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On the EEX transparency platform market-relevant generation and consumption data is published at a neutral site in order to increase transparency on the wholesale market. The platform was established by the four German transmission system operators, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, Amprion GmbH, TenneT TSO GmbH and TransnetBW GmbH, which are legally obliged to publish power plant and consumption data, together with European Energy Exchange AG (EEX) in October 2009. The platform is operated by EEX. In December 2010 the Austrian transmission system operator Austrian Power Grid AG joined the platform as a full member and it has submitted data regarding the APG balancing zone since 1st July 2011.
The German and Austrian regulatory authorities are responsible for examining whether the implementation of the publication requirements is carried out properly. In this context, it has to examine in particular whether a company providing data has made the data available on time and to the required extent. Usually, the transmission system operators provide this information to the regulatority authorities upon request. The regulatory authorities do not have a permanent right of access to the individual data.
As the operator of the platform, EEX discharges, in particular, the following tasks in processing the data:
1. Plausibility checks
2. Anonymisation and aggregation
The generation and consumption data intended for publication is divided into two categories:
1. Statutory Publication Requirements of the Transmission System Operators:
These publications are based on the “Congestion Management Guidelines“ (annex to the “EC Directive No. 1228/2003“ and its follow-up directive 714/2009) and section 4.3 of the “Report on Transparency” which was prepared under the aegis of the German Federal Network Agency for the Northern European region. The scope and form of the data was co-ordinated with the following associations - BDEW [German Association of Energy and Water Industries], VIK [German Association of the Energy and Power Supply Industry] and VKU [German Association of Local Utilities] and the Federal Network Agency within the framework of the transparency initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) and laid down in the list regarding the “Publication requirements on a central data platform in order to establish transparency in electricity wholesale – Specification of 22 April 2009” (so-called “BMWi List”).
These publication requirements are provided on the website of the Federal Network Agency.
2. Voluntary Commitment of the Market Participants:
This data was also published on a predecessor version of the current EEX transparency platform for generation data. This means that the tried and tested structures of the current transparency platform are continued.