The Baltic electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) Elering, Augstsprieguma tīkls (AST) and Litgrid entered into an agreement to establish a Baltic Regional Coordination Centre (RCC) based in Tallinn and submitted a corresponding proposal to the competition authorities of the three countries.
The establishment of regional coordination centres derives from the European Unions’ Clean Energy Package regulations and are aimed at performing tasks related to the planning of power system operations. Regional coordination centres do not replace TSOs but shall complement their role by performing coordination tasks of regional relevance.
“Considering the challenges ahead in the energy sector due to green transmission, RCC is an important tool for moving from a nation-based perspective to a regional one, ensuring mutual trust between neighbouring countries and enhancing the security of supply, said Elering’s CEO, Taavi Veskimägi.
“Commitment of the three Baltic TSOs to strengthen the regional coordination comes at an important time,” added Chairperson of AST’s Board, Gunta Jēkabsone. “With the synchronisation of the Baltic electricity system with the power system of the Continental European underway and the ambitious national renewable energy targets in progress, mutual cooperation is the key concept underlying regional success.”
The Baltic regional coordination centre will promote joint activities of the Baltic TSOs in keeping the Baltic power system operational, secure and reliable. More importantly, the coordination centre will be the main hub driving the synchronisation process of the Baltic power system with the power system of Continental-Europe which is the most ambitious common goal set by the three Baltic TSOs.
“The agreement on the new regional coordination centre demonstrates the fact that three Baltic countries and their TSO’s are capable to solve complex questions in a manner of mutual respect,” underlined Litgrid’s CEO, Rokas Masiulis. “The centre will be launched on important timing when the synchronisation programme and infrastructure construction are reaching the peak in terms of the implementation and more cooperation of expertise and service intelligence is needed for achieving our final goal – energy independence and greener future of the region.”
It has been agreed that all Baltic TSOs shall have an equal number of shares within the Baltic RCC. The everyday operations of RCC shall be arranged with the representation of an equal number of experts from all three Baltic states and with rotating management between three Baltic states consecutively.