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UCTE: Security of electricity supply needs to be given higher priority
UCTE welcomes the European Union’s agreement on new infrastructure guidelines

UCTE, the Association of European transmission system operators, has welcomed the new EU guidelines for energy networks in Europe which the Energy Ministers of the Union’s Member States had agreed upon recently in Brussels. Through these guidelines the EU intends to promote electricity exchanges within the European Union.
UCTE endeavours the development of interconnection infrastructures considered as an indispensable predicate for competitive markets but emphasizes that greater attention be paid to reliability aspects. Martin Fuchs, the President of UCTE, underlined this position in Brussels: “As system operators, we will pursue the development of the European electricity highways carefully monitoring system security and adequacy. As a result of competition, traffic on these highways has strongly increased and the problem of congestion is of great concern to many TSOs. Therefore, UCTE’s maxim is: “security first”. The further development of electricity networks must be pursued in Europe in such a way that Californian conditions are avoided at any rate”.

Within UCTE, each TSO is individually responsible for the secure operation and the development of his transmission system. TSOs are in close contact with their customers and with other TSOs, e.g. when it comes to the enforcement of international tielines. In most UCTE countries, a co-ordinated procedure is set up in which authorities, market parties, TSOs and regulators participate. This allows to gather information such as macro-economic data and their relation to electricity intensity, land use constraints, industrial and demographic developments, etc. in order to find a consensus on the developments to be planned and to lay the basis for their financing, e.g. through their incorporation in the “regulatory asset base”.

In any case, investments in network infrastructure will require a stable framework ensuring a fair return on assets, which generally have long pay-back times. Regulators or public supervisory institutions play an essential role in creating this framework.

zdroj: UCTE January 2003
pridané dňa: 10.1.2003
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