Our key tasks

We are primarily tasked with providing power transmission services, system services and facilitating the energy market. Our core tasks follow from our appointment as grid operator under the Dutch 'Elektriciteitswet' (E-wet) and the German 'Energiewirtschaftsgesetz' (EnWG).

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Innovation

TenneT presents Hub and Spoke concept for large scale wind energy on the North Sea.

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Our grid

TenneT manages the high-voltage grid in the Netherlands and large parts of Germany. TenneT transmits electricity at 110,000 volts (110 kV) and higher. With around 23,000 kilometres of high-voltage lines, we cross borders and connect countries.

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Grid maps

Maps of our onshore and offshore high-voltage grid.

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Electricity market

The energy sector is developing rapidly. The process of European market integration began some years ago. Its purpose is to create a single European market that enables market parties to trade gas and electricity across national borders easily and efficiently.

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Transparency data

We provide transparency data on our operations on our Dutch and German transparency page and on ENTSO-E. 

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E-Insights

Our vision is to be one of the most transparent Transmission System Operators (TSO) in Europe and thereby creating value for society. In this Energy Insights section we present selected energy related topics and show data, information and valuable insights. 

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E-Insights

Facts & figures related to TenneT facilitating the market can be found here.

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Company

TenneT is a leading European electricity transmission system operator (TSO), with activities in the Netherlands and in Germany. We strive to ensure a reliable and uninterrupted supply of electricity in our high-voltage grid for some 41 million people.

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Balancing responsibility

Connected parties are responsible for informing grid operators of their planned electricity production, consumption and transport needs.

TenneT uses a system of balancing responsibility to keep the supply and demand of electricity in check. Connected parties are responsible for informing grid operators of their planned electricity production, consumption and transport needs. If their actual consumption and production differs from what they forecast, imbalances occur, which can ultimately affect the reliability of the grid.

The parties can set up these programmes themselves, or assign the responsibility to authorised Balancing Responsible Parties (BRPs). 

Why is balancing responsibility necessary?

Participants in the Dutch electricity market are free to choose who they trade with. Suppliers and consumers enter into contractual agreements that stipulate how much power they are buying and selling (supply instructions and blanket orders). In practice, the agreed amounts can differ from what they actually produce or consume. These discrepancies must be settled so no power shortages or surpluses occur. TenneT uses a system of balancing responsibility for this.  

How does it work?

Authorised BRPs inform TenneT on a daily basis about their planned transactions for the next day, and the networks that they will use for transporting the electricity. The sum of the transactions for each BRP is called an energy programme (e-programme).

The Distribution System Operators inform us about how much electricity each BRP actually consumes and produces. The difference between the amounts in the e-programme and the actual measured values is the imbalance.

Acknowledgement

To be acknowledged by TenneT as a BRP, an applicant must:

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Programme responsible parties

At the end of every day, the programme responsible parties measure their actual electricity production or consumption and report this to TenneT.

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BRP Register

Register of acknowledged parties having balance responsibility.

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History BRP register

History of the register of acknowledged parties having balance responsibility.

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