DC connection to Norway


The final investment decision for NordLink, the first high-capacity power cable between Norway and Germany with a capacity of 1,400 megawatts, was taken today by TenneT, the Dutch-German TSO, and its two partners, the Norwegian TSO Statnett and KfW bank. The construction of the HVDC link with 516 km subsea cable is expected to start soon.

> See TenneT press release (html)


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Additional Swiss control centre


Swissgrid, the TSO of Switzerland, today placed in operation a second control centre called “Swissgrid Control 2” in Prilly, a suburb of the city of Lausanne. The new facility is part of the TSO’s new “Regional Office Romandie” and complements the long-established control centre in Laufenburg.

Open Swissgrid press release (pdf, 28.7 kb)

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Largest DC grid connection of the world


Today, Siemens handed over the world’s largest direct-current grid connection in Germany to the Dutch-German TSO TenneT, a member of TSC. The transmission capacity is 800 megawatts (MW) – enough to supply about one million households. The offshore platform of the BorWin2 grid connection using Siemens’ HVDC Plus technology is located northwest of the German island of Borkum in the North Sea. It is said to be “the first offshore grid connection worldwide to take up commercial operation with efficient direct-current technology”.

> See Siemens press release (html, in English)

> See TenneT press release (html, in German)

Illustration using a press picture of Siemens AG


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TSC member wins RGI award


Today, the Dutch-German TSO TenneT was awarded as one of the three winners of the 2014 “Good Practice of the Year” competition at the 4th European Grid Conference in Brussels, Belgium. TSC member TenneT won the award in the “communication and participation” category. The prize was created by the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI). Congratulations!

> See RGI news site (html)

> Open RGI brochure “Best cases from the 2014 competition” (pdf)

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Good terms with neighbours


A group of experts from Stadtwerke München (SWM) visited the TSC TSOs – Joint Office and TSCNET Services today in Munich, Germany. They learned more about our initiative and the comprehensive, 24/7 services for transmission system operators. SWM is one of Germany’s largest municipal utilities, integrated in all supply segments of public utilities, and the country’s biggest municipal energy provider.

> See SWM website (html)

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Managing Directors appointed


The shareholders of TSCNET Services, TSC’s services company based in Munich, Germany, have appointed Siem Bruijns and Alexander Wirth as Managing Directors. This decision was announced today by a press release. Wirth, coming from the Swiss TSO Swissgrid, has already been responsible for setting up the TSC TSOs – Joint Office in Munich in the recent years. Bruijns has been Senior Manager at TenneT TSO B.V. and TenneT TSO GmbH, the Dutch-German TSO, and will start at TSCNET in Munich, Germany, within the next weeks.

> Open TSCNET press release (pdf)

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Plan to invest


In the newsletter “Energy in Europe” published today, Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy of the European Commission, offers a very positive summary of the Commision’s plans for the new year. “This plan will kick-start further investment in the energy sector – an essential part of our growth agenda,” Ristori wrote.

> See EC newsletter “Energy in Europe” (html)

> See EC 2015 Work Programme (html)

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