TransnetBW study presentation as online event


Challenging times demand creative solutions: TransnetBW, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), will present its study “Electricity Grid 2050” in a Twitter online event. In the study, the TSCNET shareholder develops a vision for a largely greenhouse gas-neutral energy system in Germany and Europe. TransnetBW extends the time perspective beyond the requirements of national planning guidelines and investigates what the energy system in Germany will look like once the energy and climate protection targets have been implemented. Obviously, a decisive issue for a TSO in this respect is how the appropriate grid infrastructure should develop by 2050.

The emphasis on the electricity infrastructure is fundamental for TransnetBW, because while the standards for the energy system in the year 2050 have already been determined – greenhouse gas neutrality in Germany and Europe – the planning of a demand-oriented grid in the German Network Development Plan for Electricity (NEP) is only carried out step by step and with a focus on the next 10 to 15 years. In contrast, TransnetBW is now presenting a “top down” view of the needed grid structure, which is new in its level of detail. The study also offers the opportunity to examine the transmission system designed in the NEP for its long-term sustainability.

TransnetBW is looking forward to presenting the study to all interested parties online instead of the originally intended personal presentation. The German-language livestream will start on 22 April 2020 at 10:30 a.m. under the Twitter hashtag #Stromnetz2050. Afterwards there will be the opportunity to discuss the study results live in an open question and answer session.

TransnetBW will present its vision of the future electricity infrastructure in a Twitter event on 22 April

> See TransnetBW press release, in German (html)
> Direct link to Stromnetz 2050 Twitter event, in German (html)

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Challenges and opportunities in the north


The Nordic transmission system operators (TSOs), Svenska kraftnät, Statnett, Fingrid and TSC member issued a report summarising their views on challenges and opportunities affecting the Nordic power system in the years ahead until 2025. “Climate policy, technical developments, and a common European framework for markets, operation and planning” are expected to be the main drivers of change. The four TSOs understand that the changing environment will come along with a higher demand for flexibility. A follow-up report is porjected to be published in the second quarter of 2017.

> See Nordic TSOs’ press release at website (html)


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Put your oar in the programme


Fundamental changes are happening in Europe’s power sector. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) invites stakeholders to comment on ENTSO-E’s draft annual work programme 2016 geared to EC’s “Energy Union”. By 24 September one can submit comments by using the ENTSO-E consultation hub.

> See ENTSO-E’s draft work programme (pdf, 777kb)
> See ENTSO-E communication (html)

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Brussels, worth a visit


There are only four weeks left to register for ENTSO-E’s conference “Securing Europe’s Competitive Energy Future” which takes place on 19 November in Brussels, Belgium. The convention of experts are reading into the grid’s future and explore TSOs’ possibilities to contribute to Europe’s competitiveness and security of supply. Among the speakers will be three members of the ENTSO-E-Board coming from TSC TSOs: Peder Andreasen (, Ben Voorhorst (TenneT) and Thomas Tillwicks (Swissgrid).

> See ENTSO-E conference site

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Collection of graphics


The web project of the Heinrich Böll Foundation about the “German Energy Transition” (“Energiewende”) offers a whole range of infographics detailing the transition’s most recent developments. Before long, these charts shall also be made available in Chinese, French, Polish, Russian and Spanish.

> See GET website

> Go to “Mediabox” with Infographics collection

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