Category: European Union Electricity Market Glossary


Operational security is the transmission system's capability to retain a normal state or to return to a normal state as soon as possible, and which is characterised by operational security limits (Article 3(1) of the Network Code on System Operation). 



Where the level of reactive power ancillary services is not sufficient for maintaining operational security, Transmission System Operators (TSOs) prepare and activate remedial actions (Article 109(3) of the Network Code on System Operation). 


In such a case the TSO informs the neighbouring TSOs.


According to the Network Code on Network Operation each TSO is required to publish the levels of reserve capacity necessary to maintain operational security.

For each operational planning timeframe, each TSO is also required to assess, against their forecasts, whether its available reactive power ancillary services are sufficient to maintain the operational security of the transmission system.





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4 September 2020


ACER consults to decide on coordination of operational security in power systems of 13 Member States





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Network Code on System Operation, Articles 3(1), 108, 109


ACER Decision No 08/2019 of 19 June 2019 on the all TSO’s proposal for the methodology for assessing the relevance of assets for outage coordination


ACER Decision No 07/2019 of 10 June 2019 on the all TSO’s proposal for coordinating operational security analysis


ACER Public Consultation on the proposals of the Electricity Transmission System Operators for the methodologies for Coordinating Operational Security Analysis and Relevant Asset Outage Coordination as mandated by the EU Regulation establishing a guideline on electricity transmission system operation, 25 January 2019