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2005-01 Interconnections and Congestion Management in Europe
May 5-6, 2005


  The ambitious challenge of the European Union to promote a unique electricity market among European countries has created an intense debate among all the involved parties. The internal opening of the Internal Electricity Market has considerable effects to cross.-border exchanges of electricity, increasing the flow patterns. As a consequence, market players are faced with a lack of available capacities, causing congestion and refusal of transmission access. The topic of this course is related to technical and regulation challenges that must be solved in order to assess an adequate and fair management of the limited electricity interconnections between European countries.
From a technical point of view, an effective European electricity market demands the existence of common rules and standards applied by transmission system operators (TSOs) and the expansion of the existing network to increase transmission capability between countries. From a regulatory point of view, a unique electricity market among European countries should be based on non-discriminatory congestion management procedures on the interconnections setting fair prices for international exchanges.
The first day of the course is devoted to discuss the technical issues that arise within the internal European market. Special emphasis will be put on the following aspects: (a) description of the actual transmission capacities between the European countries, (b) the analysis of the actual principles, technical rules and software used by European TSOs to allocate the limited transmission capacity, and (c) analysis of costs and benefits of the new proposals of network reinforcements between European countries.
The second day of the course will be devoted to regulatory issues of the problem under consideration paying attention to: (a) theoretical background of the existing congestion management procedures, (b) analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of each method applied to the European case, (c) description of the actual methods used by European countries to manage congestions, and (d) current situation and conclusions of the Florence Regulatory Forum.
This course is intended for professionals from electricity generation and transmission companies, energy and electricity regulators, energy service providers and energy retail companies, as well as researchers and consultants in this field.


Prof. Enrique Lobato Miguélez (

   Enrique Lobato Miguélez is a professor of Electrical Engineering at the Engineering School of Universidad Pontificia Comillas (UPCo) in Madrid, Spain and he is a consultant on the electricity field at Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica (IIT) at the same university. His areas of interest include analysis, planning, operation and economics in electric power systems. He has participated in several research projects for different firms related with the energy industry in collaboration with Spanish, Latin American and European utilities. He has a wide experience in congestion management issues, having developed the mathematical algorithms used by Spanish TSO to solve Spanish power system constraints and is member of CIGRE Working-Group C1-2: “Maintenance of Acceptable Reliability in an Uncertain Environment by the Timely Provision of Network Capacity and Management of Constraints”.


Bruno Cova

Javier González

Yves Harmand

Marisa Llorens
Red Eléctrica de España

Enrique Lobato
Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Michael Metcalfe

Alberto Pototschnig

Carlos Solé
Comisión Nacional de Energía

Carlos Vázquez
Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Gijsbert Zwart
The Netherlands

Course duration and location

Two days, from Thursday 5th to Friday 6th of May 2005. Universidad Pontificia Comillas (IIT). Alberto Aguilera 23 28015, Madrid – Spain.


Courses Contents

Technical Challenges on management of Interconnections

Thursday, May 5th

08:30 – 09:00 Course registration
09:00– 10:00 Course presentation and congestion management background (Enrique Lobato)
10:30 – 11:30 Electricity Network Capacities and identification of Congestions in Europe (Bruno Cova)
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 13:00 Spanish Experience in congestion management at the interconnectors (Marisa Llorens)
13:00 – 14:00 Flow-based Market Coupling(FMC): A Joint ETSO-EuroPEX Proposal for Cross-Border Congestion Management Border (Michael Metcalfe & Javier González)
14:00 – 15:30 Lunch
15:30 – 16:30 French Experience in congestion management at the interconnectors (Yves Harmand)
17:30 – 20:00 Visit to Iberdrola energy management center in Madrid

Regulatory Challenges on management of Interconnections

Friday, May 6th

08:30 – 10:00 A theoretical framework for congestion management and transmission pricing (Carlos Vázquez)
10:00 – 11:30 Current situation and conclusions within the Florence Regulatory Forum (A. Pototschnig)
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:30 Regulation of interconnections in The Netherlands (Gijsbert Zwart)
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 16:30 Regulation of interconnections under the Spanish experience (Carlos Solé)
16:30 – 17:30 Round table and discussion with course instructors and participants (moderator: Enrique Lobato Miguélez)


Course fees

The course fee includes lectures, documentation, coffee breaks, lunches and the social dinner, according to the registration option.

Members of the EES - UETP: 350 Euro
University non members of the EES - UETP: 600 Euro
Industry non members of the EES - UETP: 1000 Euro

Courses' Cancellation Policy: notifications should be sent in writing to the course Coordinator. Cancellations received one week before the course will not be refunded.

Registration form

To register to the EES-UETP course, please download the form below, fill it up, and send or fax a copy before Friday 22th April 2005 to:

Ms. Mariló Rodríguez
Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica
Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Alberto Aguilera, 23 E-28015 Madrid, Spain
Phone : +34 915 40 61 07
Fax : +34 915 42 31 76

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Ms. Mariló Rodríguez
Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica
Universidad Pontificia Comillas
Alberto Aguilera, 23 E-28015 Madrid, Spain
Phone : +34 915 40 61 07
Fax : +34 915 42 31 76
Deadline for inscriptions: April 22th 2005