ENTSO-E: Conference on the “System of Systems”

12.10.2020

Today the webinar or rather web conference series of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) under the motto “Vision for the future of the power system” started. The online events with panel discussions focus on the upcoming challenges and opportunities for the European energy system up to 2030 – how can we best contribute to climate neutrality by 2050, how can we put the customer first, and how can we increase the flexibility of the transmission system? The series was kicked off by the two-hour video conference “ENTSO-E’s Vision 2030: major trends and developments”. The core message was clear and ultimately resonated through all the contributions: “We need a multi-layer, multi-player, cross-sector and cross-border coordination, cooperation and integration.”

The first webinar of the series started with an introductory speech by Laurent Schmitt, Secretary General of ENTSO-E. Among the other contributors were Joachim Balke, Head of Unit for Infrastructure and Regional Cooperation in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy, and Morten Petersen, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. Both high-ranking representatives of European energy policy gave keynote speeches. Mr Balke reported on “The Green Deal: Pathways to deliver on the European long-term ambitions”. He stressed the possible synergies and said that we would only be able to achieve our goals if we stopped hesitating and started now. Mr Petersen spoke about “Key milestones on the path to climate neutrality by 2050 and delivering the Green Deal”.

Radical changes ahead
The issues addressed in the other individual presentations related to the ENTSO-E visions of the energy future and dealt with project scenarios in the network development plans, system needs, and the main trends in the energy system identified by ENTSO-E. Dimitrios Chaniotis, Chair of the System Development Committee of ENTSO-E, also described the enormous savings potential for Europe, but also the “significant uptake of HVDC transmission” through the offshore development. Timothée Decroix, Chair of the Policy & Communication Expert Group of ENTSO-E, explained the close linkage between System Operations and Market Design. The system change would be more radical than most people were aware of today. Power transmission grids were of crucial importance, but they could not solve the major tasks ahead on their own.

Damian Cortinas, Vision 2030 Project Leader at ENTSO-E, then came to a kind of conclusion: a “System of Systems” had to be established jointly, in which the Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) such as TSCNET Services were developed into Regional Coordination Centres (RCCs). The success of this system on would depend on four factors in particular: “resilience, forecasts, automation and artificial intelligence”.

Three stakeholder representatives brought various additional aspects to the discussion: Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe (Climate Action Network), Monique Goyens, Director General of the European consumer organisation BEUC, and Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General of the industry association Hydrogen Europe. The open discussion that followed, with well over 20 contributions, was also very lively and highlighted many vastly different aspects. By the way, five more ENTSO-E webinars are scheduled in the next two days – it’s worth taking part.

ENTSO-E is hosting a webinar on the future development of the European power system

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> Open ENTSO-E webinar series webpage (html)

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ENTSO-E study calls for greater cross-border capacity

11.08.2020

93GW by 2040 – that is the need for additional cross-border transmission capacity in Europe identified by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) in the recently presented study “Completing the map. Power system needs in 2030 and 2040”. Just like the “Roadmap for a multi-sectorial Planning Support” published in July, the system needs study is related to ENTSO-E’s Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP). Capacity demand has been determined all across Europe, with a total need of 50GW at almost 40 borders by 2030 and 43 additional GW at more than 55 borders by 2040.

ENTSO-E considers this capacity expansion to be essential for implementing the EU Green Deal – i.e. achieving climate neutrality while controlling security and costs. To reduce energy consumption by 110TWh per year by 2040, avoid 53m tonnes of CO2 emissions, and promote market integration and price convergence between bidding zones, substantial investments are needed for additional cross-border exchanges. According to ENTSO-E, €1.3bn per year between 2025 and 2030 will reduce generation costs by €4bn per year, while investments of €3.4bn per year between 2025 and 2040 will reduce generation costs by as much as €10bn per year.

Power transmission projects currently in the design or development stage cover only about 43GW of the 93GW. The results of the ENTSO-E system needs study should lead to the design of new projects to meet newly identified demand. Project promoters may submit projects covering these needs for the TYNDP 2020 by the end of September. ENTSO-E emphasises that, in addition to increased transmission capacity, all other solutions should be considered to meet the identified needs, such as storage, hybrid offshore infrastructure, smart grids, and Power-to-X conversion technologies. The importance of coordinated cross-sectoral planning – including electricity and gas, but also transport and heat – has already been highlighted by ENTSO-E in the roadmap for multi-sectorial planning.

ENTSO-E has published a system needs study which identifies an additional demand for cross-border transmission capacity (illustration based on graphics by ENTSO-E)

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> See ENTSO-E press release (html)
> Open System Needs Study (pdf, 6.21MB)
> Open study summary (pdf, 3.02MB)

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ENTSO-E Annual Report 2019 released

01.08.2020

For transmission system operators (TSOs), Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs), and other players in the energy market alike, last year was marked above all by the entry into force of the EU “Clean Energy for all Europeans Package” (CEP). Actually, the TSOs and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) were still in the process of implementing the Third Energy Package, but work on meeting the requirements of the CEP has already commenced in 2019.

This is also reflected in the recently published ENTSO-E Annual Report 2019, which describes activities related to the legal mandates given to ENTSO-E. The report divides these activities into seven chapters: 1. System Operation; 2. Market; 3. System Development; 4. Transparency Regulation; 5. Research, Development and Innovation; 6. Cybersecurity, Interoperability and Data; 7. TSO-DSO partnership and demand side flexibility.

Prior to its release, the Annual Report was subject to a public consultation with stakeholders from 22 June to 20 July 2020, whereupon the comments received were taken into account and the Annual Report was submitted to the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).

ENTSO-E has published its Annual Report 2019 (picture: ENTSO-E)

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> See ENTSO-E press release (html)
> Visit ENTSO-E Annual Report 2019 site (html)
> Open Annual Report 2019 (pdf, 6.7MB)

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TSOs of the Central SOR submit RCC proposal

29.07.2020

The EU Regulation on the internal electricity market (2019/943) calls for a higher degree of coordination between transmission system operators (TSOs) at regional level. This is to be achieved through the establishment of Regional Coordination Centres (RCCs). Regulation 2019/943 provides that the future RCCs will act more autonomously in terms of risk prevention than the current Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) like the Munich based TSCNET Services. On 6 April 2020, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) published a decision on the geographical scope of the RCCs (ACER Decision 10/2020) and defined the so-called System Operation Regions (SORs). The TSOs of each SOR were invited to submit a proposal on the establishment of RCCs to the relevant national regulatory authorities (NRAs).

The 19 TSOs of the Central SOR – including all TSCNET shareholders except the non-EU TSO Swissgrid from Switzerland and also three TSCNET customers – now have submitted their joint proposal for the RCC establishment in accordance with Article 35 of Regulation (EU) 2019/943. It was published by the German Federal Network Agency (“Bundesnetzagentur“).  The TSOs’ suggestion is to develop existing RSCs into RCCs by adapting them to comply with the requirements of the EU Regulation. The TSOs are of the opinion that despite their increased autonomy, the future RCCs should have their grid stability measures confirmed by the TSOs. The respective TSOs concerned should be able to carry out reviews where appropriate and to oppose RCC measures on well-founded reasons. This requires an intensive exchange of information between RCCs and TSOs.

The paper proposes working agreements and service contracts as basis for the TSO-RCC cooperation. The core tasks of the RCCs should remain those of the RSCs, such as security analysis, outage planning coordination, capacity calculation, adequacy forecasts, or grid modelling. In addition, the RCCs should assist TSOs in identifying transmission system extension and modernisation priorities. RCCs should also be involved in assessing the extent to which foreign capacity may participate in national capacity mechanisms. A proposal from the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E), which is still pending, shall define which tasks the RCCs will perform in determining regional reserve capacity and in the regional procurement of balancing power.

The 19 TSOs of the Central SOR have published a joint proposal on the establishment of RCCs (picture: ENTSO-E)

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> Open Joint TSO proposal, in German (pdf, 535kb)
> Open ACER decision 10/2020 (pdf, 267.6kb)
> Access to EU-Regulation 2019/943 (html)

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Renewables surpass fossil fuels

27.07.2020

Analysts from the London-based think-tank Ember have for some time now been preparing annual reports on the European energy sector by collecting grid data from the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). The mid-year analysis for 2019 has identified a positive trend for achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the European Commission’s Green Deal, which, however, also poses considerable challenges for European transmission system operators (TSOs): For the first time ever, electricity generation from renewable sources has exceeded that from fossil fuels. In the first half of 2020, wind, solar, hydro and bioenergy generated 40% of the electricity in the EU Member States, while fossil fuels accounted for 34%.

Europe’s power industry faced a dramatic first half of the year and it should not go unmentioned that the substantial decline in electricity demand across the continent because of the COVID 19 pandemic also has an impact on the development in 2020. Nevertheless, this is a symbolic moment for the transition of the European power landscape. Renewable energy generation increased by 11% in the first half of 2020, mainly because more wind and solar facilities have been installed. In addition, conditions were also quite favourable with a sunny second quarter and a very windy February. In contrast, fossil generation fell by 18% over the same period, forced by falling demand and the growth in renewable energy.

With their committed responses to increasingly decentralised and volatile generation – such as grid extension and modernisation, technological compensation for the loss of reactive power, smart grid control, or cross-border cooperation – European TSOs are supporting this development sustainably.

In the first half of 2020, European electricity generation from renewable sources has exceeded fossil generation

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> See Ember press release (html)

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ENTSO-E roadmap for coordinated multi-sectorial planning

17.07.2020

Smart Sector Integration is an important topic on the European energy policy agenda and is recognised as a key factor for a climate-neutral energy system. Smart Sector Integration contributes to cost-effective solutions for system needs, supports system security and resilience, and facilitates the decarbonisation of other sectors through innovative, cross-sector solutions and synergies. For this reason, infrastructure planning for the future power system requires a multi-sectoral approach that includes facilities for electricity and gas transmission as well as for transport and heat. In recognition of and to promote the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has published a roadmap for the development of multi-sectoral planning support up to 2030.

Multi-Sectorial Planning Support (MSPS) constitutes a long-term, holistic view of system planning. It facilitates coordination and consistency between the different sectors in infrastructure planning. As basis for system and sector development plans, it allows for even more comprehensive and consolidated scenarios compared to the current joint scenarios of ENTSO-E and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG). In a screening process, projects which have relevant interactions with other sectors, or which compete with projects in other sectors are compared through a transparent cost-benefit analysis, taking the ENTSOs’ Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) to a new level.

ENTSO-E has published the “Roadmap for a multi-sectorial Planning Support” (picture: ENTSO-E)

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> See ENTSO-E press release (html)
> Open Roadmap (pdf, 2.07MB)
> Open Executive summary (pdf, 362.4kB)

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RSC Conference 2020: A focus on digital cooperation

15.07.2020

The vital function of the European Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) has been and continues to be maintained despite the Corona pandemic. Regardless of the crisis, it is of great importance to exchange innovative concepts, significant insights, and daily practice in securing the European electricity system. For this reason, the annual RSC Conference will also take place in 2020, this time organised by the Baltic RSC and, as always, in cooperation with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). However, the pandemic certainly influences the organisation of the event, so that this year’s conference, the fourth in total, will be accessible as a podcast as well as live digital streaming from the Tallinn Creative Hub in the Estonian capital on 24 November 2020. Speakers and participants have the possibility to participate either remotely or physically.

The RSC Conference 2020 is entitled “Securing future power systems with digital cooperation” and thus will focus on the digital aspects of TSO regional coordination. A further emphasis will be given to the challenges of implementing the EU Green Deal, the large-scale integration of renewable energy sources, offshore deployment, and the implementation of the EU Clean Energy Package. A foresighted review of the COVID-9 pandemic and its impact on regional risk preparedness scenarios is also intended.

Baltic RSC and ENTSO-E have confirmed the keynote speech of the conference given by Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy in the von der Leyen Commission, and the participation of Taavi Veskimägi, CEO of the Estonian TSO Elering. Updates on other participants and further information will be made available regularly on the RSC Conference 2020 website, where you can register for the conference already now – for virtual or in person participation.

The RSC 2020 Conference on digital cooperation in electricity security coordination takes place on 24 November 2020 in Tallinn and is hosted by Baltic RSC (picture of Tallinn by Külli Kittus, Unsplash)

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> See Entso-E news release (html)
> See Baltic RSC news release (html)
> Visit RSC 2020 Conference website (html, with access to registration)

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ENTSO-E promotes green economic recovery

06.07.2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the European transmission system operators (TSOs) lived up to their responsibilities and focused their efforts on maintaining a secure and sufficient supply of electricity, whether for systemically critical facilities or private consumers. The task in the aftermath of this unprecedented crisis is now to ensure that, when Europe’s economy and society regains momentum after the SARS-CoV-2 downturn, it does so in a future-oriented and environmentally responsible manner. Against this background, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), on behalf of its member TSOs, welcomes the European Commission’s strategy to focus on achieving a climate-neutral, resilient, and innovative EU.

ENTSO-E is confident that European TSOs are ready and willing to contribute their expertise to the green recovery. The Corona crisis should not prevent European decision-makers from complying with the EU Green Deal, as ENTSO-E considers it to be central to Europe’s economic recovery. To succeed in the sustainable post-pandemic upturn and the Green Deal, ENTSO-E recommends four key actions to EU policy makers:

  • Recognising the key role of electricity TSOs in system integration – towards a “system of interconnected systems”. This includes multi-sectoral grid planning and forward-looking investments.
  • Putting electrification at the heart of the EU’s decarbonisation policy, as electricity is the dominant vector for clean energy and the electricity transmission grid is central to this.
  • Investing in low-carbon, purpose-built infrastructure and in a “cyber-physical” power supply system.
  • Ensuring a smooth recovery of the entire electricity value chain. This also involves strengthening Europe’s industrial and strategic autonomy.

ENTSO-E is committed to the success of the Green Deal and proposes action strategies to European policy makers (picture: Steffen Horstmann)

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RDI Roadmap and TYNDP 2020: consultation and webinars

30.06.2020

The Ten-Year Network Development Plans (TYNDPs) are biennial publications of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and for Gas (ENTSOG). The TYNDPs are considered by the European Commission (EC) when selecting Projects of Common Interest (PCIs). ENTSO-E and ENTSOG are obliged to develop scenarios for the TYNDPs, and in the case of TYNDP 2020, the two organisations have worked together on these scenarios for the second time. The scenarios should not only identify the future demand for electricity and gas infrastructures and projects, but also survey and assess the interactions in a hybrid energy system between the gas and electricity sectors.

The ENTSOs now have presented the final version of the scenarios. The supply and demand data collected by the member transmission system operators (TSOs) for gas and electricity are used to create the central “National Trends” scenario, which reflects the national energy and climate plans of individual member states and recognises the EU climate targets. The “Global Ambition” and “Distributed Energy” scenarios are designed as comprehensive energy scenarios in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. They also consider the EU-27 efforts to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050. Laurent Schmitt, Secretary General of ENTSO-E, defines these scenarios as “a comprehensive, reliable and contrasted set of possible energy futures that will allow ENTSO-E and ENTSOG to perform a sound assessment of European infrastructure projects in the TYNDPs”.

There is another ENTSO-E project related to the European Green Deal and its goal of climate neutrality by 2050, and that is the Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap 2020-2030. In line with the requirements of the EU Clean Energy Package, the RDI Roadmap combines the opportunities offered by technological trends, the needs of TSOs related to grid operation and market development, and the input from the policy objectives of the EC and other stakeholders.

The Roadmap identifies three major areas for RDI – Integrated Systems, Power Grid, and Cyber Physical System – and six European innovation flagships addressing them: cross-sector integration, deep electrification, grid use and development for a pan-EU market, large-scale offshore wind energy integration, secure operation of a widespread hybrid AC/DC grid, and control centre operations and interoperability. It is understood that TSOs in the electricity sector act as catalysts for committed and flexible innovation strategies and that they have already demonstrated their determination to coordinate individual efforts to implement the Green Deal and related policies.

The ENTSO-E RDI Roadmap 2020-2030 is open for consultation until 10 August and will then be submitted to the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) for its opinion. ENTSO-E will organise webinars on both, Roadmap and TYNDP Scenarios, on 2 July and 3 July, respectively.

ENTSO-E has opened a consultation on the RDI Roadmap 2020-2030 and is organising webinars on the Roadmap as well as on the TYNDP 2020 Scenarios (picture: ENTSO-E)

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> See ENTSO-E press release on TYNDP Scenarios (html)
> See ENTSO-E press release on RDI Roadmap (html)
> Visit TYNDP 2020 Scenario website (html)
> Open TYNDP 2020 Scenario Report (pdf, 7.28MB)
> Open RDI Roadmap (pdf, 4.83MB)
> Access to RDI Roadmap consultation (html)
> Register for Scenario webinar (html)
> Register for Roadmap webinar (html)

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ENTSO-E pays tribute to the work done for IT tools

21.06.2020

As already reported in our news blog, the pan-European IT tools for Outage Planning Coordination (OPC) and Short-Term Adequacy (STA) are operational since the end of March and the end of May 2020, respectively. OPC and STA are services provided by Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) and transmission system operators (TSOs) to increase the operational security of Europe’s power system. The OPC tool allows all five European RSCs and 38 TSOs to coordinate outage planning on a weekly basis, while the STA tool provides them with daily calculations based on generation and demand forecasts of all ENTSO-E member TSOs. These calculations help to identify possible adequacy deficiencies for the coming week.

The tools that now work are based on prototypes developed by the two major European RSCs out of the five. The pilot of the OPC tool was created by TSCNET Services in Munich, Germany, while the STA tool is based on a prototype of CORESO, based in Brussels. Both tools run on the ENTSO-E Communication and Connectivity Service Platform (ECCoSP) and demonstrate the continuing commitment and efforts of the entire TSO community: TSOs, RSCs, and ENTSO-E.

Tahir Kapetanovic, Head of the Control Centre of TSCNET shareholder APG, the Austrian TSO, and Chairman of the ENTSO-E System Operation Committee, considers cross-border coordination and intensive cooperation to be essential for the smooth functioning of the European power system. “Jointly developed pan-European IT tools such as the OPC and STA tools, allow uniform norms and standards for network operation to be put into practice.”

ENTSO-E appreciates the cooperation between RSCs and TSOs in the development of the pan-European IT tools for OPC and STA

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> See ENTSO-E press release (html)
> Watch ENTSO-E video on the OPC tool (YouTube)
> Watch ENTSO-E video on the STA tool (YouTube)

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