Since the adoption of the Electricity Market Act in 2016, we have had a “further developed” electricity market. This means that the existing mechanisms of the electricity market are basically maintained and strengthened to ensure that security of supply continues to be guaranteed. An additional capacity market - i.e. an additional market that separately remunerates electricity market reserves - is superfluous. In the electricity market 2.0, the necessary capacities can be remunerated via existing market mechanisms.

Two fundamental mechanisms are essential for the electricity market 2.0: firstly, the free formation of electricity prices on the electricity market must be guaranteed, and secondly, electricity providers are obliged to meet their supply obligations. In addition, further measures contribute to making the electricity market flexible, thus facilitating the inexpensive integration of renewable energies.