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FAQs on fundamental data and inside information – Question II.3.3.5

Should fundamental data be reported during the decommissioning and the blowdown phase, and if so, how?

During the decommissioning phase, there are no commercial contracts applicable, which is why the facility report values are zero. However, in some types of storage facilities, as part of the blowdown / decommissioning phase, cushion gas should be withdrawn from the storage and sold to the market.

Should fundamental data be reported until cushion gas is taken out? Or is transaction reporting for the sale of the cushion gas sufficient?

If fundamental data reporting is still necessary, our understanding is that the total volumes DTMTI, DTMTW, DTMTS, storages volume, injected daily volume und withdrawn daily volume should be zero. Should the daily withdrawal volume show the volumes of cushion gas and the other requested data be reported as zero only in case of a cushion gas takeout?


Answer:

The cushion or base gas (permanent inventory in a storage reservoir) should not be counted as a normal working gas volume. The Agency’s understanding is that the removal of cushion gas is the last step of the decommissioning phase.

If there are no commercial activities during the decommissioning phase and cushion gas is still in a storage reservoir, the SSO should report zero values “0” in the fields: storage, injection, withdrawal, technicalCapacity, contractedCapacity, availableCapacity of Storage Facility Report until cushion gas is sold/taken out.

When cushion gas is sold/taken out, the Agency’s understanding is that the SSO has to make nominations and report movements of gas via the “withdrawal” field in the Storage Facility Report. Fields storage, injection, technical, available and contracted capacity of the storageFacilityReport should be reported with zero values “0”.

If the SSO needs to, for example, inject gas for operational purposes during the decommissioning phase, the Agency’s understanding is that the SSO has to make nominations and report movements of gas via the “injection” field in the Storage Facility Report. Fields storage, withdrawal, technical, available and contracted capacity of the storageFacilityReport should be reported with zero values “0”.

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FAQs on fundamental data and inside information – Question II.3.3.6

Reporting negative values for available capacity due to overbooking.

(available capacity = (technical capacity) – (contracted capacity).

Should available capacity, in case of overbookings, be reported with a negative value, or should overbooked capacities not be taken into account?

The contracted capacity, which is reported within fundamental data reporting, is the sum of the sold firm and interruptible capacities. But to calculate the available capacity, we expect that the contracted capacity (used in the calculation) is purely the firm capacity, since the available capacity shows “only” the firm available capacities that will definitely be available to the market. It makes no sense from our perspective to publish available interruptible capacity because this may change very often with regard to the usage of the storage facility and because it depends on the decisions taken by SSOs and their willingness to risk interruption.

In that case, a negative value of the available capacities could only appear if the firm capacities are oversold. Please confirm.


Answer:

In the Agency’s view the stakeholder is describing two possible options:
Option 1 – Available interruptible capacity is NOT offered by the SSO to the market in which case the following calculation applies:
Contracted capacity = sold firm + sold interruptible capacity
Available capacity = technical capacity – contracted (only sold firm) capacity
In this case the available capacity cannot be negative. It can be ≥ 0.

Option 2 – Available interruptible capacity is offered by the SSO to the market in which case the following calculation applies::
Contracted capacity = sold firm + sold interruptible capacity
Available capacity = technical capacity – contracted (sold firm + sold interruptible) capacity.
In this case the available capacity can be negative. It can be ≤ 0.

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FAQs on fundamental data and inside information – Question III.4.1.1

Does the MoP on data reporting describe how to disclose inside information?


Answer:

A distinction should be made between the data collection under Article 8 of REMIT and the disclosure of inside information to the general public under Article 4(1) of REMIT. The scope of the MoP (section 7 on the ‘Reporting of Inside Information’) is not the disclosure of inside information but the provision of web feeds that enable ACER to collect such information in an efficient way. The REMIT Implementing Regulation in its Article 10(1) and (2) on ‘reporting procedures’ defines rules for the provision of such information to the Agency through web feeds. The revised version of the ‘MoP on data reporting’ by the Agency addresses only the standards that should be used for the reporting of such information via web feeds to the Agency.

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FAQs on fundamental data and inside information – Question III.4.1.2

Shall I open my web-feed for the public?


Answer:

According to Article 10(1) of the REMIT Implementing Regulation, the requirement to provide the feeds is towards the Agency. However, in order to further increase wholesale market transparency the Agency encourages market participants and platforms for the disclosure of inside information to make their web feeds available for all stakeholders.

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FAQs on fundamental data and inside information – Question III.4.1.3

What is the deadline for the implementation of web feeds; and what happens if a market participant is not ready to send the information by this deadline?


Answer:

As explained in point III.7.2 of the 14th Edition of the ‘Questions & Answers on REMIT’: “In line with Article 10(1) of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1348/2014, (i) market participants disclosing inside information on their website or (ii) service providers disclosing such information on market participants’ behalf, shall provide web feeds to enable the Agency to collect these data efficiently. In principle, this obligation applies as of 7 January 2015 when Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1348/2014 entered into force. However, the Agency will only start collecting such data as of 1 January 2017.”

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FAQs on fundamental data and inside information – Question III.4.1.4

In case the web-feed is made available both on the market participant’s own website and on an inside information platform on behalf of the market participant, from which source ACER is going to retrieve the UMM data?


Answer:

The primary source of UMM collection will be the platforms and other service providers for the disclosure of inside information. However the Agency will also collect data from the websites of individual market participants.

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FAQs on fundamental data and inside information – Question III.4.1.5

Do I have to send my disclosed inside information to the Agency?


Answer:

According to Article 10 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1348/2014 on ‘Reporting procedures’, inside information should be collected by the Agency through a specific method: web feeds. In the ‘MoP on data reporting’, the Agency explains in Chapter 3 that “disclosed inside information made available through web feeds is collected by ARIS via a pull mechanism.”

Therefore, inside information should not be sent to the Agency. The collection point is the site where the web feed is embedded (should be the same site where the inside information is disclosed). The Agency will be able to identify the location of the web feed through the URL provided by the market participant in Section 1 of its registration form provided according to Article 9 of REMIT.

According to Article 9(5) of REMIT market participants are required to keep the registration fields updated. Failure to do so will constitute a breach of REMIT and will not allow the Agency to adequately collect the information included in the web feed. The field in Section 1 of the registration form should, therefore, include the exact location of the web feed. A generic reference to a homepage of a website is not considered by the Agency as a complete fulfilment of the registration obligation.

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FAQs on fundamental data and inside information – Question III.4.1.6

Could the Agency clarify if, on 1 January 2017, inside information web feeds will be collected from third party inside information platforms and from market participants or only from third party inside information platforms?


Answer:

Market participants and third parties acting on their behalf are obliged to provide the Agency with Inside Information web feeds according to Article 10(1) of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1348/2014 which entered into force on 7 January 2015. The Agency started the collection of Inside Information web feeds on 1 January 2017 through inside information platforms that publish Urgent Market Messages (UMMs) on behalf of market participants. The list of third party inside information platforms is available at https://www.acer-remit.eu/portal/list-inside-platforms.

The Agency is reviewing the approach for the disclosure of inside information in order to further improve the transparency of the market and enable the Agency itself to collect web feeds more efficiently.

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FAQs on fundamental data and inside information – Question III.4.1.7

When should third party platforms be ready to provide inside information web feeds on behalf of market participants in compliance with the Agency’s technical standards?


Answer:

As of 1 January 2017 the Agency is collecting inside information through web feeds made available by inside information platforms. The Agency would expect the inside information platform providers that will be ready as of 1 January 2017 to notify the Agency by 30 November 2016 about the URLs they will use to publish web feeds according to the Agency’s Guidance on the implementation of web feeds for Inside Information Collection.

The Agency also invites those inside information platform providers that may be subject to any implementation delay of the technical standards to notify the Agency about the date by which they will be ready with the implementation in order to enable the Agency to collect the inside information efficiently, as defined in Article 10(1) of the Implementing Regulation. The Agency would expect that existing inside information platforms listed on the Agency’s REMIT Portal will provide web feeds for Inside Information Collection no later than 30 June 2017.

Both notifications should be sent to inside.information@acer.europa.eu by no later than 30 November 2016.

Inside Information Platforms not listed at the Agency’s REMIT Portal and able to provide the Agency with web feeds for Inside Information Collection only after 30 June 2017 can notify the Agency at any time. They would then be listed only once they are able to provide the Agency with web feeds.

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FAQs on fundamental data and inside information – Question III.4.1.8

Where the “other market information” schema (annex VII .111) is produced by a market participant – does this require reporting through the “Storage Unavailability report” (pg 69)?

Our interpretation is that the “storage unavailability report” will not be sent where we are reporting “other market information”.


Answer:

The “Storage Unavailability Report” is designed for reporting of fundamental data according to Article 9(5) of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1348/2014 while the “Other market information” is designed for inside information reporting according to Article 10(1) of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1348/2014. The reporting of the “Other market information” report does not replace the obligation to provide the “Storage Unavailability Report”.

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