TYNDP2020 applications from infrastructure projects


The biennial Ten-Year Network Development Plans (TYNDPs) are compiled by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) with the participation of the member transmission system operators (TSOs). The TYNDPs derive from the in-depth identification of Europe-wide power-related key investments and infrastructure projects with high potential.

From mid-October to mid-November, ENTSO-E accepts applications for electricity and storage projects for the forthcoming TYNDP2020. To assist project promoters in preparing their submission sufficiently, ENTSO-E yesterday published a guidance for applicants. The guideline contains information on the procedure and timetable for applying to TYNDP2020, the administrative and technical criteria to be met by the projects and the documents and information to be submitted to verify compliance with these criteria. The guide is supplemented by the demonstrative slide presentation “Applying to the TYNDP2020 – A visual guide to the main steps”.

The application period for the TYNDP2020 starts in mid-October


> See ENTSO-E press release (html)
> Open Guidance for applicants (pdf, 508kb)
> Open ”Visual guide to the main steps” (pdf, 112kb)

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ENTSO-E improves cost benefit analysis


The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has developed a new methodology for the cost benefit analysis (CBA) of infrastructure projects. The new approach –referred to as CBA 2.0 – is a result of intensive assessment of projects from ENTSO-E’s 10-year network development plans and follows CBA 1.0.

Practical experiences from project realisations over the past two years suggest that improved analytical methods would be beneficial for a more consistent and comprehensive assessment of future transmission and storage projects. Suggestions from stakeholders were also taken into account. On 29 July 2016, ENTSO-E submitted a draft version of CBA 2.0 to the European Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) to receive the organisation’s official opinion. Only after consultations with member state representatives and the European Commission the final version of CBA 2.0 – scheduled for spring 2017 – is fit to be published.

> See ENTSO-E press release (html)

Graphic: ENTSO-E

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Video from a supplier’s perspective


Unicorn Systems is one of the most important partners of TSC and TSCNET Services. The renowned Czech, Prague-based company has developed and maintains our highly sophisticated, decentralised collaboration platform, called common tool for data exchange and security assessments (CTDS). In 2010, the system was put in operation for the first time and is constantly being both optimised and extended. It is absolutely essential for the transmission system operators (TSOs) to answer to the growing operational needs of the European power grid. Now Unicorn produced an inspiring video about TSCNET and the cooperation with Unicorn, mainly to inform potential job candidates.

The video contains an interview with Alexander Wirth, one of TSCNET’s Managing Directors, and gives people a glimpse into a normal working day at our office in Munich. It is one of ten videos to convince new talents and can be watched for free.

> See Unicorn Systems video on YouTube (html)

> See Unicorn Systems website (html)

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Grid aesthetics in Milan


Today, the two-day workshop and field trip “Grid Aesthetics – How to engage stakeholders in landscape planning, design and aesthetics of grid infrastructure” started in Milan, Italy. The event with presentations, debate, and a simulation game is organised by the Renewables Grid Initiative in cooperation with the two EU-funded projects INSPIRE-Grid and BESTGRID. The Renewables Grid Initiative is supported by three of the TSC member TSOs (50Hertz, Swissgrid, and TenneT).

> See Grid Aesthetics webpage (html)


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Plan to invest


In the newsletter “Energy in Europe” published today, Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy of the European Commission, offers a very positive summary of the Commision’s plans for the new year. “This plan will kick-start further investment in the energy sector – an essential part of our growth agenda,” Ristori wrote.

> See EC newsletter “Energy in Europe” (html)

> See EC 2015 Work Programme (html)

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Green light for NordLink


TenneT, the Dutch-German TSO today announced that the Norwegian Energy Ministry has given the green light for the undersea cable between Norway and Germany. TenneT welcomes the signal “as an extremely positive step forward” for the important energy transition project. Start-up of the HVDC line is planned to start by the end of 2018.

> See TenneT press release


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Consultation on Emergency and Restoration


Today ENTSO-E, the European TSO Network has launched a public consultation on the Network Code on Emergency, Blackouts and Restoration. Comments have to be submitted by the 8th of December. One month earlier there will be a public stakeholder workshop at the ENTSO-E premises in Brussels, Belgium.

> See ENTSO-E invitation

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Bird protection in Southern Germany


The Southwestern German TSO, TransnetBW today rolled out an additional initiative to step up efforts for the long-term protection of birds. Specially designed marking devices, some of them installed from a helicopter shall help to mitigate bird collisions. The measures had been developed in collaboration with biologists and ornithologists.

> Open TransnetBW press release (pdf, in German)

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RGI demands stable mandates


In an open letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, the President-elect of the European Commission the Renewables-Grid-Initiative (RGI) calls to secure a “sound and clear legislation for nature and climate protection” and to “streamline the procedures to properly develop the electricity grids throughout Europe”. The TSC members 50Hertz, Swissgrid and TenneT are three of the RGI partners.

> See RGI letter (html)

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