Electricity Balancing

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The EB Regulation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The EB R​egulation provides rules on electricity balancing including the establishment of common principles for the procurement, activation and exchanges of balancing services. These binding requirements implement and ensure a proper functioning of the integrated electricity market in the balancing timeframe and regulate the activities of TSOs, national regulatory authorities and ACER.​

The core elements

​​The core elements of the EB Regulation are:

  • Rules for Balancing Service Providers and Balancing Responsible Parties. The terms and conditions related to balancing defined at national level should provide fair, transparent and non-discriminatory rules for all actors involved in the balancing markets, ensuring adequate and fair competition.

  • Common European Pl​atforms​. The integration of balancing energy markets is facilitated by the establishment of common European platforms that apply common merit order list to ensure cost-efficient activation of balancing energy bids across Europe.

  • Exchange of balancing capacity and cross-zonal capacity allocation​. These rules enable TSOs to jointly procure and use balancing capacity, forming broader cooperation, benefiting from economic reserve providing resources outside their area.

  • H​armonisation of imbalance ​​​​​settlement​. The imbalance settlement is a national mechanism and its harmonisation at European level ensures a consistent application of the rules across member states. This ensures that market participants have the same incentives to deliver energy, increasing the balancing markets' overall efficiency.

  • Settlement rules b​etween TSOs​. The EB Regulation also ensures that all the exchanges between TSOs are settled with common rules, guaranteeing a fair and non-discriminatory approach.​