Securing energy supply with trans-border electricity flows: the view of Central European electricity TSOs

Dinner debate in Strasbourg
Main speaker: 
  • Tomasz Sikorski, Vice-President and COO of the Polish Transmission System Operator, PSE SA

Interventions by:

  • Daivis Virbickas, CEO of the Lithuanian Electricity Transmission System Operator, Litgrid
  • Representative of DG Energy, European Commission (tbc)

The Clean Energy Package proposes a target model for Regional Operational Centres (ROCs) by 2020, strengthening broader regional cooperation and centralising functions that are now executed by national TSOs. TSOs will continue to be responsible for the daily operation of the transmission systems, as well as data flow and analysis, while they continue cooperating bottom-up.

This is a response to the existing lack of cooperation between regions which can significantly affect the supply of electricity. Recent difficulties of the French electricity system in assuring adequate generation under tougher weather conditions were just another call for drawing appropriate lessons. With potential impacts in all regions of the EU, these lessons and  challenges need to be looked at jointly, including partners from Central Europe, where weather conditions affect large synchronous areas of the electricity system.

This dinner-debate will be an opportunity to discuss links between security of supply, regional cooperation and interconnections in the European electricity system.

We are looking forward to your contribution to this debate that should be part of a much needed broader consultation between transmission system operators, electricity generators and consumers!