The grid reserve is intended to ensure that sufficient generation and consumption capacities are available at all times in order to remove bottlenecks in the transmission grid. Accordingly, grid reserve is a reserve of additional generation capacity or reducable consumption capacity, which can be activated for congestion management. The demand for grid reserve is determined in an annual system analysis by APG according to § 23a Electricity Act 2010 (ElWOG 2010) and procured in a transparent, non-discriminatory and market-oriented tendering process in compliance with § 23b et seq. ElWOG 2010. After approval by the regulatory authority, grid reserve contracts will be concluded between APG and the successful bidders. In return for the availability of the reserve capacity, the contracted market parties receive a payment according to their bidding price. Activations of the units in the grid reserve are remunerated separately.
The first tendering process of the grid reserve will start in March 2021. All relevant information is going to be published on this website.
Further Information on the grid reserve can be found here (German only)