How does the electricity market work?

Swissgrid promotes competition in the electricity market. It has paved the way for a wider group of providers to participate in the control energy market. Control energy is required to balance the difference between electricity generation and consumption. The greater liquidity on the control energy market has reduced Swissgrid’s procurement costs. Expanding the control energy market has created international platforms for providers and also enabled smaller-scale energy producers and consumers to bundle and offer their capacities by means of control pooling.

  • Power market

    For Switzerland to continue to benefit from its role as an international electricity hub in future, it needs to be connected to the European internal electricity market. Swissgrid is therefore involved in a number of international committees to actively promote Switzerland's interests.

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  • Ancillary services

    Ancillary services maintain the frequency and the voltage within a secure, stable range and compensate for the difference between electricity production and consumption. Ancillary services include schedule and congestion management as well as the provision of control energy.

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