Latvian electricity system operator AS Augstsprieguma tīkls (AST) has announced that a Regional Coordination Center for the Baltic region will be established this year. A special company, Baltic RCC, will be established for this purpose.

As required by the European Parliament and the Council, Regulation (EU) 2019/943, of 5 June 2019, on the internal market for electricity, all transmission system operators in the operating region shall jointly establish a Regional Coordination Center (RCC) by 1 July 2022.

The transmission system operators of the Baltic states are: the Latvian transmission system operator (TSO) Augstsprieguma tīkls AS (AST), the Lithuanian operator LITGRID AB, and the Estonian operator Elering AS. The main functions of the Coordination Center (RCC) are to ensure that operators have a common approach to regional capacity calculation methodology, monitoring, development of new networks, and development of support instruments.

Currently, all Baltic TSOs are taking the necessary actions as required by national legislation to establish the RCC by 1 July 2022 and successfully start its functions.

Necessary steps are being taken to obtain governments’ approval for the acquisition of shares in order for AST to establish a dedicated company, Baltic RCC, together with LITGRID AB and Elering AS.

We have also reported on BalticWind.EU that another coordination center, the Nordic RCC, will be one of 6 regional centers in Europe to support national TSOs in optimising the operation of the European electricity system both in terms of security and capacity utilisation. It will include system operators Statnett, Svenska Kraftnät, and Fingrid.