Continental Europe electricity system separation incident of 8 January 2021: Next steps
Next steps to investigate the incident
Update of 15.07.2021
Press Release messages:
Swift TSO coordination mitigated the incident and there was no major impact on consumers’ energy supply.
Ensuring security of electricity supply at European level is essential to Europe’s energy transition.
The Expert Panel’s final report:
provides a comprehensive analytical overview of the incident – the causes and the consequences.
proposes 22 recommendations to prevent and mitigate the consequences of similar events in the future.
calls for ENTSO-E/TSOs and ACER/national regulators to follow up on the implementation of these recommendations.
Update of 26.02.2021
ACER and ENTSO-E issue a joint Press Release as the Expert Panel begins its investigation.
ACER and national regulators join ENTSO-E's Expert Panel investigating the electricity system separation of the Continental Europe synchronous area on 8 January 2021.
The Expert Panel will first meet on 4th March 2021.
ENTSO-E's Interim Report is published
The Expert Panel will identify the causes and make recommendations in a Final Report.
Update of 01.02.2021
On 8 January 2021, the synchronous area of continental Europe's electricity system split into two separate regions resulting in transmission system outages. The re-synchronization of the two regions incident was resolved within an hour.
In accordance with the ENTSO-E's Incident Classification Scale Methodology (ICSM), the incident has been assessed as a Scale 2 (“extensive incident").
For Scale 2 incidents, a detailed report shall be prepared by an Expert Panel (EP) of Transmission System Operators (TSOs). The panel will be led by an expert from a TSO not affected by the incident. Relevant national regulatory authorities (NRAs) and ACER may be involved upon their request.
ENTSO-E provides regular updates on this topic and shares them on news section.