The scope of the SC covers the technical, human resource and institutional aspects and conditions for a secure and economic operation of existing power systems under security requirements against system disintegration, equipment damages and human injuries

The main areas of attention are:
  • Control and switching of objects, voltage control, frequency control by balancing generation vs demand, monitoring of loading limits and actions to avoid capacity (congestion management). Reserves and emergency strategies, management of fault and restoration situations, interaction between the system and power plants. Short term planning and coordination of system capacity needs with maintenance of the physical assets.
  • Evaluation and bench-marking of the system performance in terms of fault frequency, interruptions, operational and maintenance efficiency, both from the technical and economical point of view.
  • Impact on system operation targets, methods, and performance from new institutional structures of System Operators (TSO or ISO), regulators, market actors, trading mechanisms and contracted ancillary services.
  • Requirements, methods, tools (simulators) and performance indices for training of operators.
  • Development and use of power system analysis and security assessment functionalities within operational planning and supervision and the computer and telecommunication systems supporting the control centres and the operators.