New Managing Director for TSCNET Services

29.09.2020

The Shareholders’ Meeting of TSCNET Services GmbH has appointed Dieter Weiß as Managing Director of TSCNET at the proposal of the nomination committee. Weiß completes the management team and will manage the company together with Uwe Zimmermann. The primary task is the upcoming further development of the current Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) for the 14 shareholders from among the European power transmission system operators into a European Regional Coordination Centre (RCC); this transformation is prescribed by the 4th European Single Market Package (Clean Energy Package, CEP). Weiß will be responsible for the areas of organisation and administration from 15 October.

Weiß (born in 1972) was Head of Finance & Governance at the Baden-Württemberg transmission system operator TransnetBW until 2016. Most recently, he was a member of the Management Board of the investment fund company YIELCO Investments AG. “Mr. Weiß is a proven financial expert who will contribute his expertise and experience to the further development of the company and shape the transformation process in the interests of the shareholders,” ex-plains Dr. Rainer Pflaum, Chief Financial Officer of TransnetBW, in his function as Chairman of the TSCNET Supervisory Board. Zdeslav Čerina, Chairman of the Shareholders’ Meeting agrees: “Mr. Weiß was able to convince us as shareholders with his professional and personal profile to be the right person for the future orientation of the company.

Weiß succeeds Maik Neubauer, who is leaving the company at the end of September when his contract expires after three successful years of continuous growth.

Dieter Weiß fills the position of one of two Managing Directors of TSCNET Services

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Change in the ČEPS Board of Directors

01.09.2020

On 25 August 2020, the Supervisory Board of the Czech transmission system operator (TSO) ČEPS elected Pavel Šolc as a new member of the company’s Board of Directors. He follows Zbyněk Boldiš, whose term of office ended on 29 August. Martin Durčák, Chair of the ČEPS Board of Directors thanks Zbyněk Boldiš for “his commitment and professional work by which he significantly contributed to ČEPS’ active involvement in European energy structures”.

Pavel Šolc already held several management positions at ČEPS from 1999 to 2012 before shifting to the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade as a deputy minister from 2012 to 2015. Mr Šolc then joined the board of the Czech distribution system operator (DSO) ČEZ Distribuce, where he also served as Head of Distribution Asset Management. For the TSCNET shareholder, he will now oversee energy trading and dispatch.

Pavel Šolc has been appointed member of Board of Directors of ČEPS (picture showing Prague, Czechia: Jaromír Kavan)

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Generation change in Amprion’s technical management

27.08.2020

The Supervisory Board of Amprion, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), appoints Dr Hendrik Neumann as CTO with effect from 1 January 2021 to succeed Dr Klaus Kleinekorte, who will retire in 2021. Dr Kleinekorte will be actively supporting the transition process. For this, and for the great contribution he has made to Amprion’s success, Heinz-Werner Ufer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the TSCNET shareholder, expresses his great gratitude.

With its personnel decision, Amprion is opting for an internal solution. Dr Neumann, who holds a doctorate in electrical engineering, has gained extensive experience in various technical areas at Amprion over a period of more than ten years and combines extensive know-how in the management of complex technical projects with a view to the entire energy system. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Brick, CEO of Amprion, is very pleased to welcome the company’s new CTO: “Hendrik Neumann contributes a broad range of knowledge and thus helps us to continue to live up to our responsibility in the future with innovative solutions.”

Dr Hendrik Neumann has been appointed CTO of Amprion (illustration using pictures of Dr Neumann and Dr Kleinekorte, on the right, by Amprion / Hartmut Nägele / Frank Peterschröder)

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“The pan-European market demands flexibility and efficiency”

17.07.2020

The current virus pandemic reminds some people in the energy sector of the 2006 incident, when a rather routine but postponed switch-off of a single power line led to a Europe-wide chain reaction due to misjudgements and lack of communication between energy suppliers and transmission system operators (TSOs). The resulting failure of further lines and under- and over-frequencies affected large parts of Europe and ten million people were without electricity for up to one and a half hours. The Union for the Coordination of Transmission of Electricity (UCTE), the predecessor organisation of the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E), described the incident as one of the most serious failures ever to occur in Europe.

According to Klaus Lucas, Professor Emeritus at RWTH Aachen University and Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, the 2006 blackout was “the prime example of a systemic risk. Like a virus epidemic, a random harmful event can spread in a complex system and, in unpredictable ways, paralyse structures that were actually believed to be stable”. Mr Lucas expressed this view to Zweitausend50, the magazine of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft – BDEW), a business organisation representing over 1800 companies from the energy and water industry. And since the establishment of the Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) was a reaction of the European Commission to the 2006 incident, it is plausible that Zweitausend50 also made contact with TSCNET Services and had an interview with Uwe Zimmermann, one of the two Managing Directors of the Munich-based RSC, on this issue.

Europe’s highly meshed power transmission system is one of the most complex critical infrastructures in the world and the more intensive the interconnectedness, the more susceptible the network is to unwanted domino or feedback effects. The strain on the system has recently been further increased by the volatile generation capacities of renewable energy sources. The role of RSCs has thus become all the more important. The five European RSCs forecast the capacity utilisation of power lines based on expected electricity generation and consumption for the following day and determine the extent to which individual lines may be overloaded. In this way, the RSCs identify potential risks in the system, evaluate them continuously and counteract possible bottlenecks and power failures. They do this in support of the respective TSOs within their area of responsibility, in the case of TSCNET Services this is central and eastern Europe.

Uwe Zimmermann compares this function with a navigation system: “Basically, we continuously monitor traffic – i.e. the operational status of the grids, current capacities, consumption and market data – and proactively determine at which points a congestion could occur. Whenever we forecast such a congestion, we provide timely recommendations in coordination with the TSOs on how the traffic can be redirected – like an alternative route.” Zimmermann emphasises, however, that the responsibility for implementing these recommendations remains with the TSOs.

In view of the progressing energy transition in the course of which the number and volatility of generators is increasing and the transmission distances for electricity are becoming ever larger, Uwe Zimmermann does not deny the challenges for RSCs: “As a result, our lead times could become increasingly shorter and this would make it more and more challenging to predict the following day and take timely action.” Nevertheless, the TSCNET managing director remains confident about the performance of the RSCs: “Fortunately, however, we can respond to this. We are getting ready to accelerate our process cycles more and more and to process ever larger amounts of data to continue to ensure reliable forecasts.”

TSCNET Managing Director Uwe Zimmermann is confident that RSCs will continue to provide reliable support to TSOs and guarantee system security

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Changes in Amprion’s top management

09.04.2020

The supervisory board of Amprion, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), has extended the contract with Dr. Hans-Jürgen Brick until the end of 2024 and appointed Brick as CEO of the company. The TSCNET shareholder has also expanded its executive board: In addition to Dr. Klaus Kleinekorte, who as CTO continues to be responsible for the technical department of the TSO, the management board now also comprises Peter Rüth as new CFO since 1 April.

With these changes, Amprion maintains continuity in top management and at the same time prepares itself for the tasks ahead. These include the growing number of grid extension projects, which requires the enlargement of the management board. Over the next ten years the TSO will invest more than €15.2bn in grid upgrades and expansion. New technologies, for example for reactive power compensation, are increasingly being used. To achieve the company’s objectives, the Amprion workforce doubled between 2009 and 2019 to more than 1,800 employees.

Dr. Hans-Jürgen Brick has been a member of the Amprion executive board since 2009 and previously, since 2003, belonged to the management board of RWE Transportnetz Strom, from which Amprion emerged. Prior to his appointment as CEO he held the positions of CFO and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Amprion. Brick will continue to perform CCO duties. Peter Rüth held various high-ranking positions at the German energy group RWE or its subsidiaries from 2003 to 2016, most recently as Head of Sales Performance International at RWE Deutschland AG. From 2016 to 2020, Rüth served as CFO Retail Germany at innogy SE.

From the left: Hans-Jürgen Brick, Klaus Kleinekorte, and Peter Rüth from Amprion (pictures: Amprion, innogy)

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New 50Hertz CEO takes up duties

03.12.2019

On 1 December, Stefan Kapferer took office as the new chairman of the executive board of TSCNET shareholder 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs). Until the end of October 2019, Kapferer headed the German Energy and Water Association (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft – BDEW). Kapferer succeeds interim CEO Dr. Frank Golletz, CTO of 50Hertz, who took over the additional duties after former CEO Boris Schucht had left the company in March 2019.

At a purpose-arranged press conference on 3 December in the German capital Berlin, Stefan Kapferer acknowledged the appeal and diversity of his new task. “The next phase of the realisation of the energy transition is an even greater challenge in terms of entrepreneurship and the European side of things. TSOs play an essential role here,” explained Kapferer. The main issues to be dealt with by 50Hertz are the German coal phase-out, following the current nuclear phase-out, the national legislative climate specifications and the grid extension which is essential for all these measures. For a Baltic Sea riparian TSO, it is particularly important to set the right course for the development of offshore wind energy.

Chris Peeters, head of the 50Hertz supervisory board, highlighted Kapferer’s wealth of political and international experience as former German State Secretary and Deputy Secretary General of the OECD and concluded: “I am convinced that Kapferer’s skills combined with the technical know-how of our staff will result in a great future for 50Hertz. Together we work for our goal: a successful energy transition.”

Stefan Kapferer is in office as new CEO of 50Hertz (picture: 50Hertz / Jan Pauls)

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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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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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Stefan Kapferer appointed new 50Hertz CEO

26.06.2019

At its meeting on 25 June, the Supervisory Board of TSCNET shareholder 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), appointed Stefan Kapferer as the company’s new CEO. Kapferer is currently chairman of the executive board and member of the presidium of the German Energy and Water Association (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft – BDEW). He will take up his duties at 50Hertz on 1 January 2020 at the latest.

Stefan Kapferer has sound institutional and economic experience. Among other positions, he was State Secretary in Lower Saxony, State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics and chairman of the supervisory board of the German Energy Agency. From 2014 to 2016, Mr Kapferer was Deputy Secretary General of the OECD in Paris before joining BDEW in 2016.

Chris Peeters, chairperson of the 50Hertz supervisory board, emphasises Kapferer’s “deep understanding of the political and social evolutionary trends in Germany – exactly the right mix for a 50Hertz CEO: after all, as system operators we provide services to society”. Mr Kapferer himself comments on his new area of responsibility: “I am very eager to face the exciting challenge of contributing to the practical implementation of the energy transition at 50Hertz.”

Stefan Kapferer (here right next to Elia Group CEO Chris Peeters) is appointed as the new CEO of 50Hertz (picture: 50Hertz / Jan Pauls)

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Woman of the world with a we-feeling

14.05.2019

“This is the most important member of the team”, says Michael S. Hyatt, and as a successful manager and bestselling author on leadership and business growth, he should actually know. Who he is talking about? The Executive Assistant! Hyatt has developed a compelling idea about this role: “A good executive assistant is like an air-traffic controller for your whole life.” TSCNET Services in Munich now also has such a marvel: 39-year-old Rebecca Brauer, called Becky.

Born in London, she has more than 15 years of experience as an Executive Assistant and has worked for global organisations such as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Barclays Capital, Deloitte, and Citigroup in cities such as London, New York, Moscow, Berlin, and Brussels. She gained a wide range of international experience in different cultures and took on a variety of administrative and project management responsibilities, as well as co-ordinating on-site and off-site events.

In addition to important clients and other stakeholders, Becky on her travels around the globe fortunately also met her husband, a confirmed Bavarian, whom we owe her move to Germany (however, they got to know each other thousands of kilometres away, in California, but that’s a different story). Since New Year’s Day 2017, the two are the parents of an enchanting little daughter. “Becoming a mother has been the biggest challenge yet most rewarding role of my life,” Becky says. Now at TSCNET Services she wants to master both roles and “make my daughter proud”. With all her experience in culturally different and diverse environments she wants to support the management team and the whole company in their development and make them even stronger.

“I felt like I was going to be joining a team of highly skilled, multi-cultural individuals who all have a common aim to make TSCNET a thriving company within their industry and provide exceptional services to their clients,” reports Becky. And she quickly gained traction in her new position. “I felt that the people at TSCNET were very welcoming and had a real ‘family’ feel about the culture right away.”

As always in life, there will also be setbacks and hurdles to overcome. For such times, Michael S. Hyatt had a quote from Edward Everett Hale on the wall of his CEO office: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something: and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” This by the way also goes very well with air-traffic controllers!

TSCNET Services has welcomed Rebecca Brauer as new Executive Assistant

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