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Since 2009, Terna has been an active member of several European bodies. The scope of these associations is to involve greater integration between regional European electricity markets. Among these bodies, the most important are ENTSO-E (European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity), JAO (Joint Allocation Office) and CORESO (Coordination of Electricity System Operators).

IT_8417_ImmagineENTSO-E  (European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity) is the sector's most important body at the European level, as it represents the continent's network of transmission system operators for electricity. The network, created in 2008 as a voluntary association, was subsequently formalised by EU regulation 714/2009. The following are represented within ENTSO-E: 43 electricity grid operators from 36 countries in Europe - in addition to the 28 EU countries, TSOs from Iceland, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey (the latter has observer member status) are also members.

The  JAO  (Joint Allocation Office)  was formed on 24 June 2015 from the merger of the CAO and the CASC.EU, the two regional offices for the allocation of cross-border transmission capacity. This agreement marks a decisive step towards the simplification of the electricity market within the EU. The JAO is a joint services company that brings together 20 Transmission System Operators (TSOs) in 17 countries and deals mainly with annual, monthly and daily auctions for transmission rights across 29 European borders.

IT_8417_ImmagineIn 2010, Terna and five other grid operators (Elia, RTE, 50 Hertz and NGC) launched CORESO (Coordination of Electricity System Operators), in order to improve transmission grid security through coordination of electricity flow forecasts and operations between Italy, France, Belgium, Great Britain and northeast Germany. 

Terna also plays an active role in associations open to other big stakeholders of the electricity sector, which focus on subject areas that are particularly relevant for the company, such as RGI (Renewables Grid Initiative) and EASE (European Association for Storage of Energy).

IT_8417_ImmagineThe RGI (Renewables Grid Initiative), is a unique collaboration of environmental NGOS and transmission system operators from across Europe. The association promotes transparent, environmentally sensitive grid development to enable the further steady growth of renewable energy and the energy transition.

IT_8417_ImmagineTerna collaborates with the European association EASE to encourage research and industrial development in the field of storage systems, and promotes this technology for the transition towards a stable, flexible, eco-sustainable and less costly continental energy system.  

Considering Italy's strategic and central location, participation in the Mediterranean associations represents an opportunity for Terna to become a key player in the development and integration of electrical infrastructures in the Mediterranean region. Terna approaches this role through membership of several regional organizations, including Med-TSO (Mediterranean TSOs) and RES4MED (Renewable energy solutions for the Mediterranean).

Med-TSO brings together TSOs from 19 countries around the Mediterranean Sea. Terna hosts the association’s registered office and operational headquarters in Rome and appoints its Secretary General, as well as the chairman for Technical Committee Planning, which is responsible for planning the Mediterranean electricity grid.

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In 2015, Med-TSO received a grant from the European Commission (Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations) to implement the “Mediterranean Project”. The project promotes the creation of a regional electricity system, through the coordination of national development plans and the harmonization of rules to access the grids. This long-term objective is to strength electricity markets in the Mediterranean and to increase cross-border electricity exchanges.

In 2016, RES4MED launched the new initiative Renewable Energy Solutions for Africa (RES4Africa), a platform of stakeholders in the energy sector to facilitate discussions with countries in Sub-Saharan Africa on subjects related to developing renewables. Terna took part chairing the discussion panel on the subject: Integration of renewable energy in the electricity grids. 

The global electricity grid sector is constantly evolving. Terna, thanks to its quality and innovative service reached through years of operating in the development and management of large high-voltage electricity-transmission infrastructure, has set a global benchmark. This is expertise built up through experience in the field, which Terna has gained as a member of several international technical associations that aim to promote the study and sharing of knowledge in the field of electrical systems, including CIGRE, GO15 and WEC.
Cigré is an international non-profit organisation in the research sector relating to High-Voltage grids. There are 58 member countries of the association. The Italian Committee is currently chaired and vice chaired by Terna.

GO15 (Reliable and Sustainable Power Grids) is a voluntary international association created in 2004, following several significant blackouts involving many countries around the world (Brazil and Argentina in 2002 and Canada, the U.S.A. and Italy in 2003), in order to study and research problems related to the secure operation of electricity grids. An association that brings together the 18 largest TSOs in the world; Terna chairs the “Reliability and security” group that deals with the resilience of the electricity system.

Terna is taking part in the WEC (World Energy Council), the oldest and most important multi-sector energy organization in the world. The Association is based in London and has United Nations accreditation. Since 1921, it has brought together members from more than 90 countries taking part through their national committees. Every three years, the WEC organizes the "World Energy Congress", the authoritative world energy debate appointment.