German TSOs open consultation on control reserve


The four German transmission system operators (TSOs) 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT, and TransnetBW have opened a public consultation on their draft for the revision of modalities for reserve control providers. The four TSCNET shareholders thus fulfill a requirement from the EU Guideline on Electricity Balancing of 23 November 2017. Market participants are welcome to comment on the draft from 12 April to 13 May.

At the core of the consultation are the modalities for providers of control reserve for primary control power, secondary control power, and minutes reserve. The consultation will be accompanied by a workshop on 23 April in Nuremberg in the German state of Bavaria. Here, market players have the opportunity to discuss the new rules for reserve control suppliers with representatives of the TSOs.

> See Amprion press release, in German (html)
> See TenneT press release, in German (html)
> See TransnetBW press release, in German (html)
> Access to consultation and information on workshop at (html)

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Cost-effective balancing in Austria


The assiduous efforts undertaken by TSC member APG, the Austrian transmission system operator (TSO), to optimise control reserve are paying off. Since 2015, the costs for stabilising the Austrian electricity grid are decreasing significantly, and with €90m spent on control resrve in the last year, APG is able to announce a cost reduction of 37% in comparison to 2015.

The causes of this beneficial development are twofold. On a national level, several new suppliers have joined the balancing market. “The new participants in the regulatory energy market contributed to significantly more competition in this market”, explains Ulrike Baumgartner-Gabitzer, Chief Executive Officer at APG. Internationally – apart from individual agreements with neighbouring countries – APG participates in the largest European transnational cooperation on the procuration and exchange of Frequency Containment Reserve. Also of particular importance is APG’s cross-border cooperation for automatic Frequency Restoration Reserve with the four German TSOs 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT, and TransnetBW. “This means that Austria is actively involved in all relevant projects and is even an initiator,” complements Thomas Karall, APG’s Chief Financial Officer.

> See APG press release, in German (html)

Picture: Lukas Dostal / Austrian Power Grid AG (APG Control Centre)


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