Regionalisation in the electricity sector is not about creating new clear-cut borders, but about easing the relationship between the European and national levels. It is about using the advantages of neighbourhood, conducting pilot projects, testing new solutions in regional grounds, and making easier the common work to deliver the Energy Union. Regional actions allow to move faster, to test and spread innovative solutions, and to reach specific conclusions.
The power system is changing fast. The road towards cleaner, reliable and affordable electricity creates new challenges for system development, market participants and grid operators. With a high share of renewables cross-border exchanges have to be developed even more. Regional solutions can add value for the customer by enhancing security of supply and creating economies of scale among Europe’s countries.
Regionalisation is already in motion. EU Member States, their regulators and transmission system operators (TSOs) often use regional approaches to integrate their energy markets and coordinate their system operations and grid planning. With the Energy Union, some ongoing regional cooperation projects will be taken to the next stages, and many new ones will appear.
By presenting some of the most significant regional initiatives and insights about the way to conduct them, this policy paper explains how regional cooperation will contribute to the 2030 EU objectives.
It describes in particular the Regional Security Coordination Initiatives (RSCIs), which will be at the core of the regional strategy of European TSOs for the decades to come. Currently, RSCIs focus on operational planning with a regional to pan-regional view. The very nature of electricity security of supply, located at the interface of markets, operations and planning, leaves room for the RSCIs to evolve over time by providing even more services to the TSOs once they have gained the necessary experience. Each section of this policy paper includes recommendations on the review of electricity legislation foreseen in 2016.
Regional actions allow to test and spread innovative solutions