Register for InnoGrid2020+


Only three days left to register for the 4th Annual InnoGrid2020+ in Brussels, Belgium, starting on 31 March. The two-day European R&D conference for electricity transmission and distribution grids is held by the European Network for Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO).

> See InnoGrid 2020+ programme (html)

> See InnoGrid 2020+ registration website (html)


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French and German power markets


Two new country profiles commissioned by Agora, a German “think tank and policy laboratory that focuses on dialogue with energy policymakers”, delineate France’s and Germany’s power systems. Both reports describing e.g. regulatory systems and country specific energy policies can be downloaded for free.

> See Agora news release (html)

> Open Agora “Report on the German power system” (pdf, 1.7 mb)

> Open Agora “Report on the French power system” (pdf, 901 kb)

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Danish CEO appointed as president


Peder Østermark Andreasen, CEO of the Danish transmission system operator (TSO) and TSC member, will take up the position as President of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) on 1 July 2015 for a two-year term. Andreasen wants to “focus on establishing even closer cooperation between the 41 TSOs from 34 countries as well as forging a stronger position for these TSOs”.

> See press relase (html)



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Applying R&D results


The new “R&D Application Report”, published by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), describes and values the application and deployment of theoretical and practical results provided by European TSOs’ research and development (R&D) projects. The report accentuates concrete impact of these projects for Europe and depicts the main barriers.

> See ENTSO-E newsletter from 6th of March 2015 (html)

> Open ENTSO-E R&D Application Report 2014 (pdf, 4.2 mb)

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Europe’s ten-percent club


Today, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) by European TSOs and NGOs informed about European Commission’s communication on “Achieving the 10 % electricity interconnection target”. Every member state is called upon to allow for at least ten percent of their electricity to be transported to neighbouring countries. Currently, twelve countries have not yet met the objective.

> See EC communication “Achieving the 10 % …” (pdf, 823 kb)



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Successful with modest changes


“Germany has so far managed to integrate and balance high shares of renewable energy with very modest changes to its power system,” says Eric Martinot, Professor at Beijing Institute of Technology and renowned international energy authority, in his article for, an experts’ blog about the German Energy Transition (“Energiewende”). Martinot describes quite detailed, which technical and regulatory changes allowed Germany’s power grid to “remain highly reliable” with renewables providing 30 % of the country’s electriticy demand.

> See “How is Germany integrating and balancing renewable energy today?” (html)


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New shareholders


TSCNET Services GmbH welcomes three new shareholders: The Danish transmission system operator (TSO), the Hungarian TSO MAVIR, and the Polish TSO PSE have been registered as shareholders, following an increase in share capital. Now all thirteen member TSOs of the TSO Security Cooperation (TSC) hold an equal share of ownership.

> Open TSCNET Services press release (pdf, 212 kb)

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Partial solar eclipse


When the moon passes in front of the sun, a partial solar eclipse will take place on March 20. Today, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) published some detailed information about the measures the European TSOs take to maintain security of supply on the eclipse day. The grid experts are sure, “that operational coordination among European TSOs will be crucial”.

> See ENTSO-E solar eclipse newsletter (html)

> Open ENTSO-E solar eclipse FAQ (pdf, 196 kb)

> Open ENTSO-E Solar Eclipse Impact Analysis Report (pdf, 1.3 mb)

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