GOPACS is an initiative of the Dutch grid operators:


GOPACS is the congestion management platform of the Dutch grid operators. Through GOPACS, we try to reduce congestion in the electricity grid while taking into account the grid situations of the grid operators as well as the balance maintenance in the electricity grid at national level.

GOPACS itself is not a trading platform, but it uses existing energy trading platforms of ETPA and EPEX SPOT. Through these trading platforms, buy orders and sell orders are brought together. Orders that are not matched on the trading platform but are suitable for congestion resolution are transmitted to GOPACS.

If these orders are provided with location data and concretely contribute to solving congestion in the electricity grid, the grid operators pay the spread (the difference between the bid price and the ask price) so that a match can still be established and congestion in the electricity grid can be reduced without disturbing the balance of the Dutch electricity grid.

GOPACS helps to keep the electricity grid reliable

Daan Schut - Alliander

Daan Schut - CTO, Alliander

Market forces contribute to an affordable and reliable energy supply

"GOPACS is the platform with which the network operators can jointly access and coordinate flexible power in the electricity network. By making use of the flexibility of our customers and market parties, we can make the best possible use of the current energy infrastructure. In this way, market forces contribute to an affordable and reliable energy supply."

What People are saying about GOPACS


Vitor Campos
Power trader - Optimax Energy

"Optimax Energy is very enthusiastic about GOPACS because it allows us as a young trading company to participate in a congestion management mechanism in the Netherlands through a very transparent and well-defined process. Energy markets are changing rapidly and we believe these mechanisms also need to evolve to meet the challenges ahead in a more innovative and clear way."

David Leo - Engie

David Leo
Head of Short Term Trading - Engie

"We embrace the transparency that GOPACS brings us in various areas: GOPACS clearly indicates where there are network problems and thus where we cannot further fine-tune our power stations. It also clearly indicates which volumes are sought and traded. This transparency benefits competitiveness."

Bernard Wilmet - Powerhouse

Bernard Wilmet
CEO - Powerhouse

"Congestion is an important social problem that is only increasing. That is why we were one of the first to join. Powerhouse is convinced that we can offer a solution to the transport problem with the Gopacs platform and the power of our customers."

Flex available?

Join GOPACS! Participating in GOPACS is interesting for every market party with the ability to influence electricity consumption or the generation of electricity, which can offer this flexibility to trade.

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