EU third package of energy legislation
The EU Third Package of legislation concerns common rules for the internal market in electricity and gas (also known as IME 3). It is a major package of energy legislation comprising two EU Directives and three EU Regulations as set out below:
- The Electricity Directive
- The Gas Directive
- The Electricity Regulation
- The Gas Regulation
- The ACER Regulation
The Electricity and Gas Directives were transposed in Northern Ireland via several pieces of legislation and modifications to electricity and gas licences made by the Utility Regulator.
In addition, the Department designated certain provisions of the Electricity and Gas Regulations as relevant requirements under the Energy (NI) Order 2003. This enables them to be enforced by the Utility Regulator under domestic legislation.
These provisions are listed in the following designation documents:
Work continues on compliance with the Electricity and Gas Regulations and the network codes and guidelines being developed under them.