European transmission system operators – Amprion (Germany), Elia (Belgium), REE (Spain), RTE (France), Swissgrid (Switzerland), TenneT (Netherlands), Terna (Italy) and TransnetBW (Germany) – improve their cooperation with a view to optimising electricity exchange capacity.
To address increasing challenges in managing the security of power system while maximising the benefits for the European electricity market, transmission system operators (TSOs) and regional coordination centres (RSCs) further strengthen their collaboration, as well in their forecast studies as in the daily gestures, to optimize cross-border exchange capacity in each cross-border interconnection, according to system needs and conditions. These procedures are accelerated and coordinated by the RSCs (the main RSCs active in central Europe are currently CORESO and TSCNet).
Modelled on the process used in previous years to underpin security of electricity supply in Switzerland and Belgium, grid operators RTE, Elia, REE, Amprion, Swissgrid, Terna, TenneT and TransnetBW have established a joint action plan to ensure an efficient and harmonized usage of the power system resources. Cross border exchanges resulting from the optimisation of the interconnections, play a key role in ensuring the security supply in countries facing tension on their system. This strengthening cooperation will be particularly useful in case of tensions related to an insufficiency of production in a country.
The reinforced coordination will consist in the following main procedures:
The deployment of these new measures comes in addition to the existing mutual assistance arrangements between TSOs. The speed with which these supplementary measures are being set up is a further demonstration of the already implemented Regional Security Initiatives effectiveness and the commitment of European TSOs to strengthening cooperation and solidarity mechanisms, particularly during periods marked by challenges to the electricity system.
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