Regulatory Sandbox for Energy Sector Innovations
In recent years, emerging energy technologies and business
models have played a significant role in how energy is generated, transmitted
and distributed to consumers. Against this backdrop, EMA is introducing a
regulatory sandbox framework to support energy innovations.
This framework creates “safe spaces” where interested
parties can test their energy solutions in a live environment, without being
subjected to the usual regulatory requirements. At the same time, safeguards,
such as limiting the duration of the trial or the maximum number of consumers,
will be introduced to minimise risks to consumers and the energy sector.
This sandbox applies well in situations where it is less
clear whether prototype products or services comply with regulatory
requirements, which could have deterred some from testing their ideas. This would be
undesirable as promising innovations may be stifled and result in missed
opportunities. The framework also allows
EMA to assess the impact of new products and services before deciding on the
appropriate regulatory treatment.
EMA encourages and welcomes interested parties looking to
experiment with innovative products and services to apply for a regulatory
sandbox trial. Target participants include all prospective players in the
electricity and gas sectors, and are not limited to current licensees.
What should I know about the regulatory sandbox trial?
The sandbox trial sets out the objective and principles of
the regulatory sandbox. We encourage all interested participants to engage EMA
early. Guidance will be given to
applicants on the application process, information to be furnished to EMA and
the evaluation criteria. Depending on the proposed solution, EMA will relax the
legal and regulatory requirements which an applicant would otherwise be
Upon successful completion of the trial period, the
applicant must comply fully with the prevailing legal and regulatory
requirements for continued operations.
1. Does my project qualify for the "regulatory sandbox"
2. Who can I approach if I have questions about the "sandbox"?
Interested parties may email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the initiative.
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