Responsible for operating the energy system on a larger and often national scale, the main focus for the TSO is maintaining overall balance within the system. While system balance managment mechanisms are strictly regulated, to achieve it, they rely on BRPs. TSOs indirectly benefit from USEF because, by unlocking flexibility and enabling it to be commoditised and traded, the framework helps optimise BRPs portfolios, allowing them to keep their own balance easier plus offer improved balancing capacity to the TSO. This makes system operation easier and therefore cheaper.
The TSO also at times faces congestion issues related to the transmission of electricity, for example over interconnection points with other countries, or where there are capacity issues as a result of maintenance etc. USEF eases these system pressures significantly by unlocking the availability of localised capacity for re-dispatch.
Reasons to get involved
Access to larger pool of control and balancing power
Access to distributed control power for solving local operation issues
Larger availability of control power will lead to lower prices