Cooperations

Transmission system operators’ traditional activities involve operation of the infrastructure and development of the grid and operation of the grid. The liberalisation of the market has given rise to a new task, consisting of all the activities intended to facilitate efficient operation of the electricity market. We do this by implementing mechanisms that enable the market players to capitalise on all the opportunities with which they are presented, while of course ensuring the safe functioning of the European interconnected system. Therefor Elia and 50Hertz are members in different international cooperations.

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E)

European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity
European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity
The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) represents all the TSOs of the European Union and other TSOs connected to their grids. The network is the single point of contact (for e.g. the European Commission and the Agency for the Cooperation of European Energy Regulators (ACER)) regarding technical issues and electricity market-related matters.

EU legislation, as part of the third package of energy measures, has given ENTSO-E a number of important tasks, relating to both planning and operational management.

For example, ENTSO-E is responsible for guaranteeing optimal operation of the power transmission systems and supporting the electricity market and the supply of electricity beyond the borders of the EU. This covers enhanced cooperation and coordination between power transmission system operators with a view to drawing up technical regulations that promote transparent access to interconnected systems and ensure coordinated planning of the grids, including interconnection capacities, in an environmentally friendly framework.

Elia is actively involved in ENTSO-E’s activities.

Website ENTSO-E

Coordination of Electricity System Operators (Coreso)

A regional technical coordination centre
A regional technical coordination centre
Coreso (Coordination of Electricity System Operators) is the first regional technical coordination centre. It was set up on the initiative of transmission system operators Elia, RTE and National Grid with a view to increasing the operational security of the grids in the Central West Europe region, in particular in response to the extension of the market-coupling mechanism. The founder TSOs were joined by Terna (Italy) and 50Hertz (Germany) in November 2010.

Since February 2009, Coreso has been providing forecast analysis services to national control centres seven days a week the afternoon before the day of interest, and constant monitoring and analysis of grid security. Coreso now anticipates and supervises electricity flows for a region covering 215 million people, representing more than 40% of EU consumption.

The consolidation of the professional cooperation between TSOs embodied by Coreso improves the regional integration of renewable energy production and boosts the secure management of cross-border flows, which are dramatically increasing due to the development of intraday markets.

Coreso’s international team is based in Avenue de Cortenbergh in Brussels.

Website Coreso

TSO Security Cooperation

TSO Security Cooperation
TSO Security Cooperation
TSO Security Cooperation is a cooperation initiative of 11 European transmission system operators, including 50Hertz Transmission. It aims to make operation of the power transmission grids in the centre of Europe more secure.

Its activities include the establishment of a standing group of experts (standing TSO Security Panel), the use of a real-time awareness and alarm system and the implementation of an IT platform to exchange data and perform joint security calculations.

TSC aims to boost the operational safety of the grids in view of the integration of wind energy, which now forms a substantial share of transmission capacity, and the increase in cross-border exchanges.

Website TSC

APX-Endex

Power exchange
Power exchange
APX-Endex-Belpex is the power exchange that for example manages the spot electricity markets in the Netherlands, the UK and Belgium.

Elia holds a 20% stake in the power exchange and plays an active role in the APX-Endex Group’s management bodies. In this way the Elia Group shows its desire to support the integration of the power exchanges on the North West European market. It also backs up the work done by Belpex, which was set up in 2006 on Elia’s initiative, in a broader European context.

Website APX-Endex

GO15. Reliable and Sustainable Power Grids

Go15
Go15
“GO15. Reliable and Sustainable Power Grids” (former Very Large Power Grid Operators Association – VLPGO) is a voluntary initiative of the world’s 16 largest Power Grid Operators (PGOs) representing together more than 70% of the world’s electricity demand, providing electricity to 3.4 billion consumers on the 6 continents and responsible for integration of 2 518 GW of generation capacity into the grid, of which 21% is from renewable energy sources. GO15 was created in 2004 following several blackouts across the world to investigate fundamental issues of common interest to its members and to develop joint action plans addressing improvement of power system security. In 2009, GO15 became a formal organization

Website Go15

Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI)

Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI)
Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI)
Together with environmental organisations like WWF and Germanwatch, 50Hertz has launched the European "Renewables Grid Initiative" (RGI), whose aim is to promote renewable energies and the system extensions their expanded use requires.

Website RGI

Belgium-Japan Association Chamber of Commerce (BJA)

Belgium-Japan Association Chamber of Commerce
Belgium-Japan Association Chamber of Commerce

Elia continues to support its international dimension by becoming an official member of the Belgium-Japan Association Chamber of Commerce (BJA). This will make it possible to enhance collaboration and create new opportunities with its Japanese partners. Japan’s interest in the Group is not new: the Elia Group is regularly visited by Japanese representatives interested in Elia’s expertise in the integration of renewable energy sources, unbundling (i.e. the separation of generation, transmission, distribution and supply businesses) and the development of a European electricity market.

Website BJA

Central Allocation Office (CAO)

Central Allocation Office
Central Allocation Office

CAO is the common auction office for allocating cross border transmission capacity for TSOs of CEE region, being joined by Croatian TSO HEP-OPS in the beginning of 2013 with EU borders of Croatia. CAO welcomes other TSOs to join the coordinated allocation process. CAO supports the participating TSOs in common capacity determination assessment and operates regional NTC coordinated capacity allocation process with auction algorithm for allocation of available capacity based on maximization of social welfare. CAO strives to be a reliable partner in common transmission capacity determination and grid calculation; a secure gate for the market into the electricity transmission.

Website CAO

An international transmission capacity auctioneer (CASC.EU)

An international transmission capacity auctioneer
An international transmission capacity auctioneer
CASC.EU was established in 2008 by a number of transmission system operators (TSOs), including Elia, with a view to providing the market with cross-market services and thereby promoting the integration of their local markets into integrated regional and European markets.

CASC.EU is the sole auctioneer. It implements and organises long-term auctions (yearly and monthly) of cross-border power transmission capacity. The auctions are run based on standardised rules and systems. This facilitates cross-border exchanges of energy for all the stakeholders in the European electricity market, thus boosting liquidity and competition on their markets.

Elia is one of the founder members of CASC.EU and holds a 14.28% stake in the company.

Website CASC.EU

Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA)

Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA)
Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA)
GCCIA, created by six members of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), is the ‘supra-TSO’ of the Persian Gulf, physically interconnecting Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emi¬rates and Bahrain. In December 2012, Elia and GCCIA signed a cooperation agreement covering a wide range of areas, such as the development of a regional electricity market, the co-de¬ployment of consultancy services and the sharing of knowledge about HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) technolo¬gy. This collaboration was celebrated on the occasion of the second Regional Power Trade Forum organised in Dubai on 28 and 29 May by GCCIA with the support of Elia.

Website GCCIA