Lights switched back


This morning around 9:45 am, large areas of the Netherlands including the capital Amsterdam had been hit by a power outage. The electricity failure was caused by a power grid overload due to a defect at a substation in Diemen outside Amsterdam. All flights from and to Schiphol, Europe’s fourth largest airport, had to be canceled briefly. One the whole, approximately one million households were affected.

According to TSC member TenneT, the Dutch transmission system operator (TSO), power had been restored to most parts of the densely populated region by noon. The failure itself lasted about an hour. TenneT’s experts are investigating why the back-up system which should have kicked in did not function properly.

> Visit TenneT Netherlands website (html)

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More efficiency in Switzerland


The Swiss transmission system operator (TSO) and TSC member Swissgrid welcomes the results of the consultation process for the national grid strategy, which ended last week. The strategy is supposed to establish an appropriate process for the broadly coordinated grid planning and to allow a more efficient organisation of the approval procedures.

> Open Swissgrid press release (pdf, 26 kb)

Graphics using a press picture from Swissgrid

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Repair work in Hungary getting on well


In December 2014, two transmission lines were damaged in Hungary due to extreme weather conditions. Now the restoration process reaches its final phase, announced MAVIR Hungarian Independent Transmission Operator Company in a press release today. The Ócsa–Zugló 220 kV and the Albertirsa–Göd 400 kV transmission are expected to return to operation by June or July 2015.

> Open Mavir press release (pdf, 346 kb)

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Successfully passed the stress test


Today’s partial solar eclipse over continental Europe led to a major challenge for the power grid. The most critical moment was between 10.45 am and 11.15 am when the solar generation started to go up again. The transmission system operators (TSOs) managed successfully to keep the electric grid operating in balance. As a result of the sunny weather, the German TSOs (TSC members 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT, and TransnetBW) had to manage high and fast variations of 39 GW of installed solar generation. Everything went well.

“The solar eclipse is an example for the success of European and regional cooperation organised by ENTSO-E,“ says Konstantin Staschus, Secretary-General of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E).

> See ENTSO-E news alert “Solar Eclipse: Europe’s TSOs Teamed Up Successfully” (html)


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Prepared for the solar challenge


Today’s partial solar eclipse between 8.40 am and 12.50 pm presents a significant challenge for the European transmission system operators (TSOs) and TSCNET providing 24/7 services for them. The change in solar radiation will influence the output of photovoltaics greatly and for the first time this is expected to have a relevant impact on our power system. In close cooperation with the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E), the continental European TSOs have well prepared and have planned a series of countermeasures to balance the power and to avoid blackouts or overloads.

We at TSCNET have bolstered our teams and all relevant internal processes to support TSOs’ operational planning processes and coordination optimally. Operational coordination among Europe’s TSOs will be crucial. During the eclipse, the control rooms will be continuously connected via teleconferences. We are very confident that the European power grid can cope the eclipse and will pass this stress test.

> Open ENTSO-E report “Solar Eclipse 2015 – Impact Analysis” (pdf, 1.3 mb)

Picture: WetterOnline

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TV report about Solar Eclipse


The “Abendschau”, a magazine-programme on Bavarian TV on weekdays, reported about transmission system operators (TSOs) preparing for the March 20 solar eclipse. The tv crew had visited TenneT Germany and TSCNET Services. One of the interviewed experts was Alexander Wirth, one of the two Managing Directors of TSCNET Services GmbH, talking about this unprecedented challenge for the European electricity system.

> See “Abendschau” report (html, 2:42 min, in German)




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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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