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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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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