ENTSO-E Releases the European Ten-Year Network Development Plan 2014 for Public Consultation

(PresseBox) ( Brussels, )
The ENTSO-E Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) 2014 describes the strengthening of the European power grid planned until 2030 as the most cost-efficient and secure way to integrate up to 60% of renewable energy.

Cooperating within ENTSO-E, the transmission system operators (TSOs) from 34 European countries applied their unique expertise to develop this plan. For the first time, the plan includes rigorous cost-benefit analyses to ensure each of the 120 transmission projects provides more benefits to consumers and citizens than they cost.

To make it the most robust plan possible, ENTSO-E now asks all stakeholders to provide their feedback.

Infrastructure: The Cornerstone of European Energy Ambitions

The 2014 plan includes 120 projects of European significance, which support the fundamentals of EU energy policy - the integration of renewable energy sources (RES), market facilitation, and security of supply.

The 9 cost-benefit analysis (CBA) indicators include environmental and socio-economic benefit, to gauge how projects deliver benefits against costs; for example, through better use of generation resources, lower wholesale power costs and reduced CO2 emissions. The strongly growing renewable energy sources could not be fully used without the adequate grid these projects contribute to. As an outcome of the CBA analysis, the aggregated transmission investments are projected to amount to approximately only 1% of the end user's electricity bill.

The TYNDP identifies the need to invest up to €150 bn in the refurbishment or construction of approximately 50,000 km of extra high voltage power lines in Europe by 2030. Some 15% of the total infrastructure needs will be met by upgrading existing lines.

The implemented projects outlined in the TYNDP 2014 will provide a transmission system preparing for the integration of renewable energy of up to 60% of total consumption, with more than 20,000 km covered by sub-sea cables and only 4% of the total lines crossing populated areas.

Meeting the Targets and Challenges

Through its unique pan-European view, the TYNDP 2014 identifies common issues and challenges to implementing electricity transmission infrastructure in time to meet the European 2030 targets.

A continuing trend shows that some 30% of the investments identified in the TYNDP 2012 are on average, running two years behind schedule compared to the planned implementation deadlines. Much of this delay is a result of slow permit granting and lengthy procedures. National governments and regulators urgently need to optimise these processes to support getting the infrastructure in place on time.

Public acceptance is also an issue, as citizens or environmental groups may object locally to some of the necessary transmission lines. The TYNDP is a tool that supports ENTSO-E, TSOs' and governments efforts to increase European citizens' understanding of the reasons and benefits for this infrastructure; in particular to integrate more renewable energy.

To get to the position of a greener, more secure and more energy self-sufficient Europe over the next decades, some trade-offs will be required and open, informed dialogue between all stakeholders is key to building the European energy future to best meet all needs and ambitions. The TYNDP 2014 shows how vital transmission infrastructure investments are to this objective.

Public Consultation and Workshop

With the release of the draft TYNDP 2014 package, ENTSO-E opens a public consultation on the documents from 10 July-20 September 2014, asking all interested parties to comment on the package via the ENTSO-E web consultation interface. ENTSO-E will carefully consider, and respond to, all comments received, with this input used to further improve the plan.

The complete TYNDP package consists of eight documents. The pan-European TYNDP 2014 report presents a synthetic overview of the studies, supported by six detailed Regional Investment Plans and the Scenario Outlook and Adequacy Forecast (SO&AF) 2014-2030.

To facilitate direct interaction, a corresponding stakeholder workshop will be held in Brussels on 4 September. Registration for the workshop will be open in the next weeks and communicated through the ENTSO-E News Alerts and website.
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