PowerCoordinationEurope – ElSeC 2018 held in Brussels

17.10.2018

Exactly one year ago today TSCNET Services in cooperation with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) hosted the first Conference on Electricity Security Coordination (ElSeC) in Munich. Yesterday this year’s edition took place in Brussels, Belgium, under the title #PowerCoordinationEurope. The event was organised by ENTSO-E and Coreso, the Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) for Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain, in partnership with the Florence School of Regulation (FSR). The event is said to “be a unique opportunity to explore the European electricity ‘stellar system’ with its local, national, regional and European dimensions – its market, operations, planning and innovation galaxies with IT as a vehicle for connecting the dots between them”.

In the course of the conference, the so-called Clean Energy Package was repeatedly discussed – with interesting contributions. Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, reiterated his expectation that the “decarbonisation of the power sector will be faster than anticipated”. We from TSCNET Services were also present. Uwe Zimmermann, one of the two Managing Directors, took part in the panel discussion on “A journey across Europe: RSC services and regional specificities”, also covering the needed level of interoperability between the RSCs.

The second Managing Director, Maik Neubauer, was one of the panelists at the session “Digital: enabling power coordination” discussing the impacts of digitalisation and analytical intelligence on grid management and European energy markets, but also aspects like cybersecurity for grid data. Together with Laurent Schmitt, General Secretary of ENTSO-E, and FSR Director Jean-Michel Glachant, he discussed the complexity topics of managing the security in the European power grid, based on rapidly evolving technologies.
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Pictures from ElSeC 2018 #PowerCoordinationEurope (pictures by Coreso)

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The ElSeC 2018 video by Coreso presenting all five Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) in Europe (Munich and TSCNET Services from minute 5:30)

ElSeC 2018, called #PowerCoordinationEurope, by Coreso in cooperation with ENTSO-E and The Florence School of Regulation was held in Brussels

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> See ElSeC 2018 PowerCoordinationEurope programme (html)
> See ElSeC 2018 PowerCoordinationEurope list of speakers (html)

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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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Operator exchange between TSCNET and Coreso

01.07.2017

As reported, the two European Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) Coreso and TSCNET Services entered into a Cooperation Framework Agreement on 12 June 2017. But already before, the two RSCs had proven their willingness to good cooperation by establishing an official exchange of operators.

Two operators from Coreso started things off and payed a visit to the TSCNET premises in Munich, Germany, in May. After a comprehensive theoretical introduction, the guests joined a TSC operator on his late shift. In doing so, they got acquainted with the operational processes and the IT platform AMICA deployed by TSCNET. On the second day, the Coreso representatives were introduced to the process of the so-called Multilateral Remedial Actions (MRAs), the MRA tool (MRAT), and the TSCNET training programme. After two prolific days, the Coreso colleagues expressed their deep satisfaction with the inside views and informations gathered on their visit to Munich.

Two weeks later, TSC Operator Enes Halilovic and Péter Ambrus, Data Quality Manager at TSCNET, made a return visit to the Coreso company site in Brussels, Belgium. They were the first representatives from TSCNET’s operational staff to visit Coreso and received a warm welcome. To begin with, Benoit Carnandet, Senior Operator at Coreso, gave a general introduction to the organisation and staffing at Coreso. Afterwards, the TSCNET officials accompanied the Coreso operators for a full afternoon shift, whereby they learned about different processes and tools. The TSC operators used the second day to familiarise themselves with Coreso’s reporting and visualisation tools as well as the staff training.

Just like their colleagues from Brussels after their visit to Munich, the TSCNET representatives left the Coreso premises with nothing but positive experiences. The RSC’s operator exchange turned out to be in every sense fruitful and beneficial for both corporate entities. It remains to be hoped that these first cooperational steps may serve as initial spark for a long-term cooperation between Coreso and TSCNET Services.

> Visit Coreso website (html)
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Pictures: Coreso / TSCNET Services

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Coreso and TSCNET Services sign agreement

12.06.2017

According to a joint press release issued today, the two European Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) Coreso and TSCNET Services have concluded a Cooperation Framework Agreement aimed at strengthening their cooperation in assisting transmission system operators (TSOs) in their task of maintaining the operational security of the electricity system. Under this arrangement following the “System Operations Guideline” proposed by the European Commission and approved by the Member States, Coreso and TSCNET agree to set up an efficient cooperation structure and to work out initiatives to mainly

  • share existing tools, methods, and procedures of either Coreso or TSCNET
  • operate services alternately or cooperatively
  • jointly optimise services and tools for TSOs and to develop new ones.

The agreement paves the way for the two service companies representing 19 TSOs from 16 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom) to further enhance coordination at a regional level.

“TSCNET has already worked closely with Coreso, and I’m delighted to further strengthen our partnership,” said Siem Bruijns, Managing Director at TSCNET Services. “The agreement greatly increases our potential for positive outcomes for security and efficiency of the power system in Europe. It is essential to make the best use of generation facilities, and to establish a framework through which we can more easily collaborate and share information.”

The CEO of Coreso, Jean-François Gahungu, explained: “The role of Regional Security Coordinators is to provide coordination services to Transmission System Operators. Therefore, the establishment of this partnership is an important milestone. Indeed, it will enable an efficient cooperation between our two companies and will contribute to enhance the services we provide to TSOs to help them maintaining the operational security of the electricity system. As our on-going commitment is to always improve our coordination services, I am convinced this partnership will constitute a good way to foster efficiency.”

Europe’s RSC model
The European energy system is characterised by a steadily growing share of renewable energies. The situation necessitates a deep coordination between operators facilitated by RSCs. As an essential feature of the European power system, RSCs enable TSOs to better identify threats to secure system operations and to adjust measures to mitigate these risks. Coreso and TSCNET Services were the first RSCs set up. By the end of 2017, the whole European grid should be covered by a total of six RSCs.

RSCs perform services for the TSOs, such as operational planning security analysis, outage planning coordination, coordinated capacity calculation, short-term and very short-term adequacy forecasts, and a common grid model with hourly updates. The RSCs’ work increases efficiency in system operation, minimises risks of wide area events, such as brownouts or blackouts, and lower costs through maximised availability of transmission capacity to market participants.

> Open Coreso and TSCNET Services press release (pdf, 185 kb)

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Jointly flow-based

30.09.2014

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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Poster site in Paris

29.08.2014

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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