Press releases overview
Electricity trade between Austria and Germany to be curbed from October 2018, but exchange to remain possible to large degree
(Vienna, 15 May 2017) As of 1 October 2018, restrictions will curb the currently unlimited trade activities on the German-Austrian electricity market. Peaks in the exchange of electricity will in the future be capped, yet electricity trading between the traditionally well-integrated markets will for the most part remain possible. Up to 4,900 megawatts (4.9 gigawatts) can be allocated as long-term capacity. This is equivalent to about half of Austrian consumption in peak periods. These are the cornerstones of an agreement that was reached today by the German and Austrian energy regulatory authorities, the German Federal Network Agency and E-Control.
Austrian energy regulator finds grounds for rejection unconvincing
(Vienna, 20 March 2017) ACER’s Board of Appeal has rejected the appeal of the Austrian energy regulatory authority, E-Control, against the decision determining the capacity calculation regions. Among other reasons, E-Control filed an appeal against the decision because it is of the opinion that it is not for ACER, but the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) to verify whether there is congestion at the border between Germany and Austria.
Austrian energy regulator files appeal against ACER’s decision that would lead to tearing apart the common bidding zone between Germany and Austria
(Vienna, 18 January 2017) As announced in November last year, the Austrian energy regulatory authority, E-Control, yesterday filed an appeal with the Board of Appeal of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, ACER, against the decision of that Agency to split up the German-Austrian electricity price zone. In a November vote, a majority of European energy regulators had supported ending the bidding zone; Austria had voted against.
Agency decision to tear German-Austrian price zone apart published yesterday – Austrian regulator to file appeal
(Vienna, 18 November 2016) The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) published yesterday afternoon a decision that supports a split-up of the German-Austrian electricity price zone. In a meeting of the Agency’s Board of Regulators, most of the European energy regulatory authorities had greenlighted the proposal presented by ACER’s director. Austria opposed the decision.
Majority of EU regulators greenlight draft ACER decision that includes split of German-Austrian price zone
(Vienna, 9 November 2016) In a meeting of the Board of Regulators of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) yesterday 8 November evening, the majority of European electricity regulators supported a draft decision by the Agency’s Director which entails a split-up of the common electricity price market between Germany and Austria. The Director is now expected to issue the decision during the next couple of days.
Austrian regulator finds German announcement to unilaterally split German-Austrian electricity price zone irrational
Vienna (28 October 2016) – German regulatory authority Bundesnetzagentur has announced today that they will unilaterally introduce congestion management on the German-Austrian border from July 2018. “This does not make sense to us. There is no need or justification for this step, and going ahead with it is a mistake. There are softer measures that could be taken,” say E-Control Executive Directors Wolfgang Urbantschitsch and Andreas Eigenbauer.
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E-Control: ACER opinion on electricity market split not binding, says EU General Court
Vienna (24 October 2016) – The EU’s General Court last week handed down a decision on the German-Austrian electricity price zone that supports E-Control’s position. The Court has found that the opinion issued by the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) of September 2015, which demands that the common German-Austrian electricity market be split up, is not legally binding.