Cross-border Intraday markets: Increasing flexibility
EPEX SPOT’s Intraday markets provides an effective solution for integrating intermittent supply, enabling producers and consumers to balance their positions closer to real time and with the benefit of more accurate forecasts. In particular, our Intraday markets allow for energy to be traded up to 45 minutes ahead of delivery, which provides a level of flexibility welcomed by market players who trade both renewable and conventional energy. The Flexible Intraday Trading Scheme (FITS) allows cross-border trade between France, Germany/Austria and Switzerland, paving the way for quicker and more flexible integration of renewable energy in Europe.
Furthermore on the German and Swiss Intraday market, 15-minute contracts offer trading participants a further increased level of flexibility. Since 2011, 15-minute contracts provide greater flexibility to handle intermittency and the daily ramping effects of renewable production, contributing to a more balanced market. Since their launch, over 3 TWh of 15-minute contracts have been traded, and represent on average around 20% of the German Intraday volumes.