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ELECTRICITY : REGIONAL COORDINATION CENTRE LAUNCHED IN BRUSSELS.

Transmission system operators RTE (France) and Elia (Belgium) launched, on 18 February, Europe's first shared technical coordination centre (Coreso). Elia and RTE hope the Brussels centre will eventually be shared with other TSOs. It provides forecasts of grid security to national control centres. From July this year, the centre should also be operating around the clock. Aside from TSOs RTE and Elia, National Grid (UK) is finalising its entry into Coreso. Germany's Vattenfall Europe Transmisssion is also acquiring a minor participation.

Dutch and Luxembourg TSOs, though, have yet to show the same level of interest in the centre. Nonetheless, Elia and RTE still hope for "close" cooperation with TSOs, notably in the Netherlands and Germany as well as Ireland. RTE chair Dominique Maillard, also chair of Coreso's board ofadirectors, denied that there has been any lack of interest by other TSOs. Maillard stressed how it was easier to move forward with just two partners, Elia and RTE due to their common shared vision.

Coreso was initially founded in December 2008 by RTE and Elia. Both TSOs present Coreso as a first example of increased operational cooperation between TSOs, notably in line with the European Commission's September 2007 package of measures on energy markets. The centre currently employs two Belgian and three French engineers and should take on a further nine technical staff in the course of 2009. Its main aim, say Elia and RTE, is to establish better regional integration of renewable generation and to guarantee safe management of cross-border electricity flows that are rapidly increasing with the development of intra-day markets.

Coreso is based in Brussels, 71 avenue de Cortenbergh.

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