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Historical agreement on regional operational coordination

Published: 01/03/2016


​This is part of a well-defined ongoing project, started in November 2014, for more regional operational coordination. It is needed for the implementation of the already-in-force EU regulation on capacity calculation and congestion management (CACM) and the to-be-voted EU regulation on system operation. RSCSPs already exist in Europe: Coreso in Brussels and TSC in Munich since 2008 and SCC in Belgrade since 2015. RSCSPs are companies owned by their clients, the TSOs. Their offices look like control rooms where engineers visualise real-time power flows between countries and other information, such as the amount of wind or solar power produced in a region.

RSCSPs’ common grid model, security analysis, outage coordination, and short-term adequacy services help TSOs in their operational security decisions. Their cross-border capacity calculation service is the basis for market coupling and capacity allocation. RSCSPs’ neutrality is guaranteed through the 100% control by unbundled and regulated TSOs complemented by EU monitoring and reporting obligations, as outlined in the EU regulation on system operation now under discussion.

The multilateral agreement signed in December 2015 specifies the five services that all RSCSPs will offer and how they will extend across Europe in the next two years. Three RSCSPs are being created for the Nordics, the Baltics, and Southeast Europe. ENTSO-E ensures interoperability.

Even with RSCSPs, TSOs remain in charge security of supply, and the final operational decision-making therefore rests with them. For security reasons, the line of responsibility in system operation cannot be watered down. “Too many heads and arms operating the grids as implied by the Commission study on Regional Operation Centres – ROCs – would be a risk to security”, stated Peder Andreasen, ENTSO-E’s president.

“Electricity regions are in motion. Rather than embarking on a highly risky and very costly ROC building process, ENTSO-E calls upon policy-makers to support the RSCSP roll-out already under way as a major step towards the internal energy market”, added Konstantin Staschus, ENTSO-E Secretary-General. The ENTSO-E’s response to the ROC study has been sent to the European Commission today. It shows that RSCSPs achieve the same objectives as the ROCs but without the risks and with lower costs.

Read our response to the Commission study