Carole and Sonja started as Junior Operations Managers

12.10.2018

Each new co-worker brings new stories and new insights to a team. This also applies to the two new Junior Operations Managers in the Service Operations unit: Carole Rickmouni and Sonja Tomic. Let’s start with Carole, a 27-year-old energy engineer “from a tiny French island in the Indian ocean”, east of Madagascar and 175km southwest of Mauritius: La Réunion. Only a few Europeans should know that the 63km long island has a real three-thousander: The Piton des Neiges volcano at 3,070m above sea level. Translated, the name of the mountain means: snow peak. “In fact, it’s a beautiful ski resort,” confirms one tourism expert. But he adds: “Despite its name, even at the top of the mountain snow practically never falls. The last snow on the island fell a few years ago and some locals almost thought it was the end of the world. The mountain is awesome, so come to visit – but leave the skis at home.” Now in Munich, however, Carole definitely wants to climb mountains and ski.

She also has clear professional goals in mind: “I am passionate about sustainable development and I want to develop my skills in power system operations and electricity markets,” says Carole. “One of the most interesting aspects of energy system transformation is securing the electricity grid, which was originally not designed for renewable energies.” She knows what she’s talking about: For her thesis she dealt with the economic and technical assessment of the Danish power grid.

The 26-year-old Sonja has also already gained some experience in the field of energy. She comes from the small town of Kakanj in Bosnia-Herzegovina, about 50 kilometres north of Sarajevo. With its coal deposits and power station (Termoelektrana Kakanj), it played an important role in the industrialisation of the former Yugoslavia.

The power plant also aroused Sonja’s interest in the energy sector. A good year ago she completed her studies and obtained a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, department Energetics. Already during her studies, she worked in the field of data analysis and started shortly before finishing her studies at an international company with a focus on the energy industry.

In 2016 it was the first time that Sonja visited Munich – “and I immediately fell in love with the city,” she sums up. In addition to the business itself, she was also convinced by the internationality and cultural diversity of TSCNET Services. She wants to learn a lot here and develop further in her team. And she is pretty sure: “My move to Munich – that was a one-way ticket”. If it’ s up to her colleagues: Yes, gladly!

TSCNET Services has welcomed Carole Rickmouni and Sonja Tomic as Junior Operations Managers in the Service Operations unit

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First cross-border FCR auction with France

17.01.2017

Several national transmission system operators (TSOs) from Central Europe form the largest European transnational cooperation on the procuration and exchange of Frequency Containment Reserve (FCR). The Austrian, Dutch, German, and Swiss TSC members APG, TenneT, 50Hertz, Amprion, TransnetBW, and Swissgrid are part of this FCR consortium. In August 2016, the Belgian TSO Elia acceded to the collaboration, and now also the French TSO RTE has joined the fold.

On 10 January 2017, the first common cross-border FCR auction with RTE was succesfully held for the delivery period of the third week of 2017. The entry of West Denmark to the regional market – and thus the participation of further TSC member Energinet.dk – is firmly planned for the future. With their voluntary initiative, the partaking TSOs support the implementation of the European Electricity Balancing Guideline (EB GL) and also the EU Energy Package “Clean Energy for All Europeans”.

> See 50Hertz press release, in German (html)
> See Amprion press release, in German (html)
> See Swissgrid press release (html)
> See TenneT press release, in German (html)
> See TransnetBW press release, in German (html)

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European transmission system “winter-proof”

30.11.2016

On 29 November, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has published its Winter Outlook 2016/17, a supply security forecast on the forthcoming winter season. The document offers a detailed and consistent analysis of possible EU-wide menaces to the security of electricity supply. Good news first: Taking the possibilities of cross-border trade into account – with surpluses from one country covering shortages in another – ENTSO-E is positive that the EU states will have no problems in meeting the demand.

The ENTSO-E Winter Outlook is based on an EU-wide modelling of generation resources, customer demands and flexibility resources. It is a valuable tool for the European transmission system operators (TSOs) to gain information on the condition of the Europe-wide transmission system and on the operating status of neighbouring TSOs.

Since renewable energy sources have been expanded significantly, ENTSO-E expects an increase of 11GW in comparison to the total generation capacity of last winter. Political turmoils in eastern Europe are not seen as a threat to the good overall situation. According to the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), a possible interruption of gas transit through the Ukraine should have no impact on the security of electricity supply. Still, there is one fly in the ointment. Due to safety tests and maintenance, thirteen of altogether 58 French nuclear plants will probably be unavailable in December 2016 and nine in early 2017. This results in the lowest nuclear power generation in France of the last ten years and potentially in a tense situation within the French transmission system that could affect neighbouring countries.

> See ENTSO-E press release (html)

> Open ENTSO-E Winter Outlook 2016/17 and Summer Review 2016 (pdf, 4.5mb)

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Cross border intraday market with six countries

06.10.2016

5 October 2016 saw the successful launch of the new Belgian-French and Belgian-Dutch intraday solution for cross border trades. Now the the Dutch and Belgian intraday markets are connected to the respective markets of Austria, Germany, France and Switzerland.

In cooperation with the Belgian and French transmission system operators (TSOs) Elia and RTE, TSC member TenneT, the Dutch-German TSO, offers intraday cross-border capacity for the Belgian-French and Belgian-Dutch bidding zones. This is done via the new M7 intraday trading platform which replaces EuroLight, the platform hitherto used for intraday trading in Belgium and the Netherlands.

> See TenneT press release (html)

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Contributing to CIGRE Session

23.08.2016

Until this coming Friday, 26 August 2016, the 46th CIGRE Session remains in full swing at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France. The biennial event hosted by the Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE, Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Électrique), an international non-profit association for promoting the collaboration of international energy experts is easily to be recognised as the premier opportunity for representatives and specialists from the worldwide power industry to meet and exchange know-how and business practices.

Given the high prestige of the CIGRE Session, it is more than natural that delegates from European transmission system operators (TSOs) and TSC members play a prominent role in the conduct of the event. Not to mention the fact that the international coordination between TSOs is one of the featured topics of the 46th CIGRE Session. Representatives from TSC members share their knowledge especially by means of contributing to three study committees dealing with aspects of system management (C 1: “system development and economics”, C 2: “system operation and control”, C 3: “system environmental performance”).

Just a few TSC member delegates can be mentioned here: For instance, Joachim Vanzetta, the director system control of German TSO Amprion and Henk Sanders, strategist environmental and spatial planning at the Dutch-German TSO TenneT who serve as committee chairmen. Special reports are given by Aleš Kregar, transmission network expert for Slovenian TSO ELES and Alan Croes, TenneT’s senior manager DC interconnectors. Amprion’s expert for system management, Jens Jacobs moderates a poster session on system operation. These and the many more TSC representatives attending the CIGRE Session offer highly valuable contributions to the meeting. In doing so they demonstrate that TSC’s goal of ensuring and enhancing the overall system security perfectly complies with CIGRE’s general objective of improving present and future electric power systems.

> For further information see CIGRE event page (html)

Picture: Paris Tourist Office / Fabian Charaffi
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Get your CIGRE Session ticket!

11.08.2016

The Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) invites representatives and specialists from the worldwide power industry to participate in its biennial session. The 46th CIGRE Session will take place at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France from 21 to 26 August 2016. CIGRE is an international non-profit association for promoting the collaboration and knowledge exchange of international experts to improve present and future electric power systems.

The CIGRE Session 2016 is a unique opportunity to meet, listen to and discuss with international power system experts from transmission system operators (TSOs), distribution system operators, energy-related organisations, universities or technology companies. The Session provides official presentations, panel discussions, technical meetings and poster sessions. A social side program with welcome drinks and coffee breaks encourages further discussions in a relaxed atmosphere. The main program will be complemented with a technical exhibition held in the same location presenting new services, tools, equipment, materials and advanced technologies from the field of power systems. Together the CIGRE Session and the technical exhibition assemble more than 8,500 senior executives, engineers and specialists from all over the world.

The coordination between TSOs belongs to the main themes of this year’s CIGRE Session. Therefore the participation of TSO representatives should be particularly beneficial. The other major topisc include the integration of renewables, super grids and smart grids, environment and sustainability, public acceptance of power systems and publicity work, active distribution systems or ecological equipment design. Those whishing to attend the CIGRE Session 2016 can register directly on the CIGRE homepage.

> Visit CIGRE event announcement (html)

Picture: Screenshot taken from CIGRE promotional video “CIGRE Session 2016”
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Welcome guests from France

15.06.2016

In changing competitive environments it is essential to keep up with news and developments. TSCNET Services received the visit of an eleven-headed delegation of France’s state-owned electricity company EDF (Electricite de France), members of its so-called CPMI (Comité de Pilotage de la Mission Interconnexion). The CPMI is an advisory board on sustainability and the coordination of transmission skills, internal to the EDF Group. It is directed by Alain La Rocca, Director of the CIST (Centre d’Ingénierie Système Transport, the Power System & Transmission Engineering Centre). One of its objectives is to monitor European regional intitiatives such as TSC and TSCNET Services. Both parties took the opportunity to have a frank exchange of views and opinions regarding the European power grid.

The EDF Group is the world’s biggest electricity generator and is said to be the world’s largest utility company. It operates across all electricity business sectors, from generation to trading and transmission grids. Worldwide, EDF has more than 38m customers and more than 150,000 employees.

Picture: Symbolic
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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.

> See IGCC communication (pdf, 97kb)

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Companies welcome Paris climate agreement

15.12.2015

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris, France, ended with the so-called Paris Agreement, a global agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. A collection of 35 German companies, including TSC member 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), issued a joint declaration of “welcoming the clear commitment made by large industrial countries to undertake the necessary transformation of their energy systems by the middle of the century”.

> See Paris Climate Agreement Business Declaration, published via GermanWatch (html)

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

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Italy on a daily basis

03.08.2015

The D-2 NTC capacity calculation project for the transmission grid at the northern Italian borders has reached a major milestone with the start of the so-called external dry run phase: The values of the daily capacity calculation performed by experts of TSCNET Services and Coreso now get published on the website of the Capacity Allocation Service Company (CASC). The calculations are based on the inputs of the five transmission system operators (TSOs) involved (RTE, Terna, and the TSC members APG, Eles and Swissgrid). Congratulations to all involved!

> See CASC project website (html)

> See CASC values website (html)

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