Due to the unprecedented situation presented by the COVID 19 pandemic, the Replacement Reserve Platform (‘RR Platform’) and the TSOs participating in its operation (ČEPS a.s, National Grid ESO, Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A., Red Eléctrica de España S.A.U, REN – Rede Eléctrica Nacional, S.A, Réseau de Transport d’Electricité, Swissgrid AG and Terna-Rete Elettrica Nazionale SpA) announce that the previously communicated accession dates to the RR Platform (see press release) have been modified. The “lockdown” restrictions enforced in all countries have hampered preparations for go-live (IT development, testing of local systems with BSPs, training the operators and accessing control rooms).

First and foremost, the highest priority of TSOs is to safeguard the health of their staff while ensuring the continuity of all operations. For that reason, TSOs have taken various measures to safeguard stable operations and have made the difficult decision to delay joining the RR platform.

The RR Platform went live on 6 January, when ČEPS a.s joined the RR Platform. Red Electrica de España S.A.U followed ČEPS a.s and joined the RR Platform on 3 March.

The table below shows the expected dates for each TSO to join the RR Platform:

CountryTSOQuarters of accession
PortugalREN – Rede Eléctrica Nacional, S.AEnd of Q3 2020
Great BritainNational Grid Electricity System Operator plcEarly Q4 2020
SwitzerlandSwissgrid AGQ4 2020
FranceRéseau de Transport d’ElectricitéQ4 2020
ItalyTerna - Rete Elettrica Nazionale SpAQ4 2020
PolandPolskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A.Early Q1 2022