Power system

Power system

The integration of renewable energies, the development of electricity markets and the establishment of regional cooperation require in-depth adaptation of network design and operation. An adequate regulatory framework for the electricity system is essential for these changes to take place successfully.

Power system
POWER SYSTEM

The integration of renewable energies, the development of electricity markets and the establishment of regional cooperation require in-depth adaptation of network design and operation. An adequate regulatory framework for the electricity system is essential for these changes to take place successfully.
Regulation of the electrical system

Our teams can help relevant authorities (Ministries of Energy, regulators, network operators, etc.) to design or develop the regulatory framework for the electricity sector in order to adapt it to new conditions.

Power system

POWER SYSTEM

The integration of renewable energies, the development of electricity markets and the establishment of regional cooperation require in-depth adaptation of network design and operation. An adequate regulatory framework for the electricity system is essential for these changes to take place successfully.
Regulation of the electrical system

Our teams can help relevant authorities (Ministries of Energy, regulators, network operators, etc.) to design or develop the regulatory framework for the electricity sector in order to adapt it to new conditions.

Regulation of the electrical system

Regulation of the electrical system

Our teams can help relevant authorities (Ministries of Energy, regulators, network operators, etc.) to design or develop the regulatory framework for the electricity sector in order to adapt it to new conditions.

Development and implementation of grid codes 
The regulatory and technological changes that are changing electricity networks require grid codes to be updated. Connection conditions, in particular for renewable energy, standard contracts, provision of system services, energy exchange between partners, interconnection management etc. are all subjects on which it is important to have clear rules.

With extensive experience both in Europe and worldwide, RTEi knows solutions adapted to each context to draft grid codes, or specific codes in close collaboration with stakeholders.

Connecting Renewable Energies
Future network users need clear, transparent and non-discriminatory access rules that allow them to optimise the profitability of their investments.
In close collaboration with the network operators, our teams propose a framework adapted to :

  • The connection procedure and associated financing rules;
  • The required design specifications for the connection and their means of control;
  • The network access tariff;
  • Participation in ancillary services.

They can also facilitate the public consultations necessary to establish such rules.

Network development

Network development

Network development schemes and programmes
TSOs are in charge of implementing the network development programme and identifying needs for equipment renewal. To do this, they must ensure a continuous and high-quality dialogue with the authorities and the regulator to arrive at a balanced development plan.

Our support focuses on process optimization, training, tools and methods used to implement multi-year development programs (10-year plans, etc.).

Connection for renewable energies
As a complementary or additional component to network development programmes, system operators must also plan the capacity for new renewable energy generation.
Our teams can help you to:

  • Define the potential of RES implementation in your networks;
  • Construct a plan to strengthen or develop transmission infrastructure;
  • Provide you with a renewable production forecasting system.

Regional interconnections and partnerships

Regional interconnections and partnerships

Establishment of regional coordination centres 

Interconnecting national networks offers many advantages: a more stable network, access to the most competitive generation units at all times, greater market flexibility, etc.
But to operate safely, interconnected grids require the implementation of specific rules so that all parties can coordinate with one another.

Our teams can help you to:

  • Estimate the benefits of creating new interconnection;
  • Define common operating rules: evaluation of border exchange capacity and exchange scheduling, frequency regulation requirements, common safety analyses, coordination of maintenance shutdowns, etc.;
  • Optimize exchange capacities at borders.

Economic studies

Economic studies

Adequacy studies
At all times, there must be a balance between generation and consumption in the electrical system. Adequacy studies ensure that this balance is respected at all timescales, from very short to very long term.
Using the Antares software, a benchmark tool developed by RTE, our teams carry out studies covering all the relevant aspects, including :
– Evolution of consumption, taking into account trend phenomena (development of energy saving measures and deployment of electric vehicles) ;
– Production simulations which model all hazards on generation (meteorology, unavailability, etc.) ;
– Implementation of demand side management or storage.
These studies lead to recommendations on the need for investment in new means of production.

Storage
Battery storage systems can meet several different types of needs. We carry out technical and economic opportunity studies to qualify the storage needs for your electrical system.
These studies take into account in particular the place of renewable energies in the electricity system and the need for flexibility created by the increase in RES.

Market development

Market development

 

 

 

 

Reserves, ancillary services and balancing
Generation facilities traditionally provide network operators with the services necessary for the system’s operational stability (frequency and voltage regulation, emergency and network restoration services). The development of market mechanisms for the provision of these services significantly reduces their cost.
Our teams can help you to define:

  • The needs of the system operator and the characteristics of the products required (adjustment capacity, activation dynamics, etc.);
  • Transparent and non-discriminatory rules for the participation of different network users in these services, based on obligation or market mechanisms;
  • Compensation arrangements and possible compensation mechanisms;
  • Monitoring of the provided services;
  • Corresponding contract templates.

 

Demand side management (DSM)
Consumer participation in the electricity market brings significant gains. Allowing industrial customers to provide ancillary services and reserve is a “win-win” situation : the network operator benefits from greater stability and increased reserve capacities ; industrials in all sectors (steel, petrochemicals, paper, etc.) receive additional payments from their traditional activities. And this is not to mention the reduction in CO2 emissions as a result of the electricity that is not produced.

France is the first country in Europe to have opened all its market structures to all consumers, including those connected to distribution networks. As an example, RTE activated up to 1GW of demand side management in 2018 on the balancing mechanism.

Thanks to RTE’s experience in setting up one of the most favourable frameworks for DSM in Europe, RTE-i can help you identify the potential for the electricity system and build appropriate mechanisms.

Unbundling et gouvernance

Unbundling et gouvernance

Implementation of a sectorial reform
The evolution of the sectorial regulation is sometimes required to improve the functioning of the electricity sector, attract investment and develop new energy sources.

Splitting of activities (unbundling)
More and more integrated electricity companies are moving towards a model in which electricity transmission is separated from other functions (generation, trading, distribution and supply), with transmission system operators becoming independent companies.
We support operators, Ministries, towards the implementation of this process, covering the following areas:

  • Finance, pricing, accounting,
  • Organization and human resources,
  • Legal and regulatory environment
  • Contractualization
  • Technical aspects.

RTEi accompanies you

TEIAS: a new network code in Turkey

Within one year, RTE-International and its partners took over the entire Turkish network code to bring it into line with the European network codes developed by ENTSO-E.
This project was carried out with a strong involvement of local stakeholders, who benefited from a French expatriate’s presence in Turkey as well as from the organization of 6 study visits to Europe and many workshops and exchanges in Turkey.
Almost 1000 amendments have been proposed to adapt the Turkish regulatory framework to European electricity legislation.

Scheme for the integration of renewable energies in Tunisia

RTE-i has supported STEG in setting up a mechanism for planning the capacity of RES generation facilities. The project in Tunisia was backed by RTE’s experience in drawing up plans for connecting renewable energies to the electricity grid. The aim of this project was to:

  • Identify the preferred connection points for solar and wind power capacity, taking into account existing grid capacities and generation sources;
  • To define mechanisms to share network development costs between producers, according to their respective needs.
Regional cooperation: the solution for developing renewable energy in Central Asia

The share of solar and wind energy in the seven Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan) represents only about 5% of the installed capacity. However, the resources available are gigantic: about 80GW for solar energy! To reduce CO2 emissions and promote the development of renewable energies, the development of electricity exchanges throughout the region quickly appeared to be the perfect solution, making it possible to take advantage of the synergy between countries with the greatest potential for the development of intermittent energies and those with a high level of installed hydroelectric resources. As part of a technical assistance programme financed by the Asian Development Bank, RTEi is helping these countries to set up a framework for enhanced regional cooperation, through :

  • The drafting of a network reinforcement plan for the integration of intermittent renewable energies;
  • The establishment of a regional framework for the exchange of reserves;
  • Conducting a test use of a tool to predict the production of intermittent renewable energies and developing recommendations on network control tools;
  • The establishment of a training program for network operators.
Energy storage project: a joint project with Ukrenergo

As part of a mission entrusted to RTE by the French Ministry of Economy, RTE-i is carrying out a mission for Ukrenergo, Ukrainian transmission system operator, whose objective is to carry out a technical and economic study of the storage needs for the Ukrainian electricity system. This study is part of a two-sided context:

  • The very rapid growth of renewable energies in Ukraine;
  • The prospect of Ukraine’s connection to the European network.
Regulation of the electrical system
Auditing, training and technical assistance programmes

Our teams can help relevant authorities (Ministries of Energy, regulators, network operators, etc.) to design or develop the regulatory framework for the electricity sector in order to adapt it to new conditions.

Development and implementation of grid codes 

The regulatory and technological changes that are changing electricity networks require grid codes to be updated. Connection conditions, in particular for renewable energy, standard contracts, provision of system services, energy exchange between partners, interconnection management etc. are all subjects on which it is important to have clear rules.

With extensive experience both in Europe and worldwide, RTEi knows solutions adapted to each context to draft grid codes, or specific codes in close collaboration with stakeholders.

Connecting Renewable Energies
Future network users need clear, transparent and non-discriminatory access rules that allow them to optimise the profitability of their investments.

In close collaboration with the network operators, our teams propose a framework adapted to :

  • The connection procedure and associated financing rules;
  • The required design specifications for the connection and their means of control;
  • The network access tariff;
  • Participation in ancillary services.

They can also facilitate the public consultations necessary to establish such rules.

Regulation of the electrical system
Auditing, training and technical assistance programmes

Our teams can help relevant authorities (Ministries of Energy, regulators, network operators, etc.) to design or develop the regulatory framework for the electricity sector in order to adapt it to new conditions.

Development and implementation of grid codes 
The regulatory and technological changes that are changing electricity networks require grid codes to be updated. Connection conditions, in particular for renewable energy, standard contracts, provision of system services, energy exchange between partners, interconnection management etc. are all subjects on which it is important to have clear rules.

With extensive experience both in Europe and worldwide, RTEi knows solutions adapted to each context to draft grid codes, or specific codes in close collaboration with stakeholders.

Connecting Renewable Energies
Future network users need clear, transparent and non-discriminatory access rules that allow them to optimise the profitability of their investments.

In close collaboration with the network operators, our teams propose a framework adapted to :

  • The connection procedure and associated financing rules;
  • The required design specifications for the connection and their means of control;
  • The network access tariff;
  • Participation in ancillary services.

They can also facilitate the public consultations necessary to establish such rules.

Network development
Network development

Network development schemes and programmes
TSOs are in charge of implementing the network development programme and identifying needs for equipment renewal. To do this, they must ensure a continuous and high-quality dialogue with the authorities and the regulator to arrive at a balanced development plan.

Our support focuses on process optimization, training, tools and methods used to implement multi-year development programs (10-year plans, etc.).

Connection for renewable energies
As a complementary or additional component to network development programmes, system operators must also plan the capacity for new renewable energy generation.
Our teams can help you to:

  • Define the potential of RES implementation in your networks;
  • Construct a plan to strengthen or develop transmission infrastructure;
  • Provide you with a renewable production forecasting system.
Network development
Network development

Network development schemes and programmes
TSOs are in charge of implementing the network development programme and identifying needs for equipment renewal. To do this, they must ensure a continuous and high-quality dialogue with the authorities and the regulator to arrive at a balanced development plan.

Our support focuses on process optimization, training, tools and methods used to implement multi-year development programs (10-year plans, etc.).

Connection for renewable energies
As a complementary or additional component to network development programmes, system operators must also plan the capacity for new renewable energy generation.
Our teams can help you to:

  • Define the potential of RES implementation in your networks;
  • Construct a plan to strengthen or develop transmission infrastructure;
  • Provide you with a renewable production forecasting system.
Regional interconnections and partnerships
Regional interconnections and partnerships

Establishment of regional coordination centres 
Interconnecting national networks offers many advantages: a more stable network, access to the most competitive generation units at all times, greater market flexibility, etc.
But to operate safely, interconnected grids require the implementation of specific rules so that all parties can coordinate with one another.

Our teams can help you to:

  • Estimate the benefits of creating new interconnection;
  • Define common operating rules: evaluation of border exchange capacity and exchange scheduling, frequency regulation ;requirements, common safety analyses, coordination of maintenance shutdowns, etc.;
  • Optimize exchange capacities at borders.
Regional interconnections and partnerships
Regional interconnections and partnerships

Establishment of regional coordination centres 
Interconnecting national networks offers many advantages: a more stable network, access to the most competitive generation units at all times, greater market flexibility, etc.
But to operate safely, interconnected grids require the implementation of specific rules so that all parties can coordinate with one another.

Our teams can help you to:

  • Estimate the benefits of creating new interconnection;
  • Define common operating rules: evaluation of border exchange capacity and exchange scheduling, frequency regulation ;requirements, common safety analyses, coordination of maintenance shutdowns, etc.;
  • Optimize exchange capacities at borders.
Economic studies
Economic studies

Adequacy studies
At all times, there must be a balance between generation and consumption in the electrical system. Adequacy studies ensure that this balance is respected at all timescales, from very short to very long term.
Using the Antares software, a benchmark tool developed by RTE, our teams carry out studies covering all the relevant aspects, including :
– Evolution of consumption, taking into account trend phenomena (development of energy saving measures and deployment of electric vehicles) ;
– Production simulations which model all hazards on generation (meteorology, unavailability, etc.) ;
– Implementation of demand side management or storage.
These studies lead to recommendations on the need for investment in new means of production.

Storage
Battery storage systems can meet several different types of needs. We carry out technical and economic opportunity studies to qualify the storage needs for your electrical system.
These studies take into account in particular the place of renewable energies in the electricity system and the need for flexibility created by the increase in RES.

Economic studies
Economic studies

Adequacy studies
At all times, there must be a balance between generation and consumption in the electrical system. Adequacy studies ensure that this balance is respected at all timescales, from very short to very long term.
Using the Antares software, a benchmark tool developed by RTE, our teams carry out studies covering all the relevant aspects, including :
– Evolution of consumption, taking into account trend phenomena (development of energy saving measures and deployment of electric vehicles) ;
– Production simulations which model all hazards on generation (meteorology, unavailability, etc.) ;
– Implementation of demand side management or storage.
These studies lead to recommendations on the need for investment in new means of production.

Storage
Battery storage systems can meet several different types of needs. We carry out technical and economic opportunity studies to qualify the storage needs for your electrical system.
These studies take into account in particular the place of renewable energies in the electricity system and the need for flexibility created by the increase in RES.

Market development
Market development

Reserves, ancillary services and balancing
Generation facilities traditionally provide network operators with the services necessary for the system’s operational stability (frequency and voltage regulation, emergency and network restoration services). The development of market mechanisms for the provision of these services significantly reduces their cost.
Our teams can help you to define:

  • The needs of the system operator and the characteristics of the products required (adjustment capacity, activation dynamics, etc.);
  • Transparent and non-discriminatory rules for the participation of different network users in these services, based on obligation or market mechanisms;
  • Compensation arrangements and possible compensation mechanisms;
  • Monitoring of the provided services;
  • Corresponding contract templates.

 

Demand side management (DSM)
Consumer participation in the electricity market brings significant gains. Allowing industrial customers to provide ancillary services and reserve is a “win-win” situation : the network operator benefits from greater stability and increased reserve capacities ; industrials in all sectors (steel, petrochemicals, paper, etc.) receive additional payments from their traditional activities. And this is not to mention the reduction in CO2 emissions as a result of the electricity that is not produced.

France is the first country in Europe to have opened all its market structures to all consumers, including those connected to distribution networks. As an example, RTE activated up to 1GW of demand side management in 2018 on the balancing mechanism.

Thanks to RTE’s experience in setting up one of the most favourable frameworks for DSM in Europe, RTE-i can help you identify the potential for the electricity system and build appropriate mechanisms.

Market development
Market development

Reserves, ancillary services and balancing
Generation facilities traditionally provide network operators with the services necessary for the system’s operational stability (frequency and voltage regulation, emergency and network restoration services). The development of market mechanisms for the provision of these services significantly reduces their cost.
Our teams can help you to define:

  • The needs of the system operator and the characteristics of the products required (adjustment capacity, activation dynamics, etc.);
  • Transparent and non-discriminatory rules for the participation of different network users in these services, based on obligation or market mechanisms;
  • Compensation arrangements and possible compensation mechanisms;
  • Monitoring of the provided services;
  • Corresponding contract templates.

 

Demand side management (DSM)
Consumer participation in the electricity market brings significant gains. Allowing industrial customers to provide ancillary services and reserve is a “win-win” situation : the network operator benefits from greater stability and increased reserve capacities ; industrials in all sectors (steel, petrochemicals, paper, etc.) receive additional payments from their traditional activities. And this is not to mention the reduction in CO2 emissions as a result of the electricity that is not produced.

France is the first country in Europe to have opened all its market structures to all consumers, including those connected to distribution networks. As an example, RTE activated up to 1GW of demand side management in 2018 on the balancing mechanism.

Thanks to RTE’s experience in setting up one of the most favourable frameworks for DSM in Europe, RTE-i can help you identify the potential for the electricity system and build appropriate mechanisms.

Unbundling
Unbundling

Implementation of a sectorial reform
The evolution of the sectorial regulation is sometimes required to improve the functioning of the electricity sector, attract investment and develop new energy sources.

Splitting of activities (unbundling)
More and more integrated electricity companies are moving towards a model in which electricity transmission is separated from other functions (generation, trading, distribution and supply), with transmission system operators becoming independent companies.
We support operators, Ministries, towards the implementation of this process, covering the following areas:

  • Finance, pricing, accounting,
  • Organization and human resources,
  • Legal and regulatory environment
  • Contractualization
  • Technical aspects.
Unbundling
Unbundling

Implementation of a sectorial reform
The evolution of the sectorial regulation is sometimes required to improve the functioning of the electricity sector, attract investment and develop new energy sources.

Splitting of activities (unbundling)
More and more integrated electricity companies are moving towards a model in which electricity transmission is separated from other functions (generation, trading, distribution and supply), with transmission system operators becoming independent companies.
We support operators, Ministries, towards the implementation of this process, covering the following areas:

  • Finance, pricing, accounting,
  • Organization and human resources,
  • Legal and regulatory environment
  • Contractualization
  • Technical aspects.

RTEi accompanies you

TEIAS: A new network code in Turkey

Within one year, RTE-International and its partners took over the entire Turkish network code to bring it into line with the European network codes developed by ENTSO-E.
This project was carried out with a strong involvement of local stakeholders, who benefited from a French expatriate’s presence in Turkey as well as from the organization of 6 study visits to Europe and many workshops and exchanges in Turkey.
Almost 1000 amendments have been proposed to adapt the Turkish regulatory framework to European electricity legislation.

Scheme for the integration of renewable energies in Tunisia

RTE-i a accompagné la STEG dans la mise en place d’un mécanisme de planification des capacités d’accueil des ENR.

La mission réalisée en Tunisie s’est appuyée sur l’expérience de RTE dans l’élaboration des schémas de raccordement au réseau des énergies renouvelables, dont l’objectif est:

  • D’identifier les points de raccordement privilégiés pour les capacités solaires et éoliennes, en prenant en compte les capacités de réseau existantes et les gisements de production
  • De définir de mécanismes de prise en charge des travaux à mutualiser les coûts entre les producteurs, à hauteur de leurs besoins respectifs.
Regional cooperation: the solution for developing renewable energy in Central Asia

The share of solar and wind energy in the seven Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan) represents only about 5% of the installed capacity. However, the resources available are gigantic: about 80GW for solar energy!
To reduce CO2 emissions and promote the development of renewable energies, the development of electricity exchanges throughout the region quickly appeared to be the perfect solution, making it possible to take advantage of the synergy between countries with the greatest potential for the development of intermittent energies and those with a high level of installed hydroelectric resources.

As part of a technical assistance programme financed by the Asian Development Bank, RTEi is helping these countries to set up a framework for enhanced regional cooperation, through :

  • The drafting of a network reinforcement plan for the integration of intermittent renewable energies;
  • The establishment of a regional framework for the exchange of reserves;
  • Conducting a test use of a tool to predict the production of intermittent renewable energies and developing recommendations on network control tools;
  • The establishment of a training program for network operators.
Energy storage project: a joint project with Ukrenergo

As part of a mission entrusted to RTE by the French Ministry of Economy, RTE-i is carrying out a mission for Ukrenergo, Ukrainian transmission system operator, whose objective is to carry out a technical and economic study of the storage needs for the Ukrainian electricity system.

This study is part of a two-sided context:

  • The very rapid growth of renewable energies in Ukraine
  • The prospect of Ukraine’s connection to the European network.

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