New intraday products on German, French and Benelux borders under SIDC


The European Transmission System Operators (TSOs) are jointly striving for an integrated European electricity market. A key component for market integration is cross-border Single Intraday Coupling (SIDC), which was introduced in June 2018, then called XBID. SIDC aims to increase the overall efficiency of intraday trading through effective competition, increased liquidity, and more efficient use of generation resources. Further progress has now been made along the path to a common market: On 10 December 2020, the competent Nominated Electricity Market Operators (NEMOs), the Belgian and French TSOs Elia and RTE and the two TSCNET shareholders Amprion, one of the four German TSOs, and TenneT, the Dutch-German TSO, will launch new cross-border intraday products at the borders of the bidding zones between Belgium, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

In concrete terms, 30-minute cross-border products are to be introduced in intraday continuous trading at the Belgian-French border and 15 and 30-minute cross-border products at the Belgian-German, Belgian-Dutch and Dutch-German borders. With the introduction of these intraday products, the TSOs fulfil their obligation to offer cross-zonal capacity for SIDC at their borders with least common multiple of the imbalance settlement periods (ISP) and this on both sides of the respective bidding zone borders. This innovation should improve the possibilities for imbalance management by market parties, closer to real time, as market participants will be able to sell or buy cross-border products with the same resolution as the ISPs of the Belgian, Dutch, French, and German-Luxembourg bidding zones.

Moreover, Belgian and Dutch market participants will then have access to the existing market liquidity of 15-minute products in Germany and Austria and 30-minute products in Germany and France respectively, where these cross-border products have already been established. The XBID platform for SIDC comprises a common IT system with a shared order book, a capacity management module, and a shipping module. Via this platform, the new products will be available for cross-border trade in Belgium and the Netherlands from 10 December 2020 and will complement the currently existing 60-minute cross-border products. Bids for 15-minute and 30-minute products will be included in the NEMOs’ shared order books.

As SIDC represents a pan-European solution, numerous TSCNET shareholders are involved in the solution for market integration. In addition to the above mentioned TSOs, 50Hertz, APG, ČEPS, ELES, HOPS, MAVIR, PSE, SEPS, Transelectrica, and TransnetBW as well as several TSCNET customers are also part of SIDC.

New cross-border intraday products will be launched in December 2020 under SIDC

> See Amprion press release (html)
> See TenneT press release (html)

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New financial manager gives a good account


At TSCNET Services, we are committed to providing the best possible service for our shareholding transmission system operators (TSOs). International understanding is thus not actually our primary corporate objective, but we are nevertheless encouraged by the perception of our new Senior Finance & Reporting Manager in the Corporate Services business unit, Houssein Ben Boujemaa. We were already able to recruit him in September last year. When asked what particularly intrigued him about TSCNET in addition to his personal career prospects, Houssein mentions the fact that we are a company with a good 60 employees, but above all 28 nationalities. We can only say: Welcome aboard, Houssein, and great that you have already added some additional facets to our diversity.

35-year-old Frenchman Houssein holds a master’s degree in Marketing and Applied Management from the IDRAC Business School in Paris and a master’s degree in International Business from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et de Gestion de Paris. He has gained professional experience in various sectors. For example, he served as a Business Controller for France for the medical and travel security services company International SOS. At EBI SA in Paris, an affiliate of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, he oversaw the global corporate revenue planning and control for Africa and handled trade finance and loan syndication for the sub-Saharan Africa commodity market. And in the IT sector, Houssein was responsible for EMEA operations at the German branch of the computer software and service company PTC in Unterschleißheim near Munich.

For TSCNET, Houssein has been working successfully to improve financial processes and financial management since his start with us. Of course, he appreciates not only the international working environment at our premises, but also the dynamic growth of the company to which he wants to actively contribute. We are pleased that our finance area is already giving a good account of itself!

Houssein Ben Boujemaa is our new Senior Finance & Reporting Manager in the Corporate Services business unit

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First cross-border FCR auction with France


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 – 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”


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


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


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!


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


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


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,, swissgrid, TenneT Germany, TenneT Netherlands, and TransnetBW) are IGCC members.

> See IGCC communication (pdf, 97kb)

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Companies welcome Paris climate agreement


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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