Grid operators TenneT, Stedin, Liander, Enexis Groep and Westland Infra are working together on GOPACS. GOPACS is an important step to mitigate capacity shortages in the electricity grid(congestion) and thus contribute to keeping the Dutch grid reliable and affordable. GOPACS is a unique initiative in Europe and has resulted from active collaboration between the Dutch national grid operator (Transmission System Operator, TSO) TenneT and the regional grid operators (Distribution System Operators, DSOs).
The energy transition and economic growth require capacity increase of the electricity grid. The grid operators are working hard on increasing this electricity grid capacity to be able to meet the growing demand. However, this cannot be realised overnight. Making use of flexible power from the market can contribute to solving (expected) congestion in the electricity grid. This is where the new GOPACS platform comes in.
GOPACS works in a way that is consistent with key European directives that relate to market-based mitigation of grid congestion and offers large and small market parties an easy way to generate revenues with their available flexibility and contribute to solving congestion situations. The collaboration among the grid operators also prevents congestion in one part of the electricity grid from causing problems elsewhere in the electricity grid at one of the other grid operators.
For GOPACS the grid operators collaborate with the intraday market platform of ETPA. They are currently having talks with other market platforms to connect these to GOPACS as well. The other Dutch DSOs Enduris, Coteq and Rendo, support this initiative and are investigating how they can participate in GOPACS.
For whom is participating in GOPACS interesting?
Participation 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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