French-German partnership enhanced


The French Transmission System Operator (TSO) RTE and Amprion, one of the German TSC member TSOs decided to intensify their partnership. The two partners want to contribute to the implementation of the objectives of the so-called “energy transition” and to strengthen the European electricity markets.

> Open RTE and Amprion press release (pdf)

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Opalescence in Opatija


Today the 11th Symposium on Power System Management started in Opatija, Croatia, organised by the Croatian National Committee of Cigré (Conseil International des Grands Reseaux Électriques). Two of the so-called regular papers that are discussed were developed with the collaboration of members of the team at the TSC TSOs – Joint Office:

1) “TSO Security Cooperation introduces new approach for Intraday Congestion Forecast to cope with the structural changes of the Electricity Sector” (by Mario Princip, Alexander Wirth, Antun Andrić, Alexander Küster and David Dudoignon)

2) “Integrated Capacity Calculation at TSC strengthens European Security Cooperation” (by David Dudoignon, Roy Besselink, Alexander Wirth and Mario Princip)

> See Symposium website by HRO CIGRÈ (html)



The pictures above left show Alexander Wirth delivering his speech in Opatija.

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Utility Week in Amsterdam


European Utility Week 2014 starts on Tuesday, 4th of November in Amsterdam, the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. The three-day conference is one of the annual landmark events of Europe’s energy sector and  is flanked both by an exhibition and several networking events. ENTSO-E President Nick Winser and Peter Hoffmann, Senior Manager System Operations at TenneT, the Dutch-German TSO are among the speakers.

> Visit European Utility Week website

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Brussels, worth a visit


There are only four weeks left to register for ENTSO-E’s conference “Securing Europe’s Competitive Energy Future” which takes place on 19 November in Brussels, Belgium. The convention of experts are reading into the grid’s future and explore TSOs’ possibilities to contribute to Europe’s competitiveness and security of supply. Among the speakers will be three members of the ENTSO-E-Board coming from TSC TSOs: Peder Andreasen (, Ben Voorhorst (TenneT) and Thomas Tillwicks (Swissgrid).

> See ENTSO-E conference site

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Green light for NordLink


TenneT, the Dutch-German TSO today announced that the Norwegian Energy Ministry has given the green light for the undersea cable between Norway and Germany. TenneT welcomes the signal “as an extremely positive step forward” for the important energy transition project. Start-up of the HVDC line is planned to start by the end of 2018.

> See TenneT press release


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Consultation on Emergency and Restoration


Today ENTSO-E, the European TSO Network has launched a public consultation on the Network Code on Emergency, Blackouts and Restoration. Comments have to be submitted by the 8th of December. One month earlier there will be a public stakeholder workshop at the ENTSO-E premises in Brussels, Belgium.

> See ENTSO-E invitation

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Reconnection decennial


On October the 10th, 2004 the power grids of South-Eastern Europe and the rest of Continental Europe were successfully reconnected. In remembrance of that milestone in the European grid history HOPS, the Croatian TSO and ENTSO-E, the European TSO network had organised the 10th anniversary celebration in Zagreb, Croatia with personalities from politics and the power industry. “An almost herculean task had to be performed ten years ago, and we would be well advised taking the reconnection and its begetters as an example,” said Rudolf Baumann, the Chairman of the TSC Steering Committee yesterday in his speech during the celebration.

> See HOPS report including pictures

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HAR experts wanted


ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity is going to establish a Stakeholder Advisory Group on Harmonised Allocation Rules (HAR SAG) and now called for expression of interest. The group shall help to define legally binding rules for the allocation of long term physical transmission rights in Europe and should be made of a small number of experts representing major stakeholders.

> See ENTSO-E call

> Open ENTSO-E Terms of Reference (pdf)

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User Group meets in Munich


The TSC User Group Forum Autumn 2014 with 24 members from nearly every TSC member took place in Munich, Germany on 30 September and 1 October. Next to some organisational changes, the top issues were an effective handling of remedial actions, the TSC Rulebook, and new features of the Common Tool for Data Exchange and Security Assessments (CTDS).  The Forum consisted of lectures, workshop sessions, discussions and an outdoor team event with integrated learning modules.


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Bird protection in Southern Germany


The Southwestern German TSO, TransnetBW today rolled out an additional initiative to step up efforts for the long-term protection of birds. Specially designed marking devices, some of them installed from a helicopter shall help to mitigate bird collisions. The measures had been developed in collaboration with biologists and ornithologists.

> Open TransnetBW press release (pdf, in German)

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