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German electricity market: what our pages have to offer


You can use our "German electricity market" pages to locate production units, compare power plant data and view imports, exports and wholesale prices.

The German electricity market section is divided into two areas – "Power plants" and "Bidding zone" – and you can switch between the two as you like. The "Power plants" pages provide a range of information about the production units – where they are located, which control area they are in, which company they are operated by, which energy sources they use, and how much they generate. The "Bidding zone" pages let you compare generation and consumption figures easily. With just a couple of clicks you can see both conventional and renewable generation, for instance. The pages also give you an overview of imports, exports and the relevant wholesale prices.

In addition to the electricity market data accessible in the Market data visuals section, you can use the "Power plants" pages to access data on the generation units of the various production units in Germany, Austria and Luxembourg. For instance, you can use the map to find nearby production units and see the units' core data, nominal capacity and actual generation.

Transmission system operators are legally required to publish data on actual generation for each generation unit with an installed capacity of 100 MW or more. You can see how much electricity each unit generates on the SMARD website. There is a pop-up window for each production unit listed, where you can see the unit's operating company, address, country, main energy source and control area, as well as the amount of electricity produced by each generation unit. You can also download, save and use the data free-of-charge, with a choice of file types to export the data.

You can choose one of three options to view data on production units: "Power plant map/list", "Power plant map" and "Power plant list". Each option has different filters for you to choose exactly what you want to see. These filters include location, company, network operator and energy source. This lets you compare production units you have discovered near you with others using the same energy source or with others nearby, for instance.

The power plant map is a geographic map with a blue dot for each production unit. You can switch between views by clicking "Map" or "Satellite" and zoom in and out by clicking the plus and minus signs. The "Power plant list" page has a table with the name, location, year of commissioning, energy source and nominal capacity of each production unit.

The "Power plant map/list" page provides a side-by-side view of the map and the list, giving you the exact location of each production unit on the map as well as the data on each unit in the table.

The "Bidding zone" page shows a map of central Europe and up-to-date data for generation, consumption, wholesale prices and imports/exports from/to Germany's neighbouring countries. You can use the drop-down lists to choose a country/control area and a date to display only the data you want to see. You can use the options for instance to see how much electricity from conventional or renewable energy sources the transmission system operator responsible for a certain control area has fed into the grid.
The map has three different symbols. If you click on a symbol with bank notes, you will see the relevant wholesale price, and if you click on a symbol with "IM" or "EX" and an arrow, you will see the amount of electricity imported or exported. The circle for each symbol is divided into three parts. The circle for the price symbol represents the wholesale price in a country in relation to a certain price range, and the circle for the import or export symbol represents the amount of electricity imported or exported in relation to a range for Germany's commercial foreign trade.

You can use the "More" button to share content and send us comments or questions and the "Help" button to access an interactive guide. More information about the "German electricity market" section is contained in Chapter 3 of our User guide.

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