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Med-TSO's Newsletter n.2

Change in Management

Last 30 December 2016, the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) appointed a new Président Directeur Géneral (PDG).

Following this appointment, last 6 January 2017, Med-TSO President, Mr. Ameur Bchir, resigned from his position after two months since his election during the General Assembly held in Amman on 19 October 2016.

Mr. Bchir thanked the members of the Association for the confidence and wished continued success, reiterating his will to continue to support our association.

The new PDG of STEG is Mr. Moncef Harrabi: born on 17 February 1959 in Ouled Haffouz, he is a senior engineer in electrical engineering and power plants; his specializations are strategic studies, planning, realization of projects of means of production and transmission of electricity, management, operation and maintenance of the means of production and transport of electrical energy, renewable energies, energy efficiency and climate change. He had also been Vice President of the Renewable Energy Committee of the Mediterranean Electricity Observatory (OEM) for the period 2011-2015.

Victor Baptista acting President

According to our Internal Regulations, as Mr. Bchir did not give any ad hoc delegation, the senior Med-TSO Vice President, Mr. Victor Baptista from REN (Portugal), has taken over the role of President of our Association for the transitory phase until the next General Assembly, which will be held in Tunis next 20 April 2017 in Tunis.

Mr. Baptista, one of the six Vice-president of Med-TSO, is also the Chairman of the Operational Activities Coordination Committee, the tool that coordinates the Technical committees of Med-TSO. He is fully involved in the Association since the beginning.

Mediterranean Project Status

The Mediterranean Project is now entering in its crucial phase and most of the project activities are in line with the initial planning. The meetings of the Technical committees and Working Groups are even more frequent and incisive. These committees are the operative core through which the deliverables of the Mediterranean Project are achieved, while the deliverables are the outcomes of the work done by the committees on the main tasks defined by the project: Planning, Regulation and Institutions, and International electricity exchanges.

Technical Committee 1 - Planning

The committee, chaired by Carlo Sabelli (Terna), was mainly focused on the implementation of a new Coordinated Planning Methodology and Procedure and, at the end of 2016, it finalized three important documents: the “Survey and Tools for Supporting the harmonized Planning process”, the “Grid Planning Methodology” and the “Procedure for the Mediterranean Master Plan”.

The committee also defined technical specifications of the tender for the realization of a Mediterranean Data Base.

Inside the committee, a task force was set up to work on the elaboration of a HV Grid Map in the Mediterranean Region, which collected data from members. The first draft of the Map was published at the end of October.

The 11th meeting of the Technical Committee 1 “Planning” is scheduled on next 16 March in Madrid.

Working Group “Economical Studies and Scenarios”

The Working Group, chaired by Emmanuel Bué (RTE) and strongly connected with the Technical Committee 1, performed activities regarding market simulation, as well as Project assessment sharing and analysis.

At the end of 2016, the Working Group issued two reports, Scenario Report and Results Report, and it focused on the analysis of the seasonal and daily complementarities within the Euro-Mediterranean Power System, the scheduling of the second round of market simulation and the organization of the data collection.

In January 2017, the Working Group begun the data collection to setup the Market Model for four long-term scenarios: the main evolutions are the integration of the TYNDP2016 data, RES capacity adjustment and the revision of some load growth rates.

This Working Group will continue to work on the adjustment of Scenarios, finalizing the data collection, coordinating its work with TC1 and TC3 and giving priority to provide data for Network Studies; it will complete the activity ‘Proposal of Cost Benefit Analysis Methodology for transmission projects assessment’ with a national/surplus approach of the SEW indicator and a complementary indicator for the benefit of the interconnection in the field of Security of Supply.

The 8th meeting of the Working Group “Economical Studies and Scenarios” is scheduled on next 26 March in Lisbon.

Technical Committee 2 – Regulation and Institutions

This Committee, chaired by Juan Francisco Alonso (REE), worked on the Common Target Regulatory Framework (CTRF): from July to October, a Questionnaire on CTRF was circulated among the members of TC2. These questionnaires were the base for the elaboration of a deliverable, which includes Med-TSO proposal about the common regulatory framework in the Mediterranean region. Finally, 66 technical aspects were included in the proposal of harmonization of the Regulatory framework in the Mediterranean Countries.

These results will be presented at the next Workshop in Madrid, on 15 March (see below), preceded by the 11th meeting of the Technical Committee 2 “Regulation and Institutions”.

Technical Committee 3 – International Electricity Exchanges

The Committee, chaired by Rabah Touileb (SONELGAZ), carried on a preliminary Questionnaire on ancillary services and RES integration which was prepared mainly on the basis of a document about ancillary services in ENTSO-E countries titled “Survey on ancillary services procurement, balancing market design 2014”.

This committee will continue its activities to deliver the analysis of the final answers to the Questionnaire; the 10th meeting of the Technical Committee 3 “International Electricity Exchanges” is scheduled on 29 March in Lisbon.

Workshop in Madrid

Med-TSO Technical Committee 2, “Regulations and Institutions”, is going to organize a Workshop on “A Common Target Regulatory Framework for the Mediterranean TSOs“, that will be hosted by Red Electrica de España (REE) in Madrid next 15 March 2017.

The objective of the Workshop is the definition of a Common Target Regulatory Framework for the Mediterranean and the possible Road Map for its implementation; these are also the outcomes of the activities performed by Med-TSO in the frame of the Mediterranean Project. Med-TSO Technical Committee 2 organizes this event oriented to share views on the Common Target Regulatory Framework and the Tentative Road Map, as well as to interchange experiences and challenges in the different fields of practical implementation at national level and multinational harmonization of rules concerning TSOs functions.

The first part of the Workshop Program includes the presentation of TC2’s activity results and the relevant discussion among the participants. The second part is focused on the Multinational Harmonization issue, which will be addressed by representatives of the main stakeholders and other members of Med-TSO.

Click here to download the workshop program.

Med-TSO delegation in Brussel

At the beginning of February, a delegation of Med-TSO composed by the acting President Victor Baptista, the Secretary General Angelo Ferrante, the Senior Project Manager Mihai Paun and the Junior Project Manager Luca Ruffino, met Mr. Stefano Dotto, EU DG NEAR Head of Sector, and Mr. Marco Berti Palazzi, EU DG ENER Policy Officer - South Mediterranean and Maghreb countries. Aim of the meeting was to present the current status of the Mediterranean Project and start talking about future cooperation.

The EU representatives reiterated their high consideration of Med-TSO as long-term partner and trustful stakeholder.

In Brussel, the Med-TSO delegation, including also Vice-President Hervè Laffaye, met at ENTSO-E, the European network of transmission system operators for electricity, Mr. Laurent Schmitt, newly appointed Secretary General, and Ms. Susanne Nies, Corporate Affair Manager. The meeting aimed at evaluating a possible comprehensive cooperation framework between the two Associations.

Focus on Med-TSO’s members

Starting with this Newsletter, we insert a focus on some TSO members in each number, in order to share the knowledge of the members constituting our Association.

In this Newsletter, we focused on OST-Albania and RTE-France.

OST - Albania

The Transmission System in Albania is directed by Transmission System Operator (OST sh.a.), a public Company with 100 % of the shares owned by the state. OST sh.a. was established as independent company in 2004.

Based on the applicable law OST sh.a. has three main functions:

•Transmission Network Operator

Responsible for, maintaining and developing the transmission system in Albania. OST works continuously to maintain and develop transmission system in compliance with long-term electricity demand of the country and development plans for new generation resources, and coordinates the development of interconnection network with neighboring countries;

•System Operator

Responsible for dispatching electricity system in the transmission, generation and distribution level, maintaining the balance and electricity system security in the country. Coordination of OST sh.a. with neighbors for security of the system is a key element. OST sh.a. applies all ENTSO – E rules and guidelines for the system operation;

•Market Operator

Responsible for market administration and operation, market participants’ registration scheduling and accounting for ancillary services and balancing. Actually, OST performs split auctions on all borders on Yearly, Monthly, Daily basis. OST is part of SEECAO and participates on the allocation of the CB since beginning of 2015.

The transmission system is composed by transmission lines, substations and other installations with a voltage level starting at 110 kV up to 400 kV.

The total transmitted electricity in the Albania Transmission System for the Year 2016 was 8.1 TWh.

RTE - France

The Réseau de Transport d’Electricité is a service provider. Its public service mission is to provide to all its customers economical, reliable and clean access to electrical power.
RTE connects its customers using an adapted power grid and provides them with targeted and valuable solutions, considering economic efficiency, environmental respect and security of supply.
For this purpose, RTE manages, maintains and develops high and extra-high voltage transmission system. RTE is responsible to keep the balance between supply and demand in a reliable and safe electricity system.
RTE conveys electricity throughout France, from power generation facilities (French and Europeans) to industrial consumers directly connected to the transmission grid, and to distribution grid providing the link between RTE and end users.
With 105,000 km of 63,000 to 400,000 volt lines and 50 cross-border lines, the transmission system managed by RTE is the largest one in Europe. RTE has 8,500 employees.

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