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State Secretary Baake: “SMARD helps strengthen transparency on the electricity market and shows how the interplay of the various energy sources works”

President Homann: “Comprehensive information portal on Germany’s energy transition operated by the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency)”

SMARD, the information platform of the Bundesnetzagentur on the electricity market, went online today. It provides current and easy-to-understand electricity market data.

Said State Secretary Rainer Baake: “The platform is user-friendly and easy to navigate for everyone. The platform also offers comprehensive analysis functions for experts. All these data create transparency and everybody will be able to follow the progress of the energy transition.”

"At present, citizens must rely on data from various sources – often without any explanations. This is where we come in: SMARD is a treasure trove for all who are interested in the energy transition and in the electricity market in particular," says Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency.

The platform is operated by the Bundesnetzagentur and its content is constantly updated. The key electricity market data for Germany and specific statistics for Europe are accessible almost in real time. Information on electricity generation and consumption, wholesale trade prices, imports and exports, and balancing energy can be found, combined and downloaded for various periods of time .
In addition to this information, the SMARD internet portal provides users with easy-to-understand articles addressing current events on the electricity market. Background information is provided and data are presented in graphs. The platform is intuitive to use and visitors can choose between numerous topics.

The legal basis for the platform is Article 111d of the Energy Industry Act, which was amended in the context of the Electricity Market Act in summer 2016 as part of the 10-point energy agenda of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The website is now available at www.SMARD.de.

You can find out more about current German energy policy in the fortnightly Newsletter "Energiewende direkt".