Polish-German Agreement


Transmission system operators PSE (Poland) and 50Hertz (Germany) signed an Agreement on the Operation of Phase Shifting Transformers (PST) in Warsaw, the Polish capital. PSE commited to install physical Phase Shifting Transformers (pPST) in the Mikułowa substation to strengthen system security. 50Hertz will install pPSTs in Vierraden substation.

> See 50Hertz press release (webpage)

> See PSE press release (webpage)

> Open press release (PDF)

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ENTSO-E Survey at disposal


The 2013 edition of the substantial ENTSO-E Survey on Ancillary Services Procurement and Balancing Market Design is available at no charge. The survey provides an great overview of the different electricity balancing market arrangements in place throughout Europe. It also supports the future implementation of the Network Code on Electricity Balancing (NC EB).

> See ENTSO-E Survey webpage

> Open 2013 Survey on Ancillary Services Procurement and Electricity Balancing Market Design (pdf)


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Report on Polish power system


Agora Energiewende, a German-based joint initiative of the Mercator Foundation and the European Climate Foundation has published its report on the power sector in Poland. The country profile provides an overview on structure, features and challenges. The report is accessible to everyone and shall “prepare the ground for thinking about potential cooperation”. The document may be downloaded for free.

> See Country Profile (PDF)

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BESTGRID keeping current


The EU-funded BESTGRID project pools the forces of five TSOs (50Hertz, Elia, National Grid, TenneT and Terna), two environmental groups (BirdLife Europe and Germanwatch), one research institute (IIASA) and the Renewables-Grid-Initiative (RGI). Launched in April 2013, the project works towards modernising and expanding the European electricity grid for the integration of a growing share of renewable energies. Now the partners have published a newsletter to inform about the project’s progress.

> Go to BESTGRID website

> See BESTGRID project flyer

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ENTSO-E welcomes guidelines


ENTSO-E has published a response to the European Commission (EC) proposals for a review of the Community Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection. The experts believe that the Guidelines would lead to increased legal certainty and contribute to the quality of public spending by streamlining state interventions.

> See ENTSO-E Response


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Collection of graphics


The web project of the Heinrich Böll Foundation about the “German Energy Transition” (“Energiewende”) offers a whole range of infographics detailing the transition’s most recent developments. Before long, these charts shall also be made available in Chinese, French, Polish, Russian and Spanish.

> See GET website

> Go to “Mediabox” with Infographics collection

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E-world ready to be opened


The 14th E-world energy & water will be held in Essen, Germany from 11 to 13 February 2014. The top-rated fair with more than 600 exhibitors from around 25 nations will show innovative products and services in the electricity and gas industries. The E-world representatives expect more than 20,000 experts and decision takers.

In Session 2 A (“European Electricity Grid”) Dr. Dirk Biermann, Chief Markets & System Operations Officer from TSC TSO 50Hertz will give a presentation about “The challenges facing a German transmission network provider”.

> See Congress programme

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NWE markets coupled


Today the four Power Exchanges (APX, Belpex, EPEX SPOT and Nord Pool Spot) and 13 TSOs (50Hertz, Amprion, Creos, Elia, Energinet.dk, Fingrid, National Grid, RTE, Statnett, Svenska Kraftnät, Tennet B.V. (Netherlands), Tennet GmbH (Germany) and TransnetBW) in the North-Western Europe (NWE) day-ahead price coupling project have successfully launched NWE Price Coupling. Now the whole region operates under a common day-ahead power price calculation using the Price Coupling of Regions (PCR) solution.

> See TransnetBW press release

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