A stable power grid lays the foundation for our energy supply. Responsibility for the extra-high-voltage grid in Germany rests with Amprion and three other transmission system operators. Their remit is to operate a safe, efficient grid and to expand it as and when needed, under the supervision of the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur). In so doing the operators are independent of the generation and sales arms, providing the grid in their control areas as neutral platforms for the electricity market. The transmission system operators’ customers are energy producers, distribution system operators and industry. For the power they consume they pay network charges which are controlled by the Federal Network Agency.
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Prescribes climate protection goals and presses ahead with the development of the European internal electricity market.
Together with other European transmission system operators and associations, Amprion is further expanding the power grid in Europe.
Other transmission network operators
Like Amprion, 50Hertz, TenneT and TransnetBW are responsible for the extra-high-voltage grid in their control areas and work together in the interconnected network.
Distribution system operators
Distribute electricity from the transmission network to municipal utilities and regional enterprises. Some of them also feed electricity into the transmission network.
Legislators and the federal government
Have subjected transmission system operators to a legal requirement to expand networks according to need and to operate them safely.
Federal network agency
Supervises the grid operators, regulates network charges and approves grid expansion requirements.
Companies in the aluminium, steel and chemical industries purchase large quantities of electricity directly from the extra-high-voltage grid.
Electricity exchanges and energy traders
Due to its central location the Amprion grid forms a hub of the energy trading market. Amprion works closely with all market participants throughout Germany and Europe.
State licensing authorities
Approve grid expansion projects at state level, after first reviewing objections raised by citizens, public authorities and environmental associations.
Citizens, authorities and environmental associations
Are involved by Amprion in grid expansion plans, expressing their opinions to the state licensing authorities and the Federal Network Agency.
Sell power to the electricity exchanges and use the transmission network.