Interruptible Loads

Background

With the Ordinance on Interruptible Load Agreements (AbLaV) the regulatory framework for the contractual obligation of interruptible loads has been adapted to the developments of the German energy market. The requirements on interruptible loads have been modified so that loads from 5 MW with predictable load characteristics can be prequalified as interruptible loads in accordance with the AbLaV so that they can be obliged to take measures to maintain grid and system security.

For the purpose of AbLaV, interruptible loads are defined as consumption units which can reliably reduce their demand for a fixed capacity upon request by the German transmission system operators (TSO). Suppliers have the possibility to submit a tender individually in accordance to the technical characteristics of their loads. Due to modified prequalification requirements and the weekly tendering period the product of interruptible loads is designed more flexibly.

In accordance with the AbLaV, the German transmission system operators will in future organise a weekly tender for a total interruptible capacity of 1,500 megawatts. Suppliers with interruptible capacity that meets the technical requirements of Sections 5 to 7 of the AbLaV are entitled to participate in the tender process. This must be demonstrated to the transmission system operator as part of the prequalification process.

The regulation on agreements on interruptible loads can be downloaded using the following link (in German):

https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/bundesrecht/ablav_2016/gesamt.pdf

Framework agreement

In order to implement the AbLaV, a national standard framework agreement for cooperation between the suppliers of interruptible loads and the relevant connecting transmission system operator has been developed. Based on this agreement suppliers of interruptible loads can in future be integrated into network operations for activities intended to maintain grid and system stability in accordance with the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) and the AbLaV.

The conclusion of this framework agreement defines the technical, organisational, operational, commercial and legal framework conditions between the suppliers and the transmission system operators for the utilisation of interruptible loads. The framework agreements explicitly regulate the tendering and bid acceptance process, the requirements and responsibilities for provision of the interruptible loads, the options for activating them as well as their quality and a fee structure. Essential precondition for the conclusion of the framework agreement between a supplier and a connecting transmissions system operator is a successfully completed prequalification process for the relevant interruptible loads. The documentation of the successful prequalification process is part of a valid framework agreement. Participation in the tendering process is only possible with a valid framework agreement.

A sample standard national framework agreement including appendices can be downloaded using the following link: https://www.regelleistung.net/ext/static/abla?lang=en

Prequalification

The connecting transmission system operator shall enter into national framework agreements with suppliers of interruptible capacity from interruptible loads in its control area, in accordance with the AbLaV. In the prequalification process, the supplier must demonstrate that the consumer facilities meet the prequalification requirements of the transmission system operator based on the AbLaV.

The standard prequalification requirements of the German transmission system operators can be downloaded using the following link: https://www.regelleistung.net/ext/static/abla?lang=en

If you are interested in taking part in the prequalification process or if you have any questions about the framework agreement, please complete the contact form and our experts will get back to you as quickly as possible. Participation in the tender process is only possible with a valid framework agreement.

Please send complete prequalification documents to the following postal address:

Amprion GmbH
Systemführung Netze - Planung Systemeinsatz
Systemdienstleistungen und -bilanzierung
Von-Werth-Straße 274
50259 Pulheim