Energinet.dk to invest DKK3,970m


In its Annual Report 2015, the Danish transmisison system operator (TSO), TSC member Energinet.dk, emphasises a high level of security of supply and huge and still rising investments (DKK1,860m in 2015, DKK3,970m planned for 2016). Most of the money is poured into interconnections to the Netherlands, Germany, and, in the longer term, the United Kingdom. As the wind power share keeps on growing, the number of power stations falls. The report also covers consultancy and teaching assignments on five continents, provided by Energinet.dk Energy Consultancy (EEC).

> See Energinet.dk press release (html)

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Nordic TSOs form RSCI


The four Nordic transmission system operators (TSOs) from Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark (TSC member Energinet.dk) will establish a so-called Regional Security Cooperation Initiatives (RSCI) and open a joint office in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.

The office is expected to be fully ready for operation by late 2017. On the one hand, the office staff will concentrate on the coordination of capacity calculation, outage planning, and security analysis. On the other hand, it will be charged with the development of common grid models and short and medium term adequacy forecasts across the four countries.

> See Energinet.dk press release (html)




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Core component for new AC interconnection


The “Kriegers Flak Combined Grid Solution” uses offshore wind-park connections to establish a Danish-German AC interconnection with 400MW capacity. TSC members 50Hertz from Germany and Energinet.dk from Denmark have announced that the contract for a €140m HVDC (high-voltage direct current) converter station in Bentwisch in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, has been awarded. Both transmission system operators (TSOs) expect the interconnection with two voltage source converters (VSC) to commence operations by the end of 2018.

> See Energinet.dk press release (html)

> See 50Hertz press release, in German (html)

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IGCC welcomes RTE


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.

> See IGCC communication (pdf, 97kb)

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Ministerial approval for CGS


Together, TSC members Energinet.dk, the Danish transmission system operator (TSO), and 50Hertz, one of the four German TSOs, plan to build an 400MW interconnection between the Eastern Danish and German electricity grids via the Baltic Sea. Now the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate has approved Energinet.dk’s investment application.

It is the world’s first interconnection between two countries that also connects two countries’ offshore wind farms. The unique so-called combined grid solution (CGS) will connect the Danish offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak to the submarine cables running from the German side to the two German offshore wind farms Baltic 1 and 2.

> See Energinet.dk press release (html)

Illustration: 50Hertz/Energinet.dk


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COBRA contracts signed


TSC members Energinet.dk, the Danish transmission system operator (TSO), and TenneT, the Dutch TSO, have signed contracts for the 700MW DC submarine cable and two onshore converter stations for the COBRA interconnection at the bottom of the North Sea between the Dutch and the Danish electricity grids. The €600m project with socio-economic benefits for both countries is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2019.

> See Energinet.dk press release (html)

> See TenneT press release (html)

Image showing a converter station using similar Siemens HVDC-Plus power modules (Source: TenneT)

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Denmark set world record for wind power


In a windy year 2015, Denmark set a new global record for wind power generation for electricity. TSC member Energinet.dk, the national transmission system operator (TSO), announced that the Danish wind turbines generated what corresponds to 42 per cent of the total electricity consumption, despite two major windfarms being offline. This is the highest figure yet recorded worldwide. Compared to 2014, which was itself a record period, the year-end figures show a 3% rise.

> See Energinet.dk press release (html)

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Nordic power talks


The four Nordic transmission system operators (TSOs), Fingrid, Statnett, Svenska kraftn, and TSC member Energinet.dk, invited regulators, authorities, and key market players to the “Roundtable of Nordic Power Stakeholders” near Oslo, Norway, to develop common understanding of both the threats and opportunities, and to discuss the future of the power system in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden until 2030. The Danish TSO Energinet.dk offers several documents to inform about the conference, including the TSOs’ strategy presentation.

> See Energinet.dk document site (html)

Picture: Daniel Flathagen, Creative Commons

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EC confirms Danish-German grid solution


The European Commission has now confirmed eligibility of the revised technical layout for the world’s first offshore interconnection using the national grid connections to offshore wind-farms. As part of the “Kriegers Flak: Combined Grid Solution”, TSC members Energinet.dk and 50Hertz plan to establish a 400MW offshore interconnection between the Danish region of Zealand and German Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

> See 50Hertz press release (html)

> See Energinet.dk press release (html)

> See EC site “Kriegers Flak: Combined Grid Solution” (html)

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Solutions to future-proof the market


Under its “Market Model 2.0″ programme, TSC member Energinet.dk, the Danish transmission system operator (TSO), has worked out market-based solutions for an efficient, green transition of the electricity market together with more than twenty other companies, organisations, and government authorities. Now the final project report presents 24 recommendations to “introduce changes and innovation” with “new price signals, new services, new technology, and new ways of ensuring security of supply”.

> See Energinet.dk press release (html)

> Open “Market Model 2.0″ project report (pdf, 6.2mb)

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