New 860 MW converter platform
The Dutch-German transmission system operator, TenneT announced the installtion of its sixth High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) offshore platform west of the German island of Sylt. The SylWin alpha converter platform has a capacity of over 860 MW and is the North Sea’s most powerful converter platform for wind energy.
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Juncker sets his sights on “Energy Union”
The European Parliament selected Jean-Claude Juncker as the new president of the European Commission, succeeding Jose Manuel Barroso. Juncker now declared that he wants to “reform and reorganise Europe’s energy policy in a new European Energy Union” with pooled resources and combined infrastructures. Moreover he wants “Europe’s Energy Union to become the world number one in renewable energies”.See article on single page
Swiss substation to be replaced
The Swiss TSO, Swissgrid today announced that the 220 kV substation in Avegno, Ticino after more than 60 years will be replaced by a new switching substation. Its first-time operation is scheduled for 2017. The planned investment adds up to some 15 million Swiss francs.
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Discussing the Adequacy Methodology
Today the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) launched a 9 week public online consultation for the supporting documents on Adequacy Methodology for further stakeholder assessment. Comments have to be submitted by using the ENTSO-E consultation platform. The consultation period will end on the 19th of September.
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ENTSO-E releases TYNDP 2014
The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) today released the new European Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) 2014. The document describes the plans to strengthen the European power grid until 2030 to integrate an increased share of renewable energy – 120 transmission projects are believed to provide more benefits to consumers and citizens than they cost. Now all stakeholders are asked to give feedback.See article on single page
A 100 million Euros cooperation
Since its foundation in October 2011 the International Grid Control Cooperation (IGCC) for optimized control energy utilisation produced cost savings of more than 100 Million Euros. The organisation is comprised of the Belgian TSO, Elia SA and the TSC members 50Hertz, Amprion, APG, CEPS, Energinet.dk., Swissgrid, TenneT, and TransnetBW.See article on single page
Most of the European countries pursue a grid extension strategy. As other infrastructure projects, the expansion of the power grid needs cooperation among the stakeholders. The new “Grid Infrastructure Communications Toolkit”, provided by the European Union, with many helpful tips and practice examples helps to develop effective PR strategies and campaigns.
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Management change at TenneT
TSC member TenneT, the Dutch-German TSO today announced that Dr. Urban Keussen has been appointed deputy CEO of TenneT Holding B.V. and chairman of the management board of TenneT TSO GmbH. He succeeds Martin Fuchs, who moves to the supervisory board of TenneT TSO GmbH after 34 years in the energy industry.
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IBWT invites to Forum
Together with the other partners of the IBWT (Italian Borders Working Table) Market Coupling project ELES, the Slovenian TSO, issued an invitation to the Market Coupling Forum in Rome, Italy, on the 16th of July. The event wants to present the project consisting in coupling the day ahead energy markets of Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland, and to highlight the most important coming steps.
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