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Network company Alliander adjusts its transaction platform Entrnce

17-07-2019

EXE’s online transaction platform Entrnce will stop acting as balancing responsible party (BRP) for grid users. Like system operator Liander, EXE is part of network company Alliander. Alliander is making this adjustment at the insistence of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM).

From 1 January 2020 no longer allowed

If Entrnce did continue to provide this service, it would not be allowed within a network company after 1 January 2020 in any case, based on the Dutch Act on the Progress of the Energy Transition (in Dutch: Wet Voortgang Energie Transitie). The activity could have anticompetitive effects, and could carry risks that are undesirable for a network company. Alliander regarded Entrnce as an energy exchange, which would allow this activity to continue. ACM could not follow this reasoning if only because Entrnce does not match supply and demand, but only executes the energy transactions administratively.

Balancing responsibility

Users of the grid have the responsibility to inform system operator TenneT how much energy they expect to consume from or inject into the grid. A balancing responsible party can take over this duty from them. TenneT is responsible for maintaining balance on the grid. The difference between the submitted plans and reality can compel the balancing responsible party to pay TenneT. The balancing responsible party carries the financial risk for these differences.

Previous request for enforcement against EXE

In 2015, ACM handled a request for enforcement against EXE about the same subject. In that case, ACM dismissed the complaints about Entrnce, because, at that time, Entrnce was still in development and not yet operational.

See also

09-05-2016 Alliander is allowed to continue with its other activities (in Dutch)