12 Nov 2019
Fortum’s Energy Review: From national to regional grid planning
Fortum has published its Energy Review on the differences and harmonisation opportunities of the Nordic TSOs (Transmission System Operators). The review consists of a report written by Pöyry and Fortum’s assessment based on the findings of the report.
The report reveals that despite the fact that there is a joint regional Nordic electricity market, the underlying infrastructure is largely nationally driven. The TSOs have different historical and operational perspectives. Grid investments are primarily driven by national interests and prioritisation. Even in joint projects where Nordic cost-benefit methodology is used, national interests often take precedence over common benefits.
There are also clear differences in the approach to the existence and management of congestion in the transmission grid. In addition, the current balancing tools are not harmonised across the Nordic TSOs. Finally, the transparency of information about the market is not disclosed in a systematic way across the TSOs.
“The Nordics have a lot to be proud of in terms of cooperation, but with the challenge of the energy transition there is a need to redouble efforts. This can only happen with political commitment, especially for grid investments,” says Stephen Woodhouse, Director, Pöyry Management Consulting.