First edition of the Bidding Zone Review

06.04.2018

With the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) as facilitator, fifteen European transmission system operators (TSOs) have published a first edition of the Bidding Zone Review in line with the European Commission guideline on capacity allocation and congestion management. Among these TSOs are the TSCNET shareholders 50Hertz, Amprion, APG, ČEPS, ELES, Energinet, MAVIR, PSE, TenneT, and TransnetBW as well as the TSCNET customers Creos and SEPS.

The release follows a public consultation of the review, which lasted until 9 March. The involved TSOs have carefully considered stakeholder feedback and have now made their recommendation to the respective national government and regulatory authorities. The competent authorities have to reach an agreement by 30 September on whether to accept the bidding zone configuration or to request modifications.

> See ENTSO-E press release (html, with access to report on the review)
> See PSE press release (html, added on 10 April)

Picture: Illustration based on final ENTSO-E report

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Start of XBID solution postponed

01.02.2018

Wether technological innovation or business decision – it is always better to take the necessary time and go through conceptions thoroughly, than to compromise ambitious goals with a premature start. This is also the case with the Cross-Border Intraday (XBID) initiative. The original go-live date for XBID Solution and ten Local Implementation Projects (LIPs) has been postponed from March to June 2018, in order to allow for additional testing and two trial trading periods thus ensuring the robustness of XBID.

Nearly twenty transmission system operators (TSOs) from all over Europe are collaborating in the XBID initiative, among them are the TSCNET shareholders 50Hertz, Amprion, APG, Energinet, TenneT, and TransnetBW, as well as TSCNET client Creos from Luxembourg. Along with several Nominated Electricity Market Operators (NEMOs) and under the coordination of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) the partners are working on a single integrated European intraday market. The basis of this cross-zonal market solution is a common IT system comprising one shared order book, a capacity management module, and a shipping module.

A pan-European coupling of intraday markets through cross-border trade is a key element in creating the European internal electricity market. Provided that the LIP testing phase will be completed successfully, highly efficient intraday trading will be possible across fourteen countries from 12 June. According to the current state of planning, most of the other European countries are to follow in a second XBID-wave in spring or summer 2019.

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Picture: Edited detail of an image by Craig Mayhew / Robert Simmon (NASA GSFC) courtesy Marc Imhoff (NASA GSFC) / Christopher Elvidge (NOAA NGDC) (Creative Commons)

Linkup
> See Amprion press release, in German (html)
> Open Amprion press release, in English (pdf, 97kb)

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XBID solution to be launched in March

09.01.2018

Eighteen transmission system operators (TSOs) from numerous European countries, coordinated by the the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), and several Nominated Electricity Market Operators (NEMOs) share the common vision of a single integrated European intraday market, which is considered to be a key component of a pan-European internal energy market. To make their vision a reality, the project partners collaborate in the Cross-Border Intraday (XBID) initiative.

An important step for XBID will be taken in March 2018, when the jointly developed XBID solution and ten Local Implementation Projects (LIPs) are scheduled to go-live. The core of the XBID solution is a common IT system comprising one shared order book, a capacity management module, and a shipping module. The LIPs include the TSCNET shareholders 50Hertz, APG, TenneT, and TransnetBW, and the TSCNET client Creos from Luxembourg. They will establish continuous electricity trading across fifteen countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden), while most other European countries are to follow in a second XBID-wave in spring 2019. However, the March 2018 go-live date is still subject to the completion of a LIP testing phase.

> See Amprion press release, in German (html)
> See ENTSO-E press release (html)

Picture: EC – Audiovisual Service

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Luxembourgian TSO welcomed as new client

16.10.2017

TSCNET Services has signed a service-level agreement (SLA) with Creos Luxembourg (www.creos-net.lu), the national electricity and gas grid operator. Creos manages 585km of power transmission lines within the country. The service package consists mainly of security sssessment services for forecasting electricity flows and potential congestions within Luxembourg and at the main connection line to neighbouring electricity networks.

A recent interconnection project at Creos using the existing 220kV grid infrastructure and a new 400MW phase shifting transformer (PST) to interconnect the Belgian grid (Elia) with the Luxembourgish grid (Creos) and thus interconnecting the German and the Belgian control block makes cross-border coordination even more necessary. TSCNET Services supports Creos in maintaining the operational security of the electricity system.

“Treat a new client like the most important one” – that’s what many business consultants recommend. For TSCNET Services, this is not the point. For us, it is about guiding a new client successfully through the same security-relevant processes as any other client. With Creos, everything went flawlessly! On the 11th of October, the new client participated in the joint security assessment processes for the first time.

The other TSCNET customers will also profit from the agreement: The representation of the Luxembourgian transmission grid in the increasingly harmonised European data models will be more precise and reliable.

> Open TSCNET Services press release (pdf, 217kb)

Image on the right: Creos Luxembourg S. A.

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Impressions from the successful Creos go-live training and preparatory meetings

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