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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> Visit PowerCoordinationEurope webpage (html)

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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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First of a series – ElSeC conference on 17 October

29.03.2017

Today’s energy system in Europe is characterised by cross-border cooperation. Regarding the power transmission grid, this cooperation is wedded to the concept of Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) like TSCNET Services. Together with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), TSCNET will organise the Conference on Electricity Security Coordination 2017 (ElSeC 2017). The invitation-only conference provides an interactive and attractive platform for leaders and senior executives of the sector to connect and share opinions. It will be held on Tuesday, the 17th of October, at the “Literaturhaus München” in the heart of Munich, Germany.

ElSeC 2017 is the kick-off to a series of annual conferences to strengthen regional coordination in Europe, each of them hosted by one of the RSCs. This year, the conference will cover a range of topics within three different theme parts:

A) Grid Issues & Solutions – taking up the challenges
B) Regional Coordination – the current state of play
C) The Power System in 2030 – visions for tomorrow

The conference programme includes keynote speeches, case studies, a panel discussion, and networking opportunities. The conference will be followed by a Conference Dinner.

On Monday, the 16th of October, the day before the conference, there will be an Open Evening at the premises of TSCNET Services in Munich. This informal get-together is also open to all registered participants. The office can be reached easily by public transport, directly from both Munich airport and the central station.

The participation fee is €250 (VAT excluded) for regular attendees and €125 (VAT excluded) for participants from an ENTSO-E member organisation, including TSC member TSOs. The fee covers overhead costs and includes lunch, refreshments, the conference dinner, and the open evening.

Today, TSCNET has published the ElSeC 2017 webpage (www.tscnet.eu/elsec2017/) that will be regularly updated. Dedicated invitations will be sent by mail and email. If you have questions, please contact our Conference Office by email (elsec2017@tscnet.eu) or by phone (+49 89 45554120).

> Visit ElSeC 2017 webpage (html)

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“Literaturhaus München” where ElSeC 2017 will take place on the 17th of October (Pictures: Literaturhaus München)

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Safety of the Czech grid is put to the test

21.10.2016

“Don’t learn safety by accident,” is a well-known saying used by electrical workers. In the course of the Czech military safety program Safeguard, an exercise took succesfully place at the Kletné electrical substation near Ostrava in the eastern Czech region of Moravskoslezský. The substation is operated by the Czech transmission system operator (TSO) and TSC member ČEPS. Safeguard features a series of security exercises to optimise the cooperation of the Czech Army with security-related institutions and corporations such as energy companies.

Jan Kalina, Chairman of the ČEPS Board of Directors, expressed his hope that the critical situation practised on 17 October – with soldiers attacking the substation – will never have to be experienced in reality. Still, ČEPS is “aware that the transmission system is essential for the basic functioning of the country”. Therefore the Czech TSO considers the Safeguard program as valuable and is glad to participate.

The supranational significance of the Safeguard exercise was emphasised by the presence of staff members from non-Czech TSOs who witnessed the manoeuvre at Kletné. Among the invited guests were also representatives of the TSC members 50Hertz, one of the four German TSOs, Energinet.dk from Denmark, and the Hungarian TSO, MAVIR.

> See ČEPS press release (html)

Picture: ČEPS

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TSCNET receives ISMS certification

29.03.2016

As our world is more and more digital, IT security has never been of more paramount importance than it is now. Against this backdrop, TSCNET Services decided to apply for an ISO/IEC 27001 certification and has now been certified by an accredited certification body, Certification & Information Security Services (CIS) from Vienna, Austria.

While the ISO 27000 family of standards helps companies manage the security of information assets in general, ISO/IEC 27001 is the best-known standard providing requirements for an information security management system (ISMS). It covers processes related to information technology, project management, operations, human resources, and administration. The certificate shows that TSCNET has information security risks under control.

Our company’s IT experts had spent more than five months preparing, with assistance from appointed consultants and supported by both the management and all the people at TSCNET. The certification following a rigorous audit proves that high quality solutions for our clients on the basis of secure cooperation are at the heart of what we do. Regular surveillance audits will be conducted to ensure that we continue to work to the required standard.

> See ISO ISO/IEC 27001 website (html)

 

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Security medals from ČEPS

10.12.2015

In the presence of the Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mladek, TSC member ČEPS, the Czech transmission system operator (TSO), presented representatives of security forces, public administration and governmental bodies with “ČEPS Medals of Merit for Security” (six gold, three silver and eleven bronze medals). They were awarded in recognition of their long-term contribution for transmission system security.

> See ČEPS press release (html)

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Inspection from the air

29.11.2015

Transmission system operators (TSOs) have to watch over their power lines to ensure safety and efficiency. TSC member ČEPS, the Czech TSO, has purchased three drones with cameras for inspections throughout the country. The remote-controlled devices make inspections safer, more efficient and much faster. The drones are not only used for routine inspections in hard-to-reach places, but also for emergency situations.

> See ČEPS press release (html)

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Efficiency by balance

30.10.2015

Balance between supply and demand constantly has to be ensured by transmission system operators (TSOs). TSC member Swissgrid, Switzerland’s TSO, analysed historical data of its balance group system including balance energy price mechanism and published an detailed article about the results in the trade magazine “Energy Policy” today. One of the key learning: “Little effort is necessary to make a good profit at the expense of system security”.

> See Swissgrid press release (html)

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