Polish Briefing 2 August, 2018 9:00 am   
Editorial staff

Polish Briefing: The date of the initial synchronization of the Baltic states has been set

What goes on in Poland on the 2nd of August.

The date of the initial synchronization of the Baltic states has been set

The initial date of tests of synchronization of the electrical systems of the Baltic countries with the European Union’s networks was scheduled for 8 June 2019. The NordPool exchange has also determined an alternative date – June 29, 2019. The test will last 12 hours.

In May this year, the head of the Lithuanian transmission system operator Litgrid, Duyvis Virbickas said that the isolated test will take place in June next year. The exact date was not determined at that time.
From Monday commentary, issued by the Estonian national electricity and gas transmission system operator, Elering, it appears that during the tests, the Baltic countries will be disconnected from the Russian network, but will remain connected to the DC power grid in Poland and Scandinavia.

At the end of June 2018, three EU Baltic states: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia as well as the European Commission and Poland signed an agreement on the synchronization of electricity networks.

PSE aims at initiating a comprehensive discussion on the energy market

Work on the alignment of electrical systems should end in 2025. Currently, the Baltic countries work in the post-Soviet energy system, the so-called Brell ring, and in terms of the level of energy supply are dependent on the decision of Moscow and the transmission capacity of the Russian power grid.

The management and balancing of the power system is becoming more and more complicated and expensive, and the European TSOs face new challenges. In order to prevent the instability of the system and the increase of the energy costs for the end users, it is necessary to reshape the current electricity market – these are the conclusions of the publication entitled “The European electricity market – diagnosis” prepared by Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne.

“There is a debate in Europe about the electricity market design. It is the most important dispute concerning the electricity industry”, emphasizes Eryk Kłossowski, the President of the Management Board of Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne. “The main dividing line between parties arguing over the Europe’s electricity market project remains geographical extent of the bidding zones, or areas, within which prices of electricity, reserves and ancillary services are determined.”

“The European Electricity Market – diagnosis” is the first of the series of PSE’s publications concerning the European electricity market. It aims at initiating a comprehensive discussion on the energy market – its current design inefficiencies and future architecture.

The current challenges, related to the growing number of prosumers, the increasing role of RES and decentralized generation, as well as the change of the demand patterns caused, i.a. by the development of electromobility, require the operators to rethink the foundations of the European energy market, including market design. Unfortunately, currently pursued regulations often respond to yesterday’s, not the current or future challenges.