Automated mFRR energy activation market
What: The balancing service providers (BSPs) offer bids for manual frequency restoration reserves (mFRR), which are activated based on the TSOs’ needs. mFRR replace aFRR in the process to restore the frequency back to the normal band (49,9 – 50,1 Hz) or reduce the area control error to zero.
How: Today, the Nordic TSOs share a common bid list. However, activations are done manually by the operators at Statnett and Svk. When we move to 15-minute time resolution, mFRR must be activated automatically, as the control centres cannot execute today's manual processes four times as often also considering lower bid sizes and more complex power system. The activation will be based on forecasted imbalances for each bidding zone. Based on these forecasts, each TSO will send in its activation needs to the activation optimisation function (AOF). During a transition phase, before we connect to the European platform, MARI, a Nordic AOF will clear the market. The Nordic AOF is a necessary bridge between the current manual processes and full automation and integration into MARI.
Why: TSOs must secure sufficient mFRR reserves to cover a dimensioning error within their control areas (bidding zones). By having a common Nordic and later European market, TSOs can procure these resources where they are cheapest, given the available cross-zonal capacity. The socio-economic gains are huge, up to several hundred million euros for Europe.
- Nordic mFRR Energy Activation Market entry into operation on 3 December 2024 December 4, 2023
- Updated NBM roadmap confirms go-live of mFRR energy activation market by Q1 2025 September 5, 2023
- NBM – status update on the ongoing assessment of the mFRR EAM timeline March 23, 2023
- Invitation to webinar on “Results from shadow operation of mFRR EAM” 15 June 13:30-14:30 CET May 20, 2022
- Updated version, May 2022: Implementation guide mFRR EAM May 13, 2022
- Automated operation of mFRR Energy Activation Market needs to be postponed January 11, 2022
- Updated version, September 2021: Implementation guide mFRR EAM September 9, 2021
- Presentations and link to recorded webinar on Implementation Guide and Memo on process for activating products in mFRR energy activation market June 24, 2021
- Updated version June 2021: BSP – Implementation guide and Memo on process for activating products in mFRR energy activation market June 14, 2021
- Invitation to webinar on updated Implementation Guide for market participants in the common Nordic mFRR energy activation market May 12, 2021
- Presentations and link to recorded webinar on the implementation of Nordic mFRR EAM January 19, 2021
- Updated project timeline for automated mFRR energy activation market December 18, 2020
- BSP – Implementation guide mFRR energy activation market December 18, 2020
- An updated version of the memorandum “Product Activation Process” for the mFRR energy activation market July 1, 2020
- Nordic mFRR energy activation market presentations and recorded webinar June 3, 2020