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New on SMARD: data on trading with Belgium and Norway
How much electricity flows through the interconnectors with Belgium and Norway and how much does it cost? You can now view this information on SMARD.
Up until now figures on trading with Belgium and Norway have been included in the monthly reports but have not been part of the data available on SMARD.
Electricity trading between Germany and Belgium has only been possible since 18 November 2020 via the ALEGrO (Aachen Liège Electricity Grid Overlay) interconnector. The interconnector has a transmission capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MW). The NordLink interconnector is the first direct connection between Germany and Norway and has been fully operational since 12 April 2021. It has a transmission capacity of 1,400 MW.
Figures on trading between Germany and these two countries are now part of SMARD's market data visuals. You can now view and download the data since trading began.
You can also view the data under "German electricity market" → "Bidding zone".
Exactly which data are available?
You can see how much electricity has been traded between the countries under "Market data visuals" → "Market" → "Scheduled commercial exchanges". You can see how much electricity was imported (-) or exported in each quarter of an hour. This electricity counts when calculating Germany's net exports. The figures for NordLink date back to 9 December 2020, when trial commercial operation started. The interconnector has been fully operational since 12 April 2021. The figures for ALEGrO date back to 18 November 2020, when day-ahead capacity trading officially started.
You can see how much electricity has actually flowed between the countries under "Cross-border physical flows". The flow of electricity is measured at the interconnection lines, which are the lines connecting the countries' electricity grids. You can also see whether and how much electricity was imported (-) or exported. The figures for ALEGrO date back to 25 September 2020, when the interconnector was in trial operation, and the figures for NordLink date back to 2 September 2020.
You can also see the prices of the electricity from Belgium and Norway traded on the exchange under "Day-ahead prices". The Norwegian day-ahead price is for the Norway 2 bidding zone.
Trading with Belgium and Norway has only recently been possible, but both countries had traded electricity on the exchange before the interconnectors with Germany started commercial operation. SMARD's data on the countries' prices date back to 2015, when SMARD started presenting data.