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TSO User Community - A Successful Model for an Efficient Implementation of Processes in the Regulated Gas Market

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Energy
EXXETA Solution
Transmission & Commercial Grid Management

The ever-increasing regulation of the energy market, and of the gas market in particular, poses new challenges for European transmission system operators and manufacturers of IT systems alike. Given this environment the concepts “process harmonisation”, “standardisation” and “efficiency improvements” are continuously gaining in importance.

Note: ECG was acquired by EXXETA AG at the beginning of 2016. As of 1 July 2016, ECG Erdgas-Consult GmbH will be operating under the new name EXXETA GmbH.

The Motivation

The ever-increasing regulation of the energy market, and of the gas market in particular, poses new challenges for European transmission system operators and manufacturers of IT systems alike. Given this environment the concepts “process harmonisation”, “standardisation” and “efficiency improvements” are continuously gaining in importance.

It was in order to meet these challenges, and in particular the regulatory requirements in relation to the management of capacity in the German energy market, that the MTS TSO User Community discussion platform comprising users from various customer backgrounds was created in 2010. Since then the community has been assembling representatives from the German transmission system operators (TSO customers) –customers of ECG Erdgas-Consult GmbH (ECG)– and ECG itself.

Objectives

The overarching aim pursued by the MTS TSO User Community is to implement the regulatory requirements and other specifications in a cost-effective way using the standard software MTS TSO.

By working together the members of the community aim to develop a common understanding of the requirements and to ensure an efficient development of the software.

Structure of the User Community

The MTS TSO User Community is organised much like a typical project. The Steering Committee is responsible for the strategic planning on behalf of the MTS TSO User Community, for general coordination and for the definition of the commercial framework. The members of the Steering Committee are to a large part the heads of the respective departments at the individual TSO companies, and the director of ECG‘s Business Unit Transport.

The in-depth work on the actual topics is the task of the Expert Committee. All relevant topics are first discussed and structured before being divided into projects and assigned to individual work groups who will then work on the details. It is within the work groups working on the individual topics that the actual IT solution for the MTS TSO system is developed.

Benefits and Challenges

ECG‘s TSO customers consider the work done within the MTS TSO User Community to be a very valuable contribution and identify themselves with the community. This has been shown for example by the group‘s joint appearance in external panels. Among the most important benefits created by the community are the possibility to exchange knowledge and insights on gas-related topics, the development of a standard IT solution and the positive effect on costs this has.

The major challenges that the members are faced with when working within the MTS TSO User Community are the coordination between the different organisational entities, in particular the individual work groups, and the definition of a common process and system standard that will also reflect customer-specific requirements.

Successes and Outlook

Since its inception in 2010 the MTS TSO User Community has successfully completed a variety of projects. Aside from the capacity and nomination management requirements the User Community has successfully implemented European regulatory provisions, such as the Congestion Management Procedures (CMP) and the Capacity Allocation Mechanisms (CAM).

"One of the major benefits of the MTS TSO User Community is its efficient way of working, which can primarily be attributed to the pooling of expert knowledge." - Frank Ruttloff, Head of Transport Consulting, ECG and chairperson of the Steering Committee

The future work of the MTS TSO User Community will continue to be driven by the domestic and international regulatory framework. Given this environment the development of the standard IT solution for the MTS TSO system has been and continues to be determined by the efforts to reconcile process harmonisation, standardisation and cost efficiency. In view of this background the MTS TSO User Community is always happy to admit new members.

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