Principles for implementation of market rules for balance group settlement - electricity (MaBiS)
Under the provisions of the German Energy Industry Act (EnWG) , Transmission System Operators (TSO) are responsible for the safety and reliability of the electricity supply in their control area. To fulfil this responsibility, the control area’s respective TSO supplies the required system services (balancing energy) and provides it to the network users.
Along with the balancing energy that the TSO supplies, the deviations arising between inflows and outflows are constantly balanced.
In the energy balancing and settlement system, balance groups are used for the supply to the intake points of distributors and end consumers, and to process electricity trading transactions. As an interface between network users and operators of transmission systems, the owner of a balance group (Balance Responsible Party, BRP) assumes economic responsibility for any deviations between inflows and outflows, as well as the resulting utilisation of balancing energy provided by the TSO. The expenses incurred for this are invoiced to the Balance Responsible Party. The rules governing the TSO’s management of balance groups within its control area and the rights and obligations resulting from it for the Balance Responsible Party and the TSO are stipulated in the standard Balance Group Contract .
As part of standardising these contracts, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur, BNetzA) imposed the application of a standard Balance Group Contract (Standard BGC) on the TSOs, as per its Resolution BNetzA - BK6-06-013 . This Standard BGC applies to all new contracts in the TransnetBW control area concluded on or after 01 July 2011.
To ensure that balance group settlement is correct and timely, in its Resolution BNetzA - BK6-07-002 dated 10 June 2009, BNetzA laid out the framework for electricity balance group settlement by determining market rules for balance group settlement in the electricity sector (MaBiS). Based on this, Business Processes GP 1.0 were drawn up by the BDEW with participation of the market roles affected.
The stipulations in the BNetzA resolution regarding balance group settlement in the electricity sector came into effect on 01 April 2011.
New regulations regarding transmission routes from 01 June 2017
Resolutions BK6-16-200 and BK7-16-142, dated 20 December 2016, on the regulation of transmission of EDIFACT messages, come into effect on 01 June 2017. For further information, please see the following link:
Please take note, therefore, that in the event of a new Balance Group Contract, or changes to your 1:1 EDIFACT address in Appendix 2 of the Balance Group Contract, you must simultaneously also submit a valid SMIME certificate for encryption and signature.
In future, we will not be permitted to receive, process or send EDIFACT messages that do not comply with the rules.
The certificate guidelines stipulate, among other things, that SMIME certificates must
This list is not exhaustive, but merely serves as a sample overview of the requirements for email certificates.
For further information, please see the stipulations of the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) or the publications by edi@energy.