Elering is the backbone of the Estonian electricity system
Transmission System Operator Elering manages the Estonian electricity system in real time. Elering is responsible for the system’s operation and ensures the supply of high-quality electricity to consumers at all times. We create the conditions needed for the electricity market to function and we build cross-border electricity interconnections so that electricity can move freely between neighbouring systems and markets.
At a ceremony held at Kultuurikatel on June 21, the winner of the competition held by Elering to find the best architectural solution for the design pylon on the third Estonia-Latvia electricity interconnection was announced, the winner...
Marsh Fox concept wins design pylon competition for third Estonia-Latvia electricity interconnection
At a ceremony held at Kultuurikatel on June 21, the winner of the competition held by Elering to find the best architectural solution for the design pylon on the third Estonia-Latvia electricity interconnection was announced, the winner being the Marsh Fox (Soorebane) concept created by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam from the architectural firm OÜ Part.
Chairman of the Elering Board Taavi Veskimägi said there were more entries in the contest than expected and there were a number of exciting design solutions from both Estonia and abroad. “The architectural ideas have been exciting, and now the engineers will take over the work to identify ways to make the winning design a reality. Hopefully we can bring this idea to life and show that even a power line can be attractive in the natural environment.”
Member of the jury and designer Maria Pukk said that in the estimation of the jury, the winning design was very strong both in form and in terms of its technical solution. “A structural whole has been created which is very pleasing to the eye. The artist is able to think like an engineer, but also to express themselves as a designer and to get a good understanding of the structure.”
The object of the concept contest was the pylon planned near the village of Risti in Lääne County on Elering’s Harku-Lihula-Sindi 330/110-kV high-voltage line. As the pylon will be placed in the protected Kuistlema bog and in the area between the busy Ääsmäe-Haapsalu and Risti-Virtsu roads, the goal of the competition was to find the most suitable solution, both architecturally and functionally, for its location.
From the 17 entries that were submitted, the jury decided to declare the conceptual design known as Marsh Fox (Soorebane) the contest winner (with a prize of 4 000 euros), the creators of which were Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam from the architectural firm OÜ Part.
Second prize (3 000 euros) was awarded to the design known as Network (Võrk), designer: Rene Sauemägi from DAS arhitektid OÜ.
Third prize (2 000 euros) went to the Electrify conceptual design, created by Quirin Krubholz from the Austrian architectural firm Madame Architects ZT GmbH.
Special prizes (1 000 euros each) were awarded to the Electricity Grove (Elektrihiis) and Needle (Nõel) conceptual designs, which were designed by Ljudmilla Georgijeva, Tiia Vahula and Margit Aule from KAOS Arhitektid OÜ and UnSeen OÜ and Lembit-Kaur Stöör, Ülo-Tarmo Stöör and Silver Liiberg from ÖÖ-ÖÖ ARHITEKTID OÜ respectively.
Special mention was made of the Kurluu conceptual design, created by: Helina Maalt, Joanna Kordemets, Annika Laidroo, Illimar Truverk and Sander Paljak from Arhitekt11 OÜ.
Winning design: http://elering.ee/public/disainmast/Soorebane_suur_lpp.jpg
Baltic TSOs Launch a Public Consultation on the Baltic Balancing Market Elements
On June 27, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian electricity transmission system operators (TSO) Elering, Augstsprieguma tīkls and Litgrid launch the first set of documents for a public consultation on the common balancing market model in the Baltic countries. The Baltic electricity markets stakeholders are encouraged to comment on a proposed harmonised Baltic imbalance settlement model and a standard product of the manual frequency restoration reserves for the balancing energy exchange.
Balancing is an organized process that ensures balance in real time between electricity consumption and production in the electricity system. The goal of the Baltic balancing market is to facilitate the competition among market participants and contribute to their equal treatment regardless the country they operate. The same market rules and practices in all three countries will also create more efficient regulatory environment which will ultimately lead to decreasing balancing costs and higher consumer welfare.
The public consultations will continue until 15 August, 2016. Three Baltic TSOs will review and consider received comments which will serve as the base for development of the further rules for the common Baltic balancing market.
The new balancing market model is based on the forthcoming European Union guidelines on the electricity balancing energy and will take effect from January 1, 2018. The harmonisation of the Baltic balancing market rules and practices is implemented in small steps. All three countries have already reduced the cost of balancing by starting to aggregate the imbalances of the energy systems together in 2015. The Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan foresees further Baltics integration with Nordic balancing market.
The public consultation documents can be found here.
Natural gas imports amount to 22 million cubic metres in May
In May, 22.42 million cubic metres of natural gas were imported to Estonia, which was 21.2 per cent less than at the same time last year.
The quantity of gas imported from Lithuania totalled 2.1 million cubic metres in May, making up 9.5 per cent of total imports. The rest of the gas was purchased from Gazprom and supplied from the Latvian underground reserve.
The average price on the Lithuanian GET Baltic gas exchange was 16.57 euros per megawatt-hour in May. On the Finnish Kaasupörssi gas exchange, comparable prices were between 12.34 and 14.14 euros per megawatt-hour last month.
All natural gas imported in May entered Estonia via Karksi, and gas quantities ranged between 0.52 and 1.03 million cubic metres per day. No disruptions in cross-border gas supplies were reported.
The volume of natural gas network services rendered by Elering in May totalled 22.29 million cubic metres. Of this, the volume of services rendered to the largest natural gas distribution network, AS Gaasivõrgud, totalled 19.2 million cubic metres, or 86 per cent of the total volume.
The estimated gas pipeline reserve capacity grew 16.4 per cent year-on-year to 4.9 million cubic metres. In comparison with April, reserve capacity grew by less than one per cent.
In May, 40.76 million cubic metres of gas passed through the southeast Estonian transit pipeline from Latvia to Russia. The Inčukalns underground storage reservoir in Latvia was filled to 12.6 per cent of its capacity at the end of May.
Elering to pay out property tax as toleration payment again this year
Electricity and gas system operator Elering will pay property tax for portions of real estate included in protected zones around electricity and gas infrastructure as a toleration payment again this year.
For the current year, a person is entitled to claim payment if that person was the owner of the real estate as of 1 March, in the event that the person submits a toleration payment application by the deadline set out in the legislation, which is 1 July. For landowners with obligations to tolerate who have not previously applied for toleration payments but would like to receive payment for 2016, Elering will therefore be accepting applications until 1 July. Landowners who have previously submitted applications to receive toleration payments in years past do not need to submit new applications.
Chairman of the Elering Board, Taavi Veskimägi, said that Elering hopes there will soon be more legal clarity with regards to toleration payments and that the drafting of the uniform toleration payment regulation will soon be completed by the Ministry of Justice.
Further information on toleration payments is available on the Elering website, where the application form can also be found. The application must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or by post to Elering AS, 24 Laki Street, 12915, Tallinn. Elering will pay out toleration payments by 1 December.
Elering manages more than 5500 kilometres of high-voltage lines and approximately 900 kilometres of gas pipelines.
Power exchange difference with Latvia rises to 4.42 euros per megawatt-hour in May
In May, the Latvian day-ahead electricity exchange price was 4.42 euros per megawatt-hour higher than in Estonia, with the price difference in April being around one euro.
According to data provided by the Nord Pool electricity exchange, the electricity day-ahead price in Estonia fell by 4.9 per cent and averaged 28.26 euros per megawatt-hour last month. The price in Latvia rose by 6.4 per cent during the same period to 32.68 euros per megawatt-hour. In Lithuania, the price was 32.87 euros.
In Finland, the average electricity exchange price in May was 28.06 euros per megawatt-hour. This means that the price in Estonia was only 20 cents per megawatt-hour higher than in Finland.
In May, electricity traders used nearly 59 per cent of the cross-border transmission capacity from Finland to Estonia. In the same period, 79 per cent of capacity in the Estonia-Latvia direction was used. The full capacity in those directions was used for 5 and 46 per cent of hours respectively.
The average price for carbon dioxide emission quotas, which influence the price of electricity, fluctuated between 5.69 and 6.19 euros per ton, with the average price totalling 5.96 euros.
On the basis of futures transactions in the Nasdaq OMX exchange, the electricity price in the NPS Estonia price area could be 32.25 euros in May, and the average price for the third quarter of 2016 will be 33.28 euros per megawatt-hour. In Latvia, the exchange price may be nearly a tenth higher, based on futures transactions.
Elering earned about 1 million euros in cross-border capacity distribution auction profit in May.