Financial year: Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)
1.5 Fte (3)
Lobbyists with EP accreditation
High-level Commission meetings
Lobbying Costs over the years
50Hertz Transmission GmbH (50Hertz)
EU Transparency Register
266727516639-73 First registered on 18 Mar 2015
Goals / Remit
50Hertz is responsible for the operation, maintenance, planning, and expansion of the 380/220 kilovolt transmission grid throughout the northern and eastern part of Germany. Our grid covers an area larger than 109,360 km² and runs a length of approx. 10,000 km – the distance from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro. It is the technical backbone that reliably supplies power to around 18 million people – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Main EU files targeted
An interface between generation and consumption, our company is a centre of excellence for the extra-high voltage system. This implies that we regulate the balance between generation and consumption at any time, and hold reserves to offset imbalances. The professional skills this requires are bundled by 50Hertz in six business segments.
Stable electricity supply involves many factors: Has the network enough capacity for the electricity volumes flowing through it? Are the overhead lines and 55 substations in proper condition? How can the system be optimised further, and processes in the electricity market made to run smoothly? These are some of the questions System Provision looks into on a day-by-day basis. System maintenance, routine attention and need-based network development are of central importance in this context.
The Transmission Control Centre of 50Hertz in Berlin is the centrepiece of the system: In the control room, the 50Hertz employees control and balance the approx. 10,000-km transmission system in close cooperation with the neighbouring German and European transmission system operators in the interconnected grid system of the former UCTE (Union for the Coordination of Transmission of Electricity), of TenneT TSO GmbH, of CEPS, a.s. (Czech Republic), PSE S.A. (Poland) and energinet.dk (Denmark).
The engineers monitor system security, regulate power exchanges and frequency in the system, and ensure optimal balancing of wind energy. A superproportionate amount of energy from wind power generators is fed into the system in the 50Hertz control area which then has to be taken off and forwarded. Considerable cost and time are thus dedicated to transport and balancing of stochastic wind energy output. Additionally, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, System Management regulates situations of system congestion, a phenomenon occurring ever more frequently.
The Energy Management function of 50Hertz deals with all energy business management operations. Its mission is clearly distinct from the tasks of System Management, with the function assuming technical responsibility for system operation. In addition to procuring energy for grid losses and system support services, Energy Management is also in charge of managing balancing groups and of dealing with renewable energies (EEG business) and with output from cogeneration plants (CHP business).
As a key component of Energy Management, the Front Office represents the company’s direct point of access to the day-ahead and intraday market of 50Hertz, working along the lines of an exchange and providing access also to third parties.
On an international level, Energy Management takes an active part in developing the European market regions "Central West Europe" (CWE), "North Europe" (NE) and "Central East Europe" (CEE), closely cooperating with its foreign TSO counterparts, exchanges and regulators.
The role of Energy Management is to act as an interface of 50Hertz with the liberalised electricity market. Its employees ensure power procurement and marketing around the clock.
Head OfficeHeidestraße 2
EU OfficeBoulevard de l'Empereur 20
Total lobbyists declared
Employment time Lobbyists 100% 1 25% 2
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Lobbyists with EP accreditation
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Name Start date End Date Mr Patrick Laureys 21 Mar 2015 18 Mar 2016
Kerstin Maria Rippel, Wilhelm Appler, Björn Verse
Person in charge of EU relations
Ms Kerstin Maria Rippel (Head of Communications and Public Affairs)
Person with legal responsibility
Mr Boris Schucht (CEO)
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Roundtable on Europe's Energy Future
Closed financial year
Jan 2015 - Dec 2015
Lobbying costs for closed financial year
EU grant income for closed financial year
9,094,000 € (Source: TEN-E, eHighway 2050, BestGrid, Best Paths, EU 7 Framework Programe)
Other financial info
In 2015 50Hertz received more than 9 Mio. Euros EU funding. The largest part were from TEN-E for the grid expansion project South-West Coupling Line (SWKL) with around 8.9 Mio. Euro.
Groups (European Commission)
Groups (European Parliament)
3rd Energy Package, TYNDP, Interconnectors, RES, New Market Design.
On 19 May 2010, new shareholders acquired 50Hertz when the former Vattenfall transmission system operator was sold to Belgian system operator Elia and the Australian infrastructure IFM Investors (IFM).
The two shareholders established a holding company under Belgian law for this purpose, Eurogrid International CVBA/SCRL. The equity shares in Eurogrid International CVBA/SCRL are 60 percent held by Elia and Elia Asset, and 40 percent by IFM (via Luxembourg No. 2 S.à.r.l., an enterprise incorporated under Luxembourg law). The interest in 50Hertz is 100% owned by German Eurogrid GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eurogrid International CVBA/SCRL (see diagram).
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The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: https://commissioners.ec.europa.eu/index_en All information below comes from European Commission web pages.
Date 23 Mar 2018 Location brussels Subject Energy sector Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Miguel Arias Cañete Portfolio Climate Action & Energy Attending
- Miguel Arias Cañete (Commissioner)
Date 23 Feb 2017 Location Berlin, Germany Subject Energy policy DG Energy Attending
- Dominique Ristori (Director-General)
Date 28 Nov 2016 Location Brussels Subject energy package DG Günther Oettinger Attending
- Günther Oettinger (Commissioner)
Date 13 Sep 2016 Location Brussels Subject Market Design Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Miguel Arias Cañete Portfolio Climate Action & Energy Attending
- Joachim Balke (Cabinet member)
Date 28 Jul 2016 Location Brussels Subject Electricity Market Design Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Miguel Arias Cañete Portfolio Climate Action & Energy Attending
- Maria Cristina Lobillo Borrero (Cabinet member)
Date 28 Jun 2016 Location Brussles Subject Role of TSO in the IEM Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič Portfolio Energy Union Attending
- Christian Linder (Cabinet member)