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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Jointly flow-based


The so-called Flow-Based Market Coupling (FB MC) allows TSOs to allocate cross-border capacities and to maximise the markets’ efficiency without jeopardising grid stability. The CWE FB MC comprises the market coupling in the Central Western European (CWE) region, consisting of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg and the Netherlands. The coupling processes use the Common System (CS) of the CWE TSOs and require an operator. Now the TSC TSOs – Joint Office in Munich, Germany has successfully taken over the role of the Common System Operator (CSO) for the four TSC TSOs in this region: Amprion, TenneT Germany, TenneT Netherlands and TransnetBW.

The project was led by David Dudoignon, Analyst Capacity Calculation at the Joint Office. In the run-up a secure virtual private network (VPN) connection to Amprion and Coreso had to be established and every TSC Agent had to pass a special training.


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RGI demands stable mandates


In an open letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, the President-elect of the European Commission the Renewables-Grid-Initiative (RGI) calls to secure a “sound and clear legislation for nature and climate protection” and to “streamline the procedures to properly develop the electricity grids throughout Europe”. The TSC members 50Hertz, Swissgrid and TenneT are three of the RGI partners.

> See RGI letter (html)

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Full membership for MAVIR


Hungary’s TSO, MAVIR Hungarian Independent Transmission Operator Company Ltd. has now been granted full membership of the TSO Security Cooperation. MAVIR is the 13th TSC member and of high importance for the European grid stability, especially because of its strong linking with the south-eastern European countries.

> See TSC press release (pdf)


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A snapshot a day


TSC today announced the beginning of the trial phase of the Real Time Snapshot (RTSN) project: Once a day every Transmission System Operator (TSO) submits a snapshot showing its grid status and load-flow situation close to real time. The different snapshots get merged and are used to check forecast data of the operational planning processes against real-time data. In the future this should be done on an hourly basis. The RTSN models are also usefull for the TSC quality management. Swissgrid, the Swiss TSO is not only providing parts of its IT resources, but has participated in developing the process.

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Poster site in Paris


The biennial CIGRE Session in Paris, France is one of the world’s most important grid events. This year a group of experts from Coreso and several TSC TSOs presented a paper about “European TSOs’ cooperation for enhanced system security, integration of renewables and market support”. On 29 August they took also part in one of the so-called Poster Sessions (C2-113).

> See CIGRE Session website

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