Office in course of construction

14.06.2019

A welcoming place in a modern design, where you can work efficiently and with pleasure, where you will find excellent technical equipment, and where you will feel at home as a guest, for example at meetings – this was the approach our office in Munich has taken right from the start. Since the opening in summer 2013, our office space has roughly doubled due to our strong growth and we have made several improvements for employees and visitors. Anyone who visits us these days feels like on a construction site in some places. Once again, it’s all about making even better use of the space for additional employees. It is getting narrower, and an attractive working environment and noise protection measures, for example, are all the more important. In addition, we have to deal with the problem that the round-the-clock services for our customers must continue without any restrictions – it is a bit like surgery on a beating heart.

“All work should be completed by the beginning of August”, explains Edyta Prościńska, Finance & Reporting Manager and one of the main people responsible for the Office Upgrade Project. From a design and technical point of view, all work is directed by the renowned Munich interior designer Daniela Störzinger, who has been focusing on office design for around 20 years. During the reconstruction work, everyone will have to accept a few restrictions. To minimise the constraints, alternative premises were hired from a neighbouring provider of rental offices and coworking space.

“It’s all worth it,” promises Edyta: “The new office will be even more attractive and offer excellent conditions for everyone.” The kitchen and training room, for example, will be completely revamped. There will also be new phone booths – so you can make undisturbed calls while at the same time not disturbing other people in the office. The adaptation to the growing number of employees is just one part of the project’s tasks. “In addition, office technology and security is undergoing a major update and is being prepared for growing challenges and requirements,” explains Edyta.

As the team continues to grow, TSCNET Services has a number of office conversions and extensions carried out. All steps should be completed by the beginning of August.

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TSCNET Services at the Munich Marathon

28.10.2018

“Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms.” You don’t have to express it as pathetically as the US-American writer Joyce Carol Oates. It’s actually quite banal: “When it comes to health, even a little bit of running is beneficial—and more is better,” says the health blog of the Harvard Medical School.

Exactly 21,096 runners were at the start of this year’s Munich Marathon in October, the biggest running event in Bavaria. The winner did not even need two and a half hours to complete the 42,195 kilometre course. Admittedly, the about a dozen TSCNET employees who took part in the race in fantastic weather were somewhat slower. And most of them preferred the 10-kilometer distance, to be honest – from the famous Olympic Park through Schwabing to the “Siegestor” (triumphal arch) and back to the Olympic Stadium. A course like a sightseeing tour! Nevertheless: They can all be proud! And we are proud of our running team!

The Olympic Stadium built for the 20th Summer Olympic Games, which Munich hosted in 1972 (picture: designerpoint / Michael Siebert)

Around a dozen TSCNET employees took part in this year’s Munich Marathon in beautiful weather in October

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Tenacious New Year’s wishes – welcome, Ines!

16.10.2018

Starting into the new year with lofty wishes and plans, and then later too often finding out that it hadn’t worked out again. “It’s only normal”, many would say. But sometimes it just takes a long time – as with Ines Bernal, the new Business Analyst in TSCNET’s Service Development unit. The 26-year-old Madrilenian was in Munich for the first time during the New Year’s holidays 2008 and thought to herself: “I like it here – I wouldn’t mind living and working here later”. Well, and now here she is.

But Ines has made excellent use of the past years. After studying Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, she obtained a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. There she specialised in modelling energy systems in order to develop programmes to optimise network operation. She then returned to Madrid and made an internship with the line maintenance department of REE, the Spanish transmission system operator (TSO). She became familiar with maintenance plans and methods. After her internship, she joined a consulting firm in Madrid about three years ago as a Power System Modeler, where she worked on various projects mainly in developing countries, from generation and transmission planning via wholesale market simulations to evaluating interconnection initiatives and cost analysis of service studies. “Time in countries like India, Egypt, Kenya or Rwanda has taught me a lot about my profession, but also about life as a whole,” she says.

The enthusiastic sportswoman has chosen TSCNET for various reasons. On the one hand, she wants to participate in state-of-the-art activities on a multinational level. On the other hand, she sees the willingness to grow, learn and explore new technologies and methods. As a business analyst, a whole bunch of important tasks awaits her, for example the development of service prototypes, the search for new approaches to business optimisation, carrying out network analyses or coordinating development proposals with our customers. “In the end, it’s all about good solutions that give our customers with all their needs real added value,” summarises Ines. Customers and colleagues alike will love to hear that. Welcome to the team!

Ines Bernal from Spain has joined TSCNET Services as Business Analyst in the Service Development Unit

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Munich, there and back! TSCNET sees Łukasz off

07.12.2017

According to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus, change is the only constant in life. At TSCNET Services, the most obvious change is inherent in the system and sort of natural: Experts from one of our shareholders and customers leave their current job and their home country to join TSCNET – and return home later with loads of new knowledge and experiences. This time we had to say goodbye to one of our operators: Łukasz Bobowski, who came from PSE (Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne), the Polish transmission system operator (TSO).

After one and a half years, Łukasz turns back to PSE and takes up his former position – well, the former position with a new aim: Becoming a dispatcher in the national control centre and being responsible for the network security analysis during the shift. Although it is hard to say goodbye, it is great to see that one of the key ideas of our company works.

“Here at TSCNET, I have extended my special knowledge of power systems, which will be of great benefit in my future career. I am looking forward to rejoining to PSE and to making my team stronger with added capabilities and connections,” says Łukasz. On the other hand Łukasz admits, that he also feels a bit nostalgic about leaving Munich and separating from his co-workers: “Of all the experiences I made, the best one is that I have met a bunch of great people! I will miss the city of the world’s most famous beer festival, the beautiful Alps which I have visited almost every free day between my shifts, but most of all I will miss my new friends.” With Łukasz being back at one of TSCNET’s shareholders, we stand a excellent chance of staying in touch and even working together again. We wish you all the best back in Warsaw!

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ElSeC 2017 slide decks and videos online

13.11.2017

“It was an inspiring and perfectly organised conference with interesting talks on a sunny day in a beautiful city,” wrote one of the participants about ElSeC 2017, hosted by TSCNET Services and co-organised by ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity. A big thanks for all the attendees, speakers, and helpers for making the event unique.

If you didn’t have the chance to be at the first European Conference on Electricity Security Coordination on the 17th of October in Munich or if you attended the event but missed a presentation you wish you hadn’t, well, here you are: Video recordings and presenter slide decks from ElSeC are now available. That also goes for the Panel Discussion. You can download every slide deck in PDF form. Follow the link below for free access to all videos and slides.

> Visit ElSeC 2017 post-conference webpage (html)

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Experience through practice – welcome, Irina!

30.10.2017

“Whatever you do, don’t do it!” – this is one of the most famous quotes by the Academy Award-winning Hollywood actor Yul Brynner who was born in the Russian far east in the summer of 1920. We have no clue how to construe that quote correctly, but we are glad that a young electrical engineer from Khabarovsk, the administrative center of the Far Eastern Federal District of Russia, did join TSCNET Services this autumn: Irina Boiarchuk, a new Business Analyst in our Business Development team.

After obtaining the Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the Far Eastern State University in Khabarovsk, 7,980km air distance away from Germany, Irina moved to Munich and continued her studies in Power Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (“Technische Universität München”). There she earned her Master’s degree and stayed at the university for her PhD research project – and that time she fell under the spell of the European power system with its elements and processes. “Especially the grid’s development to be up to par with future challenges had caught my interest, and I was motivated to drill down on it”, Irina explains.

Her new passion opened a new door in her career: While the university environment started to feel a little bit too theoretical, Irina decided to go for new knowledge through practice. “Joining the industry is a better place for someone who wants to contribute to shaping the future of the energy sector. When I heard of the open position at TSCNET Services, I wanted to grab the chance to get to the essence of the power grid and apply what I have learned to improve the management of electrical power in Europe.”

Next to broad knowledge, Irina’s position as a Business Analyst demands creativity as well as excellent communication skills and cultural awareness when talking with people from different countries and cultures. Coming from a Russian city called the “Far Eastern Paris” on the boarder to China and close to the Japanese Sea will probably prove beneficial.

Illustration using a photo by Dmitry Kostin (Creative Commons)

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ElSeC 2017 turned into great success

18.10.2017

After long and intensive preparations, ElSeC 2017, the highly anticipated Conference on Electricity Security Coordination, yesterday took finally place at the “Literaturhaus” in the very heart of the Bavarian capital of Munich. ElSeC 2017 was hosted by TSCNET Services, the Munich-based Regional Security Coordinator (RSC), and co-organised by ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity. The event was attended by nearly 100 leaders from European regulatory and political authorities, security initiatives and – this goes without saying – many different transmission system operators (TSOs).

ElSeC 2017 was organised by TSCNET in cooperation with Realize, one of the leading local event agencies. The conference was moderated by Melinda Crane, an experienced TV anchor, and a frequent guest and commentator on television. Marc Elsberg, the bestselling Austrian author of the disaster thriller “Blackout: Tomorrow Will Be Too Late.” about a power grids collapse across Europe, made a dramatically staged appearance along with – there are no marks for guessing! – a power outage. ElSeC 2017 had a powerful lineup of speakers and speeches:

  1. Welcoming Speech, Maik Neubauer, TSCNET Services, Managing Director
  2. “Our Vision for Europe’s Power System”, Ben Voorhorst, TenneT, Chief Operating Officer, and ENTSO-E President
  3. “Regional Security Coordination – Living the Strategy!”, Joachim Vanzetta, ENTSO-E, Chair System Operations Committee
  4. “Demonstration of Regional Solutions for Grid Security – Renewables Case”, Gerhard Christiner, APG, Chief Technical Officer, and Dirk Biermann, 50Hertz, Chief of Markets and System Operations
  5. “Demonstration of Regional Solutions for Grid Security – Increased Cooperation also in Case of Critical Grid Situations”, Chris Peeters, ELIA Group, Chief Executive Officer, and Jean-François Gahungu, Coreso, Chief Executive Officer
  6. “The full Roll-Out of RSC Services”, Jean-Philippe Paul, RTE, Operation Senior Advisor
  7. “Perspectives on the Institutional Framework – perspectives of the European Commission”, Matti Supponen, European Commission, Directorate-General of Energy
  8. “Perspectives on the Institutional Framework – perspectives of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators”, Uroš Gabrijel, ACER, System Operation & Grid Connection Network Codes
  9. “Perspectives of the Pentalateral Energy Forum”, Frederik Deloof, Benelux Union, General Secretariat
  10. Panel discussion “The Organisation of the European Power Grid in 2030” with Jens Møller Birkebæk (Nordic Regional Security Coordinator), Frederik Deloof (Benelux Union), Annegret Groebel (Council of European Energy Regulators), Juan José Alba Rios (Chairman Markets Committee, EURELECTRIC), Laurent Schmitt (ENTSO-E, Secretary General), and Matti Supponen (European Commission)
  11. Closing speech, Ben Voorhorst, TenneT, Chief Operating Officer, and ENTSO-E, President

The ElSeC Conference Dinner took place in the “Burger & Lobster Bank“, within close walking distance from the conference location. The evening before ElSeC, all particpants were invited to an Open Evening at the TSCNET premises.

All in all, ElSeC 2017 turned out just as the organisers had hoped for: The atmosphere was relaxed but highly professional, the presentations were intriguing, and the discussions were vivacious and offered plenty of room for both, constructive controversy and productive consensus.

> Visit ElSeC 2017 picture gallery (Flickr, html)
> Visit ElSeC 2017 in retrospect webpage (html)
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Impressions from the first Conference on Electricity Security Coordination, ElSeC 2017

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Impressions from the ElSeC 2017 Conference Dinner

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Open evening at TSCNET premises

17.10.2017

Today, TSCNET Services is the proud host of ElSeC 2017, the Conference on Electricity Security Coordination, in Munich, Germany. On the eve of the conference we had invited registrated participants to an open evening at TSCNET’s office facilities east of the Munich city centre. The event was attended by more than 70 people, among them high-ranking representatives of European transmission system operators (TSOs), security initiatives as well as regulatory and political authorities. The welcome speech was held by TSCNET’s parting Managing Director Siem Bruijns, who used the occasion to introduce his successors as managing directors, Maik Neubauer und Uwe Zimmermann.

At the premises, the guests of TSCNET could experience the workflows of a Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) in a direct manner. They were even given the opportunity to visit the Operator Room to gain an overview of the operational services and to witness a complete so-called DOPT, the Daily Operational Planning Teleconference bringing together experts of all the TSOs.

Videos including the brand-new corporate video and presentations on services and tools gave additional insight into the business of TSCNET, as did the staff members, who were always willing to give profound information. Guests could also give proof of their patience and their hand-eye coordination with a huge, handcrafted hot wire in the form of the company’s name. The enjoyable evening used for new professional acquaintances and inspiring conversations, was rounded up by captivating live music, drinks, and a flying buffet.

> Visit Open Evening picture gallery (Flickr, html)
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Impressions from the TSCNET Services Open Evening on the eve of ElSeC 2017

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ElSeC 2017 programme now available

09.10.2017

The fundamental shift of Europe’s energy landscape confronts the continent’s transmission system operators (TSOs) with many new challenges. Since we are heading more and more towards a connected pan-European power market, cross-border cooperation of TSOs is the solution of choice for the European TSOs. This also means, that the role of the European Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) has become overly important.

TSCNET Services, the Munich-based RSC, is the host of a ElSeC 2017, the Conference on Electricity Security Coordination taking place on 17 October 2017 in Munich, Germany. ElSeC 2017, as the first of a series of annual conferences to foster regional coordination in Europe, combines keynote speeches, case studies and discussions on the current state of regional security coordination with visions of the energy future.

Now the complete preliminary programme for ElSeC 2017 is available online. There are four main sections presenting a “Regional Approach for Europe’s Power Grid”, “Demonstrations of Regional Solutiones for Grid Security”, “Perspectives on the Institutional Framework” and, as panel discussion, “The Organisation of the European Power Grid in 2030”. The welcoming speech will be given by Maik Neubauer, one of the new Managing Directors of TSCNET Services.

We would like to point out that invited participants still have the possibility to register by 13 October at the latest. For registered participants, the ElSeC 2017 app is also available.

> Visit ElSeC 2017 webpage (html)
> Open ElSeC 2017 programme (pdf, 519kb)

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Member of the European Parliament visits TSCNET

08.09.2017

Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Latvia and former Minister for Economics of Latvia, has visited TSCNET Services. Kariņš is a part of the conservative European People’s Party parliamentary group. The American-born entrepreneur and politician is a member of the EP’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and was accompanied by his advisor Edijs Ostrovskis, also coming from Latvia.

Alexander Küster, Head of TSCNET’s Operations Team, and Emanuel Kofler, Organisational Development Manager at TSCNET, welcomed the guests at the company’s premises in Munich, Germany, where they talked about the growth of the company and its range of services for transmission system operators (TSOs). They outlined how Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) such as TSCNET have established a higher standard of security of supply in Europe and significantly improved the cooperation between TSOs over the last years. In this context, they also debated on ElSeC 2017, the first European Conference on Electricity Security Coordination hosted by TSCNET and co-organised by ENTSO-E, the European Network of TSOs for Electricity, on the 17th of October. This visit was a great honour and a valuable opportunity to debate on Europe’s power grid at present and future developments.

> See Krišjānis Kariņš MEP page (html)

Picture: TSCNET Services / Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš (second from left) / Edijs Ostrovskis (on the left side)

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