Key ENTSO-E report on regional coordination

07.11.2019

At national level, the main tasks of transmission system operators (TSOs) are the transport of electricity from producers to large consumers and distribution networks, ensuring the operational safety as well as the planning, development and modernisation of electricity grids to ensure security of supply and cost-efficiency. More recently, TSOs have also been held responsible for achieving climate and energy policy objectives. European TSOs have also long been thinking and acting across borders in an increasingly integrated energy market. To ensure safe operation at European level, national TSOs coordinate at regional and pan-European level.

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) now has published the “Enhanced TSO Regional Coordination for Europe” report, coming with the suggestive subtitle: “Act locally, coordinate regionally, think European”. This report with a time perspective until 2030 describes the shift of the five European Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) such as TSCNET Services to Regional Coordination Centres (RCCs) in the wake of the Clean Energy Package (CEP). It focuses on operational and market needs, without disregarding the fact that regional cooperation between TSOs goes beyond these two issues. Nevertheless, the emphasis was put on these aspects, as markets and operations are more and more converging: Electricity is traded closer to real time, markets are more volatile, generation is more variable and cross-border and long-distance transmission are increasing. For this reason, the interfaces between market and physical infrastructure require to be consolidated.

The “Enhanced TSO Regional Coordination for Europe” report contains several recommendations and a roadmap for the coordination of TSOs to continue on the path towards a future European energy system that is sustainable, socially balanced and reliable. The five standard operational services of the RSCs – Common Grid Model, Coordinated Operational Planning, Security Analysis, Outage Planning Coordination, Short- to Medium-Term Adequacy Forecast, and Coordinated Capacity Calculation – and the Service for Organisational Support – Consistency Check of TSOs’ System Defence and Restoration Plans – are to be ported from RSCs to RCCs over the next decade.

ENTSO-E has released a report on enhanced TSO regional coordination (picture: ENTSO-E)

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> See ENTSO-E press release, html
> Open Enhanced Coordination Report (pdf, 804.86kB)

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RSC Conference 2019: Rush to Copenhagen

08.10.2019

The weather turned out typically Nordic with quite stormy wind and some rain, but otherwise host Nordic RSC could be more than happy about a great success and a fruitful gathering of our industry – about 250 participants from all over Europe came to the third “RSC Conference” today in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The event was staged by Nordic RSC at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in the Copenhagen Towers, which also house the offices of the Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) of the power transmission system operators (TSOs) of Denmark (TSCNET shareholder Energinet), Finland (Fingrid), Norway (Statnett), and Sweden (Svenska Kraftnät).

One of the key sentences fell quite early: “Nobody knows the future, but it will be electric!” In the European energy system that is already interconnected and will become even more so in future, coordination of cross-border electricity flows is one of the most crucial tasks for TSOs. To a large extent, this task is performed by Europe’s RSCs, with Coreso (based in Brussels) and TSCNET Services (Munich) as pioneers from 2013 onwards. In 2015, SCC for south eastern Europe followed in Belgrade and in 2016, Baltic RSC as well as Nordic RSC were established.

A good idea becomes a tradition
The RSCs have been holding conferences on system security since 2017, co-organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). TSCNET hosted the first RSC conference entitled “ElSeC” (Electricity Security Coordination) in Munich and one year later Coreso invited to “Power Coordination Europe” in Brussels.

The motto of “RSC 2019” was “Act locally, coordinate regionally, think European”. The event resulted in a closing speech by the CEO of the Finnish TSO Fingrid, Jukka Ruusunen, discussing how RSCs support efficient markets that in turn support security of supply. This core discussion was complemented by other general panel discussions and also by parallel, partly interactive sessions to cover as many interesting and relevant topics as possible. The topics were, for instance, “The Green Transition: The reason for change and innovation in TSOs”, “Ensuring the right competences in an RSC perspective”, “Critical Grid Situation Communication”, “Regional adequacy forecasting” or “Balancing projects and reserve sizing”. The key speakers came from the industry, EU institutions, markets and civil society.

Thomas Egebo, CEO of TSCNET shareholder Energinet, the Danish TSO, welcomed the participants and illustrated the importance of the regions using the example of the Nordic region. The ENTSO-E strategy paper on “Enhanced TSO coordination for Europe” was presented by Joachim Vanzetta, Director System Control at the German TSO and TSCNET shareholder Amprion and Chair of the ENTSO-E Board. Eryk Kłossowski, CEO of the Polish TSO PSE, and Ben Voorhorst, COO of the Dutch-German TSO TenneT – both are TSCNET shareholders – participated together with colleagues from further TSOs in the general discussion: “TSO regional cooperation and establishment of RCCs – learning from best practices”. This discussion was moderated by Laurent Schmitt, the Secretary-General of ENTSO-E.

Increasingly complex with rapidly rising requirements
Maik Neubauer, one of the two Managing Directors of TSCNET Services, held a presentation on “RSC complexities and future challenges”, focusing on the intricacy of the challenges faced by RSCs in the continuous implementation of services, in RSC collaboration and in the adaptation and integration of requirements from the EU “Clean Energy for all Europeans Package” (CEP).

On the conference website, all speeches and discussions were broadcast via live stream. Soon all presentations will be available for download as well as numerous photos from the event. All good things come in threes, as the saying goes. The third edition of the RSC Conference was indeed great, but we are all the more looking forward to next year.

Around 250 participants attended this year’s RSC Conference on 8 October in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen

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> Visit RSC Conference 2019 webpage, with videos (html)
> See conference picture gallery (Flickr, html)

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RSC conference 2019 in Copenhagen

11.07.2019

To speak of a tradition may be somewhat exaggerated in view of the third Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) Conference, but nevertheless the annual meetings on European transmission security coordination are already considered a significant contribution to the overall system security on the continent. TSCNET Services, the Munich-based RSC, had the honour of hosting the first RSC conference called “ElSeC” (Electricity Security Coordination) in 2017. In 2018, the baton was passed on to the Belgian RSC Coreso, which organised “Power Coordination Europe” in Brussels.

This year, the colleagues of Nordic RSC invite you to Copenhagen to the RSC Conference 2019, which has the motto: “Act locally, coordinate regionally, think European”. The event takes place on 8 October at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Copenhagen, which is in the same building that also houses Nordic RSC’s offices, the Copenhagen Towers. “RSC 2019” is co-organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) with the other four European RSCs – Baltic RSC, Coreso, SCC, and TSCNET Services – functioning as co-hosts. Registration for the RSC Conference 2019 is now open!

Since as many interesting and relevant topics as possible should be dealt with, there are parallel sessions in addition to the general panel discussions. The topics address concrete action perspectives for transmission system operators (TSOs) and RSCs as well as broader issues of security coordination in Europe, such as: “The Green Transition: The reason for change and innovation in TSOs”, “Enhanced TSO coordination for Europe”, “Ensuring the right competences in an RSC perspective”, “Critical Grid Situation Communication” or “Efficient markets support operational security”.

Among the speakers are Joachim Vanzetta, Director System Control at the German TSO and TSCNET shareholder Amprion, and Laurent Schmitt, Secretary General of ENTSO-E. Maik Neubauer, one of the two managing directors of TSCNET Services, will talk about “RSC Complexities and Future Challenges”, i.e. the complex challenges faced by RSCs in the ongoing implementation of services, in cooperation between the different RSCs and in adapting and integrating changes from the EU “Clean Energy for all Europeans Package”.

The RSC Conference 2019 on electricity security coordination takes place on 8 October 2019 in Copenhagen (picture: varsbergsrolands/pixabay)

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> Visit RSC Conference 2019 website (html, with access to registration)

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PowerCoordinationEurope 2018 in Brussels

21.09.2018

Last year, TSCNET Services, the Munich-based Regional Security Coordinator (RSC), had the great privilege of hosting the first ElSeC conference on Electricity Security Coordination. Now the torch was passed on to the colleagues of Coreso. The Belgian RSC, in close coordination with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and in association with the Florence School of Regulation, is organising the regional electricity summit under the new banner “PowerCoordinationEurope”.

With Coreso as host, this year’s conference participants will meet on 16 October in the immediate vicinity of European decision-making. ElSeC 2018 will take place in the Albert Hall in Brussels, just a stone’s throw away from the European Headquarters. “PowerCoordinationEurope” will be attended by high-level representatives from RSCs, transmission system operators (TSOs) and energy companies as well as by policy makers, various experts and thought leaders. The main topics to be discussed include the advancement of regional coordination, network code implementation, interoperability of RSCs and the current status of the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package.

It goes without saying that all five European RSCs play a prominent role in the event. TSCNET Services will be represented by its two managing directors, Maik Neubauer and Uwe Zimmermann. The latter will take part in the panel discussion on regional specificities of the RSC business, and Mr Neubauer will discuss the new opportunities for power coordination arising from digital solutions in information and communication technology. We look forward to good talks in Brussels .

PowerCoordinationEurope, the conference on electricity security coordination, takes place on 16 October 2018 in Brussels

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> Visit PowerCoordinationEurope webpage (html)

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ElSeC 2017 programme now available

09.10.2017

The fundamental shift of Europe’s energy landscape confronts the continent’s transmission system operators (TSOs) with many new challenges. Since we are heading more and more towards a connected pan-European power market, cross-border cooperation of TSOs is the solution of choice for the European TSOs. This also means, that the role of the European Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) has become overly important.

TSCNET Services, the Munich-based RSC, is the host of a ElSeC 2017, the Conference on Electricity Security Coordination taking place on 17 October 2017 in Munich, Germany. ElSeC 2017, as the first of a series of annual conferences to foster regional coordination in Europe, combines keynote speeches, case studies and discussions on the current state of regional security coordination with visions of the energy future.

Now the complete preliminary programme for ElSeC 2017 is available online. There are four main sections presenting a “Regional Approach for Europe’s Power Grid”, “Demonstrations of Regional Solutiones for Grid Security”, “Perspectives on the Institutional Framework” and, as panel discussion, “The Organisation of the European Power Grid in 2030”. The welcoming speech will be given by Maik Neubauer, one of the new Managing Directors of TSCNET Services.

We would like to point out that invited participants still have the possibility to register by 13 October at the latest. For registered participants, the ElSeC 2017 app is also available.

> Visit ElSeC 2017 webpage (html)
> Open ElSeC 2017 programme (pdf, 519kb)

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First of a series – ElSeC conference on 17 October

29.03.2017

Today’s energy system in Europe is characterised by cross-border cooperation. Regarding the power transmission grid, this cooperation is wedded to the concept of Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) like TSCNET Services. Together with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), TSCNET will organise the Conference on Electricity Security Coordination 2017 (ElSeC 2017). The invitation-only conference provides an interactive and attractive platform for leaders and senior executives of the sector to connect and share opinions. It will be held on Tuesday, the 17th of October, at the “Literaturhaus München” in the heart of Munich, Germany.

ElSeC 2017 is the kick-off to a series of annual conferences to strengthen regional coordination in Europe, each of them hosted by one of the RSCs. This year, the conference will cover a range of topics within three different theme parts:

A) Grid Issues & Solutions – taking up the challenges
B) Regional Coordination – the current state of play
C) The Power System in 2030 – visions for tomorrow

The conference programme includes keynote speeches, case studies, a panel discussion, and networking opportunities. The conference will be followed by a Conference Dinner.

On Monday, the 16th of October, the day before the conference, there will be an Open Evening at the premises of TSCNET Services in Munich. This informal get-together is also open to all registered participants. The office can be reached easily by public transport, directly from both Munich airport and the central station.

The participation fee is €250 (VAT excluded) for regular attendees and €125 (VAT excluded) for participants from an ENTSO-E member organisation, including TSC member TSOs. The fee covers overhead costs and includes lunch, refreshments, the conference dinner, and the open evening.

Today, TSCNET has published the ElSeC 2017 webpage (www.tscnet.eu/elsec2017/) that will be regularly updated. Dedicated invitations will be sent by mail and email. If you have questions, please contact our Conference Office by email (elsec2017@tscnet.eu) or by phone (+49 89 45554120).

> Visit ElSeC 2017 webpage (html)

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“Literaturhaus München” where ElSeC 2017 will take place on the 17th of October (Pictures: Literaturhaus München)

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Prepared for the solar challenge

20.03.2015

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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