“Mastering the energy transition on a pan-European basis”

19.11.2018

The “THEMEN:magazin” is a German-language medium that reports every two months “on the challenges, opportunities and perspectives of the economy with a focus on energy policy”. In the latest issue (5/2018), readers will also find an interview with Maik Neubauer, one of the two managing directors of TSCNET Services. It followed the Conference on Electricity Security Coordination (ElSeC) 2018 in Brussels, the #PowerCoordinationEurope.

The hot and dry summer of 2018 was a good example of extreme weather conditions that required top performance from transmission system operators, explains Neubauer. Wherever lines fail or threaten to fail, countermeasures must be taken immediately during operation. The interaction between transmission and distribution networks must also function smoothly. TSCNET Services supports these complex processes as a Regional Security Coordinator (RSC).

At the centre is a range of services relating to grid congestion management for transmission system operators (TSOs) to ensure a high level of grid security in Europe against the background of the rapidly growing share of renewable energies within the energy mix. Especially the high generation volatility of PV and wind farms leads to significantly higher demands on the monitoring and management of the European transmission grids.

TSCNET can at any time take advantage of a huge amount of data from almost all European network operators to calculate the network situation in the next hours and days and to identify possible congestions. “We thus act as an early warning system for the identification of potential dangers in the network, continuously evaluate these with our TSO partners and can thus counteract potential blackout situations in Europe in a concerted manner,” summarises Neubauer.

In general, the European high-voltage grid is technically very stable and resilient, but often the limits are reached in the meantime, also because of the slow expansion of the grid. In the coming years, too, secure network operation is still only conceivable with considerable redispatch measures. The electricity from German offshore wind farms in the North or Baltic Seas does not stop at the border. The so-called ‘Clean Energy Package’ also changes the framework conditions throughout Europe. The energy transition is not a German project, but must be mastered on a pan-European basis.

In its current issue, the German-language “THEMEN:magazin” features a detailed interview with Maik Neubauer on TSCNET Services being the “congestion messenger for Europe’s power highways”.

Linkup
> Open “THEMEN:magazin” interview (pdf, 275kb)
> “THEMEN:magazin” website (html)

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Christoph Meinersmann
TSCNET Services, Communications/PR (external consultant)
E-mail: c.meinersmann@extern-tscnet.eu

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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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Corporate video on services, resources, and values

17.10.2017

TSCNET Services is pleased to announce it has released the company’s first corporate video. The video showcases TSCNET’s core services (“Coordinated Capacity Calculation”, “Coordinated Security Analysis”, “Outage Planning Coordination”, “Short, Very Short and Medium Term Adequacy Forecasts”, and “Improved Individual Grid Models” and “Common Grid Model”) for transmission system operators (TSOs) and highlights the employees, our expertise, and our corporate values (customer orientation, integrity, passion, quality, and speak-up mentality). It is also intended to give customers, partners, and potential employees an inside look at our day-to-day operations.

The 3.47-minute video using real employees shares what we believe, not just what we do. It was shot with the most advanced filming technologies across the TSCNET premises in Munich, Germany, by KieferNümann, a both experienced and renowned local film production. The development started at the end of this spring and was developed in about three months. For a bird’s eye view of the 14-storeyed building in which our office is located, drones were called in. Watch our corporate video and get a glimpse of the TSCNET spirit.
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TSCNET Services, Corporate Video (October 2017)

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Saxon agreement on transparency and dialogue standards

23.06.2016

Boris Schucht, Chief Executive Officer of TSC member 50Hertz, one of the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), and Martin Dulig, Saxon State Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, signed an “Agreement on transparency in infrastructure projects in the course of the energy transition”. 50Hertz has already concluded identical agreements with the states of Saxony-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg.

While Dulig accentuates the indispensability of an efficient transmission network and grid expansion for a successful energy transition, both signatories particularly emphasise the necessity of close cooperation with the affected public. Boris Schucht sees an open dialogue with citizens as “key for a successful implementation of the energy transition”. Martin Dulig adds that “citizens living near the power lines rightly expect to be informed timely and frankly about expansion and conversion work”.

Main object of the agreement is the notification and involvement of the public before actual constructions are carried out. Public events for information and discussion are a promising measure for this purpose, but also internet-based platforms providing digital planning folders should be rewarding. In any case the public accessibility of relevant documents is a matter of utmost importance.

> See 50Hertz press release, in German (html)

Picture: 50Hertz
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