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  • Participants of the wholesale power market

Trading on the wholesale power market demands a certain level of knowledge of the commodity trading business. Different kinds of companies are involved on EPEX SPOT markets (auction for next-day delivery and continuous intraday trading), including producers, suppliers, energy intensive consumers and trading companies.

Wholesale power market participants are equipped with trading floors and trading desks with staff dedicated to power trading in different European regions. They trade both on their own account, and on behalf of smaller companies who can benefit from their trading expertise and infrastructure.

  • Utilities buy and sell electricity to adjust to imbalances between the production of their power plants and the supply of their customers.
  • Municipal and regional suppliers specialise in supplying end consumers. They do not always own power producing assets, and thus often buy energy on the wholesale market.
  • Trading companies, banks and financial services providers have an essential role in providing additional liquidity on the wholesale power market. These companies do not necessarily own power assets but are active on the market and also trade cross-border.
  • Some energy intensive industries are also involved in the wholesale market in order to purchase power at the best price.
  • Transmission System Operators intervene on the spot markets in order to compensate their grid losses. In Germany they are also in charge of marketing green electricity provided by the feed-in tariff regulatory scheme.  

As third-party trading is permitted on EPEX SPOT’s markets, several members also trade on behalf of smaller companies. Some companies also specialize in pooling small assets. Such small entities might be decentralised renewable producers (mainly hydro in France, wind and solar in Germany), demand response aggregators, or other very small suppliers. Trading small quantities of electricity on the Exchange independently might not always be the most efficient solution for such producers, considering the costs and efforts involved in directly accessing the exchange. 


  • Members’ profile


The membership structure of EPEX SPOT is largely dominated by Utilities and Energy Trading Companies, which represent more than half of the Exchange’s members (60%). With Municipal and regional suppliers they represent about 83% of EPEX SPOT members.
Other significant actors at the Exchange include banks and financial service providers, commercial consumers, and Transmission System Operators.


  • EPEX SPOT Membership


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Geographically, EPEX SPOT members are located across all of Europe. About 37% of all market participants are from Germany and almost 12% are from Switzerland. Other well-represented countries include Great-Britain (8%), Italy (7%), France (7%), and Austria (6%). EPEX SPOT also increasingly welcomes newcomers from Eastern and Southern European countries (notably Poland, Czech Republic or Romania).

  • Geographical repartition of membership


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* Czech Republic, Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Slovenia, Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia.

 

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