Blog Posts on European grid

Transmission Code

What is the Transmission Code? Definition The Transmission Code 2007 is a set of rules in which the four transmission system operators define the conditions to access the German electricity grid. It was first drawn up in 1998 by the Association of German Grid Operators (now "Forum Netztechnik/Netzbetrieb" as part of the VDE) in response More… (Published: 12. August 2020 by Marie Volkert)
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Cross-Border Interconnectors

What are Cross-Border Interconnectors? Definition To turn national electricity grids into a large European electricity market, the various national transmission system operators (TSOs) need transit capacity for cross-border electricity trade. These border connection points, also called cross-border interconnectors, enable TSOs at international level to transfer electricity from one national grid to another. Only cross-border interconnectors More… (Published: 23. June 2020 by Marie Volkert)
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What is the Electricity Balancing Guideline (EBGL)?

What is the Electricity Balancing Guideline (EBGL)? Definition The Electricity Balancing Guideline (EBGL) was created by the European Commission to establish and regulate the smooth exchange of balancing energy across the internal borders of the European Union. This guideline, which came into force as Regulation 2017/2195, sets the framework for the stabilization of the electricity More… (Published: 2. June 2020 by Christian Sperling)
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Balancing Services

What are Balancing Services? Definition Balancing Services are reactive short-term means to level out frequency deviations in the power grid. Balancing Services (sometimes also called control reserve) is one out of many ancillary services that system operators have to provide a secure power supply. Balancing Services include Balancing Energy and Balancing Capacity . Balancing Energy More… (Published: 20. May 2020 by Marie Volkert)
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Liberalization and Unbundling of Energy Markets

What does Liberalization and Unbundling of Energy Markets mean? Definition The liberalization of the energy market means the opening of the electricity and gas market to free competition. This has broken up existing monopolies and opened the market to more participants. In most cases, liberalization was accompanied by unbundling, which made a distinction between generation, More… (Published: 25. March 2020 by Marie Volkert)
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Winter belongs to Wind Power

For weeks now, Germany and its European neighbors have had a peak season for wind power. The winter storms Sabine (also known as Ciara or Elsa), Victoria (known as Dennis in UK) and Yulia brought new records - most recently the unprecedented peak value of 46.2 gigawatts (GW). Renewables accounted for 69 percent of net electricity production in the third week of February, with wind accounting for 55 percent. Never before has so much wind power been fed into the German power grid. Are these figures the result of extreme weather conditions, which simply brought us an extraordinary number of storms this winter, or is there a general trend here? And how does the German energy system actually cope with these record values? (Published: 20. March 2020 by Verena)
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Market Coupling

What is Market Coupling? Definition The term market coupling refers to the aim to form an interconnected (European) market for electricity. Market coupling is intended to link control areas and market areas in order to harmonize different systems of electricity exchanges and, in particular, to reduce price differences. This way, the electricity market is to More… (Published: 2. July 2019 by Marie Volkert)
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EPEX: data failure, decoupling, disaster?

Due to a faulty data package, the European electricity exchange EPEX in Paris decoupled the European electricity market on June 7, 2019. This caused a great deal of excitement on the markets. Johannes Päffgen, Head of Energy Trading at Next Kraftwerke, explains the causes and consequences in an interview. (Published: 24. June 2019 by Christian)
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