XBID implementation project launched

31.08.2017

The Cross-Border Intraday (XBID) initiative is a joint initiative by power exchanges and transmission system operators (TSOs) from eleven European countries, to create a joint integrated cross-border intraday market. Now TSOs and nominated electricity market operators (NEMOs) from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania, and Croatia including six TSC members (50Hertz, APG, ČEPS, HOPS, MAVIR, and TenneT) have agreed to form a local implementation project named LIP 15. Together they want to implement continuous cross-border trading and to introduce implicit allocation of cross-border transmission intraday capacities on the Czech-German, Czech-Austrian, Austrian-Hungarian, Hungarian-Romanian, and Hungarian-Croatian borders fulfilling the requirements set by the EU-wide cross-border intraday XBID project.

The single Intraday cross-zonal market solution will be based on a common IT system linking the local trading systems operated by the NEMOs as well as the available cross-zonal transmission capacity provided by the TSOs.  The XBID IT solution is expected to be technically ready by the end of 2017. In the sequel, the local implementation projects will make their final go-live preparations.

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Good results for the Czech grid

30.08.2016

In the first six months of 2016, TSC member ČEPS, the Czech transmission system operator (TSO), has achieved a pretax profit of CZK1.2b. The good results come along with a confirmation of the current A2 rating by Moody’s, one of the world’s most important credit ratings agencies. The excellent rating helps the TSO to defray the costs for ensuring security of supply. “We continue developing the transmission system extensively, which involves considerable investments,” says Jan Kalina, Chairman of the Board of ČEPS.

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ČEPS reports on first quarter

09.06.2016

Good news from TSC member ČEPS – the Czech transmission system operator (TSO) announced that businesses went well in the first quarter of 2016: In comparison to last year’s corresponding period, the company’s profit increased by 3.9 million Czech korunas leading to a total profit of 713 million Czech korunas before taxes. Besides that, ČEPS reports a decrease of revenues from system services of about 157 million Czech korunas. According to Jan Kalina, Chairman of the Board of ČEPS, this is “caused by a change of reporting in the system” with regard to methods of accounting adjustment of distribution companies. Kalina expects a value leveling of accounting adjustment “during and especially at the end of the year”.

ČEPS transferred a total of 16,289GWh of electric energy in 2016’s first three months. Miroslav Vrba, Vice-Chairman of the Board of ČEPS and responsible for dispatching control, reports that there were no major incidents concerning the transmission sytem operation. Only in seven days of the first quarter of 2016 cross-border redispatching was necessary. Redispatching comes to use as last means to ensure grid stability.

Being aware of the risks of cyber threats, ČEPS participated in “Cyber Czech”, a two-day national cybersecurity training program. Preparations against cyber attacks are indispensable and Jan Kalina clearly points out that a malfunction of a TSO “would have a serious impact not only on safety, but also on the economy, public administration and securing basic necessities of life.”

Moreover, ČEPS applied succesfully for a grant from the European Commission program “Connecting Europe Facility”. The granted €1m will be used to prepare and document the construction of new power line projects in Western Bohemia.

Among ČEPS’ current construction projects two are of prime interest: The new power line V458 from Horní Životice to Krasíkov (scheduled for operation this autumn) and the assembly of four phase-shifting transformers for the electrical substation Hradec u Kadaně in northern Bohemia.

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Jan Kalina new ČEPS Chairman

02.04.2016

Yesterday, TSC member ČEPS, the Czech transmission system operator (TSO), announced that Jan Kalina has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors at the board’s extraordinary meeting. Voting was anonymous.

Kalina graduated from the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (Faculty of Electrical Engineering) and was appointed member of the Board of Directors in September 2015.

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ČEPS bids farewell to Tošovský

01.04.2016

With effect from yesterday, the supervisory board of TSC member ČEPS, the Czech transmission system operator (TSO), decided to remove Vladimír Tošovský (see picture) from both the position of a member and of the chairman of its board of directors. Tošovský led the company for nearly a decade with a short intermission, when he became the Czech Minister of Industry and Trade.

Karel Pícl, the vice chairman of the supervisory board and director of the operation and maintenance section, will move up to the board of directors. The new chairman will be elected by the members of the board at the earliest opportunity. The TSO’s supervisory board has also voted a new chairman: Jiří Maceška.

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ČEPS profit grow 52%

02.03.2016

The Czech transmission system operator (TSO), TSC member ČEPS, grew profit before taxes by more than 52% (681m) to CZK2.0bn in 2015, influenced by higher revenues from system services and lower costs for the purchase of ancillary services. During the course of the year, the company spent CZK5.6bn on the renewal and development of the transmission system. Throughout the year, a total of 60,563 GWh of electricity was transferred.

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IGCC welcomes RTE

17.02.2016

The members of the International Grid Control Cooperation (IGCC), the transmission system operators (TSOs) from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, issued an information on the integration of the French TSO, RTE (Réseau de Transport d’Electricité), into their organisation. The initiative for optimised control energy utilisation was launched in 2011 and performs an automatic netting of active power imbalances across control area borders. Nine TSC member TSOs (50Hertz, Amprion, APG, ČEPS, Energinet.dk, swissgrid, TenneT Germany, TenneT Netherlands, and TransnetBW) are IGCC members.

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Czech record transmission

06.02.2016

Electric power transmitted by the Czech transmission system operator, TSC member ČEPS, reached an all-time high in 2015. While the electricity export was significantly lower than in 2014, the transit load increased by 40 percent, mainly due to the rising wind power production in Germany.

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ČEPS won a European grant

01.02.2016

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme of the European Commission supports networks and infrastructures in the sectors of transport, telecommunications and energy. TSC member ČEPS, the Czech transmission system operator (TSO), successfully applied for a grant for the construction and development of the Czech transmission system and received more than one million Euros from CEF in connection with the construction of two power lines.

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Positive CEE summary

04.01.2016

TSC member ČEPS, the Czech transmission system operator (TSO), delivers a positive summary of its second one-year-long chairmanship of the regional grouping of TSOs from the Central-Eastern Europe region (CEE TSO HLM) in the past year. Among the successes lifted out by ČEPS is “the successful transfer of the cross-border transmission capacity calculation and allocation services from the auction office CAO (Central Allocation Office GmbH) to TSCNET Services GmbH”.

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