Serbia to face sanctions for clocks falling behind

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The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has threatened Serbia with sanctions unless it does not resolve dispute with Kosovo, due to which digital clocks that are synchronizing over network frequency across Europe are running slow once again, writes Deutsche Welle (DW) reports.

The DW portal in Serbian language reports that causes of frequency disturbances in the European power grid still haven’t been eliminated and at the beginning of July digital clocks synchronized over network frequency are running slow once again.

Problems appeared back in March, when it was determined that this happens due to dispute between Serbia and Kosovo. Unlike concerns in other countries of the Balkans, Kosovo Electricity Transmission System and Market Operator (KOSTT) is not a member in the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity ENTSO-E. DW reports that this is a consequence of the fact that Kosovo is not recognized by Serbia and some EU countries such as Spain and Romania.

Kosovo does not have its own regulatory zone, i.e. a network in which distributors have to minimize disturbances in frequency. Kosovo is a member of the SMM regulatory zone, comprising of members of ENTSO-E Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro. As the most important country, Serbia has so far refused to resolve frequency disturbances from Kosovo, thus they can be felt outside as well. European operators have activated a special compensation program that automatically activates when grid time deviation exceeds 60 seconds. However, this is not a permanent solution, and now ENTSO-E has threatened Serbia with sanctions unless it does not resolve the problem with Kosovo. No one has stipulated what such sanctions might include, but ENTSO-E reports on its internet portal that they could be implemented if there is “a clear lack of will to resolve the problem.”

Source: Beta, Dojče vele

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