German, Belgian and Dutch TSOs carry out joint study


The German, Belgian and Dutch TSOs have, together with E-Bridge and the Institute of Power Systems and Power Economics (IAEW) of RWTH Aachen University, completed a qualitative common comparison study on the subject of a BE-NL-DE Coordinated Balancing Area (CoBA).

The aim of this study was to look more into detail regarding the regulatory and legal framework, the product specifications in the Ancillary Services Markets, the overall market design, and to develop a view regarding the potential benefits of a cross border balancing market.

This present study is demonstrating that the less complex cooperation options are already partially established. The study also demonstrates that the currently applicable Frequency Restoration Reserves market designs diverge considerable between the three countries, which entails complex solutions for the establishment of a cross zonal balancing market as envisaged by the Network Code on Electricity Balancing.

Based on the results of this study it was decided to take further steps for the implementation of the relative “less complex” options for cooperation:

  • Analyse potential in reserve sharing of manual Frequency Restoration Reserves,
  • Analyse the participation of Belgium into the common German procurement platform for Frequency Containment Reserves and
  • Increase of the amount of exchange of Frequency Containment Reserves between the Netherlands and Germany.

In parallel the involved TSOs shall further investigate cooperation possibilities for the more complex products (Frequency Restoration Reserves).

This study contains updated data for Belgium and the Netherlands to the previous report published on X-Zonal balancing cooperation between Belgium and the Netherlands.