The energy sector is developing rapidly. The process of European market integration began some years ago. Its purpose is to create a single European market that enables market parties to trade gas and electricity across national borders easily and efficiently.
Obligations for connected parties
Laws and regulations impose various obligations on affiliates, including the following:
Connected parties are obliged by law to inform TenneT daily about their planned and their actual electricity production, consumption and transmission needs. This is necessary to maintain the balance in the high voltage grid: TenneT keeps electricity supply and demand in equilibrium, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Connected parties may contractually assign these obligations to recognised parties if they wish.
To keep supply and demand in balance in the Dutch grid, it is essential for TenneT to be in possession of reliable forecasts of the planned electricity production, consumption and transmission needs, and also reliable metering data of the actual production, consumption and transmission. These data are so important to the electricity grid’s functioning that, under Dutch law, they may be issued only by organisations approved for that purpose (‘recognised parties’). These organisations are called Balance Responsible Parties (BRPs) and Metering Responsible Parties (MRPs). If there is no such approval, the grid operator may stop managing or disable the connection concerned. As a connected party, you can ask TenneT for your own recognition as a BRP or MRP, or engage a recognised external party. The external parties are stand-alone, independent organisations: as the organisation that issues recognitions, TenneT has no financial and/or organisational ties with those parties.
Balance Responsible Parties (BRPs)
Balance Responsible Parties must satisfy the requirements contained in documents including the Net Code electricity laid down by regulator ACM. As an organisation that issues recognitions, TenneT will check compliance with the admission requirements. On our website you will find a register of recognised parties with balance responsibility. If you want to apply for your own BRP recognition, you should contact the TenneT Customer Care Center at tennetccc(at)tennet.eu. We will assist you in completing the steps necessary to satisfy the BRP recognition criteria.
Metering Responsible Parties (MRPs)
Metering Responsible Parties must satisfy conditions including requirements contained in the Metering Code laid down by the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). As an organisation that issues recognitions, TenneT will check compliance with the requirements. On our website you will find a register of recognised parties with metering responsibility. If you want to apply for your own MRP recognition, you should contact the TenneT Customer Care Center at tennetccc(at)tennet.eu.