Traders push power TSOs to boost cross-border capacity

Europe’s TSOs are holding back too much capacity at electricity interconnection points, critics say
By Andreas Walstad 14 August 2017
Electricity pylons in Europe. Cross-border transmission capacity is often restricted. (European Parliament)

Pressure is mounting on Europe’s power transmission system operators (TSOs) to release more capacity at cross-border interconnection points. 

Average cross-border transmission capacity levels offered by TSOs stand at well below 50%, according to the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET). 

EFET highlighted in a recent statement that the practice of reducing allocated capacity at borders to avoid internal congestion and related costs is forbidden by EU law under regulation 714/2009. Moreover, EFET – the members of which include many of Europe’s largest power and gas companies...

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