Competitive, consumer-centred, flexible, and non-discriminatory electricity markets
Contracting Parties shall ensure that their national law does not unduly hamper cross-border trade in electricity, consumer participation, including through demand response, investments into, in particular, variable and flexible energy generation, energy storage, or the deployment of electromobility or new interconnectors between Contracting Parties, and shall ensure that electricity prices reflect actual demand and supply.
Free choice of supplier
Contracting Parties shall ensure that all customers are free to purchase electricity from the supplier of their choice and shall ensure that all customers are free to have more than one electricity supply contract at the same time, provided that the required connection and metering points are established.
Market-based supplied prices
Suppliers shall be free to determine the price at which they supply electricity to customers. Contracting Parties shall take appropriate actions to ensure effective competition between suppliers.
Contracting Parties shall ensure the protection of energy vulnerable customers by social policy or by other means than public interventions in the price setting for the supply of electricity.
Contracting Parties may apply public interventions in the price setting for the supply of electricity to energy poor or vulnerable household customers to pursue a general economic interest, but any public interventions need to be clearly defined, transparent, verifiable, time-limited, proportionate and non-discriminatory, including equal access for Energy Community electricity undertakings to customers.
Contracting Parties shall ensure the implementation of a system of third-party access to the transmission and distribution systems based on published tariffs, applicable to all customers and applied objectively and without discrimination between system users.
Public service obligations (PSO)
Contracting Parties may impose on undertakings operating in the electricity sector, in the general economic interest, public service obligations which may relate to security, including the security of supply, regularity, quality and price of supplies and environmental protection, including energy efficiency, energy from renewable sources and climate protection.
PSOs shall be clearly defined, transparent, non-discriminatory and verifiable, and shall guarantee equality of access for electricity undertakings of the Energy Community to national consumers.
Authorisation procedure for new capacities
For the construction of new generating capacity, Contracting Parties shall adopt an authorisation procedure, which shall be conducted in accordance with objective, transparent and non-discriminatory criteria.
Contracting Parties shall ensure that specific, simplified and streamlined authorisation procedures exist for small decentralised and/or distributed generation, which take into account their limited size and potential impact.