Electricity Balancing

EB Regulation (Regulation 2017/2195)

Regulation (EU) 2017/2195 establishing a guideline on system balancing in the electricity system.

On December 18, 2017, the "Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2195 of November 23, 2017 establishing a guideline on system balancing in the electricity system" (hereinafter referred to as Guideline Electricity Balancing, or GL EB) entered into force.

Balancing group

A balancing group is a defined area in the electricity grid that is managed by a balancing group manager (BKV). The balancing group managers create forecasts and compare these with the actual values. If a discrepancy arises in the balancing group, balancing group managers must compensate for this, for example by buying or selling electricity on the spot market or by using balancing capacity, in order to ensure efficient and reliable operation of the electricity grid in their group.

The German transmission system operators (TSOs) are obliged to discuss a balancing group contract with all affected market players (consultation) in accordance with Article 10 GL EB. Finally, the contract must be approved by the competent regulatory authority in accordance with Article 5 GL EB.

There have currently (as of June 2023) been two such consultations, details of which can be found via the links below.