Stuttgart. From 5 November, EnBW Transportnetze AG will simplify the cross-border electricity trade between Germany plus the Austrian region of Vorarlberg and Switzerland. On this date, EnBW Transportnetze AG will launch an Internet platform for the so-called ‘IntraDay Capacity Allocation’. Authorised electricity traders will have access to information on this platform about the available transmission capacities on the UHV lines in this border area and will be able to reserve free-of-charge available capacities 60 minutes – in exceptional circumstances even 15 minutes – in advance via the Internet platform. Through this simplification of the cross-border electricity trade, as well as the associated significant simplification of international competition in the liberalised electricity market, EnBW Transportnetze AG is also complying with one of the requests of the Federal Network Agency.
The new automatic reservation system is comparable to online banking and is the only one in Europe to date due to its efficiency and flexibility. By taking both transmission directions into consideration simultaneously, it ensures that the maximum transmission capacity is available at all times. The system replaces the previous time-consuming, manual procedure, which only enabled capacities to be reserved on the phone and in consultation with EnBW Transportnetze AG. EnBW Transportnetze AG expects the advantages of this reservation system to result in a significant increase in the number of electricity traders who use the IntraDay platform.
EnBW Transportnetze AG is an independent subsidiary of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG and is responsible for the construction and operation of the 3,500 kilometre supergrid in Baden-Württemberg, as well as for the coordination of the electricity transmission between Germany, Vorarlberg and Switzerland.