Last February, the Energy Regulatory Forum, where EC, Regulators, TSOs and Consumer Organisations are discussing development issues of the European Electricity Market, had entrusted UCTE with the task of drafting a common set of reliability and security standards for the operation of interconnected grids Last week, on 18 October 2002, according to this mandate, UCTE re-examined all currently existing rules, which have proven efficient for the last decades, and delivered a first draft of common standards.
The Forum confirmed that a comprehensive set of common security and reliability standards, to be observed by TSOs and network users, is necessary in order to ensure the efficient and secure functioning of the interconnected system and appropriate quality of energy supply. UCTE presented proposals on how further develop common security and reliability standards, which were welcomed by the Forum. UCTE was invited to continue its work and to develop progressively more binding rules. UCTE will steer this process through regular meetings to be held at technical level with CEER, NORDEL and the Commission. Where appropriate, all relevant parties, including system users, will be invited to participate in these meetings. UCTE will present the further progress achieved during the next meeting of the Forum.
Marcel BIAL, UCTE Secretary General
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Profile of UCTE
|The “Union for the Co-ordination of Electricity Transmission” (UCTE) is the association of transmission system operators in continental Europe that provides a reliable market base to all market participants. It stands for an efficient and secure operation of the interconnected electrical “power highways” and gives signals to the market when system adequacy declines. UCTE issued over more than fifty years all technical rules and recommendations in order to co-ordinate the international operation of high voltage grids that all work now with one “heart beat”: the 50 Hz UCTE frequency. UCTE is committed to facilitate the development of the system to meet all new market requirements, but without losses in terms of reliability for the existing system. The UCTE network brings a safe electricity supply for some 400 million people in one of the biggest electrical synchronous interconnections worldwide. This technical background promotes the development of competitive markets.