Remove Barriers to Demand-side Response Contracts and Services

To ease the uptake of flexibility, consumers should be enabled to access all markets ( from long-term to day-ahead, to intraday and balancing, including system services) directly or through service providers such as independent aggregators. Regulatory barriers, which prevent direct market access for demand-side response in several countries, need to be removed to unlock the full demand-side response potential, including barriers related to the relationship between independent aggregators and suppliers. In all cases, the efficiency of markets has to be preserved, such as the pivotal role of balancing responsible parties, their information needs and balancing incentives. Sufficient competition between energy suppliers themselves on one side and with independent aggregators on the other side is key for consumers to have the negotiating power they need to optimise the economic value of their flexibility.


  1. ACER should assess Member States’ regulatory frameworks for demand-side response and recommend best practices. Based on this assessment, EC and Member States could consider further legislative initiatives where necessary and without neglecting the important contribution of voluntary approaches