The power market has an advanced trading pattern with many actors involved: system operators, producers, distributors, traders, brokers, clearing companies, financial analysts etc.
Nord Pool Spot is an exchange primarily servicing the players at the power market. Nord Pool Spot’s member base is constituted by producers, suppliers, and traders who choose to trade at the power exchange.
Large end-users trade also at the exchange and buy power directly from Nord Pool Spot instead of doing it through a supplier.
An end-user of power is either a company or a private household. There are approximately 14 million end-users in the Nordic area. Every end-user pays for the power consumed to the supplier, he pays for the power transmission to the distributor and he pays taxes. An end-user can choose among a big range of suppliers while he has only one choice with regard to the transmission operator or distributor. Every geographical area has one distributor responsible for the network transmission.