Capacity reserve


Capacity reserve

TransnetBW GmbH

Björn Miekley

Economic Grid Management / Products & Principles

Pariser Platz
Osloer Strasse 15-17

70173 Stuttgart, Germany

T +49 711 21858-3088

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The German Act on the Further Development of the Electricity Market („Strommarkgesetz“) of 26th August 2016 adds with §13e new regulation regarding the provision of a capacity reserve by the German TSOs into the German Energy Industry Act (“Energiewirtschaftsgesetz”). The capacity reserve shall be formed starting in the winter half year 2018/2019 via a public tender. In the event of threats to or disruptions of the security or reliability of the power supply system caused by supply/demand imbalances on the electricity markets in the German grid control cooperation , the capacity reserve shall be used to compensate for these shortfalls.

In the following, TransnetBW will publish information on activities with respect to the capacity reserve. In case of suggestions or questions please refer to our contact.

Public consultation of conditions for participation and standard terms for the capacity reserve

The draft version of the German regulation on capacity reserve (“Kapazitätsreserveverordnung”) was published on the homepage of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and sets the framework for the capacity reserve. The German TSOs are allowed to further specify conditions for participation („Teilnahmevoraussetzungen“) and are obliged to set additional conditions for participation in coordination with the Federal Network Agency (“Bundesnetzagentur”).

The conditions for participation are completed by standard terms (“Standardbedingungen”) that have to be developed by the German TSOs and later approved by the Federal Network Agency. Together the conditions for participation and the standard terms form the contractual basis for the capacity reserve.

To engage potential bidders in the design process of the conditions for participation and the standard terms, the German TSOs were conducting a consultation process from 14th December till 20th January 2017. As the legal framework is held in German and focuses on facilities in Germany, the relevant documents are held in German as well and can be found on our German website. In case of any questions please refer to the given point of contact.

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