit systems GASPOOL and NetConnect Germany and changed discounts for interruptible capacities, DZK and bFZK.

The postage stamp of the entry-exit system GASPOOL will decrease slightly in 2021 by 4 ct./(kWh/h)/a compared to 2020. This change is within the scope of normal tariff adjustments and is not due to concrete facts. With the launch of the entry-exit system Trading Hub Europe on 01/10/2021, the postage stamp will rise sharply by 48 ct./(kWh/h)/a compared to the GASPOOL postage stamp. This increase is mainly due to the entry-exit system merger. The postage stamp of the entry-exit system NetConnect Germany has so far been significantly higher than the postage stamp of the entry-exit system GASPOOL. In addition, the forecasted contracted capacity had to be adjusted to reflect, among other things, the elimination of previous interconnection points between the entry-exit systems GASPOOL and NetConnect Germany and changed discounts for interruptible capacities, DZK and bfzK.

Art. 30 (2) a) ii)

The difference in the level of transmission tariffs for the same type of transmission service applicable for the tariff period for which the information is published and for each tariff period within the remainder of the regulatory period

Based on the data provided by the TSO, the Federal Network Agency has forecasted the development of charges and published it in Appendix 5 of  REGENT 2021 decision. According to this, a slight increase in the fees in 2022 and 2023 would be expected.

Art. 30 (2) b)

Information about the used tariff model and an explanation how to calculate the transmission tariffs applicable for the prevailing tariff period

Art. 30 (3)

Information about the points excluded from the definition of relevant points

The forecasted booked capacity for the points excluded from the definition of relevant points referred to in point 3.2 (1) a) of Annex I to Regulation No 715/2009 is already included in the capacity forecast according to Art. 30 (1) a) ii).

Downloads

Decision ‘MARGIT 2021‘

Market information / pdf / 552.85 KB

Ruling of the Federal Network Agency BK9-19/612

Decision ‘MARGIT 2021 of 11/09/2020

Market information / pdf / 837.58 KB

Ruling of the Federal Network Agency BK9-19/612

Decision ‘MARGIT 2021‘

Market information / pdf / 555.11 KB

Decision Draft of the Federal Network Agency BK9-19/612

Decision Draft ‘MARGIT 2021‘

Market information / xlsx / 8.56 MB

Ruling of the Federal Network Agency BK9-18/612 – Methodolody to calculate the discounts

according chapter 5 of the decision ‘MARGIT’

Decision ‘BEATE 2.0‘

Market information / pdf / 436.51 KB

Ruling of the Federal Network Agency BK9-20/608 (only in German)

Decision ‘BEATE 2.0 of 16/10/2020‘

Market information / pdf / 508.00 KB

Ruling of the Federal Network Agency BK9-18/608

Decision ‘BEATE 2.0‘

REGENT Rulings

Market information / pdf / 2.78 MB

Ruling of the Federal Network Agency BK9-19/610

Decision ‘REGENT 2021

Market information / pdf / 9.63 MB

Ruling of the Federal Network Agency BK9-18/610-NCG

about the reference price methodology for the market area Net Connect Germany

Market information / pdf / 5.72 MB

Ruling of the Federal Network Agency BK9-18/611-GP

about the reference price methodology for the market area Gaspool

Others

Market information / pdf / 267.64 KB

Publication by Open Grid Europe GmbH according to the network code on harmonised transmission tariff structures

Art. 29 and 30 of Regulation (EU) 2017/460 (Network Code Tariffs)