On 4 November 2006, Europe faced one of the largest electrical power disruptions in modern history, when more than 15 million consumers were left without electricity and the synchronous area of Continental Europe was divided into three sub-areas.
Immediately after this incident the European Commission, together with TSOs, started looking into ways to improve communication and coordination between TSOs in order to tackle challenges in operational planning processes and to ensure the security of electricity supply.
The Outcomes of the 2006 European blackout investigation, as well as continual increase of cross-border exchanges and variable power from Renewable Energy Sources (RES), were the main reasons for some EU TSOs to improve operational coordination by establishing Regional Security Coordination Initiatives (RSCIs). In 2008, two RSCIs were established on voluntary basis – Coreso in West Europe and TSC in Central Europe. RSCIs were the forerunners of today’s Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs), while Coreso and TSC are the pioneers in terms of regional coordination between TSOs in Continental Europe.
Following the form defined by ENTSO-E’s Policy Paper “Core strategy for TSO Coordination” and European network codes and guidelines, the need to improve mutual coordination in the region of South East Europe (SEE) was first recognized by the TSOs of Serbia (EMS AD) and Montenegro (CGES AD), as well as by the Independent System Operator (ISO) from Bosnia and Herzegovina (NOSBiH). These 3 national entities established the Security Coordination Centre SCC Ltd. Belgrade on 15 June, 2015.
SCC was the first RSC(I) in the SEE region, as well as the third established RSC(I) in Europe. SCC has successfully started its operations on 1 August, 2015. – just one and half month after the establishment.
On 10 December, 2015 ENTSO-E TSOs signed a Multilateral Agreement on Participation in RSCIs (RSCI MLA), which required all TSOs to participate in RSCs in order to receive five core services from them.
Mid-2017, RSCs are recognised by EU law, when the System Operation Guideline, one of the EU network codes, was implemented.
Meanwhile, SCC gained more and more service users, beside three TSO founders and shareholders (EMS AD, NOSBiH and CGES AD). With current TSO service users SCC started cooperation from:
- December 2017 with Greek TSO IPTO,
- March 2018 with North-Macedonian TSO MEPSO,
- June 2018 with Albanian TSO OST and