On a Stakeholder Seminar arranged by the Nordic TSOs Wednesday, the report The Way forward – Solutions for a changing Nordic power system - was presented and discussed. The report follow up the findings from a common Nordic report on challenges and opportunities in the Nordic power system presented in 2016. Solutions span from market measures, balancing and grid development to ICT development.

The power system is becoming more complex and more integrated, with a steady increase in renewables and new regulatory issues. This creates new challenges and opportunities in the Nordic power system, and cooperation both cross country borders and between different stakeholders is a prerequisite for success. The solutions needed identified by the Nordic TSOs have been developed with input from stakeholders in the sector.

- Common market solutions are key tools to ensure generation adequacy, efficient use of the power system, transparent investment signals, and competitive prices for consumers. Common Nordic solutions paired with dedicated national solutions are important to ensure we meet the challenges in the future. We see that if the power system develops in line with national projections and necessary solutions are developed, challenges are expected to be solved, says the CEOs of the four Nordic TSOs’ in a joint statement.

Energinet, Fingrid, Statnett and Svenska kraftnät also note that policy measures are needed.

- Furthermore, a regional approach for developing the regulatory framework is needed to ensure that policies and measures are efficient, coherent, complementary and sufficiently ambitious. Preparing the Nordic power system to cope with the challenges ahead can only be secured in combining efforts in energy policy and common and dedicated solutions, says the CEOs of the four Nordic TSOs’ in a joint statement. 

Mid-term adequacy forecast (MAF)

An important input to the above mentioned report is the report Nordic Perspectives on the ENTSO-E Mid-term adequacy forecast (MAF), which is also published today.

The MAF results show the expected development of the adequacy situation in the Nordic countries, and notes that the expected adequacy assessments differ between the Nordic countries, with eastern Denmark, southern Sweden and Finland being the areas showing some risk of adequacy issues in certain situations.