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Med-TSO and the Energy Community agree to strengthen mutual cooperation

Med-TSO and the Energy Community agree to strengthen mutual cooperation
14/09/2018

Representatives of Med-TSO and of the Energy Community Secretariat evaluated possible opportunities for tightening cooperation between the two entities at a meeting held at Energy Community’s premises in Wien, last Thursday 13 September. 

Having common members, common infrastructure and the common target of creating a well-connected regional electricity market does not only give us a basis but calls on us to closely cooperate”, underlined Janez Kopac, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat

The two institutions identified a set of topics of common interest that could be in the focus of enhanced cooperation, including transparency, coordination between distribution and transmission system operators and regional infrastructure development. 

Discussions also carved out that the introduction of a common set of legal rules would support the development of electricity markets in the Mediterranean countries. “The Energy Community can serve as a model for us: it proves that fixing a set of common obligations facilitates the development of integrated electricity markets”, emphasized Angelo Ferrante, Secretary General of Med-TSO.




Med-TSO at the 47th CIGRE session in Paris

Andrés Sainz, Technical Secretary of TC "Regulation and Institutions" presenting the paper in Paris last 28 August

Med-TSO at the 47th CIGRE session in Paris
30/08/2018

Established in 1921 in Paris, the CIGRE, the International Council of Large Electric Networks (Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Electriques) organizes every two years one of the most important events dealing with power systems, known as the “Paris Session”, taking place this year from 26 to 31 August.
The CIGRE works as a global community committed to the collaborative development and sharing of power system expertise. The community features thousands of professionals from over 90 countries and 1250 member organizations, including some of the world’s leading experts.

Med-TSO participates to the 2018 Paris Session with two papers: “Towards a Common Target Regulatory Framework. Harmonizing Technical Rules for the Mediterranean Power Systems from a TSO perspective” and “The Mediterranean Master Plan Consolidating a Secure and Sustainable Electricity Infrastructure in the Mediterranean Region", both realized after Med-TSO’s Mediterranean Project, a three-year lasting project supported by the European Union.

The first paper, presented last Tuesday 28 August on behalf of Med-TSO’s Technical Committee “Regulation and Institutions”, shows the work performed during the Project, in which a proposal of Common Target Regulatory Framework for the Mediterranean region has been developed, including a tentative roadmap for implementation in three time horizons: short, medium and long. In total, 66 technical issues have been selected to be harmonized, elaborating a first set of models of rules, in particular a Connection Contract between TSO and user, an Operation Agreement between TSOs and the chapters from Connection and Operation for the future Mediterranean Grid Code.

The second paper, presented today, 30 August, deals with the Mediterranean Master Plan, delivered by Med-TSO as a result of an intensive cooperation among the Members. It describes the activity and the main outcomes of about three years of activity carried out by Med-TSO’s Technical Committee “Planning” and Working Group “Economic Studies and Scenarios”. The paper stresses the complexity of the planning process that involved Med-TSO Members. For the first time, most of the Mediterranean TSOs have engaged themselves in performing a series of harmonized studies including market simulations and network analysis. The Mediterranean Master Plan depicts 14 clusters of cross border interconnections, totaling more than 18 000 MW of new transfer capacity across the Mediterranean Sea at time horizon 2030.




Multilateral cooperation in the Mediterranean region: Med-TSO's Secretary General at WTO & PAM conference in Belgrade

Multilateral cooperation in the Mediterranean region: Med-TSO's Secretary General at WTO & PAM conference in Belgrade
16/07/2018

On 12 and 13 July, the Secretary General of Med-TSO, Angelo Ferrante, was in Belgrade, Serbia, to participate to the meeting on “Trade facilitation and Investments in the Western Balkans”, organized jointly by the World Trade Organization and by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, held at National Assembly of Serbia. The two-day meeting was focused on the Euro Mediterranean economic-political convergence processes and on the improvement of Trade and Investments flows in the Euro-Mediterranean region through WTO Rules and negotiations.

During the session “The regional economic integration in the Western Balkans Area”, held on 13 July, the Secretary General intervened on multilateral cooperation in the Mediterranean region, highlighting that transmission infrastructures are essential for the market and, as also recalled by the European Union, energy infrastructures are at the forefront of the effort for promoting a more resource-efficient, more sustainable and more competitive economy. Where an electricity market already exists, as in many Balkans countries, it is necessary to guarantee adequate liquidity to the market for achieving the efficient utilization of existing and envisaged interconnections.

In the Mediterranean, he added, the development of interconnections is essential for meeting the increasing electricity demand of Southern and Eastern Countries and favor the expected huge RES development programs.
The just completed Mediterranean Project is a good example of multilateral coordination among the Mediterranean TSOs, aiming at defining a shared framework made of rules, guidelines, methodologies and scenarios capable to foster investments in the region and favor its integration. The new Mediterranean Project 2, launched on 1 June with the support of the European Union, will consolidate and, to some extent, enlarge the perimeter of Med-TSO activities and give additional impulse to the Mediterranean integration process.





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Security and Socio – economic Development in the Mediterranean strongly depend on energy and on the possibility to develop an integrated regional energy market. Energy infrastructures are key for achieving this goal, especially for what concerns the development of a reliable, secure and sustainable transmission network, capable to interconnect the countries and allow exchange of electricity and integration of new generation sources, in primis from RES.Based on multilateral cooperation as a strategical approach to regional development for facilitating the integration of the Mediterranean Power Systems, Med-TSO has received a three-year lasting grant from the EU Commission (DG NEAR) to carry out the so called “Mediterranean Project” (Feb 2015 – Jan 2018). The Project aims at the progressive harmonization and strengthening of the electricity markets in the Mediterranean region, following a bottom-up approach and direct involvement of Med-TSO Members, through the following activity lines: ...
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