Common CID proposal


“All TSOs shall develop a proposal for a methodology for sharing congestion income,” says Article 73 of the the Commission Regulation EU (No) 2015/1222 of 24 July 2015. Next to other requirements, the proposal “shall allow for reasonable financial planning” and “establish arrangements to share congestion income deriving from transmission assets owned by parties other than TSOs.” The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) announced that the common TSOs’ proposal regarding a methodology for the Congestion Income Distribution (CID) now has been submitted to the national regulatory authorities (NRAs) and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).

> See ENTSO-E communication (html)

Picture by Matthias Ripp (Creative Commons)

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Grid projects in natural line


The EU project BESTGRID brings together transmission system operators (TSOs) and environmental groups to develop and test better practices in electricity grid development. Today, two handbooks were launched confirming “that electricity ‘projects of common interest’ can be implemented in line with existing EU nature conservation legislation”. Both handbooks (“Public Participation and Transparency in Power Grid Planning”, and “Protecting Nature in Power Grid Planning”) can be downloaded for free.

> See BESTGRID press release (html)

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Grid extended to Turkey


Yesterday, ENTSO-E’s continental Europe grid extended to Turkey. By this, one of the world’s largest AC synchronous grids growed by 75 million consumers. Senior figures from EU institutions, the Turkish government, ENTSO-E and TEIAS, the Turkish transmission system operator (TSO), attended a ceremony at ENTSO-E in Brussels, Belgium. It is the first contract of that kind on energy between a European organisation and Turkey. Merhaba!

> See ENTSO-E news (html)

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Strengthen Danish-German connection


The transmission system operators (TSOs) TenneT and want to boost the interconnection across the Danish-German border to around 2,500 MW. The two TSC member TSOs plan to upgrade the 220 kV connection between Dollern near Hamburg and Kassø in southern Denmark to 400 kV level by 2020. The 150 km transmission line is listed as one of the EU’s Projects of Common Interest (PCI).

> See press release (html)

> See TenneT press release (html, in German)


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Communications’ Tools


Most of the European countries pursue a grid extension strategy. As other infrastructure projects, the expansion of the power grid needs cooperation among the stakeholders. The new “Grid Infrastructure Communications Toolkit”, provided by the European Union, with many helpful tips and practice examples helps to develop effective PR strategies and campaigns.

> See Toolkit website

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EU framework for 2030


The European Commission has presented the 2030 energy and climate goals for a competitive, secure and low-carbon EU economy during a press conference in Brussels, Belgium. The picture shows Connie Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action at the presentation. There key elements of the 2030 policy framework set out by the Commission include a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27% and a set of new indicators to ensure a competitive and secure energy system.

> See EU press release

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