Balancing Group Management

The balance responsible party (BRP) shall be responsible for a balanced quarter hour performance balance of the feed-ins and draw-offs allocated to their balancing group, for a proper schedule management and the economic balancing of remaining balance deviations.

Further information can be found in the balancing group agreement as well as the position paper of the Federal Network Agency for the perceptions of the obligations pursuant to § 4 para. 2 StromNZV and section 5.2 of the standard balance-agreement by the BRP

Determination and settlement of balance deviations

The determination of balance deviations is carried out in accordance with the market processes defined by the Federal Network Agency (BK6-07-002) “Market rules for balance-invoicing of electricity "MaBiS". The participation of all affected market participants according to the given processes and deadlines is obligatory. The MaBiS as well as the specifications compiled for this purpose under the supervision of the Federal Network Agency are binding in the current version.

For the invoicing of the balance-deviations, the TSO multiplies the balance deviations for each quarter of an hour with the German uniform energy balancing price (reBAP). This is calculated and published by the German TSOs in accordance with the legal requirements and the applicable provisions of the Federal Network Agency in their current version. For every quarter of an hour, there is a positive or negative reBAP for the supply of positive or negative balance- energy.

More Information: Balancing-Group-Price

Control energy is used exclusively to maintain the safety and reliability of the electrical transmission system. It is not a disposable variable of the BRP to manage their balance group.

If significant balancing group deviations occur in the scope of the balancing group invoice which suggests an infringement of the duties defined in Chapter 5 on the part of the BRP, the TSO will, at first, clarify with the BRP whether, or to what extent the deviations could have been avoided by the BRP. If any suspicion of an infringement of duties cannot be dispelled, the TSO will report the matter to the Federal Network Agency which will decide on the initiation of supervisory proceedings against the BRP.

Fees for the balance group management

At present, no fees are charged for the management of a balancing-group.