MARI workshop in Brussels

13.07.2017

The European cross-border balancing project MARI (Manually Activated Reserves Initiative) was established in this year’s April. The project’s aim is to implement a European platform for balancing energy from Frequency Restoration Reserves with manual activation (mFRR) in accordance with the EU Commission Guideline on Electricity Balancing. Eight TSC members are among the total of 19 transmission system operators (TSOs) being associated in MARI: APG (Austria), ČEPS (Czechia), Energinet.dk (Denmark), Swissgrid (Switzerland), the Dutch-German TSO TenneT, and the three further TSOs from Germany, 50Hertz, Amprion, and TransnetBW.

Already at a very early stage of the project, all MARI partners consider stakeholder communication and feedback to be highly important in order to develop a liquid and user-friendly platform. Therefore the MARI parties invite interested stakeholders to a project workshop on 4 September 2017 in the premises of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) in Brussels, Belgium. Since the number of participants is limited, the event will also be broadcasted via webcast for registered users.

> See TenneT press release (html, with registration details)

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TSOs guarantee Danish-German minimum capacities

05.07.2017

Last month, the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate and the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy declared their common will to improve crossborder-exchange between West Denmark and Germany. The electricity trade between the two countries had been significantly low in the last years due to grid congestions in Northern Germany. The main reason for this is the mismatch between the increasing share of renewables and the inadequate grid extension in Germany. Hence, the respective ministries agreed to increase the capacities of the binational interconnectors. The long-term objective is to reach full capacity as soon as the relevant infrastructure has been provided.

The two TSC members Energinet.dk, the Danish transmission system operator (TSO), and the Dutch-German TSO Tennet are the executing players of the Danish-German governmental agreement. The TSOs have taken responsibility by entering into an agreement on capacities for both transmission directions. Starting 4 July 2017, Energinet.dk and TenneT guarantee minimum available hourly capacities. Those are intended to increase constantly till they have reached the final value of 1,100MW by the year 2020.

> See TenneT press release (html)

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InnoGrid2020+ on networking networks

30.06.2017

This year’s InnoGrid2020+, the conference on innovation in electricity networks jointly organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO), has taken place from 26-27 June in Brussels, Belgium. The all outstanding question of the sixth InnoGrid2020+ was, how electricity network platforms can pave the way for Europe’s fourth industrial revolution.

Europe’s energy future doubtlessly is digital and all European operators in the electricity market have to coordinate digitally and smart for more efficiency. Bente Hagem, Chair of the ENTSO-E Board, explained that the aim is to develop “digital links between electricity system operators cross-border and between wholesale and retail” for the benefit of both, climate and economy. Laurent Schmitt, ENTSO-E Secretary General, commented on the necessity for the pan-European energy sector to be interconnected digitally: “The electricity system is made of interlinked geographies: local, national, regional and European. Adding a digital layer that glues these dimensions together is a must.”

More than 400 delegates attended InnoGrid2020+ and profited from many-faceted presentations delivered by high-profile speakers. Among them were representatives from TSC members like Peder Ø Andreasen, CEO at Danish TSO Energinet.dk, and Ben Voorhorst, new elected Vice President of ENTSO-E and COO at TenneT, the Dutch-German TSO. Darko Kramar, Assistant Director TSO Division at Slovenian TSO ELES, used the opportunity to present FutureFlow, an innovation and research project linking the control areas of four central-south European TSOs, including APG from Austria and MAVIR from Hungary.

> See ELES press release (html)
> See ENTSO-E press release (html)
> Visit Innogrid2020+ website (with access to presentations and videos)

Picture: Screenshot taken from InnoGrid2020+ presentation video by ETIP Smart Network for the Energy Transition

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TenneT opens EU representation

28.06.2017

The European capital of Brussels in Belgium from now on hosts a representative office of TSC member TenneT, the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO). The company’s CEO Mel Kroon and Ben Voorhorst, Chief Operating Officer at TenneT, have officially inaugurated the venue in the presence of Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union. With the new office, TenneT wants to support its European activities targetting the integration of the continental energy market.

As TenneT has been evolving into a “real cross-border TSO”, Mr Kroon stressed the significance of running a representation in the “heart of the European energy policy”. He also expressed TenneT’s “conviction that the energy transition is a truly international endeavour”, resulting in an increasing irrelevance of national borders. Optimised international cooperation is the key for implementing “the energy transition more quickly, more efficiently and more cost-effectively.” According to Kroon, nothing less but a smart, efficient, job generating, and reliable energy market “with 100 percent renewable electricity production” is TenneT’s future vision and aim.

Maroš Šefčovič welcomed “TenneT’s ongoing efforts to further remove both physical and infrastructural barriers in the European electricity system” and particularly put emphasis on the TSO’s plans for the Power Link Island in the North Sea – a joint venture with Danish TSC member Energinet.dk. Mr Šefčovič called the ambitious Wind Power Hub “a project which has a purely European logic” and took it as an “emblematic example” of TenneT’s sustainable contributions to the Energy Union.

> See TenneT press release (html)

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Energinet.dk opens Energy Data Service portal

19.06.2017

Energy Data Service is the new portal for energy data by TSC member Energinet.dk, the national Danish transmission system operator (TSO). The innovative data exchange portal gives companies, contractors or researchers the opportunity to access and use the TSO’s extensive energy data for new services and business models. On the occasion of Energinet’s reception at the Political Festival (“Folkemødet”) on the Danish island of Bornholm on 17 June 2017, Lars Christian Lilleholt, Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, and Peder Andreasen, CEO at Energinet, officially opened Energy Data Service.

The first version of the portal contains CO2 signals as well as consumption, production, and market related data. Energinet plans to release more datasets on a regular basis. Since the provided data is machine-readable, it can automatically be utilised for smart data services, applications, or products. “In that way, our energy consumption can be smarter and more advanced in the future electricity system,” explained Mr Andreasen. With its data offering, Energinet strives to support an efficient use of energy and thus a cost-effective energy transition – to the benefit of both, the consumers and the climate.

> See Energinet.dk press release (html)
> Access to Energy Data Service

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Increase of Danish-German cross-border capacity

14.06.2017

The two TSC members Energinet.dk, the Danish transmission system operator (TSO), and the Dutch-German TSO Tennet welcome a joint statement by the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and by the respective national regulatory authorities, the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), and Energitilsynet from Denmark on cross-border electricity cooperation.

The cooperation’s main objective is to gradually increase the minimum day-ahead capacity in both directions to 1,100MW by the year 2020. The capacity increase is set to reduce the impact of several extensive grid projects in Germany – which are necessary to meet the future European energy demand – on the transmission system in northern Germany. Since the North German transmission network is highly burdened by the high feed-in of regenerative energies, both TSOs have been striving for years to improve cross-border capacities both technically and operationally. Now Energinet.dk and TenneT are working together on a timely implementation of the official regulatory standards.

> See TenneT press release, in German (html)
> See TenneT press release, in English (html; added on 16 June)

Picture: Edited detail from TenneT’s gridmap

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Framework set for MARI

09.04.2017

The “Manually Activated Reserves Initiative” – in short: MARI – is a new significant European cross-border balancing project. On April 5, a total of nineteen European transmission system operators (TSOs) signed a memorandum of understanding on a new European platform for Frequency Restoration Reserve with manual activation (mFRR). Among the associated TSOs are eight TSC members: APG (Austria), ČEPS (Czechia), Energinet.dk (Denmark), Swissgrid (Switzerland), the Dutch-German TSO TenneT, and the three further TSOs from Germany 50Hertz, Amprion, and TransnetBW.

After the approval of the EU Commission regulation Guideline on Electricity Balancing earlier this year, innovative platforms for the coordination of energy exchange have become necessary. The memorandum maps out common guiding principles on which the respective TSOs already had been working since 2016. Now the participants take concrete actions in view of the design, implementation and operation of the mFRR-platform. They will do so in close cooperation, in order to consolidate a single and shared concept.

Everybody involved is deeply commited to the mFRR development, so the TSOs are very confident not only to meet the requirements of the EU guideline, but also to increase supply security and balancing efficiency. If everything goes as planned, the platform should be ready for operation in 2020.

> See ČEPS press release (html)
> See Swissgrid press release (html)
> See TenneT press release, in German (html)
> See TransnetBW press release, in German (html)

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Danes heading towards a sustainable future

16.03.2017

Innovation and cooperation are the keywords in the Annual Report 2016 of TSC member Energinet.dk. The national Danish electricity and gas transmission system operator (TSO) is keeping up its proactive efforts to further increase the share of renewable energy within its own control area – while maintaining the high level of security supply – and to promote the energy integration on a European level by means of cross-border collaborations.

An example for the latter is the establishment of Nordic Regional Security Coordinator (RSC), a cooperation of the Nordic TSOs similar to TSCNET Services. The RSC is located in Copenhagen and managed by Energinet.dk. To foster transnational electricity trading, interconnections to Germany, the Netherlands or the UK have been built, promoted, or investigated. These endeavours have been augmented by the implementation of an upgraded DataHub and procedures for a newly conceived wholesale electricity market model involving 130 market players.

Also in financial terms, 2016 has been satisfactory for Energinet.dk. The revenue of DKK13bn (about €1.75bn) is in line with the expectations. On this solid foundation, Energinet.dk will continue working on the framework for a sustainable energy future.

> See Energinet.dk press release (html)

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TSO cooperation for Power Link Island

10.03.2017

An artificial island in the shallow Dogger Bank area of the North Sea connected to numerous nearby wind farms and distributing wind electricity to North Sea riparian states – in June 2016, TSC member TenneT, the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO), first revealed this ambitious concept of Power Link Island. Now TenneT takes its vison one step further. On 23 March, during the North Seas Energy Forum in Brussels, Belgium, TenneT TSO B.V. (Netherlands), and TenneT TSO GmbH (Germany) will sign a trilateral agreement with partner TSC member Energinet.dk, the national Danish TSO, on the cooperative development of this visionary North Sea Wind Power Hub.

Large amounts of wind and solar energy need to be fed into the transnational transmission system to succed with the energy transition on a pan-European level. Since the required quantity might not be attained by all individual European states, close cross-border cooperation on infrastructure is indispensable. Power Link Island would make a perfect example of such an international cooperation. It is not only conceived as distributor of sustainable energy, but also as interconnector between the energy markets of the riparian states. TenneT and Energinet.dk are in contact with further potential partners in order to compose a European multi-party consortium to promote Power Link Island.

The CEOs of both companies, Mel Kroon of TenneT and Peder Østermark Andreasen of Energinet.dk, appraise the innovative potential of Power Link Island. Kroon explains that “this project can significantly contribute to a completely renewable supply of electricity in Northwest Europe”. Andreasen stresses the economic efficiency of offshore energy and the need for “innovative and large-scale projects so that offshore wind can play an even bigger part in our future energy supply”.

> See Energinet.dk press release (html)
> See TenneT press release (html)

Picture: Screenshot taken from the video “North Sea Island TenneT” (TenneT, YouTube)

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Danish-German electricity highway takes shape

03.02.2017

TSC member Energinet.dk, the Danish transmission system operator (TSO), has announced an important progress for the electricity highway between Jutland, the Danish mainland, and Germany. The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate has recently approved the Danish part of the project which is a joint effort by Energinet.dk and the Dutch-German TSO and TSC member TenneT.

Graded as project of common interest by the European Commission, the new Danish-German cross-border connection is a small but nevertheless highly significant part of the future European power grid. It is conceived as a continuation of a Danish-Norwegian interconnector. As a result of this, it would not only raise the restrictions of the Danish-German trading capacity, but – according to Torben Glar Nielsen, Executive Vice President at Energinet.dk – also enhance the potentials of sending Danish and Northern German wind power and solar energy to Norway or Norwegian hydro power to Denmark and Germany.

The Danish authorities have approved the power line between Kassø in southern Jutland and the Danish-German border. Within current Energinet.dk plannings, the new over-head line will be completed in 2020. On the other side of the border, TenneT will continue the line to the substation Dollern near Hamburg. The completion of the German part of the electricity highway is also scheduled for 2020.

> See Energinet.dk press release (html)

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