Policy & Regulation

Traders push power TSOs to boost cross-border capacity

Europe’s TSOs are holding back too much capacity at electricity interconnection points, critics say Europe’s TSOs are holding back too much capacity at electricity interconnection points, critics say.
By Andreas Walstad 14 August 2017 0 27184
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...