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Security of supply in Germany remains at a very high level. This is the outcome of the Generation Adequacy Assessment in the region comprising Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland that was published today by the transmission system operators of the Pentalateral Energy Forum (PLEF).

According to the report, the probability that the demand for electricity in Germany will be met at any time in the reporting period 2018/19 and 2023/24 continues to be almost 100%. For this purpose, the transmission system operators (TSOs) calculated 680 different scenarios, also taking account of rare extreme weather years in a 'stress test'.

Rainer Baake, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, said: "The report again shows that we need to look at security of supply in a cross-border context. Electricity trading in the internal market creates synergies. As a consequence, we need fewer power plants. And this saves money. Europe thus generates genuine added value for our economies and private consumers."

The report confirms the findings of the European energy security report that was published by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) at the end of 2017 (Mid-term Adequacy Forecast 2017).

In this report, the TSOs took account of the cross-border effects in an interconnected regional electricity market. The methodology thus corresponds to the one laid down in the Energy Industry Act for the national electricity security report.

The Pentalateral Energy Forum was established in 2005. It aims to improve the regional cooperation between Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Under the chairmanship of the competent ministries of these countries, regulatory authorities, system operators, power exchanges and representatives of the regional market players work together to improve the regional coupling of their markets and to create synergies.

You can find the report by the transmission system operators of the Penta Region (Generation Adequacy Assessment) here (in german).