András Biczók new CEO of MAVIR

16.07.2019

András Biczók was appointed CEO of TSCNET shareholder MAVIR, the Hungarian transmission system operator (TSO), with effect from 15 July 2019 after the Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority approved the decision of the company’s supervisory board. He succeeds Kamilla Csomai, who resigned as CEO by mutual agreement at the end of June. Biczók studied in Germany, began his career in the financial sector and has been active in various branches of the international energy industry since 2015. Most recently he was CEO and chairman of the board of directors of the Hungarian company for natural gas storage MMBF Földgáztároló Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság.

The main objective of the new CEO is to continue to guide MAVIR on its way to becoming the leading and most advanced player in the national energy sector. This means that the TSO addresses increasing electricity transport and consumption, decentralised electricity generation from renewable sources and the anticipated developments in energy storage with new approaches. Biczók comments: “While cooperating with the players of the dynamically changing energy market and regulatory authorities in a proactive manner, we have to do our utmost that one of the pillars of the country’s competitiveness, the electricity, shall be constantly and safely available in proper quality and quantity.”

András Biczók is appointed new CEO of MAVIR

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Vigour and wisdom – welcome, Kristóf and Ana!

08.07.2019

One male, the other female, one with decades of professional experience, the other with only three years in the profession at the beginning of her career – the two new hires in the Service Development Business Unit seem to be exemplarily diverse.

Let’s start with Kristóf Almási, the new Senior Business Implementation Manager. The 55-year-old Hungarian is well-known to many in our industry: For around 30 years he worked for one of our shareholders, the national electricity transmission system operator (TSO) MAVIR and its predecessor company. During this time, Kristóf also completed his MBA at the Technical University of Budapest, where he also earned an MSC in Electrical Power Engineering and a postgraduate MSC in Development Engineering. At MAVIR he has been involved in network operation planning since 2001, including network modelling and calculation, system protection, and international cooperation.

Assured of a good future
“For me, TSCNET is the company of the future that shapes the processes of the future,” says Kristóf, explaining why he moved here and thus abroad for the first time. In his function, he is primarily concerned with the implementation of new or changed tasks arising from the various requirements of the European institutions. The first task is the harmonisation of the system defence and restoration plans of the TSOs in cooperation with ENTSO-E. His experience and the fact that he knows the perspective of a TSO like the back of his hand are worth their weight in gold.

Is there anything else special about him? Definitely. He likes cycling, hiking, rowing and skiing – “with less and less intensity and more and more caution as I age,” he adds. He is a hobby musician, has been singing in a choir since his childhood and can even play the organ. And with one special aspect he has a real unique selling point: he is at least currently the only grandfather at TSCNET Services.

Don’t let the ball hit the ground
Ana Žanetić has been staffed as Business Analyst. In this function, the 28-year-old Croatian wants to continuously increase the efficiency of our company together with all her colleagues. After completing her Master’s in Electrical Power Engineering in 2015, Ana worked in planning and preparing the production of electrical generators and later as a software analyst for MES (Manufacturing Execution System) software and Business Intelligence Developer. At TSCNET, she can perfectly combine her professional interests in Power Systems and Business Analysis. And after work? Then she just loves to play volleyball (and is looking forward to some of her new colleagues on the court).

“A healthy mix of youthful vigor and traditional wisdom can give your business both stability and innovation,” writes the “D!gitalist Magazine”. We are delighted that with Kristóf and Ana we have brought on board just the right mix for Service Development.

TSCNET Services has welcomed Kristóf Almási and Ana Žanetić for the Service Development Business Unit

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Kamilla Csomai resigns as CEO of MAVIR

01.07.2019

The top management of TSCNET shareholder MAVIR, the Hungarian transmission system operator (TSO), is undergoing a change, after Kamilla Csomai successfully headed the company in the last challenging years. By mutual agreement, Mrs Csomai resigned from her CEO position with effect from June 21, 2019. The company’s Supervisory Board shall decide on the succession of the CEO later on.

Since 2010, Kamilla Csomai has held leading positions in the company, including Deputy CFO and member of the Supervisory Board as well as the Board of Directors. She has been CEO of MAVIR since 2015 and in this position has attached great importance to the company’s international and regional commitment, including European and regional cooperation initiatives. The departing CEO is also a member of the Board of Directors of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and Chairman of the Hungarian National Committee of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE).

Kamilla Csomai is leaving MAVIR (picture of Budapest, the capital of Hungary: Kirk Fisher, Pixabay)

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High-Level Market Design finalised

11.06.2019

It was only at the end of 2018 that the national regulatory authorities of Austria, Germany, Poland and the so-called 4MMC countries (Czechia, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia) requested the initiation of the interim project for an NTC-based market coupling (“Net Transfer Capacities”) between these countries. The parties involved in the DE-AT-PL-4MMC (“Interim Coupling”) project have completed the High-Level Market Design to be implemented and the national regulatory authorities have confirmed their support for the continuation of the project. This involves a total of eight TSOs that are shareholders and customers of TSCNET Services: 50Hertz (Germany), APG (Austria), ČEPS (Czechia), MAVIR (Hungary), PSE (Poland), SEPS (Slovakia), TenneT (Germany), and Transelectrica (Romania).

The project aims to couple 4MMC and Poland as well as Multi-Regional Coupling (MRC) through the introduction of NTC-based implicit allocation on six borders (PL-DE, PL-CZ, PL-SK, CZ-DE, CZ-AT, HU-AT) and the implementation of a Single Day Ahead Coupling (SDAC). The project envisages a step-by-step transition at the above-mentioned boundaries from the current NTC-based explicit allocation to the flow-based implicit allocation to be implemented in the framework of the CoreFlow-Based Market Coupling Projectas target solution required by regulation. The Interim Coupling significantly contributes to the regional market integration and brings benefits to the market. The current planning envisages the go-live of the interim coupling for the second quarter of 2020.

The parties involved in the DE-AT-PL-4MMC project have completed the High-Level Market Design

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In court over Third Energy Package

20.07.2018

The European Commission (EC) is referring Germany to the European Court of Justice for failing to comply with the rules for the correct implementation of the Electricity Directive (Directive 2009/72/EC) and of the Gas Directive (Directive 2009/73/EC). Both guidelines include important objectives for the proper functioning of the integral energy market and are part of the Third Energy Package. In the view of the EC, Germany has not ensured full compliance with the powers and independence of the national regulatory authority, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur).

As the “Tagesspiegel Background”, a daily decision-maker newsletter for the energy and climate sector, reports, the success of the lawsuit would mean a huge increase in power for the Bundesnetzagentur and fundamentally change the national network regulations. In fact, the alleged restrictions on regulatory independence in Germany are a crucial factor for the EC, which considers that the Bundesnetzagentur does not have full discretionary power in determining the conditions for network access, network tariffs, or balancing services.

The EC reproach refers to the customary regulatory practice in Germany, in which the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy specifies the respective rules in great detail by means of access and fee ordinances. The “Tagesspiegel Background” assumes that the claim must be seen in the context of a conflict over future network regulation at European level. Here, a decision is pending on the so-called Acer Regulation as part of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package. The EC would like to give ACER (Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators) more regulatory competences.

Besides that, Germany’s adherence to the European independent transmission operator (ITO) unbundling model is also subject of criticism. The EC states that it would be “incorrectly transposed into national law”. But the EC is not only targeting Germany, Hungary is also to be sued in the Court of Justice. The EC criticises the legislation on energy network tariffs and believes that Hungarian law infringes the principle of cost-recovery of tariffs by excluding certain types of costs from the tariff calculation. In addition, the EC deplores that the Hungarian energy legislation undermines the market participants’ right to a full judicial review of national regulatory decisions on network tariffs.

The EC is referring Hungary and Germany to the European Court of Justice for failing to comply with the rules of the Third Energy Package.

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TSCNET Services welcomes SEPS as shareholder

11.06.2018

TSCNET Services is the result of an initiative of European transmission system operators (TSOs), and to this day our company is characterised by a particularly close relationship with our customers, most of whom are also our shareholders. Today we can proudly welcome the Slovak TSO, SEPS (Slovenská elektrizačná prenosová sústava, a. s.), as the new, 14th shareholder. To mark this occasion, we have published a press release on SEPS’ participation as a shareholder.

The Slovak transmission grid consists of 2.138 km of 400 kV lines, 826 km of 220 kV lines and from historical reasons also 80 km of 110 kV lines and is connected with four neighboring countries: Czechia, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine – Burshtyn island. With the exception of the Ukraine, all neighboring TSOs are shareholders and customers of TSCNET. SEPS is solely responsible for electricity transmission throughout the country.

“A quick glance at the map is enough to see that with SEPS’ entry we are now completing the electricity security coordination in the central-eastern part of the continental transmission system” says Uwe Zimmermann, one of the two Managing Directors of TSCNET. “This move will further foster the security of supply in this region and underpins our ambition to further improve the already high quality of our security coordination services.” As a shareholder with full voting rights, SEPS can now also actively contribute to steering and developing the service company.

View of the Slovak capital Bratislava as seen from the Danube. In the background the famous castle. Picture: Džoko Stach, Pixabay.

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Electricity consumption in Hungary at record high

26.01.2018

In 2017, TSCNET shareholder MAVIR, the Hungarian transmission system operator (TSO), was confronted with a national electricity consumption on a record level. According to preliminary data from MAVIR, total annual electricity consumption amounted to 45,057.4GWh, with production from solar microgeneration not even included. This is by 2.6% higher than in 2016. The outstanding day was 27 January with a total consumption of 146.87GWh, which is also a historical peak.

Although the Hungarian transmission system in 2017 was exposed to additional stress due to temporary extreme weather conditions, occasionally causing physical damage to network elements, the TSO was able to meet the demand without interruptions. As Zoltán Tihanyi, Deputy CEO for System Operation and Intersystem Cooperation at MAVIR, explains, this is by reason of the generally well-designed system, its thorough operation, and efficient regional cooperation.

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New substation in Hungary

12.12.2017

A new 400/132kV substation in Szigetcsép in Pest county near the Hungarian capital of Budapest has been put into operation by the Hungarian transmission system operator (TSO) and TSCNET shareholder MAVIR. As part of the national Network Development Plan mapped out by the Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority, the Szigetcsép station is substantial for ensuring supply security in the Budapest metropolitan area and the regions of Százhalombatta and Ócsa.

Since the new substation is situated within a water protection area, environmental protection aspects had to be regarded during construction to a maximum extent. Nevertheless, the substation was completed on schedule, with a project budget of around HUF8bn (nearly €25.5m). Kamilla Csomai, CEO of MAVIR, emphasised during the commissioning ceremony the TSO’s continuous grid extension efforts, which allow MAVIR “to remain a reliable member of the increasingly integrated international electricity network”.

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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.

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Prototype platforms for FutureFlow

17.07.2017

The FutureFlow project explores innovative solutions for cross-border balancing and redispatching in the control areas of four central-south European transmission system operators (TSOs). It collates the expertise of twelve partners from eight countries, including three TSC members: The Austrian TSO APG, the Slovenian TSO ELES (the project coordinator) and MAVIR from Hungary. FutureFlow is progressing rapidly, and now the project partners have created the infrastructural research basis for further development.

A significant potential for flexibility services is hidden in the wide range of devices and processes in the industry, tertiary and household sectors. The FutureFlow partners are aiming at integrating this unused potential into their balancing concept by aggregating distributed generation (DG) and demand response (DR). To implement this ambitious goal, two prototype platforms have been designed. The first platform probes the aggregation of DG and DR involving renewable generation forecasting techniques. The second one is the prototype of the regional balancing and redispatching platform. Its main component is the Common Activation Function, which is destined for cross-border congestion management.

By no means, the participating TSOs would tolerate any risk to the stability of the national transmission systems or interferences with the live operational Load Frequency Control. Nevertheless, the FutureFlow partners want to carry out realistic tests in real time. That is why an innovative pilot test environment has been designed that allows lifelike interacting of adjacent TSO environments with the regional balancing platform.

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> Visit FutureFlow website

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