Supply and demand
TenneT continuously monitors and maintains the balance between the electricity supply and demand on the Dutch and a large part of the German grid. If this balance is disrupted it may result in a power outage or even a black-out, depending on the length and severity of the imbalance.
Whether the balance can be achieved, maintained and restored depends on three factors:
- All connected parties take the required Balance Responsibility and specify how much they expect to feed into and take out of the grid each day;
- TenneT calculates and deploys the reserve and emergency power that connected parties supply;
- TenneT and the programme responsible parties offset imbalances according to the imbalance pricing system.
When there are not enough resources available to restore the balance, we can take additional measures – we have a mandate to prevent or limit potential damage to the power supply.