ENTSO-E winter outlook underlines greater resilience of EU electricity market
The Winter Outlook report by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), published today, has highlighted the progress in making the electricity system resilient over the past year. Looking at the challenges in the European electricity sector in the coming months, ENTSOE underlines that disruptions in electricity supply this winter are even less likely than they were 12 months ago. It also stresses that the currently exceptionally high energy prices has not adversely affected the system adequacy in Europe.
The potential risks that remain are limited and concern only specific countries. They will be monitored closely over the winter on the basis of the previous season. The ever-improving level of inter-connections gives ground for confidence that shortfalls can be overcome. The concrete risks identified are related to extreme cold weather events in mid-January and March, often in connection with planned outages of generation and aging conventional power plants, which may lead to unplanned outages. There is also a recurring situation in one particular region, which could be resolved by activating non-market resources specifically designed for these situations.
ENTSO-E is the association for the cooperation of the transmission system operators (TSOs) in 35 European countries. The 42 member TSOs are responsible for the secure and coordinated operation of Europe’s electricity system, the largest interconnected electrical grid in the world.