The figure shows the governance strucure of the project. The coordination and management activities of the project will be performed by the Project Coordinator (PC), which is the legal entity acting as the intermediary between the partners of the project and the European Commission (EC), in cooperation with two interacting bodies:
The GA is the governing body within the project governance structure serving as the ultimate decision board for the project. It has decision making power with respect to non-operational, strategic and long-term issues. The General Assembly (unless decided otherwise in a meeting of the GA) will be led by the PC, TenneT, acting through Andreas Menze, Team Leader in the Technology and Operation Department, appointed by the Project Coordinator. The GA will be constituted by one representative for each partner and will meet once a year (extra ordinary meetings of the GA can be requested at any time upon written request of the EB or 1/3 of the members of the GA).
The EB is the main executive body for the whole duration of the project, in charge of overall project risk management. The EB (PC and WP leaders) is responsible for managing the operational, day-to-day aspects of the project and represents the forum where the work package leaders (WPL) exchange, collaborate and discuss cross-WP aspects of the work plan. The structure of the EB will remain the same for the whole duration of the project. The EB will be chaired by the PC and will gather twice a year to check the coherence of the outputs reached with regard to the consortium’s ambitions and the EC contract objectives, and to adjust any of these outputs in case of major changes.
The project coordinator (PC) is TenneT, acting through Mr. Andreas Menze, Team Leader in the Technology and Operation Department and his deputy Mr. Hannes Munzel, appointed by the Project Coordinator. The PC is the sole contact point with the EC and will be responsible for the continuous follow-up of the project and all the activities listed hereafter: management and coordination, communication, monitoring and Quality Assurance, contractual issues, financial issues, legal issues, commercial issues, and policy issues. The PC will manage and approve the deliverables and milestones as well as monitor risks mitigation measures.
The WPL coordinates, plans, monitors and reports to the PC about its WP progress (including budget issues). The WPLs also inform, in coordination with the PC, the EB on the progress achieved, results obtained, problems encountered and possible risks, before every EB and GA meeting. WPLs review together with the PC deliverables, milestones, risks and contingency plans related to their WP. Moreover, the WPL coordinates the task leaders’ (the role and responsibility of task Leaders, at task level, is the same as the WPLs). The WPL will report regularly (at least every three months) to the PC about the status of its WP.
Work Package Leader 1 – TenneT
Work Package Leader 2 – Scottish Power Energy Networks
Work Package Leader 3 – Réseau de Transport d'Electricité
Work Package Leader 4 - Red Eléctrica de España
Work Package Leader 5 – ELES
Work Package Leader 6 – Amprion
Work Package Leader 7 – TenneT
Work Package Leader 8 – TenneT
Experts in transmission system operations (system stability, protection schemes, power quality) and in power electronics (inverters of wind and PV power, HVDC components, etc.) from other TSOs, academia and industry are invited to join an Advisory Board for the project. The role of Advisory Board members is to shed light on critical decisions to be taken at project level including the potential exploitation routes of the project results). The Advisory Board is composed of voluntary experts. Four Advisory Board meetings are expected to be organized during the project lifetime. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) setting the functioning rules of the Advisory Board has been signed.
The Advisory Board consits of:
1. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Rehtanz, TU Dortmund University, Germany
2. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Luther, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
3. Dr. Ben Kroposki, Director – Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, United States
4. Dr. Pierre-Jean Alet, CSEM SA, Switzerland
5. Prof. Santiago Arnaltes, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain
6. Prof. Frede Blaabjerg, Aalborg University, Denmark
7. Prof. Lothar Fickert, TU Graz, Austria
ENTSO-E members are invited to participate in a Reference Group of TSOs, which aims at dealing specifically with TSOs issues regarding for instance the links between the project and the Network Codes. The Reference Group will also verify some of the project’s milestones.
Svenska kraftnät is an authority that is operated in the form of a state-owned enterprise. Svenska kraftnät is responsible for ensuring that Sweden has a safe, environmentally sound and cost-effective transmission system for electricity – today and in the future. We achieve this in the short term by monitoring the electrical system around the clock, and in the long term by building new power lines to meet tomorrow's electricity needs.
TransnetBW GmbH operates the transmission network in Baden-Württemberg. Its legal task is to guarantee system security at all times. TransnetBW monitors and continually operates the electricity flows within Baden-Württemberg as well as the electricity exchange with neighbouring distribution and transmission network operators. The company is the owner of the transmission network infrastructure and is responsible for maintenance and the development of the network in line with requirements. The 380/220-kV power circuit owned by TransnetBW is about 3,200 kilometres long and provides an area of 34,600 km². The transmission network is available to all players in the electricity market without discrimination and at fair and transparent conditions. With around 380 employees in the future, TransnetBW will achieve an annual turnover in excess of three billion Euros.
ČEPS, the holder of an electricity transmission licence, is the sole Czech Transmission System Operator (according to Act 458/2000, as amended). The ČEPS corporation is responsible for electricity transmission at the highest voltage level and for maintaining the necessary balance between the production and consumption of electric power. ČEPS provides the link between producers who generate electricity and distributors who deliver it to end consumers. ČEPS provides transmission and system services. Is responsible for the provision of transmission and system services, the procurement of ancillary services, as well as the dispatch control of transmission facilities and power system resources within the Czech Republic.
The Company is also responsible for the interconnected operation of the Czech power system with those of neighbouring countries and organises auctions for the allocation of available transfer capacity on interconnectors via the intra-day electricity market.
ELIA is Belgium’s high-voltage transmission system operator (from 380 kV to 150 at national level, and from 70 kV down to 30kV within Belgium’s three regions) operating over 8,000 km of lines and underground cables throughout Belgium. As TSO, Elia is responsible to maintain the reliability and security of supply of the Belgian electricity system, through his activities in infrastructure development & asset management, system operation and market facilitation.
Elia – part of the Elia Group - plays an essential part in the economy, as our system supplies power directly to major companies connected to the grid. Boasting a pivotal location in Europe, ELIA is also a key player in the energy market and the interconnected electricity system. ELIA employs more than 1,200 professionals in Belgium who are not only committed to dealing with future challenges but who also handle the day-to-day operation of a system considered to be one of the most reliable in Europe.
The Elia Group encompasses two major transmission system operators (TSOs) in two European regions: Elia Transmission in Belgium and 50Hertz Transmission, one of the four German TSOs in north-east Germany (in cooperation with Industry Funds Management IFM); and is among the top 5 TSOs in Europe. In addition to its TSO activities in Belgium and Germany, the Elia Group offers a wide range of consultancy and top level engineering services on the international energy market through its fully owned subsidiary Elia Grid International.
TEIAŞ is the governmental organisation that is responsible for functioning of the nation-wide high-voltage grid in Turkey.TEIAS, in compliance with general energy strategy of the government, became operational in 01.10.2001 for running the services of taking control of all transmission substations, electrical transmission, load dispatching and operational planning. The company owns the Turkish main grid and all significant cross-border connections with approximately 56,000 kilometres of transmission lines and more than 700 substations.The mission of TEIAŞ is tranmission of electricity with quality, permanently, evironment friendly, economically and compatible with electricity market. Also planning, establishing, operating and maintaining a powerful transmission system in any geographical condition and climate.Besides the vision of the company can be summarized as ;
- Having a powerful electical energy corridor in the region,
- Having achievement in integrating with European Electricity Market,
- Being an independent, powerful and leading actor in its area.