APG study on targets for renewables


A resilient electricity transmission grid is the most effective flexibility option for converting the energy system in the course of the energy transition. This is the result of a study conducted by the renowned consulting company “Energy Brainpool” on behalf of TSCNET shareholder APG, the Austrian transmission system operator (TSO). The aim of the study is to identify possible effects of the restructuring of the energy system and concrete measures so that Austria can sufficiently contribute to the international climate agreement. According to “Mission 2030”, the Austrian energy and climate strategy, the national target in this respect is to cover 100% of electricity consumption with renewable energies by 2030.

“A full focus on renewables is the only reasonable way,” states Gerhard Christiner, CTO at APG. “We fully support the political goals of the Austrian Federal Government.” Since the transformation of the energy system is a comprehensive project, it can only be realised with enormous effort of all parties involved. The new study shows that the expansion of renewables will lead to unprecedented volatility in power generation, which should best be countered with a strong transmission grid. The basic precondition for this is the rapid implementation of the existing grid extension plans.

“The APG grid development plan provides for an investment volume of more than two and a half billion euros over the next ten years to upgrade our infrastructure,” explains Thomas Karall, CFO at APG. That’s money well spent, for the results of the “Energy Brainpool” study show that, in principle, it is possible to achieve the targets set out in “Mission 2030″. But official approval procedures must be accelerated, because: “If we do not manage to extend the transmission grid on time, the energy system will reach its limits. Then it will not be possible to fully exploit the potential of renewable energies,” explains CTO Christiner.

Vienna-based APG presents the results of a study on the preconditions for the Austrian “Mission 2030” targets

> See APG press release, in German (html)
> Open study “Austria’s way towards 100% renewables”, in German (pdf, 1.19MB)

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Swiss study on transborder market design


Together with Swisselectric and management consultancy Pöyry, TSC member Swissgrid, the Swiss transmission system operator (TSO), conducted a feasibility study on crossborder marketing of flexibility. The proposal describes an alternative to capacity markets. Since yesterday, the study is available in German and can be downloaded for free.

> See Swissgrid press release (html)

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Study on Hydropower


The Austrian electricity company Verbund is one of Europe’s largest producers of electricity from hydropower in Europe and a member of the European Hydropower Initiative. Now the initiative published its youngest macro-economic study on behalf of 21 European hydropower companies and associations: “The hydropower sector‘s contribution to a sustainable and prosperous Europe.”

> See Verbund news (html, in German)

> Open Presentation of study results (pdf, 1.52mb, in English)

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Integrating the Nordic and German systems


On 6th of June, Agora Energiewende, a joint initiative of the Mercator Foundation and the European Climate Foundation, and the Swedish think tank Global Utmaning will present the results of a study about “Economic and Climate Effects of Increased Integration of the Nordic and German Electricity Systems” in Berlin, Germany. Representatives from the TSC member TSOs 50Hertz and TenneT will be among the speakers. The event will be held in English. Registration is now open.

> See Agora event page (html)

> See Agora online registration (html)

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