In order to ensure a secure electricity system, the reinforcement of the European electricity grid with interconnectors between neighboring countries plays an increasingly important role. Interconnections can offer additional possibilities to use reserves or securely available capacities also cross-border.
Interconnectors create opportunities to trade electricity with wider European energy markets and as a consequence will contribute to downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices.
The highly volatile cross-border electricity flows in Europe mean that they are much more difficult to predict and to calculate than in the past. This calls for an increased need for operational coordination in real time.
The growing share of renewable energy and the evolution of the European internal electricity market are the main drivers behind this development.
As transnational collaboration has become key in securing the electricity system, the Elia Group works in real time cooperation with international coordination initiatives such as CORESO and TSC (TSO Security Cooperation).