Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into German grid operator TenneT for limiting cross border electricity capacity with Denmark

The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to assess whether German grid operator TenneT’s limitation of capacity from Western Denmark into Germany breaches EU antitrust rules. The Commission and TenneT are engaged in constructive discussions on commitments to address those concerns.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Energy should flow freely in Europe so that the electricity produced by a wind mill in one country can reach the consumers in another. Our investigation into TenneT is part of our efforts to ensure that electricity grid operators do not unjustifiably restrict the free flow of electricity between Member States, to the detriment of European energy consumers. Ensuring that electricity interconnectors remain fully open to cross-border trade is essential to achieve our overall objective of an efficient, sustainable and competitive energy market “.

Published in European Commission- Press Release, 19th March, 2018