Organigramm-en
2019-08-14

Committees

The Forum for Network Technology & Network Operation is a committee  within the VDE association, as per Art. 12 of the VDE statutes. The most important committees within FNN are the Board, Forum, Steering Groups, Project Groups and Expert Networks.

Board

Tasks

  • Defines the strategic goals of FNN
  • Represents FNN externally
  • Handles pressing general opinions
  • Manages the integration in the VDE group

Staff

The members of the Forum (see below) elect the board among themselves every three years. The board consists of a chairman and two deputy chairmen. All relevant expert circles should be represented: transmission system operators, distribution system operators and manufacturers. A member of the VDE Board also belongs to the Board in FNN.

Forum

Tasks

  • Leads FNN
  • Defines main topics
  • Heads the Steerings Groups and especially the division of resources among them
  • Decides on the publication of VDE-Application Rules and other documents

In addition, the Forum is also a place for forming opinions on current topics and regulation on the topic of network operation. These opinions are published in coordinated FNN positions.

Staff

The Forum consists of 15 persons who represent all relevant expert circles: including transmission system operators, distribution system operators, manufacturers, scientific institutions and public authorities.
Members are elected by the FNN Supporters Circle every three years. Besides those elected, the chairmen of the Steering Groups and one member of the VDE Board also belong to the Forum.

Steering Groups

Tasks

  • Manage Project Groups and Expert Networks
  • Review and adopt work outputs
  • Report to the Forum

The technical and scientific work of the FNN is managed by the Steering Groups. Currently, three Steering Groups exist:

  • Network technology and network operation
  • System aspects and network codes
  • Metering and digitalisation

The number and tasks of the Steering Groups are determined by the Board. The main task of the Steering Groups is to establish and manage Project Groups. Steering Groups adopt the results from the Project Groups and Expert Networks.

Membership

The members of the Steering Groups are appointed by the Board every three years. In the Steering Groups, representatives of all expert circles work together. Steering Groups have generally 15 members.

Project Groups

Tasks

  • Responsible for handling the topics assigned and developing technical requirements and guidelines

The technical work is performed in the Project Groups. Project Groups are founded by the Steering Groups with a specific assignment and are finished after the completion of their tasks. The results of their work are published especially as VDE-Application Rules and FNN Guidelines.

Membership

Project Groups generally have up to 10 members. The positions are filled by the Steering Groups in a balanced way with representatives of all relevant expert circles. FNN Members are informed about the creation of new Project Groups and are then called to nominate experts who will be actively working in the Project Groups.

Expert Networks

Tasks

Expert Networks provide an opportunity to exchange experiences on a specific topic. As opposed to Project Groups, they do not develop VDE-Application Rules. They serve to maintain and develop long-term expertise in particular topics and, if required, to enable short-term technical exchange.

Membership

Expert Networks are founded by the Steering Groups.

Supporters Circle

Tasks

  • Specifies the main features of FNN’s work
  • Elects Forum members
  • Approves the FNN budget and annual financial statements
  • Determines contributions

The Supporters Circle is the entirety of all FNN members. The meeting of the Supporters Circle takes place annually, to which all the members are invited. The Supporters Circle elects the 15 members of the Forum every three years.

Membership

All companies, institutions, organizations, and authorities, which have special interest in promoting network technology and network operation can submit a membership application (“FNN membership”). Membership is restricted to legal entities. The benefits of FNN membership apply to all members of the company/institution. FNN membership is independent of any other membership in the VDE e.V.

Office

Tasks

  • Supports the work of the Board, Forum, Steering Groups and Project Groups
  • Represents FNN externally
  • Serves as point of contact for FNN members
  • Organizes events