TSO Access

Becoming a Balance Responsible Party can be a complex and time-consuming task. As a trader or manager, you are too busy to focus on these lengthy administrative processes. With our experience in both market access and trading, we will support you in becoming a Balance Responsible Party in a compliant and fast way. We have demonstrated expertise and have entered many markets before, so outsource your market access to Time2Market now. Save time, stay focused, and make even more money.

— Eszter Pontenagel, Founder & CEO of Time2Market

What is a TSO?

A TSO, a Transmission System Operator, is a company designated for managing the grid and transporting electrical power or natural gas. They operate on a national or regional scale using established infrastructure. In the case of power, a TSO transmits electricity using the power grid, and in the case of natural gas, a TSO transports gas via pipeline. The role of a TSO is to ensure the grid is always balanced.  

The story in the United States is a little more complicated from state to state, but similar operating bodies are ISOs (Independent System Operators) or RTOs (Regional Transmission Organizations). ISOs and RTOs sometimes cover multiple states, and sometimes there are numerous ISOs within a state due to their Nodal system.

Eszter Pontenagel presenting the members map of ENSOG.

Why do I need to become a Balance Responsible Party?

Becoming a Balance Responsible Party (BRP) means that you now have the right and responsibility to support balancing the grid while taking physical positions within the power grid or gas pipeline under a specific TSO’s grid control area.  

As a market participant who has been granted balance responsibility, you must balance the supply and demand of power and gas on the grid. Most TSOs impose financial consequences, called imbalance tariffs, on a Balance Responsible Party (BRP), which causes an imbalance on the grid.  

Without being balance responsible, a market participant cannot trade physical power in the area controlled by the given TSO.

How do I become a Balance Responsible Party?

The complexity of becoming a BRP comes from the documentation TSOs require. These requirements differ from one TSO to another, making the entry process even more time-consuming in countries like Germany, which is split into four areas, each controlled by a separate TSO. The nodal system in the North American energy markets makes the process in the USA and Canada entirely unique.  

An application process for balance responsibility usually requires the following documentation:  

  • Bank guarantee from a settlement or a clearing bank  
  • Overview of your communication systems  
  • Passing diverse IT tests to ensure your systems are secure enough, including communication and nomination tests, as well as power and gas scheduling and bidding  

A TSO may request almost any additional information and deny your application if you fail to comply with their requirements.  

An application to become a Balance Responsible Party is always time-consuming. We often see trading houses who try to apply themselves miss deadlines or important details, which results in their documentation expiring and their application efforts and precious time going in vain.

At Time2Market, we specialize in BRP applications and have a proven track record. Our close partnerships with TSOs worldwide make your application process even faster and smoother.  

With close to 20 years of combined experience in the energy industry, in both market access and trading short-term, long-term, physical, and financial power, we know what we are doing. And we understand what you need.  

Reach out to Time2Market and let us accelerate your business.  

We deliver, you excel.

Disclaimer: Time2Market ApS is not responsible for the completeness, accuracy, and actuality of the information provided. This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered business or legal advice.

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