RSC conference 2019 in Copenhagen

11.07.2019

To speak of a tradition may be somewhat exaggerated in view of the third Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) Conference, but nevertheless the annual meetings on European transmission security coordination are already considered a significant contribution to the overall system security on the continent. TSCNET Services, the Munich-based RSC, had the honour of hosting the first RSC conference called “ElSeC” (Electricity Security Coordination) in 2017. In 2018, the baton was passed on to the Belgian RSC Coreso, which organised “Power Coordination Europe” in Brussels.

This year, the colleagues of Nordic RSC invite you to Copenhagen to the RSC Conference 2019, which has the motto: “Act locally, coordinate regionally, think European”. The event takes place on 8 October at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Copenhagen, which is in the same building that also houses Nordic RSC’s offices, the Copenhagen Towers. “RSC 2019” is co-organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) with the other four European RSCs – Baltic RSC, Coreso, SCC, and TSCNET Services – functioning as co-hosts. Registration for the RSC Conference 2019 is now open!

Since as many interesting and relevant topics as possible should be dealt with, there are parallel sessions in addition to the general panel discussions. The topics address concrete action perspectives for transmission system operators (TSOs) and RSCs as well as broader issues of security coordination in Europe, such as: “The Green Transition: The reason for change and innovation in TSOs”, “Enhanced TSO coordination for Europe”, “Ensuring the right competences in an RSC perspective”, “Critical Grid Situation Communication” or “Efficient markets support operational security”.

Among the speakers are Joachim Vanzetta, Director System Control at the German TSO and TSCNET shareholder Amprion, and Laurent Schmitt, Secretary General of ENTSO-E. Maik Neubauer, one of the two managing directors of TSCNET Services, will talk about “RSC Complexities and Future Challenges”, i.e. the complex challenges faced by RSCs in the ongoing implementation of services, in cooperation between the different RSCs and in adapting and integrating changes from the EU “Clean Energy for all Europeans Package”.

The RSC Conference 2019 on electricity security coordination takes place on 8 October 2019 in Copenhagen (picture: varsbergsrolands/pixabay)

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> Visit RSC Conference 2019 website (html, with access to registration)

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PowerCoordinationEurope 2018 in Brussels

21.09.2018

Last year, TSCNET Services, the Munich-based Regional Security Coordinator (RSC), had the great privilege of hosting the first ElSeC conference on Electricity Security Coordination. Now the torch was passed on to the colleagues of Coreso. The Belgian RSC, in close coordination with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and in association with the Florence School of Regulation, is organising the regional electricity summit under the new banner “PowerCoordinationEurope”.

With Coreso as host, this year’s conference participants will meet on 16 October in the immediate vicinity of European decision-making. ElSeC 2018 will take place in the Albert Hall in Brussels, just a stone’s throw away from the European Headquarters. “PowerCoordinationEurope” will be attended by high-level representatives from RSCs, transmission system operators (TSOs) and energy companies as well as by policy makers, various experts and thought leaders. The main topics to be discussed include the advancement of regional coordination, network code implementation, interoperability of RSCs and the current status of the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package.

It goes without saying that all five European RSCs play a prominent role in the event. TSCNET Services will be represented by its two managing directors, Maik Neubauer and Uwe Zimmermann. The latter will take part in the panel discussion on regional specificities of the RSC business, and Mr Neubauer will discuss the new opportunities for power coordination arising from digital solutions in information and communication technology. We look forward to good talks in Brussels .

PowerCoordinationEurope, the conference on electricity security coordination, takes place on 16 October 2018 in Brussels

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> Visit PowerCoordinationEurope webpage (html)

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Triple hire for our team

06.02.2018

Getting the right people on board is a cornerstone of development and quality. TSCNET Services has further strengthened its team with three new hires to support growing demand for services and expertise (on the picture from the left to the right): Maja Markovic, Gabor Maroti, and Bojana Mihic.

Until fairly recently, the new Operations Manager in our Service Operations team, Bojana, was working at the Development and Strategy department of EMS (Elektromreza Srbije), the Serbian power transmission system operator (TSO). There she was in charge of Connection Studies and Network Codes Implementation. Along the way, Bojana was not only involved in ENTSO-E activities as a member of the working group Connection Network Code (CNC) and as the National CNCs Link Person (NCLP), but also worked with  organisations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Électriques (CIGRE) where she gained international experience and knowledge about transmission systems in different countries including some that TSCNET Services is working for. After three years she decided it’s a time for change: “Joining TSCNET is a great opportunity to expand my practical knowledge and operational experience when there is a significant share of renewable energy,” says Bojana. “Developing new methodologies and handling everyday operational challenges while meeting the needs of the different transmission systems, TSCNET is setting new steps in regional security coordination. This is what makes it an excellent choice on my path to becoming a skillful and accomplished Power System Engineer.”

The two other arrivals boost our IT Services team: Maja Markovic as a Senior IT Application Manager and Gabor Maroti as an IT Test Analyst. Maja is an experienced power engineer with nearly twelve years in power systems modeling, analyses, and software development. She was in on the go-live of SCC, the Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) in Southeast Europe, and was a part of the team developing the EMF (European Merging Function) tool deployed by SCC and several European TSOs. “Being one of the experts of ENTSO-E’s Work Package 4 afforded me a deeper insight into establishing business processes and procedures across Europe integrating all TSOs and RSCs to reach the common goals,” says Maja. “I’ve unraveled the secret of moving forward pretty soon: To work closely with all parties concerned and keep the teams motivated, well informed, challenged and goal oriented.”

Losing track of his goals is not in Gabor’s DNA. The power engineer and graduate from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) brings significant experience as a Tester and System Engineer. He was also concerned with high voltage systems and passed three ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) exams during the years. Then Gabor concluded that he wanted to work abroad. “The open position at TSCNET in Munich, for me, meant the opportunity to combine two of my favourite fields of interest: Electric networks and testing. I immediately knew that I want to be part of this,” explains Gabor. First impressions proved right: “As I’m getting more and more familiar with this company, the colleagues, and their passion for what they are doing, I can proudly state that this is the best that could happen to me.”

We are pleased to welcome you, Bojana, Maja, and Gabor! We all will contribute our share to make the new employees’ time with TSCNET Services positive, affirming, and exciting.

TSCNET Services has welcomed three new employees: Maja, Gabor, and Bojana.

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Swiss-German TSCNET predecessor to be dissolved

06.12.2017

In 2008, the two current TSCNET shareholders Swissgrid, the Swiss transmission system operator (TSO), and the southwest German TSO TransnetBW (at that time called EnBW Transportnetze AG) founded the joint coordinating company “Central European System Operation Coordinator AG” (CESOC) to enhance cross-border collaboration. Target of the Laufenburg-based CESOC was to secure the binational supply security and grid stability by means of providing TSO services in the range of grid operation, commercial grid management or congestion management. Now the two associates decided to close the company, as these services are being fulfilled by larger European cooperatives, such as TSCNET Services, the Munich-based Regional Security Coordinator (RSC). CESOC can be wound up without any negative impact on stability or security issues. No employees are affected by the company’s dissolution.

> See Swissgrid media release (html)
> See TransnetBW press release, in German (html)

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Big data improves service performance

22.11.2017

The autumn 2017 edition of the OSIsoft EMEA User Conference took place in London, and three experts of the Munich-based Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) TSCNET Services participated in the renowned event. Alexander Küster, Head of Operations at TSCNET Services, seized the opportunity to present Data Quality Management Systems (DQMS) developed by TSCNET. He outlined the current implementation status and explained future plans for data visualisation as well as the analysis system and service. Now the Power Engineering International (PEI), an online magazine for the international power generation industry, has published its report.

TSCNET Services deploys big data analysis to facilitate decision making at RSCs, and to provide detailed energy forecasting services for the operational optimisation of its shareholder transmission system operators (TSOs). In the PEI interview concerning this matter, Alexander Küster explains that TSCNET Services draws upon its “knowledge and deep understanding of TSOs’ operational processes to identify additional potential for optimisation systematically and to establish valid and reliable service performance measures”.

The interest taken in TSCNET’s presentation was notable and the following panel session provided an encouraging feedback. The considerable potential of data management for the daily operations of TSOs seems to be increasingly recognised. With our data management solutions, we at TSCNET Services are convinced to deliver real value to our customers.
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> See PEI article (html, with access to interview video)

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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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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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Interconnected flexibility for the energy future

02.10.2017

The generation of green energy is crucial for a sustainable, low-carbon energy future. While no one would seriously doubt this plain fact, it is by no means the only determinant – interconnection, flexibility and policy coordination are equally relevant. That is convincingly demonstrated in the new 2017 edition of the Midterm Adequacy Forecast (MAF) of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E).

The MAF is a comprehensive mathematical analysis of the future pan-European supply security up to 2020 and 2025. Cross-border interconnectors and the extension of transmission capacities are surely a must, but what the MAF also illustrates is the potential of coordination among transmission system operators (TSOs) and the need to synchronise divergent national policies and regulations.

Laurent Schmitt, ENTSO-E’s Secretary General, explains: ” When it comes to electricity, European countries are highly interdependent.” This large degree of mutual dependency of individual European countries’ power systems makes a close collaboration of the respective TSOs indispensable. Regional service coordinators (RSCs) such as TSCNET Services are of vital importance in this regard.

> See ENTSO-E news release (HTML)

Picture: ENTSO-E

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Leszek Jesień joins TSCNET Supervisory Board

06.09.2017

TSCNET Services, one of the European Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs), welcomes a new elected member to its Supervisory Board. Professor Leszek Jesień is the head of the Institute of International Relations and Sustainable Development at the Collegium Civitas University in Warsaw, Poland. Jesień is also closely associated with TSC member PSE, the Polish transmission system operator (TSO). At PSE, he holds the position of Director of the Department of International Cooperation.

Leszek Jesień habilitated in social studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences, and holds a PhD in political sciences from the Warsaw University. Among other things, he advised three Polish Prime Ministers and was chief negotiator of Poland’s accesion to the EU. TSCNET is glad to henceforth bank upon the expertise of a renowned authority in the fields of European and Polish energy policy.

> See PSE press release (html)

 

Picture: PSE

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Operator exchange between TSCNET and Coreso

01.07.2017

As reported, the two European Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) Coreso and TSCNET Services entered into a Cooperation Framework Agreement on 12 June 2017. But already before, the two RSCs had proven their willingness to good cooperation by establishing an official exchange of operators.

Two operators from Coreso started things off and payed a visit to the TSCNET premises in Munich, Germany, in May. After a comprehensive theoretical introduction, the guests joined a TSC operator on his late shift. In doing so, they got acquainted with the operational processes and the IT platform AMICA deployed by TSCNET. On the second day, the Coreso representatives were introduced to the process of the so-called Multilateral Remedial Actions (MRAs), the MRA tool (MRAT), and the TSCNET training programme. After two prolific days, the Coreso colleagues expressed their deep satisfaction with the inside views and informations gathered on their visit to Munich.

Two weeks later, TSC Operator Enes Halilovic and Péter Ambrus, Data Quality Manager at TSCNET, made a return visit to the Coreso company site in Brussels, Belgium. They were the first representatives from TSCNET’s operational staff to visit Coreso and received a warm welcome. To begin with, Benoit Carnandet, Senior Operator at Coreso, gave a general introduction to the organisation and staffing at Coreso. Afterwards, the TSCNET officials accompanied the Coreso operators for a full afternoon shift, whereby they learned about different processes and tools. The TSC operators used the second day to familiarise themselves with Coreso’s reporting and visualisation tools as well as the staff training.

Just like their colleagues from Brussels after their visit to Munich, the TSCNET representatives left the Coreso premises with nothing but positive experiences. The RSC’s operator exchange turned out to be in every sense fruitful and beneficial for both corporate entities. It remains to be hoped that these first cooperational steps may serve as initial spark for a long-term cooperation between Coreso and TSCNET Services.

> Visit Coreso website (html)
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Pictures: Coreso / TSCNET Services

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