ENTSO-E releases its Annual Report 2010: Towards a transmission system for 2020 and beyond

Brussels, (PresseBox) - Today, the European Commission has informed European Energy Ministers about the status of its forthcoming legislative proposals for an Energy Infrastructure Package, an important and welcome milestone in building Europe's future energy infrastructure. ENTSO-E's Annual Report 2010 Meeting Europe's Energy Needs -Towards a Transmission Grid for 2020 and Beyond, also published today, demonstrates the TSOs'contribution to the energy policy goals of competitiveness, sustainability and security of supply and the crucial role of the infrastructure package for the TSOs' work, as well as the progress made by ENTSO-E over the past year.

If Europe is serious about achieving its energy policy goals, it is clear that today's electricity transmission system needs massive investments and rapid development. In infrastructure planning timescales, 2020 is just around the corner and progress has been much too slow. Transmission investment needs political and regulatory backing, and of course public acceptance - without all of these factors, it will be impossible to achieve Europe's energy goals.

Given this context, the Commission's forthcoming proposal for an Energy Infrastructure Package constitutes an important and welcome milestone: it is the TSOs' best hope for removing the hurdles TSOs presently still experience. Most notably, the key impediments to the implementation of infrastructure projects remain permit granting procedures and access to capital markets due to unstable or unattractive regulation.

ENTSO-E started work in late 2009 even though the Third Legislative Package, which defines ENTSO-E's role, only came into force on 3 March 2011. ENTSO-E's Annual Report 2010 describes our work during the interim period from January 2010 until the end of March 2011, reporting progress made in the areas of system development, system operations, market integration, and research and development. In this period, ENTSO-E TSOs delivered their first Community-wide ten-year network development plan and advanced important work towards defining the first network codes needed to achieve the EU target market model and so deliver the internal energy market. Above all, the TSOs continued to deliver high levels of reliability to help ensure security of supply in an increasingly complex system which provides 531 million people with electricity.

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