|UCTE welcomes the European Union’s agreement on new infrastructure
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
In any case, investments in network infrastructure will require a stable framework ensuring a