The main objectives of the Regulation on risk-preparedness in the electricity sector (Regulation (EU) 2019/941 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on risk-preparedness in the electricity sector) is to improve:

  • the identification of possible crisis situations,
  • the preparation of crisis-management plans, and
  • the handling of a crisis situation. 




Risk-Preparedness Regulation establishes a common methodology for harmonised national risk-preparedness plans at national and regional level as well as improves information exchange, transparency and accountability in the management of electricity crisis situations.


See also:

Risk-preparedness in the electricity sector, European Parliament, Briefing, EU Legislation in Progress 

The Regulation replaces earlier Directive 2005/89/EC.

Risk-Preparedness Regulation laid down a range of requirements for preventing, preparing and managing electricity crisis. These requirements include the development of a methodology for identifying regional electricity crisis scenarios (crisis scenarios methodology).

It is covered by the ACER Decision No 07/2020 of 6 March 2020.

On 8 January 2024, ACER has received an amendment proposal by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for electricity (ENTSO-E) to amend the methodology for identifying regional electricity crisis scenarios.

On 8 March 2024 the ACER adopted the Decision No 02/2024 on the amendment of the methodology for identifying regional electricity crisis scenarios. The key changes of the methodology are: 

  • a top-down process:
    • starting with 31 regional electricity crisis scenarios (from 2020);
    • merging certain scenarios or adding new ones; and
    • focusing on extreme scenarios with regional impact.
  • earlier engagement of Member States and competent authorities.
  • a more pragmatic approach: ENTSO-E to undertake quantitative methods and model-based simulations where seasonal adequacy tools can be applied.


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