Imbalance Netting

The International Grid Control Cooperation (IGCC) is the implementation project chosen by ENTSO-E’s Market Committee in February 2016 to become the future European Platform for the imbalance netting process (IN-Platform) as defined by the guideline on electricity balancing (EB GL Art. 22)

IGCC was launched in October 2010 as a regional project and has grown to cover 24 countries (27 TSOs) across continental Europe, including all those that need to implement the IN-Platform according to the EB GL.

In particular, IGCC counts with 20 member TSOs – AT (APG), BE (Elia), BG (ESO), CH (Swissgrid), CZ (CEPS), DE (50Hz, Amprion, TenneT DE, TransnetBW), DK (Energinet), EL (ADMIE), FR (RTE), HR (HOPS), HU (MAVIR), IT (Terna), NL (TenneT NL), PL (PSE), PT (REN), RO (Transelectrica), RS (EMS), SI (ELES) and ES (REE), . In addition, five TSOs are observers to IGCC – BA (NOS BiH), LU (Creos), ME (CGES), MK (MEPSO) and SK (SEPS).

Figure 1. IGCC member and observer TSOs

IGCC member TSOs are either operational members, also known as participating TSOs (i.e. those physically connected to the IGCC through communication lines that perform the imbalance netting process via the platform), or non-operational members (i.e. those actively taking part of the IGCC decision making but not yet performing the imbalance netting process). There are thirteen operational members and nine non-operational members. The operational members are the TSOs of Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Austria, France, Croatia and Slovenia. The latter two became operational on 1 February 2019 (see press release).

Basic principle of imbalance netting

Historical evolution

The implementation of the first development phase of the Grid Control Cooperation (GCC) between German TSOs made it possible to implement the imbalance netting process, which was originally established in 2010 to avoid the counter-activation of aFRR in Germany. Shortly after, the German cooperation was expanded to other countries and the GCC evolved into the International Grid Control Cooperation (IGCC). Imbalance netting across LFC areas enables all participating TSOs to decrease the use of balancing energy while increasing system security. In 2018, nine TSOs became IGCC members by signing a so-called light accession agreement, allowing them to take part in the decision-making process of IGCC while not yet becoming operational (i.e. not performing the imbalance netting process).

Figure 3. Historical evolution of IGCC

The accession of TSOs to IGCC is planned in accordance with the following time plan. IGCC and ENTSO-E share this time plan for informative purposes only and does not, in any case, represent a firm, binding or definitive position of IGCC on the content.

CountryTSOQuarter of accession
PolandPSEQ4 2019
SpainREEQ4 2019
ItalyTERNAQ4 2019
PortugalRENQ1 2020
SlovakiaSEPSQ1 2020
RomaniaTranselectricaQ1 2020
HungaryMAVIRQ1 2020
BulgariaESOQ1 2020
GreeceADMIEQ1 2020
SerbiaEMSTBC

IGCC interchange volumes

The volumes of the exchanged energy of each IGCC operational member are published in real time on a German online tool

IGCC settlement principles

The volumes of the exchanged energy of each IGCC operational member are settled according to the rules described in the linked document:

IGCC Operational support

In case of problems with operational security, IGCC operational members may support each other by reducing their participation upon request. Each IGCC operational member notifies other IGCC operational members about planned or unplanned temporary reductions or suspensions of its participation in IGCC.

In general, an affected TSO (including non-IGCC members) can request a temporary reduction or suspension of participation of any IGCC operational member. Each affected TSO has to use the IGCC standardised procedure in order to request such a reduction or suspension: this is usually set as well in the system operation agreements between concerned an IGCC member(s) and the affected TSO. Therefore, at least the following information shall be required by the IGCC member from the affected TSO to keep consistency and simplicity in case of finding the information:

  • brief description of reason(s) for the reduction or suspension;
  • starting time and duration of the reduction or suspension; and
  • defined Limits.
GET THE MOST POWERFUL NEWSLETTER IN BRUSSELS