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Med-TSO starts its newest project: TEASIMED – Towards an Efficient, Adequate, Sustainable and Interconnected MEDiterranean power system

TEASIMED - Towards an Efficient, Adequate, Sustainable, and Interconnected, MEDiterranean power system

Med-TSO starts its newest project: TEASIMED – Towards an Efficient, Adequate, Sustainable and Interconnected MEDiterranean power system
13/10/2020

Over the next two years, Med-TSO has committed itself to its new project, TEASIMED, which carries forward the work of the Association with the continued support from the European Commission.

As its third project with the backing of the EC as well as recognition of its efforts from regional stakeholders, Med-TSO has become known as the voice of the Mediterranean Transmission System Operators. This is due in part to the Association’s work carried out in their recent Mediterranean Projects 1 and 2 (MP1 & MP2), which reinforced its position as a sort of ‘regional extension’ of the European Transmission System Operators.

MP1 and MP2 have made way for the development of TEASIMED as the building blocks for Med-TSO’s roadmap for achieving the progressive integration of its members’ power systems at a Mediterranean level. Following the previous two landmark initiatives, which established a master plan of interconnection with an extensive knowledge exchange program, the new project will consolidate a number of the activities from them, while launching new ones.

The project is structured in 6 working streams:

1. Updating the Mediterranean Masterplan (MMP);
2. Consolidating the common technical regulatory framework;
3. Identifying and putting into operation some of the selected Interconnected Electricity Exchange Zones (IEEZ), with a view of increasing electricity exchanges in the region;
4. Optimizing planning capacities and operation procedures;
5. Establishing the Med-TSO Knowledge Sharing System;
6. Providing efficient support to the UfM Regional Electricity Market Platform, in close collaboration with the Association of the Mediterranean Regulators for Energy, MEDREG.

With TEASIMED, Med-TSO intends to focus more of its activities on the practical implementation of the guidelines, rules, and methodologies defined in the first two projects by developing pilot projects in selected areas of the Mediterranean region and strengthening the cooperation in Operation.

More specifically, this new initiative includes the launch of a pilot project for implementing and harmonising Technical and Operational Rules in the Maghreb countries. It also envisages a stronger coordination of the national Network Development Plans with the definition of coordinated procedures in the Operation area for a better utilisation of the existing interconnection capacity and promoting the development of new key interconnection projects.

Counting on the continuous motivation and commitment demonstrated by its members up until now with MP1 and MP2, Med-TSO also believes that TEASIMED, along with the next two and a half years, will be a further move towards the integration of the Mediterranean power system.


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“Cross-border Cost Allocation: How to assign costs and risks of interconnection projects?” MEDREG & Med-TSO held the Webinar “Cross-Border Cost Allocation for Electricity Projects in the Mediterranean: the view of Regulators and Operators”

“Cross-border Cost Allocation: How to assign costs and risks of interconnection projects?” MEDREG & Med-TSO held the Webinar “Cross-Border Cost Allocation for Electricity Projects in the Mediterranean: the view of Regulators and Operators”
09/10/2020

Wednesday, 7 October, 2020 MEDREG, the Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators, and Med-TSO, the Association of Mediterranean Transmission System Operators held the webinar “Cross-Border Cost Allocation for Electricity Projects in the Mediterranean: the View of Regulators and Operators”.

The objective of the webinar was to establish a set of criteria and propose the main guidelines for the application of a Cross-border Cost Allocation (CBCA) mechanism to certain interconnection projects assessed under the framework of Med-TSO’s activities.

CBCA is a financial tool used to facilitate the implementation of Projects of Common Interest. While the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) aims to assess, identify and quantify the positive trade-off of interconnection development for the involved systems, Cross-border Cost Allocation (CBCA) responds to the challenge on how to distribute and assign the costs –and risks of this development.

The event was opened by the Secretary General of Med-TSO, Mr. Angelo Ferrante (TERNA, Italy) and by the Deputy Secretary General of MEDREG, Mr. Hasan Ozkoc, and it saw the contributions of technical experts from both the operator and regulator side. After that, key experts from the European Union, Transmission System Operators and Energy Regulatory Authorities presented the application of the CBCA in some different case studies during a panel session moderated by Mr. Benoit Esnault (CRE, France – MEDREG). This was followed by a fruitful Q&A session.

The event was concluded with a final speech by Mr. Marco Berti Palazzi from Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission who encouraged the two associations to pursue their successful collaboration towards a regional integrated electricity market.

MEDREG and Med-TSO joined forces in 2013, by signing a bilateral cooperation protocol and a further protocol including the European Commission in 2014. The aim of their cooperation is to reinforce Mediterranean electricity interconnections and to support a more efficient and balanced dialogue between TSOs and regulators at the national level. MEDREG and MED-TSO also closely cooperate on the implementation of the work programme for the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Regional Electricity Market Platform (UfM REM Platform).


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Med-TSO participated in OME’s conference Mediterranean Energy Scenarios - Building a shared energy vision

Med-TSO participated in OME’s conference Mediterranean Energy Scenarios - Building a shared energy vision
24/09/2020

Today, our Secretary General Angelo Ferrante intervened to the conference "Mediterranean Energy Scenarios Meeting - Building a shared energy vision", organized online by the OME, the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (Mediterranean Energy Observatory).

During today’s meeting experts aimed at finalizing the definition of the “ProMED scenario to 2050,” within the Near Zero Carbon framework defined in previous meeting, confronting their expertise and expectations to shape a comprehensive scenario to 2050, including renewables development potential, hydrogen realistic expectations, technology deployments, electrification notably electric vehicles prospects and energy efficiency in all sectors of the economies.

Secretary General presented the Energy Scenarios elaborated in the framework of Med-TSO’s Mediterranean Project 2, namely:

1.National development, based on a low growth of population, energy efficiency and new demand, with a medium growth of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and of the achievements of greenhouse gases reduction target;
2.Green development, which describes a medium growth of population, energy efficiency and new demand, with a high growth of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and of the achievements of greenhouse gases reduction target;
3.Mediterranean integration, which depicts a high growth of population, a medium growth of energy efficiency, with a high growth of new demand, of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and of the achievements of greenhouse gases reduction target;

Thereafter, the Secretary General introduced the activity "Med-TSO E-Highway" that will be developed in the next years in the frame of a new upcoming project, whose objective is to provide a long-term framework (at least until 2040) for the scenarios used for the Med-TSO Master Plan studies in the Mediterranean basin.
This new framework should go beyond the scenarios built previously, and will be widened to include drivers that could affect the electricity sector, especially those likely to experience a rupture by 2040, such as the prolongation of the historical trends (historical high growth rates in electricity demand, economic and demographic development, saturation of usages), new usages and technologies (energy efficiency, electric vehicle/mobility, solar and wind, energy storage), possible connections (power to gas, role of Hydrogen) and the role of the Regulation (national and international energy policies, Paris agreement on climate change).

This meeting was the second of that kind organized by OME, after a first one in December in which were provided insights on the current energy situation in the Mediterranean region, the climate emergencies and foreseen scenarios, also through an interactive round table, where experts from each Mediterranean country confronted expertise from various fields to help define and build a common scenario and a shared vision.

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img Mediterranean Project 2 (in progress, 2018 - 2020)
The Mediterranean Project 1 is a first step in the roadmap towards the integration of the regional power systems. After the good results achieved, in the frame of the Mediterranean Project 1, Med-TSO intends to continue, consolidate and improve the activities carried out so far with a new project: the Mediterranean Project 2. The European Union supports Med-TSO with a new grant contract to develop the action plan of this new project from 2018 to 2020.
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