Belgium joins cross border trading


Since late July 2016, balancing service providers from Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland are forming the largest transnational frequency containment reserve cooperation in Europe. Swiss transmission system operator (TSO) and TSC member Swissgrid was satisfied to announce that also the Belgian TSO Elia has joined the collaboration now and takes part in cross border frequency containment reserve auctions.

The international cooperation of national TSOs – including the Austrian, Dutch and German TSC members APG, TenneT, 50Hertz, Amprion, and TransnetBW – results in a more liquid and efficient market and provides new sales options to the participants. Over and above, cross border auctions reduce the risk of supply shortage and ensure grid stability as well as system security. The joint market activities of the partaking TSOs meet the demands of present and future standards set by the European Network Code and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). The French and the Danish TSOs are invited to the common auctions and expected to join in a later stage.

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