Establishment of the Cyprus Transmission System Operator
The establishment of the Transmission System Operator Cyprus (TSO Cyprus) resulted from the decision of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, to harmonize with Directive 96/92/EC of the European Parliament, concerning the common rules for the internal electricity market in the European Union, in order to liberalize the Electricity Market in Cyprus.
The organization commenced its operations in 2004, according to the relevant legislation of its establishment, known as the “Law Regulating the Electricity Market of 2003, Law Ν.122 (Ι)/2003”. In 2012 the Amending law of 2012 was passed and thereby, the Transmission System Operator was renamed into Transmission System Operator Cyprus, the term TSO became TSO Cyprus (TSOC) and the organisation was defined as a Legal Entity of Public Law.
Part VIII of the relevant law, refers extensively to the establishment and responsibilities of the Cyprus TSO.
TSO Cyprus Director
Dr Christos Triaros is, at this date, the director of TSO Cyprus. He was appointed by the Council of Ministers, for a period of six years, starting July 2016.
Dr Trairos holds a Ph.d. from the University of Florida and he previously served as managerial personnel at the Electricity Authority of Cyprus.
Dr Triaros succeeded Christos E. Christodoulides, who served until July 2016
Dr Christodoulides succeeded Mr Andreas L. Theophanous, who served until March 2010.
Licence for the Operation of the Transmission System by the TSO Cyprus
On 19 May 2004, the TSO submitted to CERA an application for obtaining a Transmission System Operation License in order to undertake all its responsibilities and duties as required by the Law. The License was granted by CERA on 10 September 2004 and since 17 September 2004 the Cyprus TSO undertakes its duties as depicted by the Law.
Member of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E)
The TSO Cyprus became a full ETSO member - the predecessor of ENTSO-E- on 5 October 2005.
On 1 July 2009, ETSO was succeeded by ENTSO-E (European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity). ETSO’s activities are now covered by European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). The ENTSO-E contains 41 TSOs from 34 countries, which now share an interconnected transmission grid in the EU.