ACER consultation on fallback procedures

02.08.2018

The relevant regulatory authorities have asked the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) to review the fallback procedures in the Core Capacity Calculation Region (CCR) with regard to the European Regulation on Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management (CACM). The Core CCR consists of sixteen central European transmission system operators (TSOs), eleven of which are TSCNET shareholders: APG (Austria), ČEPS (Czechia), ELES (Slovenia), HOPS (Croatia), MAVIR (Hungary), PSE (Poland), SEPS (Slovakia), the Dutch-German TSO TenneT, and the three further TSOs from Germany, 50Hertz, Amprion, and TransnetBW.

The Core TSOs prepared an amended proposal for the CCR fallback procedures. ACER now has been given the task of verifying that this proposal complies with the respective guideline on CACM Regulation of the European Union. Since ACER has to adopt a profound decision on this matter, the Agency takes interest in the comments from different parties on some elements of the amended proposal in order to substantiate this decision. The related public consultation is open til 24 August and all interested stakeholders, including regulatory authorities, nominated electricity market operators and TSOs, are invited to submit their comments.

ACER opens public consultation on the compliance of the fallback procedures proposed by the TSOs of the Core CCR with the CACM Regulation.

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> See ACER press release (html, with access to consultation document)

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Croatian-Slovenian market coupling in June

30.04.2018

A significant step towards an integrated European power market is expected to be taken on 19 June 2018, the scheduled launch date for the Croatian-Slovenian market coupling project. Since spring 2017, the TSCNET shareholders ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO), and HOPS from Croatia have been preparing the market integration to establish day-ahead capacity allocation and congestion management at the Slovenian-Croatian border in accordance with the respective specifications of the European Commission.

In May and June, the partner TSOs will be performing trial runs on the market coupling processes and procedures. From the launch date onwards, capacity for the Croatian-Slovenian border will be implicitly allocated through the Price Coupling of Regions (PCR) solution for the day-ahead markets. This makes the border a part of the Multi-Regional Coupling (MRC) and for the first time, the Croatian bidding zone will be included in the internal European market via the Slovenian bidding zone.

> See ELES press release (html)
> See HOPS press release, in Croatian (html)
> Open joint press release (pdf, 505kb)

Picture: Croatian-Slovenian boundary river Kupa/Kolpa by Miroslav Vajdic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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HOPS joins Med-TSO

12.04.2018

TSCNET shareholder HOPS, the Croatian transmission system operator (TSO), is known as a very active company in terms of multilateral cooperation. In order to further strengthen the exchange of expertise and experience, and to participate in diverse joint projects, HOPS acceded the Association of the Mediterranean Transmission System Operators for Electricity (Med-TSO).

During the Med-TSO assembly in Brussels, Belgium, on 11 April, HOPS has officially become a member of the association. With the addition of HOPS, Med-TSO now brings together TSOs from 19 Mediterranean countries sharing the primary objective of creating a Mediterranean energy market. All European Med-TSO members are also represented in the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), which leads to much desirable synergies.

> See HOPS press release, in Croatian (html)

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SINCRO.GRID presented in the European Parliament

30.11.2017

A conference on smart grids from the perspective of regional cooperation was hosted in the European Parliament in Brussels on 28 November by the two members of parliament Franz Bogovič from Slovenia and Davor Škrlec from Croatia. As part of the conference, TSCNET shareholders ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO), and HOPS from Croatia introduced their joint smart grid project SINCRO.GRID, a Project of Common Interest (PCI) within the frame of the “Connecting Europe Facility” (CEF) programme.

SINCRO.GRID aims at optimising the efficiency of the Croatian and Slovenian electricity transmission systems by means of deploying advanced technologies as well as innovative data processing methods. The cross-border project is coordinated by ELES and, in addition to the two TSOs, consists of two distribution system operators from both countries.  SINCRO.GRID project manager mag. Simon Tot, Head of Strategic Innovation Project Coordination at ELES, presented the joint venture on the conference and emphasised the importance of such events, since they provide the “opportunity for best practices exchange, international connection and the source of ideas for planning new projects”.

> See ELES press release (html)
> Visit SINCRO.GRID website (html)

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CROSSBOW kick-off event in Sofia

18.11.2017

Sometimes complex issues require adequately complex designations. This is the case with the research project for “CROSS BOrder management of variable renewable energies and storage units enabling a transnational Wholesale market”, or in short: CROSSBOW. This multi-partner project belongs to the currently most relevant innovation projects of the EU in the smart grids sector. It is financed by the European Commission with €17.99m under the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme. The kick-off meeting for CROSSBOW was held in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia on 9 and 10 November.

The CROSSBOW consortium consists of 24 commercial, non-profit and academic partners, among which are the transmission system operators (TSOs) from eight Southeast European countries (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, the Republic of Macedonia, Romania and Serbia). The participating TSOs share a special interest in the two interrelated strategic goals of CROSSBOW: Enabling a higher share of renewables within the systems and the market on the one hand, and the reduction of operational costs to improve economic benefits on the other.

CROSSBOW is divided into six subprojects and nineteen work packages. TSCNET shareholder HOPS, the Croatian TSO, presides over subproject 6 (“Integration and demonstration”) and working package 13 (“Large scale demonstration activities of the integrated CROSSBOW eco system”). The duration of the project is four years, and in its later period, the eight TSOs will evaluate the outcomes of CROSSBOW and demonstrate the individual challenges of each participating country.

> See HOPS press release, in Croatian (html)
> Visit CROSSBOW website (“coming soon”, html)

Picture: Deensel (flickr.com, Creative Commons)

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13th HRO CIGRÉ Session

10.11.2017

The picturesque Šibenik is the oldest native Croatian town on the Adriatic shore and steeped deep in history. From 5 to 8 November however, the coastal town was also highly future-orientated, when Šibenik set the scene for the 13th Croatian session by the Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRÉ).

More than 900 experts regarding power plant related issues participated in a record number of papers, presentations and also excursions to technical facilities, thus turning the 13th HRO CIGRÉ Session in the most succesful one to date. The topics discussed in sixteen workgroups covered a multitude of energy aspects, such as substation design and maintenance, smart grid and renewables integration, transmission and distribution coordination, regulatory questions, market models or new techniques for increasing transmission capacities.

TSCNET shareholder HOPS, the Croatian transmission system operator (TSO), co-hosted the event. Its opening adress was held by Miroslav Mesić, Ph.D., President of the HOPS management board and HRO CIGRÉ President. A presentation of the Croatian-Slovenian smart grid project SINCRO.GRID, in which HOPS cooperates with further TSCNET shareholder ELES, the Slovenian TSO, was also part of the opening ceremony.

> See HOPS press release, in Croatian (html)

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XBID implementation project launched

31.08.2017

The Cross-Border Intraday (XBID) initiative is a joint initiative by power exchanges and transmission system operators (TSOs) from eleven European countries, to create a joint integrated cross-border intraday market. Now TSOs and nominated electricity market operators (NEMOs) from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Romania, and Croatia including six TSC members (50Hertz, APG, ČEPS, HOPS, MAVIR, and TenneT) have agreed to form a local implementation project named LIP 15. Together they want to implement continuous cross-border trading and to introduce implicit allocation of cross-border transmission intraday capacities on the Czech-German, Czech-Austrian, Austrian-Hungarian, Hungarian-Romanian, and Hungarian-Croatian borders fulfilling the requirements set by the EU-wide cross-border intraday XBID project.

The single Intraday cross-zonal market solution will be based on a common IT system linking the local trading systems operated by the NEMOs as well as the available cross-zonal transmission capacity provided by the TSOs.  The XBID IT solution is expected to be technically ready by the end of 2017. In the sequel, the local implementation projects will make their final go-live preparations.

> Open joint press release (pdf, 161kb)

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Croatian-Slovenian market coupling

30.06.2017

The TSC members ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO), and HOPS from Croatia are making a substantial move towards the pan-European power market integration. In collaboration with power exchanges BSP and CROPEX and with support from the respective national regulatory authorities, the two TSOs have initiated an ambitious cross-border project.

The main objective of the TSO cooperation is to establish day-ahead capacity allocation and congestion management at the Slovenian-Croatian border in accordance with the specifications of the European Commission on this matter. A design project phase started in April 2017 and the definite implementation of the market coupling is scheduled for the second quarter of 2018.

> See ELES press release (html)
> See HOPS press release, in Croatian (html)
> Open joint press release (pdf, 447 kb)

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SINCRO.GRID contract signed

23.05.2017

In February 2017, the Croatian-Slovenian smart grid project SINCRO.GRID was awarded €40.5m of EU fundings within the frame of the “Connecting Europe Facility” (CEF) programme. The four-party consortium of SINCRO.GRID consists of the two TSC members ELES, the Slovenian transmission system operator (TSO), and HOPS from Croatia, and two distribution system operators from both countries. Mag. Aleksander Mervar, director of project coordinator ELES, and Dirk Beckers, director of the European Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA), now have signed a contract on the allocation of the corresponding subsidies in Brussels, Belgium.

SINCRO.GRID is a model case of good cross-border cooperation. Its purpose is to optimise the efficiency of the power transmission grid in both Croatia and Slovenia involving new advanced technologies and integrated advanced data processing methods. Due to significant electricity transit flows in the control areas of ELES and HOPS, the Project of Common Interest (PCI) is of high value for the pan-European energy market. Zdeslav Čerina, Member of the HOPS Management Board, feels confident that SINCRO.GRID will ensure “more efficient integration of renewable energy sources into the power system and increase the supply security”.

> See ELES press release (html)
> See HOPS press release, in Croatian (html)
> Visit SINCRO.GRID website (html)

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CIGRE colloquium in Pula

16.05.2017

“Transformer Research and Asset Management” was the topic of the 4th international colloquium by the Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE). The event took place from 10 to 12 May in Pula, the largest city in Istria county in Croatia, and was organised by the CIGRE National Committee of Croatia.

225 experts from 25 countries participated in the colloquium, dealing with such issues as numerical modeling, transformer life time management or materials, components and new technologies. Dr. sc. Miroslav Mesić, President of the Management Board of TSC member HOPS, the Croation transmission system operator (TSO), emphasised in his introductory address the high significance of effective transformers as “one of the most important components in the power system”.

> See HOPS press release, in Croatian (html)

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