Securing energy supply with trans-border electricity flows: the view of Central European electricity TSOs
- Tomasz Sikorski, Vice-President and COO of the Polish Transmission System Operator, PSE SA
- Daivis Virbickas, CEO of the Lithuanian Electricity Transmission System Operator, Litgrid
- Augustijn van Haasteren, Unit for electricity and gas wholesale markets, DG Energy
The Clean Energy Package proposes a target model for Regional Operational Centres (ROCs) by 2020, strengthening broader regional cooperation and centralising functions that are now executed by national TSOs. TSOs will continue to be responsible for the daily operation of the transmission systems, as well as data flow and analysis, while they continue cooperating bottom-up.
This is a response to the existing lack of cooperation between regions which can significantly affect the supply of electricity. Recent difficulties of the French electricity system in assuring adequate generation under tougher weather conditions were just another call for drawing appropriate lessons. With potential impacts in all regions of the EU, these lessons and challenges need to be looked at jointly, including partners from Central Europe, where weather conditions affect large synchronous areas of the electricity system.
This dinner-debate was an opportunity to discuss links between security of supply, regional cooperation and interconnections in the European electricity system.