The Platform for the International Coordination of Automated Frequency Restoration and Stable System Operation (PICASSO) is the implementation project endorsed by all TSOs through the ENTSO-E Market Committee to establish the European platform for the exchange of balancing energy from frequency restoration reserves with automatic activation or aFRR-Platform, pursuant to Article 21 of the Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/2195 of 23 November 2017 establishing a guideline on electricity balancing (EB GL).

PICASSO project currently includes the following member TSOs: The Austrian TSO APG, the Belgian TSO Elia, the Czech TSO ČEPS, the Croatian TSO HOPS, the Dutch TSO Tennet, the Danish TSO Energinet, the Finish TSO Fingrid, the French TSO RTE and the German TSOs – 50Hertz, Amprion, Tennet, TransnetBW –, the Hungarian TSO MAVIR, the Italian TSO Terna, the Polish TSO PSE, the Portuguese TSO REN, the Romanian TSO Transelectrica, the Norwegian TSO Statnett, the Slovak TSO SEPS, the Slovenian TSO ELES, the Spanish TSO Red Eléctrica de España and the Swedish TSO Svenska kraftnät.

Furthermore, the following TSOs are participating in the PICASSO project as observers: the Bulgarian TSO ESO, the Greek TSO IPTO/ADMIE and the Swiss TSO Swissgrid. ENTSO-E participates in PICASSO in the role of an observer. All TSOs obliged to establish the aFRR-Platform, pursuant to the EB GL, are participating in the PICASSO project.

Main targets of the project

The main targets of the project are:

  • Design, implement and operate an aFRR-Platform compliant with the approved versions of the EB GL, SO GL and CACM, as well as other regulations.

  • Enhancing economic and technical efficiency within the limits of system security.

  • Integrating the European aFRR markets while respecting the TSO-TSO model.

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