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Report: Challenges and opportunities for the Nordic power system

Published at 2.8.2017 aA 10.00

The Nordic Transmission System Operators (TSOs) Svenska kraftnät, Statnett, Fingrid and Energinet.dk are launching a report summarizing the shared views of the TSOs on challenges and opportunities affecting the Nordic power system in the period leading up to 2025.

The Nordic power system is changing. The main drivers of the changes are climate policy (which in turn stimulates the development of more Renewable Energy Sources) technological developments, and a common European framework for markets, operation and planning. While the system transformation has already started, the changes will become more evident by 2025.

Closure of thermal power plants, increasing share of windpower, decommissioning of nuclear power plants and a steep increase in interconnector capacity are factors contributing to an increased complexity in power system forecasting, operations and planning.

The main challenges foreseen by the Nordic TSOs in this changing environment are meeting the demand for flexibility, ensuring adequate transmission and generation capacity to guarantee security of supply and meeting the demands of the market, as well as maintaining a good frequency quality and sufficient inertia in the system to ensure operational security.

The report outlines the main challenges and the way forward to finding common solutions. It will be followed by a report, which will analyse and prioritize solutions to be implemented by the Nordic TSOs. This follow-up report will be available in Q2 2017.