Building and Expanding the Regional Security Coordination Initiatives

RSCIs already reach an area covering over 80% of European citizens. Following the expected adoption of the “System Operations Guideline” Network Code and an ambitious development plan proposed by ENTSO-E, all TSOs in Europe will contract five fundamental services from an RSCI, in most cases by becoming a full member of one RSCI.1 A multilateral agreement will be signed before the end of 2015 by all interconnected TSOs.

In November 2014 in its policy paper on “Future TSO Coordination for Europe”, ENTSO-E pledged to develop RSCIs throughout Europe and expand the scope of their activities, which will cover five core services: 2

These functions combine and ensure coherence between operational security analysis and market support functions. They define an ambitious timeframe for regional coordination: from hourly and even lower time steps for intraday capacity calculation, security analysis, and remedial actions identification for security risks, all the way to seasonal forecasts.

Enhancing TSO coordination will benefit consumers through improved security of supply by minimising the risk of wide area events. RSCIs will contribute to reducing network costs by increased efficiency in system operation and will contribute to market efficiency, for instance, by maximising the availability of transmission capacity to market participants.

  1. All TSOs under the network code refers to ENTSO-E members but also to TSOs which are not member of ENTSO-E, e.g., certified TSOs in the UK. These other TSOs may not subscribe to all five services.

  2. See the paper “Future TSO Coordination for Europe” for detailed explanations on these five services.