New EU Electricity Regulation in place

17.01.2020

With the beginning of 2020, the recast of the European Electricity Regulation on the internal market for electricity (EU/2019/943) came into force. The regulation is important for the new electricity market design, which was adopted as part of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans Package” and aims at realising the European Energy Union with common market rules and an efficient and high-performing cross-border infrastructure.

The regulation sets out the basic principles for an efficient electricity market and should allow for improved integration of national markets. It should also create greater capacity for cross-border trade, thereby providing better access to renewable energy. As far as the business of transmission system operators (TSOs) is concerned, rules for better coordination and closer transnational cooperation are the core of the regulatory framework. Furthermore, the functions and tasks of the regional service coordinators (RSCs) are clearly specified.

Already on 10 January the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW had submitted their draft scenario framework for the 2035 (2021) Network Development Plan (NEP) to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). With this, they want to “contribute to the success of the energy turnaround and the achievement of the climate protection goals”.

The revised European Electricity Regulation on the internal market for electricity entered into force on 1 January 2020 (picture: European Commission / Etienne Ansotte)

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> See press release of the European Commission (html)
> See Netzentwicklungsplan webpage, in German (html)
> Visit EUR-Lex site (html) for the full text of the Regulation in various languages and formats.

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New RSC to be established in Thessaloniki

23.12.2019

As reported by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), significant progress is being made on pan-European coverage with regional security coordinators (RSCs). The transmission system operators (TSOs) of the South-East Europe and Greece-Italy Capacity Calculation Regions (CCRs), namely ESO-EAD (Bulgaria), IPTO (Greece), Terna (Italy) and TSCNET shareholder Transelectrica, the TSO from Romania, have agreed to establish a new RSC in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.

The new company will provide all regional RSC services for both CCRs according to the requirements of the EU guideline on capacity allocation and congestion management (CACM). In line with the experience gained in other CCRs, the RSC in Thessaloniki will promote regional TSO cooperation and strengthen system and market operations. The further development of the plans will be reported in the course of 2020.

The TSOs from the South-East Europe and Greece-Italy CCRs will establish an RSC in Thessaloniki (picture showing Thessaloniki, Greece)

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> See ENTSO-E press release, html

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Winter outlook: RSC monitoring for supply security

28.11.2019

Every year at the end of November, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) publishes its supply security forecast for the coming winter season. Like its predecessors, Winter Outlook 2019/2020 is a concise document that provides valuable information on where bottlenecks are most likely to occur, or which are the main risks to the security of the pan-European electrical transmission system. The Outlook forecasts have been carefully calculated on the basis of a comprehensive database to provide a reliable risk assessment for the next European electricity winter.

The main positive message is that general European security of supply is ensured under normal conditions. Nevertheless, the Outlook indicates that in the event of cold spells, i.e. temperatures 10 degrees below average, combined with unforeseen outages and low renewable generation, there are potential risks in Belgium and France in January 2020. Under these extreme conditions, both countries would be heavily dependent on imports and in some cases on available out-of-market measures. Furthermore, close monitoring would be required, and ENTSO-E explicitly requests in such cases the support of regional security coordinators (RSCs), such as the Munich-based TSCNET Services.

As usual, ENTSO-E presents the Winter Outlook together with the Summer Review 2019, an overview of last summer’s events. Some heat waves were registered, but without any impact on the power supply.

ENTSO-E has released the Winter Outlook 2019/2020 (picture: TenneT)

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> See ENTSO-E press release (html)
> Visit ENTSO-E seasonal outlook site (html)
> Open Winter Outlook 2019/2020 (pdf, 7.14MB)

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Key ENTSO-E report on regional coordination

07.11.2019

At national level, the main tasks of transmission system operators (TSOs) are the transport of electricity from producers to large consumers and distribution networks, ensuring the operational safety as well as the planning, development and modernisation of electricity grids to ensure security of supply and cost-efficiency. More recently, TSOs have also been held responsible for achieving climate and energy policy objectives. European TSOs have also long been thinking and acting across borders in an increasingly integrated energy market. To ensure safe operation at European level, national TSOs coordinate at regional and pan-European level.

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) now has published the “Enhanced TSO Regional Coordination for Europe” report, coming with the suggestive subtitle: “Act locally, coordinate regionally, think European”. This report with a time perspective until 2030 describes the shift of the five European Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) such as TSCNET Services to Regional Coordination Centres (RCCs) in the wake of the Clean Energy Package (CEP). It focuses on operational and market needs, without disregarding the fact that regional cooperation between TSOs goes beyond these two issues. Nevertheless, the emphasis was put on these aspects, as markets and operations are more and more converging: Electricity is traded closer to real time, markets are more volatile, generation is more variable and cross-border and long-distance transmission are increasing. For this reason, the interfaces between market and physical infrastructure require to be consolidated.

The “Enhanced TSO Regional Coordination for Europe” report contains several recommendations and a roadmap for the coordination of TSOs to continue on the path towards a future European energy system that is sustainable, socially balanced and reliable. The five standard operational services of the RSCs – Common Grid Model, Coordinated Operational Planning, Security Analysis, Outage Planning Coordination, Short- to Medium-Term Adequacy Forecast, and Coordinated Capacity Calculation – and the Service for Organisational Support – Consistency Check of TSOs’ System Defence and Restoration Plans – are to be ported from RSCs to RCCs over the next decade.

ENTSO-E has released a report on enhanced TSO regional coordination (picture: ENTSO-E)

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> See ENTSO-E press release, html
> Open Enhanced Coordination Report (pdf, 804.86kB)

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RSC Conference 2019: Rush to Copenhagen

08.10.2019

The weather turned out typically Nordic with quite stormy wind and some rain, but otherwise host Nordic RSC could be more than happy about a great success and a fruitful gathering of our industry – about 250 participants from all over Europe came to the third “RSC Conference” today in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The event was staged by Nordic RSC at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in the Copenhagen Towers, which also house the offices of the Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) of the power transmission system operators (TSOs) of Denmark (TSCNET shareholder Energinet), Finland (Fingrid), Norway (Statnett), and Sweden (Svenska Kraftnät).

One of the key sentences fell quite early: “Nobody knows the future, but it will be electric!” In the European energy system that is already interconnected and will become even more so in future, coordination of cross-border electricity flows is one of the most crucial tasks for TSOs. To a large extent, this task is performed by Europe’s RSCs, with Coreso (based in Brussels) and TSCNET Services (Munich) as pioneers from 2013 onwards. In 2015, SCC for south eastern Europe followed in Belgrade and in 2016, Baltic RSC as well as Nordic RSC were established.

A good idea becomes a tradition
The RSCs have been holding conferences on system security since 2017, co-organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). TSCNET hosted the first RSC conference entitled “ElSeC” (Electricity Security Coordination) in Munich and one year later Coreso invited to “Power Coordination Europe” in Brussels.

The motto of “RSC 2019” was “Act locally, coordinate regionally, think European”. The event resulted in a closing speech by the CEO of the Finnish TSO Fingrid, Jukka Ruusunen, discussing how RSCs support efficient markets that in turn support security of supply. This core discussion was complemented by other general panel discussions and also by parallel, partly interactive sessions to cover as many interesting and relevant topics as possible. The topics were, for instance, “The Green Transition: The reason for change and innovation in TSOs”, “Ensuring the right competences in an RSC perspective”, “Critical Grid Situation Communication”, “Regional adequacy forecasting” or “Balancing projects and reserve sizing”. The key speakers came from the industry, EU institutions, markets and civil society.

Thomas Egebo, CEO of TSCNET shareholder Energinet, the Danish TSO, welcomed the participants and illustrated the importance of the regions using the example of the Nordic region. The ENTSO-E strategy paper on “Enhanced TSO coordination for Europe” was presented by Joachim Vanzetta, Director System Control at the German TSO and TSCNET shareholder Amprion and Chair of the ENTSO-E Board. Eryk Kłossowski, CEO of the Polish TSO PSE, and Ben Voorhorst, COO of the Dutch-German TSO TenneT – both are TSCNET shareholders – participated together with colleagues from further TSOs in the general discussion: “TSO regional cooperation and establishment of RCCs – learning from best practices”. This discussion was moderated by Laurent Schmitt, the Secretary-General of ENTSO-E.

Increasingly complex with rapidly rising requirements
Maik Neubauer, one of the two Managing Directors of TSCNET Services, held a presentation on “RSC complexities and future challenges”, focusing on the intricacy of the challenges faced by RSCs in the continuous implementation of services, in RSC collaboration and in the adaptation and integration of requirements from the EU “Clean Energy for all Europeans Package” (CEP).

On the conference website, all speeches and discussions were broadcast via live stream. Soon all presentations will be available for download as well as numerous photos from the event. All good things come in threes, as the saying goes. The third edition of the RSC Conference was indeed great, but we are all the more looking forward to next year.

Around 250 participants attended this year’s RSC Conference on 8 October in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen

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> Visit RSC Conference 2019 webpage, with videos (html)
> See conference picture gallery (Flickr, html)

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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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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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