András Biczók new CEO of MAVIR

16.07.2019

András Biczók was appointed CEO of TSCNET shareholder MAVIR, the Hungarian transmission system operator (TSO), with effect from 15 July 2019 after the Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority approved the decision of the company’s supervisory board. He succeeds Kamilla Csomai, who resigned as CEO by mutual agreement at the end of June. Biczók studied in Germany, began his career in the financial sector and has been active in various branches of the international energy industry since 2015. Most recently he was CEO and chairman of the board of directors of the Hungarian company for natural gas storage MMBF Földgáztároló Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság.

The main objective of the new CEO is to continue to guide MAVIR on its way to becoming the leading and most advanced player in the national energy sector. This means that the TSO addresses increasing electricity transport and consumption, decentralised electricity generation from renewable sources and the anticipated developments in energy storage with new approaches. Biczók comments: “While cooperating with the players of the dynamically changing energy market and regulatory authorities in a proactive manner, we have to do our utmost that one of the pillars of the country’s competitiveness, the electricity, shall be constantly and safely available in proper quality and quantity.”

András Biczók is appointed new CEO of MAVIR

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Kamilla Csomai resigns as CEO of MAVIR

01.07.2019

The top management of TSCNET shareholder MAVIR, the Hungarian transmission system operator (TSO), is undergoing a change, after Kamilla Csomai successfully headed the company in the last challenging years. By mutual agreement, Mrs Csomai resigned from her CEO position with effect from June 21, 2019. The company’s Supervisory Board shall decide on the succession of the CEO later on.

Since 2010, Kamilla Csomai has held leading positions in the company, including Deputy CFO and member of the Supervisory Board as well as the Board of Directors. She has been CEO of MAVIR since 2015 and in this position has attached great importance to the company’s international and regional commitment, including European and regional cooperation initiatives. The departing CEO is also a member of the Board of Directors of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and Chairman of the Hungarian National Committee of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE).

Kamilla Csomai is leaving MAVIR (picture of Budapest, the capital of Hungary: Kirk Fisher, Pixabay)

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Stefan Kapferer appointed new 50Hertz CEO

26.06.2019

At its meeting on 25 June, the Supervisory Board of TSCNET shareholder 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), appointed Stefan Kapferer as the company’s new CEO. Kapferer is currently chairman of the executive board and member of the presidium of the German Energy and Water Association (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft – BDEW). He will take up his duties at 50Hertz on 1 January 2020 at the latest.

Stefan Kapferer has sound institutional and economic experience. Among other positions, he was State Secretary in Lower Saxony, State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics and chairman of the supervisory board of the German Energy Agency. From 2014 to 2016, Mr Kapferer was Deputy Secretary General of the OECD in Paris before joining BDEW in 2016.

Chris Peeters, chairperson of the 50Hertz supervisory board, emphasises Kapferer’s “deep understanding of the political and social evolutionary trends in Germany – exactly the right mix for a 50Hertz CEO: after all, as system operators we provide services to society”. Mr Kapferer himself comments on his new area of responsibility: “I am very eager to face the exciting challenge of contributing to the practical implementation of the energy transition at 50Hertz.”

Stefan Kapferer (here right next to Elia Group CEO Chris Peeters) is appointed as the new CEO of 50Hertz (picture: 50Hertz / Jan Pauls)

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TSCNET Forum 2018 with high scores

01.07.2018

Last week from 26 to 28 June our annual TSCNET Forum took place, as in previous years again in the small village Fall, idyllically situated at the Sylvenstein Lake in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps. The annual event can best be compared to a user conference, but with a lot of supporting programme and plenty of space for personal acquaintance and interaction. The offer ranged from presentations, workshops and demo sessions to wake-up activities in the morning, a “Human Bingo”, and a large team competition with Bavarian Olympics and a quiz show at night.

Except for one power transmission network operator (TSO), operators or operational planners from all 14 TSCNET shareholders were participating. Our additional customer Transelectrica, the Romanian TSO, was also represented. The focus was on the collegial exchange and the presentation of the greatly expanded services of TSCNET as one of the European Regional Security Coordinators (RSC).

Uwe Zimmermann, one of the two managing directors of TSCNET, informed the participants about “RSC Services under new legislation”. The following day, the other Managing Director Maik Neubauer explained the latest developments and the challenges in security coordination. In addition, four workshops (“WOPT 2.0”, “Data Analytics”, “Training Scenarios AMICA”, and “Feedback on current services”), a wallpaper session (“TSCNET exhibition”) and three demo sessions (“MRA Tool”, “TSCNET Academy, and “Valigate”) were held.

Apparently not only our organisation team was very satisfied with the three days of the event (although the second day in particular was unfortunately spoiled by rain): From the participants the Forum received a total of 4.52 out of 5 possible points. Many thanks for the excellent feedback! We are already looking forward to the new edition next year!

Participants of the TSCNET Forum 2018 in Fall, a district of the ski and hiking town of Lenggries, just under an hour’s drive south of Munich.

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TSCNET Services welcomes SEPS as shareholder

11.06.2018

TSCNET Services is the result of an initiative of European transmission system operators (TSOs), and to this day our company is characterised by a particularly close relationship with our customers, most of whom are also our shareholders. Today we can proudly welcome the Slovak TSO, SEPS (Slovenská elektrizačná prenosová sústava, a. s.), as the new, 14th shareholder. To mark this occasion, we have published a press release on SEPS’ participation as a shareholder.

The Slovak transmission grid consists of 2.138 km of 400 kV lines, 826 km of 220 kV lines and from historical reasons also 80 km of 110 kV lines and is connected with four neighboring countries: Czechia, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine – Burshtyn island. With the exception of the Ukraine, all neighboring TSOs are shareholders and customers of TSCNET. SEPS is solely responsible for electricity transmission throughout the country.

“A quick glance at the map is enough to see that with SEPS’ entry we are now completing the electricity security coordination in the central-eastern part of the continental transmission system” says Uwe Zimmermann, one of the two Managing Directors of TSCNET. “This move will further foster the security of supply in this region and underpins our ambition to further improve the already high quality of our security coordination services.” As a shareholder with full voting rights, SEPS can now also actively contribute to steering and developing the service company.

View of the Slovak capital Bratislava as seen from the Danube. In the background the famous castle. Picture: Džoko Stach, Pixabay.

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Taking an active part – TSCNET Forum 2017

19.04.2017

On an annual basis, the TSCNET Forum is building on its tradition of bringing together TSCNET staff and users to deepen our mutual understanding of one another and further develop our seamless cooperation. On 27-29 June, the TSCNET Forum 2017 will take place behind the beautiful backdrop of the Bavarian Alps at the village Fall near Lenggries to provide insight into the current and upcoming services that TSCNET offers. With a new format, this year’s Forum will be even more beneficial for all involved!

Following the valuable feedback which helps us to improve our tailor-made services, this year’s TSCNET Forum is scheduled over three days to ensure enough time is available for the productive interchange between participants. And there will indeed be a lot to talk about! The leading discussions will address the cooperation of the Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) in Europe, the upcoming software development and the rules of cooperation of the TSC TSOs – plus much more, including a lot of outdoor activities. We are looking forward to again seeing many TSCNET users in this stimulating and inspiring environment!

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Customer satisfaction – a never-ending race

25.07.2016

As part of ongoing efforts to improve our tools and services, TSCNET Services had released a web-based customer satisfaction survey on 10 May 2016 to help us understand whether we are still “getting it right”. The survey was live for a period of 40 days. After the survey was closed, we have collected the results and analysed them in depth. The most important ones:

  • Less than 10% of our customers think or feel “negative” about our company in general (not even one “very negative”)
  • A majority of our customers is satisfied with the services and tools provided by us.

The easy-to-use survey consisted of 20 questions ranging from customer attitudes towards our tools and services to demographic questions. An invitation mail and multiple reminder mails were sent to users and members of working groups to take part in the survey and provide their valuable feedback.

In the end, the survey was filled out by total 93 participants (38 completely, 55 partially). Overall, the feedback received was good and positive comments were received for the services and various other aspects. The customer quote that we all feel most proud of: TSCNET people “are very helpful if you need some advice”.

Performance improvement
However, as the purpose of this survey was to also determine the improvement points for further development and customer satisfaction, the next steps will now be to focus on the areas where our customers felt we could improve. Among other actions to be implemented, we will provide more information about procedures and people, and establish more (and better) alignment with customers and working groups.

We at TSCNET always have our focus on customer satisfaction and do our upmost to provide our clients with the best service and products possible – the survey plays an integral role in our drive for continuous improvement. A big thank-you goes out to each one of our customers who took the time to complete the survey. Certainly we will take all feedback and concerns seriously.

If you have additional questions regarding this survey, please contact our survey team via e-mail at “communications@tscnet.eu”.
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International forum in a magnificent mountain scenery

30.06.2016

“It was a great opportunity to meet and connect with TSO colleagues and to get quick insight into TSCNET’s services and projects,” resumed one of the 44 participants in the TSCNET Forum held on June, 28 and 29 in the beautiful village of Fall near Lenggries in the Bavarian Alps, Germany. Next to several spice-up and team building activities, there were comprehensive information sessions, passionate discussions, and training modules.

On the first day, Siem Bruijns, one of the Managing Directors of TSCNET Services gave an update on TSC and TSCNET. A so-called world café, also known as knowledge café offered three different workshops (“Rulebook and operation”, “MRA and redispatch potential exchange”, and “Change request procedure and AMICA”). The results were then presented and discussed. In the evening, an offbeat edutainment game quiz with 20 questions allowed the group to verify knowledge that is essential for their working in a both engaging and unstressful way. It meant fun with a purpose.

The second day started with a breezy and playful warm-up for the early risers. The “TSC/TSCNET exhibition” in the form of an informal poster session including demonstrations and mini workshops allowed to present ten different topics and projects (“Data Quality Management”, “TSC reporting and customer communication”, “Changes in MRA procedure”, “Outage Planning Coordination”, “Capacity Calculation”, “Coordinated Security Assessment”, “Short- and Medium-Term Adequacy Forecast”, “CGMES”, “Unicorn live demonstration”, and “TSCNET office extension”) to interested viewers and to receive feedback from them.

At the “Forum Boot Camp”, three qualified instructors led through a series of vigorous outdoor exercises in a lovely forest area next to the hotel. The different group challenges nurtured team spirit and trained problem-solving and creativity skills.

It was great to see TSCNET’s users and clients having an enjoyable time learning and sharing insights and experiences. The participants were keen to get involved and took full advantage of this occasion to make new connections, to share knowledge, and to exchange views.
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TSCNET Forum June 2016 impressions

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